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Burj Khalifa - Guide for Tourists


Page update - Oct 16, 2022

The Burj Khalifa skyscraper, the tallest building on Earth, 828 meters (2,716 feet) high, and if the top antenna is included it is 829.8 meters (2,722 feet). The skyscraper is located in the Downtown area of the Dubai City (UAE). Of course, tourists are interested in the observation decks At The Top and At The Top Sky first of all.

However, if you know the features of the building and what to look for, then you can see many of the wonders of the Burj Khalifa. And if you know where to find special offers and promotions, you can also seriously save money. We will talk about all this on this page.

The prices, schedules and other information on this page were updated in October 2022. Unfortunately, the price of admission has increased slightly over the past six months. The current prices are below on this page.

Is it really the tallest?

Of course, the official figures give no reason to doubt - 828 meters (2,716 feet), and nothing higher has yet been built on the Earth. Burj Khalifa is the tallest structure on the Earth. But there is an important nuance.

Burj Khalifa consists of two parts. The lower part is 585 meters (1,919 feet) high and is a structure made of reinforced concrete - a complete building. Above, at the next 243 meters (797 feet) is a metal spire, a very large one, but a spire nonetheless.

This spire is a steel structure weighing 4,000 tons. The central tube weighs 350 tons and is 200 meters (656 feet) high.

On the one hand, this metal spire is huge, it has floors and rooms, it may well be considered a full-fledged part of the building. If you think of it this way, the Burj Khalifa is indeed the tallest building in the world.

On the other hand, there are no offices, apartments, or hotels. Only telecommunications equipment and the building's engineering systems can be housed in such a spire.

If you do not recognize the spire as a full-fledged part of the building, the tallest is the Shanghai Tower in China. The reinforced concrete structures rise up to 632 meters there, and all the floors are full-fledged. On the 125-127 floors there is a damper, concert, and exhibition halls.

According to these facts, the Burj Khalifa's record high is doubtful.



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What to see and do for tourists?

First, look at the tower from the outside. It looks majestic even from the waterfront by the Dubai Mall. And if you look up from the foot of Burj Khalifa, the experience is unforgettable.

Secondly, the observation decks, there are two. You can look at Dubai from a height of 452 meters (1,483 feet) or 555 meters (1,820 feet). You can see an artificial lake and the Dubai Fountain from this high. The Dubai Mall seems small from there (in the photo below, click on the photo to enlarge), but it is the largest in the world. In the distance, you can see the building of the Burj Al Arab Hotel and when the weather is good you can see the artificial bulk islands The Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali, and The World.

If you wish, you can stay in a hotel at the Burj Khalifa. Floors 1 to 8, 38 and 39 are occupied by the chic Armani Hotel. The room rates start at USD 500 per night.

You can have lunch or just sit with a cup of coffee at the restaurant At.Mosphere. You need to book the table in advance, and you will have to spend from 500 dirhams (136 US dollars). Note! The At.mosphere restaurant is temporarily closed for renovation at the moment (October 2022). It will reopen around New Year's Eve.

You can settle inside. Apartments for sale at the Burj Khalifa. The 2,000-square-meter (21,500 square feet) penthouse with 5 bedrooms costs USD 27 million. The modest 180-square-meter (1,930 square feet) apartment with 2 bedrooms costs USD 1.5 million.

And you can also remember the cost of building the Burj Khalifa - 1.5 billion US dollars. That's how they spend 1.5 billion in the United Arab Emirates. Is it worth it? Or not? Decide by yourself.

How to get there

If you stay in a hotel in Dubai, the easiest way to get there is by the subway. Look for the nearest metro station and go to the Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall station at red (first) line. See our review "Dubai Metro" for the subway map with all the last updates.

From the station, it is most convenient to walk across the covered Metro Bridge (pictured right, click to enlarge to full screen) to the Dubai Mall. You can either exit the Dubai Mall and admire the Burj Khalifa from the outside, or you can enter the tower from the Dubai Mall via a special passage.

You can take a cab. The price will depend on the distance from the hotel. Dubai is a big city, and the cab ride may cost from 12 dirhams to 100 dirhams. For the taxi fares see our review "Taxis in the UAE". Find the current exchange rates in the review "The UAE dirham".

Warning. Not all transport between the emirates is operational right now because of the coronavirus! There are links to relevant thematic pages below. Read them as there is detailed information there.

From Abu Dhabi, you can get to Dubai by E100, E100, E102 buses to Al Ghubaiba or Ibn Battuta bus stations, then take the subway (instructions above). Read our review "How to travel between Dubai and Abu Dhabi".

From Sharjah, the best way is to take a cab to the nearest Dubai Metro station in Deira, a cab will cost you around 45-50 dirhams. Then take the subway (instructions above). Read our review "How to travel between Dubai and Sharjah".

From the rest of the emirates you can take a bus to Dubai. Then you can take the subway.

From Ajman, there is the E400 bus, ticket price - 15 dirhams, travel time - 30 to 50 minutes. The bus leaves every 30 minutes from Ajman's Mussalah stop. Read our review "How to travel between Dubai and Ajman".

From Fujairah, there is the E700 bus, ticket price is 25 dirhams and the journey takes 2-2.5 hours. It leaves from Fujairah's main street every 45 minutes. Read our review "How to travel between Dubai and Fujairah".

From Ras Al Khaimah, you can take the Al Hamra bus, ticket price is 25 dirhams and travels 1.5-2 hours. It leaves from Ras Al Khaimah Bus Station every 60 minutes. Read our review "How to travel between Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah".

There are no direct buses from Umm Al Quwain. You will have to catch the Al Hamra bus on the E11 highway. It is easier to ride by cab from your hotel in Umm Al Quwain to the neighboring Ajman, and from there take a bus to Dubai. Read our review "How to travel between Dubai and Umm Al Quwain".

From hotels in any resort in the UAE, you can book a tour of the Burj Khalifa. Sometimes, the visit is included in a package with a sightseeing tour of Dubai City. The price ranges from USD 80 to 110.



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Two observation decks

A very important point. There are two observation decks at the Burj Khalifa. This is important because the ticket price differs few times, and the Prime hours (the best hours to visit) are different.

AT THE TOP (ATT) is the observation deck on the 124th (outdoor) and 125th (indoor) floors and is 452 meters (1,483 feet) high.

AT THE TOP SKY (ATT Sky) is the observation deck on the 148th floor (outdoor) and is 555 meters (1,820 feet) high.

To understand why this is the case, we will dive a bit into the history of the Burj Khalifa. Although we will tell the whole story in facts and figures in the second part of this review.

In the beginning, there was no upper observation deck at all, but only the deck on the 124th floor (452 meters, 1,483 feet), which was the highest in the world. This was enough.

However, in December 2011 (one year after the opening of the Burj Khalifa) Dubai was left without a record as the Canton Tower in Guangzhou, China, with an observation deck at 488 meters (1,601 feet) was opened.

On October 15, 2014, Dubai reclaimed its record with the opening of the 148th floor (555 meters, 1,820 feet). But in June 2016, the observation deck on the Shanghai Tower, China, opened at 561 meters (1,840 feet), and Dubai lost the record again.

Now Dubai has nothing to "cover" with. Recall that the Burj Khalifa building is only 585 meters (1,919 feet) high, and the remaining 243 meters (797 feet) is a large metal spire, in which according to all safety standards a viewing platform cannot be organized.

Operating hours

The timetable changes depending on the season. The schedule below is current as of October 2022.

AT THE TOP:

Everyday from 8 am to 11 pm (last admission).

Prime hours: 4 pm to 6:30 pm.

AT THE TOP SKY:

From 12 noon to 9 pm (last admission).

Prime hours - from 12 noon to 6 pm.

Sunrise and Morning programs are seasonal and usually available in the summer. Times vary depending on the sunrise hours in Dubai. For the exact schedule, see the official website tickets.atthetop.ae

Ticket price

There are two types of tickets - Immediate Entry Admission and General Admission. Children under 4 years old are always free. You will find all the prices in UAE dirham below. The current exchange rates can be found in our review "The UAE Dirham".

Immediate Entry Admission. This ticket is purchased at the ticket office on the day of visit. It would seem the easiest and most convenient option. But.

Attention! The ticket office is open now (October 2022). But do not forget that the number of people on the observation deck is limited by covid-security measures. If the deck is full then no tickets will be sold at the box office. Or you will stand and wait for free time. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you buy tickets in advance. Official website: tickets.atthetop.ae

General Admission. This ticket is purchased on the official website https://tickets.atthetop.ae/ . When purchasing a ticket, you must select the date and time of your visit. See the table with the prices for General Admission tickets below.

Ticket type AT THE TOP AT THE TOP SKY
Adult (12 and up) 174 404
Child (4 to 12 years old) 139 404
Adult (12 and up) Prime 249 558
Child (4 to 12 years) Prime 157 558

General Admission tickets are available online 90 days in advance. Payment can be made by VISA, MasterCard, and JCB. There is an additional fee of 5 dirhams and 5% VAT for purchasing tickets online. The prices in the table above are with the tax included but without the fee.

One more important point. You can't buy a child ticket separately, but only together with at least one adult, as the system doesn't let you do that. If you are traveling with a child, buy all the tickets at once in one transaction. Don't forget about children's tickets, otherwise you won't be able to buy them as a separate transaction.

At the time this page was updated (October 2022), you can buy tickets cheaper through Klook. What is it and how to use it, read our review "How to save on tickets in Dubai".

Perhaps the Burj Khalifa can safely be given another record - for the most expensive observation deck tickets. For comparison, a view of Shanghai from the currently record-breaking Shanghai Tower observation deck costs 180 Chinese yuan (USD 25 or AED 92 at the time this page was updated).



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Special offers

You can take advantage of combo tickets when you buy online. Some of them are very good deals.

AT THE TOP SKY + Dubai Fountain Boardwalk. Purchase a ticket to AT THE TOP SKY and watch the Dubai Fountain Show from the special platform at the foot of the Burj Khalifa (pictured below, click to enlarge). Operational from 7pm.

AT THE TOP SKY costs 389 dirhams and the viewing of the fountains from the platform can be bought separately for 20 dirhams. The combo is 399 dirhams. That's a savings, but the small one.

ATT + Dubai Aquarium. This is a great deal. You get tickets to AT THE TOP (not Prime hours) and the Dubai Aquarium at Dubai Mall. Price - 230 dirhams.

A ticket to the Burj Khalifa costs 159 dirhams, and a ticket to the Aquarium costs from 110 dirhams. A tangible saving.

FAST TRACK. The ticket allows you to go everywhere without queuing. The price is 300 dirhams, regardless of age. This ticket allows you to enter only the AT THE TOP areas, but AT THE TOP SKY areas do not use this type of ticket. If you see someone pass without a queue, don't be surprised and don't be outraged, he bought himself a FAST TRACK ticket.

There are some more combo-tickets, but we won't talk about them in detail now, because we don't think they are very much in demand. If you're interested, you can read their descriptions on the website tickets.atthetop.ae

How is the visit going

The entrance to the Burj Khalifa for visitors is through a special passage from the Dubai Mall. It is not difficult to find this passage. Look for "Burj Khalifa" on the signs inside the mall.

If you have purchased a ticket on the website, then the time of visit is determined in advance, and you need to arrive at this time. If you arrive early, you will have to wait.

Before entering the Burj Khalifa, you must deposit large bags and prohibited items in the luggage room. Prohibited items: glassware, all weapons and pyrotechnics, markers (used for writing), spray paint, alcohol, roller skates and any shoes with wheels, folding multitools.

Next, go through security checkpoints like in airports. The checkpoint is the only place where you can't take photos, then everywhere else you can.

This is also where the face and dress control takes place. Unsuitable clothing may not be allowed as we explained in our review "What you can not do in the UAE".

If you smell like booze, they may not let you in. We do not recommend drinking alcohol on the eve of going to the Burj Khalifa, as you may not only get on the top but also get a fine. See our review "Alcohol in the UAE - prices and laws" for more details.

After the control, visitors enter a large room where a model of the Burj Khalifa is on display. The walls show the outline of the world's tallest buildings with the Burj Khalifa at the top of the rankings. See the photo above, click on the photo to enlarge it.

Then to the escalator. During the escalator ride you will see large displays showing clips about life and history of the UAE, the construction of the Burj Khalifa, and the future prosperity of the country. Then up the escalator, then down the corridor with pictures of the builders of the Burj Khalifa and informative clips on the wall displays.

Then to the elevator. The elevator takes just a minute to reach the 124th floor. A small display in the elevator shows visitors the number of the current floor. The speed of the elevator is 7.5 meters per second (24.6 feet per second). A far cry from Taipei 101 (16 m/s, 52.5 f/s) or the Shanghai Tower (18 m/s, 59 f/s). The elevator has music that was written especially for the elevators of the Burj Khalifa.

Step right out of the elevator onto the observation deck. See Dubai from 452 meters (1,483 feet) high and enjoy the views.

There is a gift store on the observation deck where you can buy metal and glass models of the Burj Khalifa, 3D puzzles, Lego sets, and much more. The prices are as high as the Burj Khalifa itself. All these souvenirs can be bought elsewhere for much cheaper. Read about it in our review "What to bring from the UAE".

But in the local souvenir store there is also an exclusive souvenir - these are the bolts that were used in the construction. Or rather, not exactly those, but the exact same ones.

You are allowed to spend 1.5 hours at AT THE TOP (124th floor). Question: what is there to do for 1.5 hours? To see all the views and take pictures will be enough for 30 minutes maximum.

You can try to see the coast of Iran. Many sources write that you can see it in good weather. In fact, Iran is 150 kilometers (93 miles) away, and it is over the horizon. It is impossible to see it even theoretically, not to mention that you do not have enough visual acuity.

You can go to the At.Mosphere restaurant. Prices there are as high as the Burj Khalifa itself. There is a smoking area, which is not forbidden by the UAE laws as we talked about in our review "Smoking in the UAE".

AT THE TOP SKY (148th floor) is allowed to stay for 30 minutes, then the visitor is asked to move to the 124th floor.

Once you have enjoyed the views and taken photos you can get into the same elevator and go down.

The visit is over.

History in interesting facts and figures

In 1995, the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid, handed over power to his brother, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid. Sheikh Mohammed is a very active person; he has not lost his energy even now at the age of 72!

It was Sheikh Mohammed who started restructuring Dubai's economy. He did not want to concentrate on trade and oil, but to develop other sectors: tourism, construction, financial services, and high technology. The list of his initiatives is huge: the Burj Al Arab Hotel, Emirates Airlines, the Palm Islands, and much more. An important project was the Downtown area, in the center of which the Burj Khalifa was located.

In the basic project, the skyscraper was to be only 90 floors, and did not claim any records. It is believed that it was Sheikh Mohammed who decided to create the record-breaking skyscraper.

Samsung C&T, a construction company in the Samsung holding company, was chosen as the main contractor for the project. Before that, Samsung C&T worked on Taipei 101 (at that time the world's tallest skyscraper) and Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur. The main work was carried out by Al Ghurair Investment from the UAE.

The architects used the Y-shaped structure of Tower Palace III in Seoul, South Korea, which was built by Samsung C&T. The side "petals" taper in steps, repeating the spiral shape of the minaret of the mosque in Samarra, pictured near, click to enlarge.

There is another more romantic version. In section, the base of the Burj Khalifa resembles the flower of a spider lily, and it is this natural shape that inspired architect Adrian Smith.

The petals serve to support the main trunk of the Burj Khalifa, and it is in the center that all communications, elevators and staircases (except for the fire escape stairs) are located. In total there are 57 elevators and 8 escalators in the building.

The greatest care was taken to ensure the stability of the building. In Dubai there are sandstorms with wind speeds up to 50 km/h (31 mi/h), as we told in the review "Weather in the UAE". The petals taper in steps to form terraces, and there are a total of 27 such terraces. As a result, the Burj Khalifa swings only 1.5 meters (5 feet) in normal weather.

Architect Marshall Strabala gave details of the original design of the Burj Khalifa in an interview. The building was originally planned to be only 808 meters (2,650 feet) high. Another 20 meters were added for better aesthetics.

In the first draft the Burj Khalifa was planned as a purely residential building, and only in the course of construction work it was decided that this was not economically feasible. In the initial design it was decided to install the world's first three-story elevators at the Burj Khalifa, but later that idea was abandoned in favor of two-story elevators.

The difficult conditions in the United Arab Emirates required a unique project. But the process of construction of skyscrapers in the UAE is also specific, because no good foundation can be built on sand.

In 2003, the first 33 test wells were drilled. Under the construction site turned out to be soft limestone and siltstones. Drilling to a depth of 140 meters (460 feet) did not give the right results, the hard rocks under the site of the future Burj Khalifa were not found. It was not very good, but it was still possible to build a skyscraper in such a place.

It was necessary to ensure the stability not of quality, but of quantity. 192 piles of reinforced concrete were used for the foundation, each 1.5 (5 feet) meters in diameter and 43 meters (141 feet) in length. It took 45,000 cubic meters (1,589,160 cubic feet) of concrete, weighing a total of 110,000 tons.

The Burj Khalifa was built with a special concrete. It is difficult to get concrete that could withstand the record loads of the mass of the building and temperatures up to +50°C (122°F) degrees. The mixture was only poured at night when the temperature was lower and the humidity was higher. During the summer months, ice was added to the mixture.

Construction of the main part of the building began on January 6, 2004.

The building has many unique engineering systems. The water system consists of more than 10 kilometers (7.2 miles) of pipes that pump 946,000 liters (250,000 gallons) of water a day. But the emergency firefighting system is even larger, with 213 kilometers (132 miles) of pipes. There is also a secondary pipe system to supply water to the air conditioners - 34 kilometers (21 miles).

Naturally, it is not realistic to pump water through pipes to such a height. Therefore there are tanks every 30 floors and pumps pump water between these tanks.

The air conditioning system by Voltas is very interesting. The system draws air from the very top of the Burj Khalifa, where the air is cleaner and cooler. The difference between the air temperature at the base and at the top is 6 degrees. The system consumes 46 MW. The water used by the air conditioners is used to irrigate the neighboring park.

The outside surface of the Burj Khalifa is covered with special slabs that reflect the sun's rays in order to prevent the building from overheating under the hot sun. These slabs often prevent tourists from taking pictures because of glares. The tower surface is covered with 24,348 such plates, each weighing 362 kilograms (798 pounds) and measuring 3.25x1.37 meters (10.6x.4.5 feet) The total surface area is 120,000 square meters (1,291,670 square feet).

These tiles, of course, need to be cleaned. At the Burj Khalifa there are three rail systems on different floors, on which a special machine rides to clean the windows. These machines were developed by CoxGomyl (Melbourne, Australia), the cost of the system is 8 million US dollars. On the upper 27 floors and the spire work the usual climbers on ropes. Under normal conditions, it takes three to four months for machines and people to clean all the windows.

To build the reinforced concrete structure of the Burj Khalifa, Putzmeister had to develop a new ultra-high-pressure concrete pump, the BSA 14000 SHP-D. It has a pressure of up to 260 bar. This concrete pump set a world record by delivering concrete up to a height of 606 meters (2,000 feet).

A total of 55,000 tons of steel and 330,000 cubic meters (11,650,000 cubic feet) of concrete were used for the Burj Khalifa.

On March 21, 2006 there was a riot among the migrant workers building the Burj Khalifa. 2,500 workers began to smash cars, offices, and everything in sight. The total damage was estimated at USD 300,000 by the Dubai Ministry of Interior. Migrant workers were protesting against difficult working conditions, low wages, and non-payment. Read more about this problem in our review "Citizens and migrants in the UAE".

Already by June 2006, the building had grown to 50 stories.

In 2006, there was another event of indirect relation to the Burj Khalifa. On January 4, Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid died and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid ascended to the throne. In fact, Sheikh Mohammed ruled the Emirate of Dubai for 11 years now, his power is now fully official.

The year 2007 was a year of records.

February 2007. The Burj Khalifa broke the record for the number of floors, previously behind the Willis Towers skyscraper (Chicago, USA).

May 2007. The Burj Khalifa reaches 130 floors, sets a new record for the height of concrete pumping (at 452 meters, 1,483 feet), previously for Taipei 101 (449.2 meters, 1,473 feet).

July 2007. The Burj Khalifa reaches a height of 141 floors (510 meters, 1,673 feet) and becomes the tallest skyscraper, previously the record holder was Taipei 101 (509.2 meters, 1670.6 feet).

August 2007. Burj Khalifa reached the height of 527 meters (1,729 feet) and became the tallest building over the Willis Tower (Chicago, USA).

September 2007. The Burj Khalifa reaches a height of 555.3 meters (1,821.8 feet) and becomes the tallest free-standing (not supported) structure on earth, surpassing CN Tower (Toronto, Canada).

April 2008. Burj Khalifa reached the height of 629 meters (2,063.6 feet), bypassed the mast of KVLY-TV (North Dakota, USA) and became the highest man-made structure in the world.

September 2008. The Burj Khalifa reaches a height of 688 meters (2,257 feet) and becomes the tallest structure ever built by humans, surpassing the Warsaw radio mast (note: was the tallest structure, but collapsed in 1991).

On January 17, 2009, the Burj Khalifa reached its maximum height of 829.8 meters (2,722.4 feet) with the top antenna.

On October 1, 2009, Emaar, the customer of the construction, announced that the exterior finish was complete.

The grand opening took place on January 4, 2010. At the opening the guests were in for a surprise - the tower was renamed. All this time it was called Burj Dubai. The Emirate of Dubai had no money to complete the construction. The economic crisis of 2007-2010 strongly affected the emirate economy.

Debts only for construction projects were already USD 80 billion. The federal government lent Dubai USD 10 billion to finish the ongoing projects.

In gratitude for this help, the tower was named Burj Khalifa in honor of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Emir of Abu Dhabi.

The final figures became known at the ceremony: the total weight of the structure is 500,000 tons, the height of 828 meters (2,716 feet), 163 full floors, another 46 floors in the spire, the total floor area - 310,000 square meters (3,336,800 square feet), the maximum occupancy - 35,000 people, the total project cost - 1.5 billion US dollars.

On March 10, 2010 CTBUH (Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Environment) officially declared Burj Khalifa the tallest building in the world.

Armani Hotel (on the photo on the left, click to enlarge) is located on 15 of the first 39 floors; its 304 rooms were designed by Giorgio Armani himself. The hotel was scheduled to open on March 18, 2010, but was postponed several times and finally the hotel opened on April 27, 2010.

Up to 108 floors are residential apartments, the floors above are office space. On the 43rd, 76th and 123rd floors are "Sky Lobby" - special floors where people are transferred from the high-speed main line to small local elevators. A total of 57 elevators in the Burj Khalifa, including 7 double-deck elevators, with a maximum speed of 10 m/s (32.8 ft/s). The elevators are manufactured by OTIS.

On the floors of the Sky Lobby are swimming pools, which serve as mass dampers. There are SPA-centers with an interesting floor design, evoking a feeling of walking on water. Floors 122, 123, 124 are used only for Sky Lobby, observation decks and At.Mosphere restaurant.

Two underground floors are used for parking of up to 3,000 cars.

About apartments sales

This is a very interesting part of the Burj Khalifa story.

In March 2009, Mohamed Ali Alabbar of Emaar Properties made an announcement. He announced the price of office space at USD 43,000 per square meter and residential space at USD 37,500 per square meter.

The press reported that the apartments were all bought out within eight hours of going on sale. Of course, this was a provocation, nothing more. The provocation did not work and only undermined Emaar's reputation. No one believed that in the midst of an economic crisis there could be such a rush in demand for ultra-expensive real estate.

For the United Arab Emirates, the Burj Khalifa skyscraper has become a symbol of a new round of UAE history, a new era of independence from oil revenues. Many were expected to want to join the national pride, but expectations were not met.

Ten months after opening, office rents were down 40% and 825 of the 900 apartments were empty. By 2013 alone, Emaar had sold 80% of the apartments.

As a business project, the Burj Khalifa was a failure, but that is not surprising. Remember the former record-breaker, Taipei 101, where some of the premises are still empty. And at the Burj Khalifa the apartments are empty and can still be found on the market (note: this page was updated in 2022). No super skyscraper has yet become super profitable.

The list of Burj Khalifa's world records

- The tallest structure ever built by humans is 828 meters (2,716 feet). Previously the record belonged to the Warsaw Radio Mast (collapsed in 1991) with a height of 646.4 meters (2,120 feet).

- The tallest structure ever built and exists now is 828 meters (2,716 feet). Earlier the record belonged to the Warsaw KVLY-TV mast with a height of 628.8 meters (2,063 feet).

- The tallest structure standing on its own is 828 meters (2,716 feet). Previously, the record belonged to CN Tower with a height of 553.3 meters (1,815 feet).

- The tallest skyscraper is 828 meters (2,716 feet). Previously, the record belonged to Taipei 101 with a height of 509.2 meters (1,670 feet).

- The tallest skyscraper by antenna height is 829.8 meters (2,722 feet). Previously the record belonged to the Willis Tower - 527 meters (1,729 feet).

- The highest number of floors is 211 (including the spire floors). Earlier the record belonged to the World Trade Center (now defunct) - 110 floors. Even if the Burj Khalifa does not count the floors in the spire, the record still counts.

- The longest staircase in the skyscraper leads to the 160th floor and has 2909 steps.

- The longest elevator route is 504 meters (1,653 feet).

- The highest nightclub is the 144th floor.

- The highest restaurant (At.Mosphere) - 122nd floor and 442 meters (1,450 feet).

- The highest library in the world is on the 123rd floor.

Broken world records

The Burj Khalifa was the building with the highest inhabited floor at 584.5 meters (1,917 feet). But in 2015, the Shanghai Tower broke that record.

The Burj Khalifa had the tallest observation deck on the 148th floor (555 meters, 1,820 feet). The record was broken by the Shanghai Tower.

Extreme

On Jan 8, 2010, base jumpers Nasr Al Niyadi and Omar Al Hegelan broke the world record for skydiving from buildings. They jumped from a special platform on the 160th floor (672 meters, 2204 feet). Both athletes are from the UAE Aviation Society. The action was clearly intended as an advertisement for the Burj Khalifa.

On April 21, 2014, Frenchmen Vinz Reffet and Fred Fugen jumped from the top of the Burj Khalifa from a height of 828 meters (2,716 feet). This world record will no longer be broken until somebody builds a building even higher than the Burj Khalifa. They are in the photo next to each other, click on the photo to enlarge.

Unfortunately, these Frenchmen will not set new records, as Vinz Reffe died on November 17, 2020 in Dubai while testing a jetpack.

On March 29, 2011 Alan "The French Spiderman" Robert climbed to the very top of the Burj Khalifa. It took him six hours.

In 2014, during the Dubai Shopping Festival, a real vertical fashion show was held on the surface of the Burj Khalifa.

Helpful tips

Try to arrive on a weekday rather than a weekend or holiday so that there are fewer people on the observation deck. See our review "Public holidays in the UAE" for a schedule of holidays. Weekends in the UAE are Friday from noon, Saturday, and Sunday, read about it in our review "Weekends in the UAE".

There are two more interesting observation decks in Dubai. Read about them as you might even like them more. They are The Dubai Frame and The View at The Palm.

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How Much Money to Take to the UAE

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Tourist Taxes in the UAE

Alcohol in the UAE

Cigarettes and Smoking in the UAE

Vape and iQos in the UAE

TRANSPORT

Dubai Metro - Fares and Map

Taxi in the UAE - Fares and Guide

NOL Transport Card Dubai

Dubai Tram

Dubai Monorail

Buses in the UAE

FROM AIRPORT TO CITY

From Dubai Airport (DXB) to City

From Al Maktoum Airport (DWC) to City

From Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) to City

From Sharjah Airport (SHJ) to City

TRIPS BETWEEN EMIRATES

From Dubai to Abu-Dhabi

Free Buses Dubai - Abu-Dhabi

From Sharjah to Dubai

From Ras Al-Khaimah to Dubai

From Ajman to Dubai

From Fujairah to Dubai

From Umm Al-Quwain to Dubai

TELECOM

Internet in the UAE

Cheap Calls from the UAE

Free SIM-card in Dubai

UAE Phone Codes

EMIRATES

Dubai

Deira

Bur Dubai

Dubai Marina

Jumeirah

Downtown

TOP Attractions in Dubai

Beaches in Dubai

Abu Dhabi

Al Ain

Yas Island

Beaches in Abu Dhabi

Sharjah

Beaches in Sharjah

Ajman

Ras Al Khaimah

Umm Al Quwain

Fujairah

ATTRACTIONS IN THE UAE

Best Attractions in the UAE

Free Attractions in the UAE

DUBAI

Burj Khalifa

Dubai Fountain

Excursions in Dubai

How to Save on Entertainment in Dubai

DUBAI MALL

The Best in Dubai Mall

Dubai Aquarium

Candylicious in Dubai Mall

Waterfall in Dubai Mall

DUBAI DEIRA

Gold Market in Dubai

Al Mamzar Beach and Park

Deira Clock Tower

City Centre Deira Mall

JUMEIRAH DISTRICT

Burj Al Arab

Wild Wadi Water Park

Jumeirah Mosque

Dubai Marina Mall

Madinat Jumeirah

Jumeirah Beach

PALM JUMEIRAH

Aquaventure

The Lost Chambers

Dolphin Bay

Palm Fountains

The View at the Palm

DUBAI PARKS AND RESORTS

LEGOLAND

MOTIONGATE

LEGOLAND Water Park

BLUEWATERS ISLAND

Ain Dubai

Madame Tussauds

BUR DUBAI

The Dubai Frame

Dubai Dolphinarium

Al Fahidi Fort Museum

Museum of the Future

DUBAI - SOUTH-EAST

Global Village

Miracle Garden

Butterfly Garden

IMG Worlds of Adventure

MALL OF THE EMIRATES

Mall of the Emirates

Ski Dubai

ABU DHABI CITY

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Louvre Abu Dhabi

Emirates Palace

Observation Deck at 300

Sheikh Zayed Memorial

Heritage Village

Corniche Waterfront

Sir Bani Yas

YAS ISLAND

Ferrari World

Formula Rossa

Galleria Ferrari

Warner Bros Park

Yas WaterWorld

Yas Marina & Formula 1

Yas Mall

SHARJAH

Sharjah Fountains

Sharjah Aquarium

Museum of Islamic Civilization

Al Noor Mosque

Mega Mall

AJMAN

Ajman Fish Market

Ajman Fort and Museum

City Centre Ajman Mall

UMM AL QUWAIN

DreamLand Water Park

NATIONAL CUISINE

Emirati Cuisine - What to Taste

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