Famed as the “tallest man-made building in the world,” the Burj Khalifa is bound to astound you. Building first began in 2004, and it was opened for tourists in 2010; it quickly became the biggest attraction in Dubai.
The Sky Lounge, on the 148th floor, is the highest place in the world from which you can look down on a city.
After a brief introduction, we were guided to one of the fastest elevators in the world, operating at 10 meters per second. The entire building actually has 57 elevators and 6 escalators!
The craziest part is that the Sky Lounge isn’t even the highest floor. There are over 200 floors in the Burj Khalifa, but only 160 of them are occupied — with the 160th floor operating as a mosque.
At over 828 metres (2,716.5 feet) and more than 160 stories, Burj Khalifa holds the following records:
- Tallest building in the world
- Tallest free-standing structure in the world
- Highest number of stories in the world
- Highest occupied floor in the world
- Highest outdoor observation deck in the world
- Elevator with the longest travel distance in the world
- Tallest service elevator in the world
When Pre-booking your tickets, think about the time of day in which you want to visit. There is no time limit on how long you can stay up top observing the views once you show up for your time slot.
I knew that I wanted to see Dubai at sunset, and to watch the city then light up before my eyes, so we went at about 5pm. I recommend looking up what time the sun sets before you go and booking your tickets for about an hour before that time.
The entire experience is a whirlwind! It’s an incredible feeling to be standing on the highest accessible floor for tourists on the highest building in the world, all while watching the sunset over the desert. Enjoy the views!
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**Special thanks to At The Top, Burj Khalifa for sponsoring my experience. As always, all opinions are my own.