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Burj Khalifa has made it to multiple travel bucket lists and rightly so. It is the tallest building in the world at 828 meters (2,716.5 feet). To put things into perspective, it’s three times as tall as the Eiffel Tower and nearly twice as tall as the Empire State Building.

Designed by Adrian Smith to resemble a spider lily, Burj Khalifa is also the tallest free-standing structure and has the highest observation deck (at 555 meters) in the world. There are two observation decks: At The Top, situated on the 124th and 125th floors, and At The Top Sky on the 148th floor.

The view from Burj Khalifa's decks is breathtaking, where you can see the Dubai skyline stretching as far as the eye can see. The decks also offer a unique aerial view of The Dubai Fountain. The legendary skyscraper is an architectural marvel; if you are planning to visit, here’s all you need to know about Burj Khalifa tickets, entrances, timings, and offers.

Burj Khalifa entrance from Dubai Mall

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Burj Khalifa has one main entrance, through Dubai Mall. As you head to the Burj Khalifa elevator via the lower ground floor of the Dubai Mall, you will see two different elevator lines, one for those who have purchased At The Top Burj Khalifa tickets and the other for those who wish to explore other accessible levels, without tickets.

If you have bought the tickets to see the world from atop, hop on to the Observatory elevators, which are double deck cabs that travel at 10 m/s to reach the two observation decks:

• At The Top: Situated on the 124th and 125th floors.
• At The Top Sky: Situated on the 148th floor.

1. At The Top entrance

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The elevator in Burj Khalifa takes just a minute to reach the observation deck on the 124th floor, which is located at a height of 452 meters. On Level 124, there are high-powered telescopes which offer you a clear view of the city’s landscape. You can also spend some time on the observation terrace. Meanwhile, Level 125 offers a 360-degree view, known as the “Dubai – A Falcon’s Eye View,” of the city. On this level, you have the option of clicking a green screen photo and enjoying a virtual reality game where the glass cracks underneath you. Quite literally an earth-shattering experience! Grab your Burj Khalifa At The Top tickets for a speedy entry.

2. At The Top Sky entrance

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To feel like you’re on top of the world, go right up to the 148th floor - Burj Khalifa’s highest observation deck which can be accessed from Level 124. Level 148 is located at a whopping 555 meters above the ground; as you can imagine, the view is simply sensational. Not only is the view spectacular, but Level 148 is generally less frequented by visitors. So, if you’re looking to avoid the crowds and just bask in the glorious sunlight, get a Burj Khalifa At The Top Sky ticket. It also offers a luxurious experience to visitors, with a personalized tour, luxury lounge and an interactive experience where you are surrounded by a life-size motion-sensing screen that allows you to explore different corners of the Emirate.

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Burj Khalifa: Essentials

There are two time slots during which you can visit Burj Khalifa:
Prime hours: 3 PM - 6 PM. In this time slot, you'll be able to witness mesmerizing views of the sunset.
Non-prime hours: 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM and 7 PM - 11 PM.
Prime hours for Levels 124 and 125: 4 PM - 6 PM
Prime hours for Level 148: 9:30 AM - 6 PM.
Burj Khalifa is open throughout the week, all year round.
You can avoid rush hours by visiting between 8:30 AM - 10 AM | 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM | after 8:30 PM.

To avoid waiting in long lines while buying Burj Khalifa tickets, its best to purchase skip-the-line tickets online. You can also get some great Burj Khalifa offers while booking online: instant ticket confirmation, excellent combo deals and fast track access to the top.

Getting there

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The entrance to the Burj Khalifa is through the Dubai Mall and the closest mall exit that leads to the skyscraper is the one near the Dubai Fountain. If you’re staying in Downtown Dubai, you can walk to the Dubai Mall. Here are the best ways to get to Dubai Mall to get into the Burj Khalifa:

By metro

Get off at the Burj Khalifa stop on the metro’s red line (which actually drops you off at the Dubai Mall) and you can hop onto the feeder bus or walk to the mall. If you decide to walk to the mall, you can take the Metro Link Bridge, which has the same operating hours as Dubai Mall:
Monday to Thursday: 10 AM to 11 PM, Friday to Sunday: 10 AM to 12 AM.
The Dubai metro runs from 5 AM to 12 AM (Monday to Thursday) | 5 AM - 1 AM on Fridays | 5 AM - 12 AM on Saturdays | 8 AM - 12 AM on Sundays

By bus

There are two buses that service The Dubai Mall every 16 minutes: Route 27 which picks up passengers from the Deira Gold Souk Bus Station and Route 29 from the Ghubaiba Station. The buses arrive and depart from the tourist drop-off area located in front of the Grand Drive Entrance, lower ground floor of The Dubai Mall. You can access the buses with your Nol red ticket.

By taxi

You can also take a taxi to the Burj Khalifa; while it may be the fastest option, it is the least economical one. Meter fare start from AED 1.6/kilometer. Waiting fare is AED 0.5/kilometer. Starting fee for regular taxis is AED 3 (6 AM to 10 PM) and AED 3.50 (10 PM to 6 AM). Starting fee for pre-booked taxis is AED 6 (day) and AED 7 (night).

Burj Khalifa entrances: Visiting tips

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  • If you’re keen on watching the sunset, get a weekday ticket because weekends always attract a lot of people. Burj Khalifa sunset tickets are a steal buy and worth the extra money spent.
  • There’s no entrance to Burj Khalifa from the outside, only from the Dubai Mall. The closest mall exit that leads to Burj Khalifa is the one near the fountain and this is the one that could save you some time.
  • No large pieces of luggage are allowed inside, but you can check them in at the Secure Baggage Area located near the entrance. Handbags, cameras and other small accessories are allowed inside.
  • If you have chosen to head to Level 148, you will be served a complimentary drink and some traditional dates. But if you haven’t, make sure you carry a bottle of water as drinks are not served on the upper floors.
  • If possible, visit the Burj Khalifa on a foggy morning. When a thick layer of fog settles over the city of Dubai, it appears as though you are standing above the clouds.
  • You can download the official app of the Burj Khalifa “At the Top” experience where you will find all the information you need.
  • Plan a visit to one of the many coveted Burj Khalifa restaurants and enjoy a meal in the skies.


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