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What you need to know about Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world and one of the most famous landmarks in Dubai, which took six years to build and was opened on January 4, 2010. This concrete structure, which is 828 meters high, was the first attempt in the history of the world for a system with this height, and as a result, designers and engineers have used the best and latest technology and structure design for it. This gigantic tower is a unique example of architectural excellence. Given the tower’s grandeur, it’s no surprise that many describe it as a vertical city, housing hundreds of private apartments, hotels, a large gym, swimming pools, numerous restaurants, and even a mosque. The design of this 163-story tower was combined with cultural influences and modern technology to create a structure with the best performance in Dubai’s weather conditions. To know more about Burj Khalifa, stay with Nabtrip Tourism magazine.

History of Burj Khalifa, Dubai

Burj Khalifa was initially known as Burj Dubai, But at the time of its official opening in 2010, it was renamed Burj Khalifa. The word “Khalifa” is derived from the name of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Maktoum, the ruler of Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates. During the construction of Burj Khalifa and other construction projects in Dubai, the economic crisis caused the building works to be on the verge of closure. In this challenging time, Abu Dhabi came to the aid of Dubai, which is the main reason for changing the tower’s name.

History of Burj Khalifa, Dubai
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The government of Dubai decided to build the tallest building in the world and was pursuing different goals, some of which are mentioned below:

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1. Dubai wanted to make tourism the UAE’s second largest industry to reduce its dependence on the oil trade.

2. The construction of a tower with this greatness could improve the city’s identity and its reputation in the world to a great extent and attract the world’s attention.

3. Return the title of the world’s tallest building to the Middle East, As the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt held this title for more than 4,000 years.

4. The ruler of Dubai once said in a tweet that the idea of building the Burj Khalifa was created in his mind a few decades when he visited the Empire State Building in New York City, A structure considered the tallest building in the world at that time. He, deeply affected by this structure, thought of building the tallest structure in the world on his land.

Burj Khalifa was designed by Adrian Smith of the Skidmore, Owings, Merrill (SOM) architecture firm in Chicago. His work portfolio also shows other notable projects, such as Jin Mao Tower, Wuhan Greenland Center in China, and Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia,

Emaar Properties, a local real estate company, was the developer of this project. As one of the largest property developers in the UAE, the company has developed many of Dubai’s skyscrapers and is now working on the world’s following tallest structure, the Dubai Creek Tower. Samsung Construction, a subsidiary of Samsung Group, was the contractor for Burj Khalifa. Other contractors who helped build the tower included the Belgian Besix Group and the Emirati Arabtec Group; “Turner Construction Company” was also selected as the project manager.

The Burj Khalifa was built mainly by South Asian workers who, according to Human Rights Watch, lived in deplorable conditions and were often underpaid. Employers also kept workers’ passports with them. They worked in dangerous situations that caused many deaths and injuries.

Every year, a fireworks or laser show is held in Burj Khalifa on New Year’s Eve, attracting thousands of people; Meanwhile, millions watch it online simultaneously. In addition, in some other events and festivals in Dubai, a laser show is used on the Burj Khalifa.

Where is Burj Khalifa?

Burj Khalifa is located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid One Boulevard, right next to Dubai Mall. This spectacular attraction stands out in the center of Dubai City; The area is located along Sheikh Zayed Road and is one of the many areas of the town with many skyscrapers. Burj Khalifa is located at a distance of 3.3 kilometers from the sea. Although the natural scenery around it is not as tempting as Dubai Marina, many artificial lakes and rivers around the tower partially compensate for this deficiency.

Address: Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Construction stages of Burj Khalifa

The construction of Burj Khalifa started in 2004, and its structure began to rise in 2005. After that, the tower’s construction accelerated, and in less than a year, 30 floors were built. Since January 2007, this tower has become an extraordinary skyscraper with more than 100 floors; However, just one month later, this tower became the structure with the most floors worldwide. This skyscraper surpassed the Taipei 101 Tower, which was once the tallest structure in the world, and became the tallest building in the world in terms of architectural height until July 2007.

Construction stages of Burj Khalifa
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With the continuation of the construction process, Burj Khalifa’s height exceeded Sears Tower’s height of 527 meters and CN Tower. Although the Burj Khalifa had become the tallest structure in the world, its size was still rising. In 2008, the speed of construction of the skyscraper slowed down due to the economic crisis, and if it were not for these financial problems, Burj Khalifa would probably have been completed by the end of 2008.

In addition, there were problems related to the marble decoration, flooring, sanitary system of the upper floors, broken glass, and a weak wall painting of the Sultan of Oman. The end date was announced on December 2, 2009, which finally happened on January 4, 2010.

The entire project cost 1.5 billion dollars, of which 1 billion dollars was spent on the tower; A cost that is not high for a building of this height, and even many 300-meter buildings in American cities cost about the same amount.

The structure and facilities of Burj Khalifa, Dubai

Burj Khalifa has various uses, including administrative, residential, hotel, restaurant, viewing platform, and communications.

The 39th floor and the floors below are used for Armani Hotel; The 39th to 108th floors are mainly used as residential units, which include a total of 900 private apartments; according to the tower officials, all units were sold within eight hours of the start of sales. These apartments comprise one, two, three, and four-bedroom studios and suites. Burj Khalifa Dubai has a wide range of amenities and services that provide a unique lifestyle experience for residents and guests. Sky’s exclusive lobbies on floors 43, 76, and 123 include state-of-the-art fitness facilities, indoor and outdoor pools, Jacuzzis, and entertainment rooms for parties and events.

The higher floors from 108 to 154 are dedicated to office spaces, except floors 124, 125, and 148, which are viewing platforms for public sightseeing. There is also a restaurant on the 122nd floor. The upper floors of 154 to 163 are all intended for the facilities of the structure. Tower pools are located on the 43rd and 76th floors.

The structure and facilities of Burj Khalifa, Dubai
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The number of floors is so high that are 2,909 stairs from the ground floor to the 160th floor. Although the number of feet of the tower is generally known as 163 floors, a structure with a height of 828 meters cannot have only this number of beds. The floors above 163 to the bottom of the conical minaret, which are not residential and are not used for facilities, include 46 feet. Therefore, technically, the building has 209 beds. The tower on the ground is surrounded by water features, greenery, and wide streets suitable for walking.

The interior design of the public areas in Burj Khalifa was also done by Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill (SOM) under the supervision of Nada Andric. The internal uses glass, stainless steel, and polished dark stones with silver travertine floors, Venetian plaster walls, hand-woven carpets, and stone flooring. The interior is inspired by local culture; At the same time, this structure has been viewed as a symbol and a global residence.

Atmosphere restaurant

“At. Mosphere” restaurant is located on the 122nd floor of Burj Khalifa and is 442 meters above the city level and welcomes its guests with three luxury dining areas.

From the moment you enter the fast elevator of the tower to the time you sit at the table by the window with a view of downtown Dubai and the sea, you will have an unforgettable experience. This restaurant guarantees a memorable meal with innovative menus, the best ingredients, and 20 years of experience with Chef Jerome Lagarde. The Atmosphere restaurant is ready to receive guests from seven in the morning until two the next day.

Armani Amal Restaurant

“Armani Amal Restaurant” is a great place to taste spicy and spicy Indian food. The chefs of this restaurant use Indian recipes and present vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes in a new way. You can enjoy the view of the Dubai Fountain while eating.

Armani Italian restaurant

At Armani Ristorante, you can enjoy authentic Italian dishes. If you want a luxurious dining experience, visit this restaurant that recreates classic Italian dishes with a little twist and creates a combination of flavors in your mouth.

Armani Hashi Restaurant

Armani Hashi Restaurant is one of the best restaurants in Dubai that serves delicious Japanese food. A cozy atmosphere with stylish furniture and live music is the perfect setting to taste Japanese cuisine rarely found outside of Japan. Chefs offer different and new flavors by modernizing classic dishes.

Armani Deli Restaurant

“Armani Deli” serves delicious dishes from different parts of the European continent and encourages you to taste all kinds of flavors. This restaurant welcomes you with a classic feel, monochrome interior, and shiny textures and gives you the pleasure of dining with a view of the Dubai Fountain.

An ideal Mediterranean restaurant

In “Armani Mediterraneo Restaurant” (Armani Mediterraneo), you can find Greek, Spanish, Middle Eastern, and more. The restaurant’s talented chefs prepare incredibly delicious dishes that are an excellent choice for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Burj Khalifa Lounge

The Burj Khalifa lounge is on the 152nd, 153rd, and 154th floors. Therefore it is considered the highest lounge in the world, which provides the possibility of having breakfast, tea, and drinks with surreal views for those interested.

Who doesn’t want to look down on the city of Dubai from a height of 585 meters, zoom in on various buildings with a telescope or watch the sunrise or Sunset from the unique outdoor terrace?

Choosing the 154th-floor lounge is associated with four different experiences. Here you can watch the sunrise, eat breakfast among the clouds, or enjoy the Sunset while drinking tea. Go for the Bubbly Sundowner or Under the Stars for glitzy, bubbly expertise. Each experience is unique in its way; Because you will have a different feeling in each period.

The lounge has a grand staircase, floor-to-ceiling windows, luxurious furniture, and stylish water features. On its stunning outdoor terrace, you can take selfies and enjoy unparalleled views of the Dubai skyline.

Burj Khalifa Club

Spanning 6,320 square meters, The Burj Club is the perfect destination for fitness and wellness in Dubai, offering guests panoramic views of Downtown Dubai. This club includes five levels, one of which is exclusively for women.

Burj Khalifa Club
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Fitness Club: Fitness centers offer optimal training spaces for sports enthusiasts and have advanced and fully adjustable equipment. There are also group fitness classes for members and non-members. You can use the stylish indoor or outdoor swimming pool under the sun in this section. For women, a dedicated floor includes a well-equipped gym, closet, and access to spa facilities.

Rooftop pool and dining: You can experience a secluded paradise with the Dubai Fountain in the background at Burj Khalifa. With luxurious, comfortable beds, tempting food, and tasty drinks, this stylish place is perfect for relaxing and having fun.

Spa: The spa is offered on two separate floors for ladies and gents, equipped with a sauna, steam room, and experience shower (combination of different water effects such as tropical rain, mist, monsoon waterfall, music, and fragrance). Specialists offer guests various relaxing and rejuvenating body treatments, massages, and facials.

Dubai Burj Khalifa architecture

Burj Khalifa was initially intended to be a residential tower, so its initial design was based on the residential building “Samsung Tower Palace 3” in South Korea.

Adrian Smith did not like the first design of the upper part of the building and added 27 new floors and an aluminum minaret on top. Also, a television and radio communication mast was added to the tower in 2007.

Dubai Burj Khalifa architecture
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Burj Khalifa, made of reinforced concrete and glass cladding, consists of three elements around a central core. This structure first goes up on a flat surface, and then in each spiral design, it has setbacks that cause the tower’s volume to decrease gradually. The central core protrudes at the final point of the structure and appears in the form of a minaret.

The construction of this 280,000 square meter tower proceeded at a relatively high speed; So, from excavation to the construction of the 50th floor, it took two years, and the whole process took six years until the official opening and operation. The stages of construction and completion of Burj Khalifa were as follows:

  • January 2004: Excavation started
  • February 2004: The start of the piles and columns
  • March 2005: The beginning of the paving process of the building
  • June 2006: Completion of 50 floors
  • January 2007: Completion of 100 floors
  • March 2007: Completion of 110 floors
  • May 2007: Completion of 130 floors
  • July 2007: Completion of the 141st floor and breaking the record of the tallest building in the world
  • September 2007: Completion of the 150th floor and breaking the record of the world’s tallest independent structure
  • April 2008: Completion of the 160th floor and breaking the record for the tallest artificial structure
  • January 2009: Completion of the tower’s conical minaret
  • September 2009: Completion of insulation and exterior
  • January 2010: Opening of the tower

Structural system

The Emirates Burj Khalifa is designed based on the clover design so that the tower is seen from above in the form of the letter “Y.” Originally, this shape was inspired by a desert plant called “Hymenocallis,” which gradually decreases in cross-section as the height increases. The Y shape helps the stability of the building. The Jeddah Tower, which is under construction, is also designed based on it, and this shape can be seen in other structures such as the CN Tower and Wuhan Greenland Center.

This plan is more suitable for hotels and residences, Where the outside views should be given a lot of attention, and the Y-shaped design can provide its residents with extensive views. This is why the floors below the 108th floor, where the Y shape is most evident, are used for hotels and residences, and the upper part, which becomes almost circular, is dedicated to offices. In this place, people work and have to focus on their work, not the surrounding scenery!

In the facility floors, retaining walls have been used to connect the perimeter columns to the internal wall system; In this way, the peripheral cues can contribute to the lateral load resistance of the structure. Therefore, all the vertical concrete is used to bear gravity and lateral loads, and this tower is very resistant and robust in terms of twisting and moving to the sides.

The wings retract as the tower structure spirals up, resulting in different floor planes. The Tower Network organizes these retreats; In such a way, the building has been stepped by aligning the upper columns with the lower walls to smooth the path of the load. Also, due to setbacks, they create a different width for each floor plane. In other words, with each setback, the width of the building changes, and this advantage of the staggered facade of the structure confuses the wind. As a result, tornadoes can never merge well; Because the wind hits a different building shape on each floor.


The tower’s podium consists of a base that connects the tower to the ground and provides access to three different levels of the building from three different sides. The tower’s all-glass entrances are constructed using a suspended cable network structure to create separate entries for different sections.


One of the most critical challenges of building a structure with the grandeur of Burj Khalifa in a desert area was its foundation’s design. The tower could gradually settle in the desert’s loose soil if the foundation were not significant and deep enough. By creating 33 deep holes, the engineers investigated the characteristics of the land where the Burj Khalifa was built and found that the land of the Burj consists of sandstone, siltstone, and gypsum.

Finally, the foundation of the building was dug at a depth of 50 meters, and the construction of the tower continued by placing 192 piles with a diameter of 1.5 meters in the ground. Fifty-five thousand tons of rebar were used in the construction of the building. A cathodic protection system was applied to this structure to reduce the adverse effects of corrosive chemicals in the local groundwater.

The architectural firm Skidmore, Owings, Merrill (SOM) used the “integral tubular framing structural system” in the tower’s design. According to this system, when the structure is exposed to the force of the wind, earthquake, etc., its outer frame acts like a hollow cylinder, and the inner part of the structure only bears vertical loads caused by the weight of the building.


The most prominent part of Burj Khalifa can be considered its minaret, which consists of more than 4000 tons of structural steel. This minaret is built from inside the building and raised to more than 200 meters in height using a hydraulic pump. The conical minaret not only presents Burj Khalifa as the tallest structure in the world but is an integral part of the overall tower design that completes the building. This minaret also houses communication equipment.

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In the piping system of this skyscraper, 100 kilometers of pipes are used, which pump 946 thousand liters of water daily. In addition, 213 km of lines for the fire extinguishing system and 34 km for cold water transfer for the air conditioning system have been considered. The air conditioning system takes the air it needs from higher floors, which have cooler and cleaner air than the ground level.

Facility floors

Thirty tower floors are considered for facilities, including electrical substations, water tanks and pumps, air conditioning units, and other components necessary for the operation of the building and the comfort of its residents.

Fire safety

Fire safety and evacuation speed have been the main factors in the design of Burj Khalifa. The stairways are surrounded by concrete, and the building service elevator and fire elevator have a capacity of 5,500 kg. Since people can’t climb the 160 floors, air-conditioned shelters are provided almost every 25 feet.


The outer covering of the tower consists of reflective glass, aluminum, stainless steel triangular panels, and stainless steel vertical tubular sections. Nearly 16,000 glass panels have been used individually by hand in the exterior of Burj Khalifa. More than 300 experts were brought from China to do the facade work of the structure. The facade system of the tower is designed to withstand the intense heat of Dubai summer. Also, a World War II aircraft engine was used for further wind and water testing to ensure its integrity. The curtain wall (glass wall) of Burj Khalifa is equivalent to 17 football fields.

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The primary building material of Burj Khalifa is concrete, and due to the high pressure of the building’s weight and the hot climate of Dubai, which can reach 50 degrees Celsius, a particular type of concrete was needed. Any large crack could have caused a lot of damage to the building. In this way, concrete with high density and low permeability was used. Three hundred thirty thousand cubic meters of concrete have been used in this structure, and a new pump named “BSA 14000 SHP-D” was designed and produced for this project to transport concrete to the heights above the tower. In 2008, pumping concrete to a height of 606 meters was registered as a new record worldwide.

Considering the region’s climatic conditions and the high air temperature, concreting and obtaining solid concrete was complicated. As a result, concreting was done only at night, and in the summer, they used ice to cool the concrete mixture.

How many floors is Burj Khalifa?

Burj Khalifa has 163 floors; However, the floors above 163 to the bottom of the conical minaret include 46 feet. Therefore, it can be said that this magnificent tower has 209 beds.

How many floors is Burj Khalifa?

Height of Burj Khalifa

Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, with a height of 828 meters, is considered the world’s tallest skyscraper built by man. Its construction cost also corresponds to its size, which was 1.4 billion dollars.

The tower’s height is measured up to the top of its conical minaret; this minaret is an architectural element. Until 2010, the size of the Burj Khalifa has kept a secret to prevent potential competitors from overtaking it, and interestingly, to mislead the competitors, rumors spread that the size of the building was 817 meters, A number that was much lower than the original height of the structure.

Finally, it was announced that the standard height of Burj Khalifa is 828 meters, and its size to the tip is 829.8 meters, and it is considered the tallest building in the world. This tower will hold the title of the tallest structure in the world until 2022; Because Burj Creek Dubai or Burj Khor will overtake Burj Khalifa.

The highest floor used is the 154th floor, 584 meters from the ground. For public tours, there are three viewing platforms on the 124th, 125th, and 148th floors, and the 148th floor is currently the highest viewing platform in the world, with a height of 555 meters.

Burj Khalifa elevator

Burj Khalifa is equipped with 57 elevators and eight elevators. The elevators can transport 12 to 14 people, the fastest of which transports guests at 36 kilometers per hour. When designing the elevator, the engineers planned to install the world’s first three-story elevator in this tower; But finally, they used a two-story elevator.

The building and fire service elevator has a capacity of 5,500 kg and is considered the tallest service elevator in the world. Burj Khalifa is very tall, so these elevators are used to evacuate guests and residents during fires or security incidents. Tamasha platform elevators include two-story cabins with a capacity of 12 to 14 people in each place. These elevators move at a speed of 10 meters per second and travel the longest distance in the world from the lowest to the highest point.

Facts about Burj Khalifa

Almost all the figures mentioned about the Burj Khalifa skyscraper are stunning. About 12 thousand workers were needed to construct a building of this magnitude in 22 million hours.

Facts about Burj Khalifa
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There are 57 elevators and eight elevators to move between floors, and the elevators move at a speed of about 25 kilometers per hour. About the materials used, 330,000 cubic meters of cement and 39,000 tons of steel were used for its construction. Dubai Burj Khalifa can be seen from a distance of 96 km. Some other facts about Burj Khalifa include:

The tower’s exterior is made of 28,216 glass panels, cleaned by a team of 36 people in about three months.
The aluminum used in the tower is equivalent to the weight of five Boeing A380 airplanes.
The electricity consumption of the tower reaches 50 megawatts during peak hours.
Burj Khalifa is twice as tall as the Empire State Building and three times as tall as the Eiffel Tower.
If the rebars of the tower are placed one after the other in a line, their length will equal the distance from Tehran to New York.
Burj Khalifa parking lot has a capacity for 2,957 cars.
The total area of the tower building is 530,000 square meters, the commercial part is 28,000 square meters, and the residential area is 170,000 square meters.
Burj Khalifa holds the record for concrete pumping at the highest point, with a height of 605 meters.
Burj Khalifa consumes 250,000 gallons of water daily, and its daily electricity consumption is equivalent to 360,000 100-watt light bulbs lit simultaneously.
This tower is one of the rare buildings in the world from which you can see the Sunset twice, Once from the bottom floor and another time from the 148th floor.
Burj Khalifa doors have a wind detection system that determines whether it is safe to open them.
The power station of Burj Khalifa is located on the 155th floor, which is considered the highest in the world.
Burj Khalifa has 17,000 doors and is equipped with a uniquely designed emergency evacuation elevator in case of fire or security threats.
Its first 100 floors were built in an unprecedented time of 1093 days, equal to the construction of one foot in three days.
Burj Khalifa can accommodate up to 35,000 people (the size of a small city).
The beautiful gardens of Burj Khalifa are decorated with plants that are adapted to the hot climate of Dubai.

Cleaning the windows of Burj Khalifa: cleaning such a tower with many windows requires a lot of effort since occupational hazards such as glass heat and environmental hazards such as sandstorms can endanger workers’ lives. Some consider window cleaning a relatively trivial task, While climbing high heights and hanging with a rope is not for everyone. In addition, as the height increases, the intensity of the wind increases, which makes the work dangerous. The average salary of skyscraper window cleaners is $50,000, which is significant for a job that does not require education or expertise. Although this 828-meter tower has 24 thousand windows, Cleaning its windows is only done by a team of 36 people.

Wind test: The chimney effect is a phenomenon that affects the design of very tall structures and occurs due to pressure and temperature changes at height. Exceptional research was done on Burj Khalifa to include them in the creation of the building after determining the mentioned changes.

More than 40 wind tunnel tests were conducted on Burj Khalifa to investigate the effects of wind on the tower and its residents. These tests included various basic tests to determine wind discharge to large structural analysis models, facade pressure tests, and microclimatic analysis of the effects on the terraces and around the tower base.

Works of art: More than 1,000 works from prominent Middle Eastern and international artists decorate Burj Khalifa and around Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard. Emaar had commissioned many works of art to pay tribute to the spirit of universal harmony. These works have been chosen as a means of connecting cultures and societies.

World records in Burj Khalifa

  • The tallest skyscraper in the world with a height of 828 meters (previous record: Taipei 101 with a height of 509.2 meters)
  • The tallest structure in the world with a height of 828 meters (previous record: Warsaw radio mast with a height of 646.38 meters)
  • The world’s tallest independent structure, with a height of 828 meters, was built without the help of cables or other devices (previous record: CN Tower with a height of 553.3 meters)
  • The highest number of floors in the world with 163 feet (previous record: Willis Tower with 108 beds)
  • The highest residential floor in the world at a height of 584 meters (next record: Shanghai Tower)
  • The world’s tallest elevator facility
  • The world’s first high-rise building with residential space
  • The most elevated outdoor viewing platform in the world
  • The highest swimming pool (76th floor), a mosque (158th floor), and nightclub (144th floor) in the world
  • The highest restaurant in the world is on the 122nd floor at a height of 442 meters (previous record: CN Tower’s “360” restaurant with a height of 360 meters)

Burj Khalifa hotels

The 304-room Armani Hotel occupies 15 of the first 30 floors of the tower and is the first hotel in the world designed and developed by Giorgio Armani. This hotel is the realization of the designer’s long-standing dream to bring his sophisticated style to life in the most complete way and provide an ideal stay experience to its customers. All the details used in the hotel have Armani’s signature, starting from the warm hospitality in the Italian style to design elements such as Eramosa stone floors to custom furniture and hotel amenities.

Suite: Armani Suites are on the 38th and 39th floors and reflect the Armani design philosophy, from the distinctive circular entrance hall with a stylish bathroom to the dining room with city, desert, or sea views. There is a unique suite with an area of 390 square meters on the 39th floor, which Giorgio Armani personally designed.

Armani Residence: This part of the hotel, which is from the 9th to the 16th floor, is a work of Giorgio Armani that showcases his approach to elegance and unique style philosophy. High-quality furniture is paired with special accessories, bringing guests a stylish stay worthy of the Armani name.

Burj Khalifa viewing platforms

Burj Khalifa is equipped with the highest viewing platform inside a building in the world. When the tower first opened in 2010, the forum called “At The Top” started on the 124th floor and had an open-air terrace at a height of 452 meters, located almost in the middle of the tower.

In 2014, Burj Khalifa opened its second viewing platform called “At The Top SKY” on the 148th floor at a height of 555 meters from the ground. In addition to the indoor space, this platform has an outdoor part; therefore, it is considered the highest viewing platform in the world in both indoor and outdoor areas. The tour in this section begins when you enter the Sky Lounge of Burj Khalifa and are escorted to a dedicated elevator.

To access the viewing platforms, you cannot directly use the entrance of the building; Because this section is only reserved for people working in the tower, residents, and guests of the hotel. As a tourist, you should first go to the lower floor of the Dubai Mall and find your way to the entrance of the viewing platforms through the guide signs.

If you plan to visit all three viewing platforms, you can enjoy a personal guided tour. Then, on the 555-meter outdoor terrace, experience being on the world’s highest viewing platform and watch the most famous sights of Dubai. Next, use the drinks and snacks of the Sky Lounge.

To access the 124th floor, you must ride the fastest two-story elevator in the world at 10 meters per second. On this floor, in addition to the indoor viewing platform with large floor-to-ceiling glass windows, there is also an outdoor platform where you can observe the world from under your feet with modern telescopes. You can also buy souvenirs from the gift shop for your friends and family.

On the 125th floor, you will also find a comprehensive platform decorated with an Arabic mosque, offering stunning 360-degree views. There is enough space on this floor to walk around and spend time on the viewing platform. The guest guide will also provide interesting facts about the Burj Khalifa, making your visit worthwhile. Using the telescope, you can spot all the famous landmarks in Dubai.

Before buying a ticket, check the weather conditions and avoid foggy or rainy days; however, watching the Burj Khalifa in the clouds has its charms. You may not believe it, But what is seen from the ground differs entirely from the height. In addition, on sunny days without fog, the perspective of buildings or artificial islands in the long distance looks much more straightforward.

Although you can spend unlimited time on platforms 124 and 125, You only have 45 minutes to view the city from platform 148. It is interesting to know that it is possible to use viewing platforms for people with mobility disabilities.

Working hours of Burj Khalifa

The tallest skyscraper in the world is open every day of the week throughout the year. The “At The Top” viewing platforms on the 124th and 125th floors are open to visitors from Sunday to Wednesday between 10:00 and 22:00 and from Thursday to Saturday between 10:00 and 24:00. Sunset is the busiest time in Burj Khalifa, which includes from 16:00 to 18:00; When you can watch the best views; You will encounter a lot of crowds though.

The viewing platform “At The Top SKY” is open on all days of the week from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm, and its busiest time is from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

When is the best season to visit Burj Khalifa in Dubai?

Visiting the Burj Khalifa is often at the top of the tourism list of Dubai travelers, and you can experience everything from spectacular city views to delicious food in the world’s tallest skyscraper. The best time to visit the viewing platforms of Burj Khalifa is early in the morning, between 10:00 am and 12:00 noon, and also before the outlets close when the least number of people are there to visit.

Dubai has the least number of tourists from April to October (April to October), and if you want to avoid crowds and queues during your visit to Burj Khalifa, plan your trip to Dubai during these months. On the other hand, the weather in Dubai is at its best from November to March (November to March), so many tourists choose these months for their trips.

How to go to Burj Khalifa in Dubai?

Different ways to reach Burj Khalifa include public transportation such as the subway, bus, and car. Access to Burj Khalifa observation decks is only possible through The Dubai Mall.

Dubai Metro is the fastest and most economical way to reach Burj Khalifa. For this purpose, you must take the “Red Line” of the Dubai Metro and get off at the Burj Khalifa station, the closest station to the Dubai Mall. You can take the F13 bus to Dubai Mall or walk this way in 15 minutes. After entering the Dubai Mall, you can reach the Burj Khalifa entrance through the “Lower Ground” floor.

Finally, go to Burj Khalifa counters and start your exciting experience by showing your ticket. In general, only those who are residents of the tower, guests of the Armani Hotel, or who have reserved a seat at the Atmosfer restaurant can directly enter the Burj Khalifa.

Is Burj Khalifa open to the public?

Most of the floors of Burj Khalifa include prestigious Armani hotels and luxurious and dreamy residences. However, several beds are open to the public, including the lounge, clubhouse, and viewing decks.


common questions

What is the reason for naming Burj Khalifa?

During Dubai’s economic crisis, it was Abu Dhabi that came to Dubai’s aid, and this is the main reason for changing the name of the tower.

What is the inspiration for Burj Khalifa?

The Emirates Burj Khalifa is designed based on the clover design so that the tower is seen from above in the form of the letter “Y.”

How many floors does Burj Khalifa have?

Burj Khalifa has 163 floors; However, the floors above 163 to the bottom of the conical minaret include 46 feet. Therefore, it can be said that this magnificent tower has 209 beds.

How high is Burj Khalifa?

The standard height of Burj Khalifa is 828 meters, and its size to the tip is 829.8 meters, and it is considered the tallest building in the world.


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