Tallest building worth that you need to visit

One of Dubai’s main attractions and currently the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa draws in hundreds of people daily to marvel at the views from its dizzying observation deck. But does it live up to the hype? Here’s everything you need to know before you plan a visit.


The Burj by numbers

As the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa boasts some pretty impressive numbers. It’s 828m tall and it took over 110,000 tonnes of concrete and 22 million man-hours to build. There are over 31,000 tonnes of steel rebar throughout its structure, which, if laid out end-to-end, would stretch a quarter of the way around the world.

Its exterior is clad with around 26,000 glass panels; these give it its mirror finish and are regularly polished by 36 brave window cleaners. Thanks to one of the world’s fastest elevators, you can also travel from the ground floor to level 124 in around a minute (that’s a speed of 10 metres per second).


The essentials

There are three different observation levels open to the public. The first two are part of the misleadingly named At The Top, which includes floors 124 and 125 at 452m (not actually at the top, but just over half way up the building). Then there’s luxury lounge, SKY, on level 148, which sits at a height of 555m.

It costs 200 AED for access to At The Top during peak hours, and you can pretty much spend as long as you like up there. Aside from the height, the main difference between the two observation decks is that SKY tends to be quieter and has soft seating scattered throughout, should you need to sit down after peering over the edge. A ticket for SKY(which costs a princely 500 AED for just 30 minutes) will also get you into At The Top.

It’s advisable to book in advance to ensure you get the best time, and if you’re banking on seeing sunset, book a slot at least 90 minutes before to get the most out of it. There are also sunrise slots bookable on Friday and Saturday during winter.