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Burj Khalifa Tickets

Here's how to get tickets to see Dubai from a bird's eye view while climbing the world's tallest building (for the moment, at least).

Alex Grande

Alex Grande

May 14, 2021 • 8 min read

Burj Khalifa Tickets

The Burj Khalifa lost in the blue sky | ©Travel Sourced

Burj Khalifa is the great architectural jewel of Dubai and a benchmark for other skyscrapers in the world for its height of 830 meters. In addition, its revolutionary design makes visiting this iconic building a must on your trip.

How to visit the Burj Khalifa?

Skyline at night
Skyline at night

The Burj Khalifa is a skyscraper that houses luxury residences, offices of the world's largest companies and the Armani Hotel. However, you can only visit the 124th, 125th and 148th floors and their respective observation decks, where you will enjoy its spectacular views:

2. VIP ticket for Burj Khalifa At the Top: 148th, 124th and 125th floors.

Sunset from the Burj Khalifa | ©Simon Bierwald
Sunset from the Burj Khalifa | ©Simon Bierwald

Buying your :in advance tickets for the Burj Khalifa: is a must when organizing your trip to Dubai. Mainly, to avoid an unbearable queue at the ticket office to buy your tickets once you arrive at the building, but even more important, to make sure you have your ticket for the time you want to go up to the Burj Khalifa, as the tickets have a fixed time.

The good thing about buying your tickets in advance without queuing is that you can go directly to the Sky Lounge and enter the code on your tickets to access the Burj Khalifa observatory.

The sunset at the Burj Khalifa

Whichever type of ticket you buy, my recommendation is to look at what time the sunset will be at the time you are visiting Dubai and buy your tickets for an hour before. In case you are going to buy the VIP tickets, you won't have to worry about crowds as they are virtually non-existent at At the Top Sky.

The most popular hours are between 4pm and 6pm, when most visitors go up to the Burj Khalifa to get ready to watch the sunset. Tickets tend to vary in price depending on the time of day, being more expensive for peak hours, but an advantage of this ticket is that the price is fixed as it includes access to the 148th floor.

When to go up

The Burj Khalifa is open every day, but is usually crowded with tourists from Thursday to Saturday, so I recommend you visit between Wednesday and Sunday. To give you an idea, the cheapest tickets are usually between 8:30am and 10am, and the least crowded time at the Burj Khalifa is after 8:30pm.

3. Tour of Dubai and entrance to the Burj Khalifa.

Magical sunsets
Magical sunsets

Since climbing the Burj Khalifa is one of the attractions that is on the list of almost everyone who visits Dubai, you might want to combine a guided city tour with tickets to the Burj Khalifa: for a complete experience.

On this 9-hour Dubai tour, you will see the main sights of the city accompanied by an English-speaking guide, combining the historic center and the more modern side. In addition, you will be picked up from your hotel in an air-conditioned vehicle.

Itinerary

  • Dubai Creek
  • Dubai Museum & Al Fahidi Fortress
  • Gold Souk and Spice Souk
  • Jumeirah Mosque
  • Dubai Mall
  • Burj Khalifa
  • Palm Jumeirah
  • Dubai Marina
  • Burj Al Arab

4. Private tour of Dubai and entrance to the Burj Khalifa.

The Burj Khalifa lit up at night | ©Zoltan Tasi
The Burj Khalifa lit up at night | ©Zoltan Tasi
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In case you want to do this tour of Dubai privately:, you have the option to do a similar tour but with private transportation only for your group. I only recommend it if you are traveling to Dubai with a group of 6 people, otherwise it is not worth it due to its high price.

One of the great advantages of doing this tour privately, is that you will have the guide at your disposal, you can ask any questions or curiosities that may arise and you can even customize part of the tour, asking him to stop more in some places than others.

Tickets for the Burj Khalifa At the Top: 125th floor and musical fountain show.

Views of the Skyline
Views of the Skyline

At the Burj Khalifa Lake, located in front of the Burj Khalifa, a water and light show takes place that is quite impressive from the ground, but it goes to the next level when you see it from At the Top. We recommend booking your tickets for the Burj Khalifa and fountains together as you can save a few euros.

Like much of what you will find in Dubai, this fountain is the tallest fountain in the world. But that's not all! Its extension occupies the size of two soccer fields. Seeing the fountain in motion is undoubtedly one of the big attractions of the city. To contemplate the magnificent spectacle, there is a floating walkway at its feet, but as I comment, see how the water comes to life from At the Top, is impressive.

Fountain show schedule

  • Every day from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm, every half hour.
  • In the mornings, at 13:00 and 13:30 (on Fridays, 13:30 and 14:00).

6. What to expect from your visit to the Burj Khalifa.

Views from At the Top Sky | ©Guilhem Vellut
Views from At the Top Sky | ©Guilhem Vellut

The architectural design of the Burj Khalifa is a tribute to Dubai as it is inspired by the white Hymenocallis, a flower that grows around the city and is one of its symbols. As you ascend the building in its elevator (the world's fastest elevator, at 10 meters per second, as you would expect in the tallest building on Earth), you will see how the flower shape on which the Burj Khalifa is inspired develops into the spire at the top.

At the Top Sky (148th floor)

With the entrance to the 148th floor, you will have access to the Sky Lounge where you can enjoy juices, coffee, Arabic sweets and dates. This is an experience to take it easy and relax before going up to the observation deck.

After cocktails, you will be escorted to the VIP elevator where you will ascend to platform 148 in just over a minute. You'll have 30 minutes to enjoy the breathtaking, uncrowded views before descending to the lower platforms.

At the Top (124th and 125th floors)

If you have only purchased tickets for the 124th floor, you can go directly to the elevator and validate your ticket. In less than a minute you will ascend to the top of the Burj Khalifa and find a gift store where you will have to avoid some tourist traps, and you can advance to the observatory and look out over Dubai and the vast desert beyond its skyscrapers.

With the telescopes scattered around the observation deck you can see Dubai from up close, but if you really want to experience the vertigo of being in the tallest building in the world, lean out of the observatory windows and look up to see the top of the Burj Khalifa.

There is no time limit to enjoy your visit to At the Top, although most people tend to stay for about an hour. On the 125th floor you'll find the interactive 'A Falcon's Eye View' experience, where you'll see real-time footage of life in Dubai in the style of the screens at New York's One World Observatory.

7. What you will see from the Burj Khalifa

Views from the Burj Khalifa
Views from the Burj Khalifa

The views from the top of the Burj Khalifa, from either the lower or upper observation decks, take in the whole of Dubai and part of Abu Dhabi thanks to a 360-degree perspective. Some of Dubai's iconic buildings you will be able to see:

  • Burj al Arab
  • Atlantis Hotel
  • Palm Jumeirah
  • Dubai Frame
  • Dubai Eye

As is the case with almost every observatory in the world, the views at sunrise and sunset are totally mesmerizing, with the difference that thanks to the height of the Burj Khalifa you will be able to see up close the reflection of the sun on the clouds and witness a true spectacle of colors.

8. Plan your visit to the Burj Khalifa

The Burj Khalifa from the Dubai Mall | ©Maher Najm
The Burj Khalifa from the Dubai Mall | ©Maher Najm

How to get to the Burj Khalifa.

To get to the observation deck of the Burj Khalifa, you need to head to the Dubai Mall. The entrance to the skyscraper is located on the first floor. You can also access the Burj Khalifa through the Armani Hotel, but good luck with that if you're not staying there.

One of the best ways to get to the Dubai Mall is by taxi. They are quite cheap for Dubai prices and it is one of the most popular forms of transportation due to the unbearable heat of the city, so you will always be able to find one.

The other option is to go by metro, which I recommend if you are going to visit the Burj Khalifa at rush hour. Take the red line to the Burj Khalifa stop, and from there take the F13 bus and get off at the next stop, Dubai Mall. You can also walk from the metro, but it is not the best idea.

9. Where to eat in Burj Khalifa

Restaurant At. Mosphere | ©David Jones
Restaurant At. Mosphere | ©David Jones

If you're going to climb to the top of the Burj Khalifa at sunset, chances are the heights will make you a little hungry. When it comes to dining near the Burj Khalifa you have the luxury option at At. Mosphere restaurant or a variety of more affordable restaurants in Dubai Mall.

At. Mosphere

Located on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa, At. Mosphere restaurant is known for its luxury menu and cocktails. As you can imagine, it has exquisite decor and the views are definitely worth it, as seeing Dubai lit up at night while you dine will be a great way to complement the sunset views you will have had during your visit.

However, the price is really prohibitive and my recommendation is to spend the money visiting other Dubai attractions if you're traveling on a budget.

Dubai Mall

In the mall under the Burj Khalifa you will find food of every kind: burger joints, Italian food, Chinese food, BBQ and also Arabic food. The places with the best reviews are PF Chang's, where you will find a fusion of Asian food, Texas Roadhouse, a rib and steak place, and the worldwide burger chain Shake Shack.

10. Other interesting activities in Dubai

The Dubai desert | ©Enrico Strocchi
The Dubai desert | ©Enrico Strocchi

If you want to get the most out of the city of Dubai, a good plan is to take a guided tour around the city. This will help you, not only to locate yourself better, but also to visit all its corners, its history, anecdotes and curiosities (which in Dubai are many). I leave you the best tours here: Dubai Tours.

If on the other hand you want to take advantage of your trip to live an authentic experience in the desert, do not hesitate to make a round trip (some of them include activities in the sand like snowboarding or even traditional barbecues). I have made a compilation of the best ones here: Al Maha Desert Resort Day Trips.

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