World’s tallest building. A living wonder. Stunning work of art. Incomparable feat of engineering. Burj Khalifa is all that. In idea and execution, Burj Khalifa has no peer.
Construction of the Burj Khalifa began in 2004, with the exterior completed 5 years later in 2009. The primary structure is reinforced concrete. The building was opened in 2010 as part of a new development named Downtown Dubai. It is designed to be the centerpiece of large-scale, mixed-use development. The decision to build the building is apparently based on the government’s decision to diversify from an oil-based economy, and for Dubai to gain international recognition. The building was named in honour of the ruler of Abu Dhabi and president of the United Arab Emirates, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan; Abu Dhabi and the UAE government lent Dubai money to pay its debts. Burj Khalifa broke many height records, including its designation as the tallest tower in the world.
It is also tangible proof of Dubai’s growing role in a changing world. In fewer than 30 years, this city has transformed itself from a regional center to a global one. This success was not based on oil reserves, but on reserves of human talent, ingenuity and initiative. Burj Khalifa embodies that vision.
In Experience What to Expect
Travel independently to Dubai Mall and start your journey to At the Top at Burj Khalifa. Ride the 213-foot (65-meter) moving sidewalk and as you travel, watch a multimedia presentation that expresses the story of Dubai and the building of the Burj Khalifa. Sight views of the Burj Khalifa at the end of the sidewalk before stepping inside the elevator, rising 33 feet (10 meters) every second to the 124th-floor observation point.
As the elevator opens, walk the perimeter of the full-height, wrap-round glass walls. Take in the amazing panoramas that stretch across the Palm Jumeirah, sail-shaped Burj Al-Arab and the gleaming yachts of Dubai Marina, and to the desert and Persian Gulf. If you’ve chosen to visit in the evening, admire the illuminated skyline of Dubai stretched below. Hone in on landmarks with the state-of-the-art telescopes and view the virtual snapshots that take you through their history.
If the weather allows, visit the outdoor terrace to experience the full force of the open views. Perhaps buy some Burj Khalifa mementos (own expense) at the gift store before you leave.
Most visitors feel that an hour to 90 minutes is sufficient to fully appreciate the views, but feel free to stay longer – your ticket lets you spend as long you wish at ‘At the Top.’
Your experience will end when you ride the elevator back down the tower and then leave Dubai Mall.
You can visit official website of Burj Khalifa for more information