How long should I plan for my visit?The average visit time is about 90 minutes, but it will depend on which ticket you've bought. If you're aiming to see the sunset then the venue advises booking a slot which begins 90 minutes before sunset so that you definitely have plenty of time to reach the top. Once inside you can spend 30 minutes on the 148th floor and as much time on the 124th and 125th floors as you like.
How do I get to the Burj Khalifa?You can take the red line of the Dubai Metro to the helpfully-named Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall stop and follow the signs to the Dubai Mall, where you’ll find the entrance to the observation decks. There are moving walkways to speed things up, but plan for a fifteen-minute walk. Alternatively you can take a cab or drive yourself, parking is available in the Dubai Mall cinema car park (Level 1, Section M).
What does Burj Khalifa mean in English?Burj means tower, and Khalifa is a term that refers to the ruler of the United Arab Emirates. The tower was originally meant to be called the Burj Dubai (Dubai Tower) but was renamed in honor of Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan after he helped the emirate of Dubai with debt problems.
What’s inside the Burj Khalifa?The tower is home to offices, private apartments, bars, restaurants, a hotel (with its own spa and several restaurants), a swimming pool and gym complex, and it’s public observation decks. At any one time the building holds an average of 10,000 people, but it can hold up to 35,000 people at once - the population of a small town.
What can I see from the top of the Burj Khalifa?From the 124th-floor observation deck, you can see the whole of Dubai and a good way into the desert that surrounds the city. On a clear day, you can even see all the way across the Persian Gulf to the coast of Iran. From the 148th-floor deck, you can see even further - some visitors even claim to be able to see the curvature of the Earth on the horizon, but we’ll let you decide that for yourself.
What about the weather?On average, Dubai only gets 5 days of rain a year. While that’s great for sunbathing and clear views without clouds, it does mean that there can be quite a lot of dust in the air, and every now and then there are quite dramatic dust storms. We recommend checking the weather forecast before visiting so that you can get the clearest view.
I’ve heard that the building wobbles, what’s that all about?!All skyscrapers sway a little bit in the wind, and the Burj Khalifa, as the world’s tallest building, is no exception. That being said, it’s been cleverly designed to minimize the sway and to make sure that the movement isn’t noticeable when you’re inside it. You might hear some creaking, but there’s nothing to worry about. In fact, the architects ended up building their own in-house wind tunnel to test changes to the design as they worked.
What other weird stuff happens in a building as tall as this one?We’re glad you asked! The external temperature difference between the top and the bottom of the Burj Khalifa can be as much as 6°C (11°F). Speaking of temperature, the building was specially designed to withstand Dubai’s extremely hot climate, with an elaborate cladding system of hand-cut glass panels shielding the building from the sun’s intense glare. The sun also sets three minutes later at the top. Since it’s the tallest structure around it also acts as a lightning rod for the city, and when there’s a storm it can get struck by lightning every 5 minutes. Again, it’s been built to withstand those storms totally safely, and it’s spectacular to watch.