Burj Khalifa is the top tourist attraction in Dubai as it is the tallest skyscraper in the world standing at 828.9 m. Its construction began in 2004, was completed in 2009 and was opened to the public on 27 April 2010 as part of the new Downtown Dubai. The design of the tower is inspired in patterning systems used in islamic architecture and has cultural and historical elements such as the spiral minaret. The skyscraper is surrounded by an 11 hectares park with a design also inspired bythe symmetries of the desert flower, Hymenocallis. The park has six water features including water jet fountains at the centre, gardens, flowering trees.
Burj Khalifa was designed by architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, counts with no less than 57 elevators and houses private residential apartments, hotels, restaurants, two swimming pools on floor 43rd and 76th, and many other commercial and private entities. The Armani Hotel occupies 15 of the lower 39 floors. Burj Khalifa is surrounded by a huge park also inspired and based on the symmetries of the desert flower, and has a series of pools and water jet fountains in the center.
Burj Khalifa counts with two observation decks offering spectacular view of the surroundings. One of them is located at 442 m on the 124th floor. The other, named At The Top is world’s highest observation deck at a hight of 555 m on 148th floor. From this level tourists can enjoy a spectacular 360 degree view of downtown Dubai. At The Top observation deck tickets give access to level 124 and 148 and tourists are escorted to a VIP lounge where coffee and dates are serverd before the guide proceeds with the tour.
Both observation decks are opened for public from 10:00 to 22:00 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday opened untill midnight). Opening hours for public may vary from time to time, please check the official website before visiting.
Ticket prices for the observation decks vary depending on the visiting hours. Tickets for access to 124th floor have a cost between 123 AED and 200 AED. At The Top tickets with access to floor 125 and 148 range between 350 AED and 500 AED. Tickets can only be purchased through the official booking website.