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Whenever we think of Dubai, the famous Burj Khalifa comes to mind. The Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world. But that's not all there is to the mammoth structure. The building is often considered the crowning jewel of Dubai. Boasting over 160 floors, the amenities inside of the building are synonymous with luxury and are the absolute best in technology.

If you're planning to visit the Burj Khalifa and aren't quite sure where to start, we've got you covered. We have all the essential information, tips, and tricks to make the most of your Burj Khalifa journey.

Essential Information for Visiting Burj Khalifa

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burj khalifa tips
burj khalifa tips

Handy information

⏰ Suggested Duration:2.5 hours
☀️ Best Time to Visit:Early in the Morninngs or Evenings
💜 Must See:Level 125 outdoor observation deck.
🎟️ Burj Khalifa Entry Ticket: AED 162 onward
🍝 Where to Eat:At.mosphere

Opening hours

Every day from 8:30 am to 11 pm

Top attractions

At The Top, Burj Khalifa Sky (L148.L125.L124)
The Lounge, Burj Khalifa (L154, L153, L152)
The Three Gardens at the Base of Burj Khalifa
Dancing water fountain


1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd
Downtown Dubai - Dubai
United Arab Emirates
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Burj Khalifa Ticket Options

Top 10 Burj Khalifa Tips

#1. Visit the Burj Khalifa during sunset

The Burj Khalifa observation decks are open to visitors till 11 pm everyday. However, to make the most out of your Burj Khalifa tour, visit the observation decks during sunset from 4 pm to 6:30 pm. Levels 124 through 125 allow for 360° views of Dubai, sprawled at the feet of the Burj Khalifa. At level 124, using Avant Garde, high-powered telescopes, you can look into the world below. At level 125, the observation deck is beautifully decorated with Arabic Mashrabiya details. You can also have an immersive experience in the observation deck, where you can feel and hear the glass crack under your foot as you experience Dubai from 456 meters in the air!

#2. Book your tickets in advance

The Burj Khalifa is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Dubai and no visit to this city is complete without a trip to the tower. However, due to the high tourist demand for the Burj Khalifa and the long wait lines to get into the building, you should book your tickets in advance. This will allow you to set your own time and skip the waiting lines!

#3. For a special experience of level 148, book an Introductory tour

If you want to experience Dubai in peak luxury, you should try out the Burj Khalifa SKY experience. The Burj Khalifa SKY experience is the height of opulence and luxury. While the general access Burj Khalifa observation decks go only to the 125th floor, the Burj Khalifa SKY observation decks go all the way to the 148th floor! Enjoy a traditional cup of coffee from the Burj Khalifa's Khalla, and enjoy some premium dates as you soak in the incredible views from 555 meters above the ground! The premium lounge also comes with your guest ambassador, who will guide you through the tour!

#4. If you’re a morning person, book the Sunrise + Breakfast tickets from the official website for a unique experience

burj khalifa tips

If you are a morning person and want to experience a sunrise like never before, book the Sunrise + Breakfast tickets from the official website. The crowds are usually non-existent at this time of the day. In this package, you will also get a snack, a cookie, and a soft beverage of your choice at The Cafe. The Sunrise + Breakfast tickets time of admission is from 5-7:30 am. The observation deck on the 124th floor gives an amazing view of Dubai waking up from its slumber and starting its day. There is no better way to start your day!

#5. Have a meal at the world’s highest restaurant, AT.MOSPHERE

This restaurant sits 442 meters above the ground and overlooks downtown Dubai’s most iconic tourist attractions. Enjoy a beautiful dinner, lunch or brunch at AT.MOSPHERE. The restaurant offers some of the best European cuisines made with top-quality ingredients. You'll be spoilt for choice with its menu selections like foie gras, oysters, and wagyu tenderloin. If you are planning to dine in the evening, ask them to reserve the fountain-facing seats for you!

#6. Watch the dancing fountains from the top

burj khalifa tips

Another famous attraction in Dubai is the dancing fountain located at the Dubai Mall. Every thirty minutes, the dancing fountain puts on a light, music, and water display from 6 pm every day! The mesmerizing display looks even better from the observation decks in the Burj Khalifa! Book yourself a time slot to visit the observation decks post 6 pm and witness the gorgeous dancing fountains from a unique angle!

#7. Wear comfortable shoes, and be sure to dress appropriately, according to the Dubai Dress Code

Dubai lies on a desert belt; therefore, you can expect the days' temperature to rise to high degrees. And the whole of the Dubai mall and the Burj Khalifa covers over 2 million square feet of space. Therefore you should wear comfortable shoes.

Also, make sure to follow the Dubai Dress Code. It is recommended to dress modestly in pubic by covering your shoulders and knees. It is also discouraged to wear tight or revealing clothing for both men and women when out in public places. We suggest you bring a cardigan or shawl with you when you leave the house.

#8. Plan your visit to other attractions around the Burj Khalifa (Dubai Mall, Dubai Aquarium, Burj Park, Dubai Ice Rink)

burj khalifa tips

One of the best Burj Khalifa tips we can give you is to visit the other attractions near the Burj Khalifa! Have an open-air tea time at the Dubai Mall, or visit the underwater creatures in the Dubai Aquarium. You could also go for a stroll at Burj Park and finally finish off the day with a visit to the Dubai indoor ice skating rink! Group your tours to make the most out of your trip!

#9. Visit The Lounge on Floor 152+153+154

If you want to live life on the high rise, look no further than Burj Khalifa's 'The Lounge’. The Lounge is the world's highest lounge at 585 meters and is the ultimate lap of luxury. You can play in the clouds with an exclusive tour of the outdoor terrace! Enjoy the world from the skies as you munch on delicate canapes and delight in the wide selections of teas and coffees on offer! Or, if you are in the mood for some bubbly, sample The Lounge's selection of House beverages and sparkling wines!

#10. Stay the night at the Armani Hotel for a luxurious night

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To experience the ultimate feat of luxury, stay in the Armani Hotels for a night! These designer hotels were made by the fashion giant Armani, and each suite is delicately crafted to complement the views and Burj Khalifa’s decadent aesthetic. With this hotel room, you can access the hotel spas, gyms, and saunas. Besides the amenities, you also get access to the world’s most coveted nightclub, the Armani Prive.

Best time to visit Burj Khalifa

Dubai falls on a desert belt. Therefore it is no surprise that it is hot here all year round. The winter months from November to April have some of the mildest temperatures, making it a good time to head out and experience the Burj Khalifa However, Dubai has some of the clearest skies during the summer months. So for a better view of the city, you can choose to visit the Burj Khalifa between May and October. But on the other hand, Dubai is also less tourist-friendly from May to October due to the hot, humid weather. If you're planning a trip during this time, be mindful of the Ramadan holidays, when eating and drinking in public are prohibited. Visit the Burj Khalifa early in the morning to beat the crowds. Anywhere between 8-10 am works great. You can also book tickets to visit the Burj Khalifa at dawn. This will allow you to witness the sunrise from the Burj Khalifa observation decks followed with a light breakfast.

Tips to save money at Burj Khalifa

  • It is almost always cheaper to buy tickets online than to buy them on-site. As a bonus, you can control your admit time and skip the long wait lines!
  • Group your visits so that you can visit several attractions in one visit to downtown Dubai! Buy combo tickets for almost 20% cheaper!
  • Skip the cafe lunches- the Burj Khalifa observation decks will have cafes and bars. Though you will be experiencing dining at one of the most exclusive observation decks in the world, the prices are also bound to be high.
  • Ask to see if your hotel offers shuttles. In most cases, hotels will offer free or low-cost transportation to and from the hotel.
  • Skip the 'premium' experiences like the 'At the top SKY' experience or dinner at the AT.MOSPHERE.


Are there any hotels inside the Burj Khalifa?

 The Burj Khalifa commissioned Giorgio Armani, the fashion powerhouse, to curate their first-ever hotel! The atelier made sure to inject class, elegance, and fashion in every step of creating their hotel. You, too, can now stay in one of their suites! 

What is the highest observation deck in the Burj Khalifa?

Contrary to popular belief, the ‘At the Top, Burj Khalifa's observation decks are not the highest in the building. The ‘At the Top, Burj Kalifa SKY is the highest observation deck in the building. 

Do residents live in the Burj Khalifa??

Levels 19 to 108 of the Burj Khalifa are reserved for the lucky 900 residents who can afford this jet-set lifestyle. The apartments come in studio, one, two, three, and four-bedroom configurations. Some people live in these apartments. They also enjoy a whole host of amenities like exclusive sky Lobbies, state-of-the-art gyms, and indoor/outdoor swimming pools!

What art installations can I find inside the Burj Khalifa?

In the lobby of the residences for the apartments, you can find the piece, World Voices, made by artist Jaume Plensa. The art replicates the tones of people used worldwide; the water falling on cymbals creates a gentle chorus.  

The Burj Khalifa also has the world’s tallest art gallery. Here you will find art commissioned by 85 artists. All of their work is distinctly different yet imbibes Arabic cultural context.


What attractions are near the Burj Khalifa?

Once you are done touring the Burj Khalifa, consider heading downtown to visit the plethora of attractions awaiting you! Some of them are as listed below. 

  • The Dubai Mall

  • Souk Al Bahar

  • Address Downtown Dubai

  • Address Dubai Mall

  • Palace Downtown Dubai

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