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Plan the perfect visit to Burj Khalifa with this guide

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Burj Khalifa, standing at an impressive height of over 828 meters, is a defining feature of Dubai's skyline. As the world's tallest building, it boasts more than 160 floors and provides you with a unique opportunity to enjoy a panoramic view of the Persian Gulf from its highest outdoor observation deck located at 555 meters above ground level. The building itself is a marvel of modern technology and engineering.

When planning your visit to Burj Khalifa, there are several key factors to consider, whether you are in the process of purchasing tickets or have already secured them. This guide aims to provide all the essential information you need, without any unnecessary embellishments, to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience.

Burj Khalifa

Before you visit Burj Khalifa

It’s no doubt that Burj Khalifa is a hit amongst everyone! From tiny kids to senior citizens, the Burj Khalifa does not fail to make everyone gasp in admiration. As the tallest building in the world, it also boasts the world's highest observatory. But there's more to the experience than just its height. Your visit entails a remarkable elevator ride to the top, a fascinating museum exploration, and the opportunity to dine at the world's highest restaurant. Whether you're an architecture enthusiast or simply seeking breathtaking views, Burj Khalifa promises to surpass your expectations.

Best time to visit

When it comes to experiencing Burj Khalifa at its best, timing is everything. Here's a breakdown of the best times to visit and some tips to enhance your experience.


The magic of Burj Khalifa truly shines during sunset. Picture a sky painted in hues of pink and orange, creating the most beautiful backdrop as the city transitions into its night-time charm. Aim to visit during this golden hour for an unforgettable experience.

Seasonal Insights

  • Peak Season (November to March): Expect larger crowds during this period. If you prefer a lively atmosphere and don't mind the hustle, this is the time to go.
  • Off-Season (April to August): Enjoy a quieter visit. Weekdays and non-prime hours during these months offer a good experience without compromising on views..
  • Moderate Season (September to October): This season isn’t too crowded. Consider weekdays for a more relaxed visit.

Prime vs Non-Prime Hours:

  • Prime Hours: These are your sunset hours. Every day usually between 3pm and 7pm the tickets to visit Burj Khalifa go up. But you’re paying the price to look at some of the best views you can from Burj Khalifa!
  • Non-Prime Hours: Opt for before 3pm or after 7pm for a calmer experience and reduced ticket costs. Weekdays, especially Wednesday or Thursday, are recommended for fewer crowds.

In conclusion, a sunset visit to Burj Khalifa, preferably on a weekday between April and August, offers a perfect blend of stunning views and a manageable crowd. Plan ahead, time your visit wisely, and get ready for a memorable experience at the world's tallest building.
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Burj Khalifa, Dubai

Tickets to Burj Khalifa

Opening hours

Burj Khalifa - At The Top:

  • Sunday to Thursday: 10am to 12am (last entry at 11pm)
  • Friday to Saturday: 8am to 12am (last entry at 11pm)
  • Prime Hours: Daily from 4pm to 6:30pm

Burj Khalifa - At The Top SKY:

  • Monday to Sunday: 12pm to 10pm (last entry at 9pm)
  • Prime Hours: Daily from 12pm to 6pm

At.Mosphere Burj Khalifa Dining Experience:

  • Afternoon Tea: 12:30pm to 3:30pm (last slot at 2:30pm)
  • Lunch with Wine: 12pm to 3:30pm (last slot at 2:30pm)
  • Breakfast: 7am to 10:30am (last slot at 10am)
Burj khalifa aerial view

Tips for visiting Burj Khalifa

  • The optimal timing for sunset views is from 4pm to 6:30pm. The experience is truly worth it!
  • Due to high demand, book your tickets ahead of time to avoid long queues and ensure entry.
  • Access Burj Khalifa through Dubai Mall. Head to the lower ground floor of the mall to find the entrance.
  • Consider booking an Introductory Tour for level 148 or try the luxurious Burj Khalifa SKY experience, which offers access to the 148th floor.
  • Don't miss the unique Sky Lobbies on levels 43, 76, and 123 with their stunning Middle Eastern design and amenities like lounges and indoor pools.
  • Catch the spectacular Dubai Fountain show every thirty minutes from 6pm onward. The view from Burj Khalifa's observation decks adds to the charm of the display.

Getting to Burj Khalifa

🚗 By Car:

Location: Dubai Mall

If you're driving, map your location to Dubai Mall for parking. Remember, Burj Khalifa's entrance is through Dubai Mall regardless of your mode of transport.

🚇 By Metro:

Station name: Burj Khalifa/ Dubai Mall Metro Station

Take the Red Line to Burj Khalifa/ Dubai Mall Metro Station. From there, you can walk or take the F13 bus to Dubai Mall Bus Stop.

🚌 By Bus:

Stop name: Dubai Mall Bus Stop

Two buses, Route 27 from Deira Gold Souk Bus Station and Route 29 from Ghubaiba Station, serve The Dubai Mall every 16 minutes.

🚕 By Taxi:

Location: Dubai Mall

Taxis are available, but they can be more expensive. Starting fare ranges from AED 5 to AED 5.50 depending on the time of day, with additional charges for booking and distance.

Amenities and accessibility

  • Ticketing: Children under 4 don't need tickets. Kids aged 4-12 have discounted rates, while those 12 and above pay the full fare.
  • Luggage: Large bags aren't allowed inside, but you can store them at the Secured Baggage Area near the entrance.
  • Official App: Download the Burj Khalifa "At the Top" app for all necessary information.
  • Parking: You can park your car at Dubai Mall. There's plenty of parking available.
  • Wi-Fi: Enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi during your visit.
  • Photo Kiosks: You get to capture memorable moments at At the Top with dedicated photo kiosks.
  • Wheelchair Accessibility: The At the Top experience is wheelchair accessible.
  • Restrictions: Service animals aren't allowed. The VR experience is for ages 10 and above, and individuals with certain health conditions like pregnancy, heart issues, vertigo, or dizziness shouldn't participate in the VR activity due to safety reasons.

What to see at Burj Khalifa:

Burj Khalifa At the Top: Level 124 & 125
At The Top - Level 124 & 125

These observation decks offer a breathtaking view of Dubai. Use high-powered telescopes on Level 124 and step onto the open terrace on Level 125 for panoramic skyline views. Don't miss "Dubai – A Falcon’s Eye View" on Level 125 for a unique perspective.

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People enjoying the view with refreshments at the lounge at level 148, Burj Khalifa
At The Top SKY - Level 148

For a premium experience, visit the highest observation deck at 555 meters on the 148th floor. Enjoy a 30-minute timed experience with access to a luxury lounge for signature refreshments.

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The Burj Khalifa Lift
The Burj Khalifa Lift

With At the Top SKY tickets, start your journey on the 124th floor before heading to Level 148. The lift offers a captivating light show, showcasing Burj Khalifa's history and legacy as you ascend.

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Tourist enjoying the lounge at Burj Khalifa
The Lounge

Visit Burj Lounge, the world's highest lounge at 585 meters on the 152nd floor. Indulge in breakfast, tea, or drinks while marveling at Dubai's view from the clouds.

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