The view from the top of Burj Khalifa in Dubai shows the fast-growing pace of wherever the city is heading to. Since The Burj is the tallest building in the world, the other skyscrapers you see when you’re overland look nothing but skinny matchsticks from above. It is amazing to see the vast expanse of the desert that still surrounds the city—and, piece by piece, buildings are starting to rise in the middle of it.
Best time to visit:Go in the morning. And if possible, be one of the first few people to be there when it opens. I love the serenity when there are only few mortals walking around sans selfie sticks. And the sun isn’t blinding yet, good for your camera lenses when taking photos. But, if you love sunset and night views, then, you know what time to go.
The view from the top of Burj Khalifa isn’t as impressive as New York City.
But from up there, you’ll begin to see Dubai’s vision as a sustainable megacity of the future.
Towering skyscrapers are concentrated in one area but slowly extending its way into a grid lock.
Perhaps, in 5-10 years, the city’s skyline will have changed—and by then, it might look like any other first-world metropolis.
From above, you’d be surprised to see that the vast desert is just a few minutes drive from the city.
Piece by piece, buildings start rising in the middle of the desert.
The crescent-shaped island you see at a far distance is a man-made island they’re currently building.
Looking down, these apartment buildings are like blocks of legos.
Can you see a tiny human down there? I’ll send you a postcard if you can. 😀
Here’s Burj Al-Arab, the world’s uncertified “seven-star hotel” and built on a man-made island, too.
Dubai Marina on a foggy morning is a dream-like city of the future.
And of course, the Persian Gulf is very visible from up there.
There are two Observation Decks at Burj Khalifa.
One is on the 125th floor and the other on 148th floor. They are priced differently, of course. The higher, the more expensive it is.
Travel Tip: Check out Groupon Dubai before you purchase tickets. Sometimes, they have really good deals of entry tickets to Burj Khalifa, up to 70% off.