When you think of Dubai (or one of the main reasons people even know of Dubai) you think immediately of the Burj Khalifa. It was definitely on our must do list. Luckily we ran into another couple in the Maldives who warned us to buy tickets early because they sell out in advance, so we jumped online and purchased ours for a Saturday morning.
The Burj Khalifa is currently the tallest building in the world. It stands at a staggering 2,723 feet with 163 habitable floors plus another 46 maintenance floors on top of that - needless to say it's huge! To get to the entrance you actually have to walk through the Dubai Mall, giving you a nice view of the building you are about to explore.
The waiting area of the Burj has a bunch of little exhibit areas descirbing the building as well as some fun models and comparisons to other notable buildings (like the Willis (Sear's) Tower.)
While the building is over 163 stories, the observation deck is on the 124th floor, which the handy device in the photo above marks. The most striking thing about the observation deck is that most of it is actually outside! When we got up there the wind was pretty strong, even with the high glass surrounds! Crazier still, the building did not move at all. The engineers knew what they were doing with this one!
Going to the Burj was a lot of fun with great views of the city. It was really amazing (and impressive) so see what a modern marvel the building really is. Nick and I covered two of the tallest buildings (the two tallest if you count antena) in the world! Saudi Arabia is currently planning to construct a taller building than the Burj Khalifa, but I am not sure it will have the impressive and soft features to top this one.
|On the observation deck of the Burj Kkalifa - with a camera (how I spent most of our time in Dubai)|
|Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (which we saw because we were going to Dubai) exhibit|
|Interactive Comparison Exhibit|
|On our way!|
|Hanging out at the Burj|
|The mall from above|
|Above the Dancing Fountains and our hotel!|
|Building above the observation deck|
|Out towards the sea|
|Pictures of the Constitutional Monarchies (they were pictured everywhere)|
|Wind blown trip down the elevator....|