Dubai’s milestone building is the Burl Khalifa, which at 829.8 meters is the tallest building in
the world and the most well-known of the city’s points of interest. For most visitors, a trip to
the observation deck on the 124th floor here is a must-do while in the city. The views across
the city skyline from this bird’s-eye perception are simply stunning. The efficient observation
deck experience includes a multimedia presentation on both Dubai and the building of the
Burj Khalifa (completed in 2010) before a high-speed elevator whizzes you up to the
observation deck for those 360-degree views out across the skyscrapers to the desert on
one side and the ocean on the other.
Night time visits are mainly popular with photographers due to Dubai’s prominent city-lights
panoramas. Buy your Burj Khalifa “At the Top” entrance ticket in advance to keep away from
long line-ups, mainly if you are planning to visit on a weekend.
Back on the ground, covering around the Burj Khalifa, are the building’s wonderfully
designed gardens, with winding walkways. There are plenty of water features including
the Dubai Fountain, the world’s tallest performing fountain, modelled on the eminent
Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas.