Burj Khalifa is the great architectural jewel of Dubai and a reference for the rest of the 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.
The Burj Khalifa is a skyscraper that houses luxury residences, offices of the largest companies in the world and the Armani Hotel. However, you can only visit the 124th, 125th and 148th floors and their respective observation decks, where you can enjoy spectacular views:
Get your ticket to the three observatories of the Burj Khalifa
Ascend to the 148th floor to see Dubai from the top of the Burj Khalifa and also stop at the 124th and 125th floor observation decks to complete the experience.
Buying your tickets in advance 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 observatory of the Burj Khalifa.
Recommended if... you want to enjoy the fullest experience of climbing to the top of the Burj Khalifa.
Get your ticket to the Burj Khalifa at the lowest possible price
Perfect if you want to enjoy the experience of seeing Dubai from the observation deck on the 124th and 125th floors of the Burj Khalifa while spending the minimum.
With this ticket for the Burj Khalifa you will have access to the interior and exterior observatory of the 124th and 125th floors. You will not be able to go up to the 148th floor but it is true that the views once up there are not so different. You can enjoy the ultra-fast elevators, the views of the fountains on the way up and down and the spectacular interior of the world's tallest skyscraper.
Best of all, with this ticket purchased in advance you will also skip the lines at the ticket office, so the experience will be much more enjoyable and you will avoid waiting at the door.
Recommended if... you don't want to give up the best views of Dubai and the experience of climbing the Burj Khalifa for a tight budget.
How much do tickets to the Burj Khalifa cost?
Depending on the floors you want to visit and at what time you want to go up, the price may vary. For example, in Hellotickets, an adult ticket to go up At The Top (floors 124 and 125) costs about 59 € and to go up to the 148th floor you will have to pay about 137 €.
Watch 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 VIP tickets, you will not have to worry about crowds as they are practically non-existent at At the Top Sky.
The most popular times are between 4pm and 6pm, when most visitors go up to the Burj Khalifa to get ready to watch the sunset. Tickets usually 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.
Hours and best time to go up
The Burj Khalifa is open every day, but it is usually crowded with tourists from Thursday to Saturday, so I recommend visiting 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.
How to get to the Burj Khalifa
To get to the observation deck of the Burj Khalifa, you have 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 cab. 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 visiting the Burj Khalifa during 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.
The fountains musical show
At the Burj Khalifa Lake, located in front of the Burj Khalifa, there is a water and light show 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 tickets for the Burj Khalifa and the fountains together as you can save a few euros.
Like much of what you'll find in Dubai, this fountain is the tallest 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 great attractions of the city. To contemplate the magnificent spectacle, there is a floating walkway at his feet, but as I said, see how the water comes to life from At the Top, is impressive.
Fountain show schedule
- Every day from 18:00 to 23:00, every half hour.
- In the mornings, at 13:00 and 13:30 (Fridays, 13:30 and 14:00).
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 that stretches 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 around an hour. On the 125th floor you'll find the interactive 'A Falcon's Eye View' experience, where you'll watch real-time recordings of life in Dubai in the style of the screens at New York's One World Observatory.
At the Top Sky (148th floor)
With entry 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 the cocktail, you will be escorted to the VIP elevator where you will ascend to platform 148 in just over a minute. You will have 30 minutes to enjoy the breathtaking, uncrowded views before descending to the lower platforms.
What you will see from the top
The views from the top of the Burj Khalifa, either from the lower observation decks or the upper one, reach the whole of Dubai and part of Abu Dhabi thanks to a 360º perspective. Some of the iconic Dubai buildings you will 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 being that thanks to the height of the Burj Khalifa you will be able to see the reflection of the sun on the clouds up close and witness a true spectacle of colors.
Where to eat at Burj Khalifa
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 the At. Mosphere restaurant or a variety of more affordable restaurants in Dubai Mall.
Located on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa, the At. Mosphere restaurant is known for its upscale menu and cocktails. As you can imagine, it has exquisite décor 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 are traveling on a budget.
In the mall under the Burj Khalifa you will find food of all kinds: burger joints, Italian food, Chinese food, barbecues 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 global burger chain Shake Shack.
Other interesting activities in Dubai
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 include activities in the sand like snowboarding or even traditional barbecues). I have made a compilation of the best ones here: Desert safari from Dubai.
Frequently asked questions
How can I customize my visit to the Burj Khalifa?
You can combine your visit with a wide range of experiences, such as an entrance to the Dubai Aquarium, dinner at the Armani Hotel, tea at At.mosphere, the restaurant on top of the Burj Khalifa, as well as private transfers, monorail rides and city tours.
What is the best time of day to visit Burj Khalifa?
Burj Khalifa's At the Top observation deck gets crowded with visitors during sunset and twilight, so it's a good idea to book your tickets an hour before sunset to avoid the long lines. In addition, the iconic building also offers sunrise tours from 05:30 to 08:00, which is an option to experience the best views of Dubai in a different and unhurried way.
When does the Burj Khalifa LED show start?
The show starts at 18:00 and occurs every half hour until 23:00. It lasts five minutes at a time, so you'll want to be in the perfect location before it starts, and this is outside the Dubai Mall.
How much time do I need to visit the Burj Khalifa?
You will need about two hours to go up, enjoy the views, take pictures and come back down. The sunset from the top is quite a spectacle, so if you can, go up at sunset.