Top of the Burj Khalifa: How to Get There?

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The Burj Khalifa is probably the most iconic building in Dubai’s impressive skyline. At a staggering 828 meters, it is currently the tallest building in the world. No trip to Dubai is complete without a view from the magnificent observation deck. Here’s how you can get to At The Top of the Burj Khalifa.

How do I get to At The Top of the Burj Khalifa?

The Burj Khalifa is located in Downtown Dubai, right beside Dubai Mall. If you are traveling by the Dubai Metro, take the Red Line to Burj Khalifa Station.From there you can take the F13 bus and get off at the next stop, which is the Dubai Mall Bus Stop. You can see the F13 bus route noted in blue below.

If you are interested in seeing more of Downtown Dubai, our Downtown Dubai Tour provides a great overview. 

You can also walk to the mall via an air-conditioned overpass. This walk takes about 15 minutes, and there are moving walkways (like the type found in airports) to ease your journey. This is our recommendation for  how to get to the mall.

Once you get to Dubai Mall, you need to walk through the mall to the Lower Ground Floor (also referred to as LG).


The ticket office to the Burj Khalifa is within Dubai Mall, near the Subway sandwich restaurant on the Lower Ground floor.


How high can I go?


The Burj Khalifa has two observation decks. The lower deck is called “At the Top” and stands at a height of 452 meters. When it opened in 2010, it was the highest observation deck in the world. However, this record was eventually surpassed by an observation deck in Canton Tower, China. This prompted the Burj Khalifa to open a new deck called “At the Top Sky.” At 555 meters, it is currently the highest observation deck in the world.

The very top of the Burj Khalifa is the 163rd floor; however, this is not accessible to the public.

How much do tickets cost to go to the top of The Burj Khalifa?

To get to the top of the Burj Khalifa, you need to purchase a ticket. There are several factors affecting your ticket price.

Your ticket price will vary based on the observation deck you choose and what time of day you stop by. Prime hours for “At the Top” are usually between 3:30pm and 6:00pm, to correspond with the sunset. Furthermore, you also have the option of booking an Immediate Entry ticket, which allows you to proceed directly to the observation deck without having to wait in line.

The table below gives you an overview of the ticket prices. Note that general admission tickets are valid for a specific date and time.

19h00 until closing

AED 200AED 500AED 160AED 500AED 300N/AAED 300N/A



LEVEL 125 + 124


LEVEL 148 +125 + 124

Non-prime hours (General Admission) 08h00 – 15h00 and 

18h30 until closing

Adult (12 years +)  AED 125 AED 350
Child (4-12 years)  AED 95 AED 350
Prime hours(General Admission) 15h30 – 18h00 Opening until 18h00
Adult (12 years +) 
Child (4-12 years)
 Immediate Entry    
Adult (12 years +) 
Child (4-12 years) 
Infant (< 4 years)  FREE N/A

Where should I buy tickets?


Tickets to the observation decks get booked quickly. In order to secure a slot and get the best times, we recommend booking your tickets online in advance. You can also buy advance tickets in-person at the ticket counter.

Immediate Entry Admission tickets can only be booked in-person at the ticket counter. These allow you to bypass any lines and go straight to the observation deck. They’re a great option if you were unable to buy a ticket in advance.

What happens when I get to the entrance?

The Burj Khalifa experience is divided into several parts.

  1. Once you have your ticket in hand, you might have to wait in line. While you are waiting, you can watch the interactive displays that give additional information about the skyscraper
  2. When your departure time comes, you will be led to be base of the tower. This walk also provides information on the building’s history.
  3. You will then enter the elevator, which travels at an incredible speed of 10 meters per second.
  4. When you arrive at the observation deck, you can take in spectacular views of the Dubai skyline.  You will also find telescopes that provide a closer look. These telescopes are built with a recored view feature, that shows you what the city looks like during the day or at night. Most people spend an average of one hour at the observation deck.

We hope you found our guide to going to the top of the Burj Khalifa useful. If you have any additional questions, feel free to leave a comment.


Your Guide to Using the Dubai Metro

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We may be a walking tour company, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t appreciate the Dubai Metro. It’s a convenient way to get around the city, and it offers stunning views as you do so. Here, we give you an overview of how to use the Dubai Metro.

About the Train

The Dubai Metro is a fully automated, driverless metro network. It runs partly underground and partly via elevated viaducts.

So far, two lines have been constructed. The Red Line runs parallel through Sheikh Zayed Road for majority of its run.  The Green Line runs parallel to Dubai Creek, through Deira and Bur Dubai.

Tickets and Fares

The Dubai public transport system in divided into a number of zones. You are charged based on the number of zones that you travel through.

There are a several different kinds of fare cards that can be purchased. However, tourists generally purchase the Red Ticket or the Silver Card. The kind of ticket you buy will depend on how long you are staying in Dubai, how often you will use the train and how far you will be traveling.


The table below gives a comparison of the two:

Red Ticket Silver Card
Card Price AED 2 AED 25 (includes AED 19 trip credit)
Validity 90 days 5 years
Rechargeable Up to 10 trips OR 5 daily passes Yes
Single Trip starting and ending in same zone AED 4 AED 3
Single trip starting in one zone and ending in adjacent zone AED 6 AED 5
Single trip through two or more zones AED 8.5 AED 7.5
1 day, all zones AED 20 N/A
7 day, starting and ending within same zone N/A AED 50
7 day, starting in one zone and ending in adjacent zone N/A AED 80
7 day, for going through two or more zones N/A AED 110

How to use the Dubai Metro


When you enter the station, you can find a friendly ticketing officer at the counter. Let him know whether you would like a red ticket or a silver card, and which station you are traveling to. He will tell you the fare, which you can pay via cash or credit card.


To enter the gate, tap your card against the card reader. Make sure you are entering the right gate – look for the green arrow for confirmation. Additionally, make sure you keep your card with you, as you will need it when exiting.


Once you enter, consult the posted signboard. The escalator to your left and the escalator to your right each lead to a train that is traveling in a different direction.


As an added note, when waiting for the train, ensure that you will enter the correct cabin. The Gold cabin (with luxury leather seats and panoramic views) is for travelers who have purchased a Gold card. The Women and Children cabin is, naturally, for women and children only. Traveling via the wrong cabin can result in a fine.

You can check whether you are about to enter a special cabin by looking the floor markings by the gate.

When you arrive at your destination, simply exit the train and make your way to the gate. Tap your card against the reader, and it will deduct the correct fare.


What are the metro’s hours of operation?

The Dubai Metro runs seven days a week. The metro station timings can be seen as follows:

Red Line Green Line
Saturday – Wednesday 5:30 am – midnight 5:50 am – midnight
Thursday 5:30 am – 1:00 am 5:50 am – 1:00 am
Friday 10:00 am – 1:00 am 10:00 am – 1:00 am

During Eid and other special holidays, the metro operating hours may be extended.

How often do the trains run?

Trains run every 3 minutes during rush hour. At other times, trains usually run every 5-7 minutes.

Can children ride for free?

If a child is under the age of 5 and is less that 90cm in height, he or she can ride for free. All other children are required to pay full-price.

Is traveling in the women’s compartment mandatory for women?

No. Women and children can travel in the standard compartments if they choose to do so. The women’s compartment is only provided as a convenience.

Can I eat or drink while on the metro?

No. In an effort to keep the metro clean, it is prohibited to eat, drink or chew gum while in the train.

Can I take the metro from the airport?

Yes. There are two stops on the Red Line, Airport Terminal 1 and Airport Terminal 3, that you can use. Passengers can carry 2 pieces of luggage (1 regular suitcase and 1 carry-on bag).  Please note that the suitcase should not exceed 81cm x 58cm x 30cm and the carry-on bag should not exceed 55cm x 38 cm x 20cm.

We hope you found this guide to traveling by the Dubai Metro useful. For further questions, feel free to leave us a comment. 

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Your Guide to the Dubai Miracle Garden

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The Dubai Miracle Garden is aptly named. After all, growing 45 million flowers in the desert is quite the miracle! The Garden is like an oasis in this bustling city. Here’s what you need to know before making the trip.

What is the Dubai Miracle Garden?

Dubai Miracle Garden is the world’s largest natural flower garden. It is home to 45 different species of flowers that have been sculpted into impressive and colorful designs.

Dubai Miracle Garden park

What should I see there?

The Garden is great place to simply walk around in. There will be a beautiful display of color wherever you turn your head. Our favorite attraction is the giant replica of an Emirates A380. It is the world’s largest floral installation and is covered in over 500,000 fresh flowers and living plants. Incredibly, the structure even includes moving engine fans. As noted during our tours, Dubai always likes to be on the cutting edge.

Flower Installation Miracle Garden

Is the garden like a park?

The Dubai Miracle Garden is a botanical garden, not a park. Because of this, there are rules in place to protect the surrounding flowers. For example, you cannot bring in outside food, sit on the grass or ride a bicycle in the garden.

Dubai Miracle Garden path

How do I get there?

The Garden is located in Dubailand, along Umm Suqeim Road. It is about a 20 minute drive from Mall of the Emirates. For a cheaper option, the Route 105 bus will take you directly from Mall of the Emirates to Dubai Miracle Garden for only 5 AED.

Bus to Dubai Miracle Garden

What are the hours of operation?

The Garden opens at 9:00 am and closes at 9:00pm on weekdays and 11:00pm on weekends.

How much do tickets cost?

Tickets to the Dubai Miracle Garden cost 40 AED for adults and 30 AED for children between the ages of 3 and 12. Only buy tickets from the official counter. Tickets purchased from outside vendors are not valid.

Is the Dubai Butterfly Garden included in the ticket price?

No. Although the Butterfly Garden is close to the Miracle Garden, it is a separate attraction that requires its own ticket. Access to the Butterfly Garden costs 50 AED per ticket.

What you need to know about Etihad Museum

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Etihad Museum

“The Etihad Museum tells the story of our Founding Fathers and our journey in the UAE” 

-Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai.

The Etihad Museum was opened to the public on January 2017. In this post, we go over some of the most common questions someone might ask before visiting the museum.

Where is Etihad Museum located?

etihad museum location


The museum is located along Route D94, also known as Jumeirah Road. This is actually the location where the UAE was first founded in 1971! Make sure you are familiar with this information. As the museum only opened recently, not all taxi drivers will know the location by name alone.

What is there to see at Etihad Museum?


The Etihad Museum is host to a variety of photographs, videos and interactive displays. You can view artifacts from the original founding fathers, watch informational videos on the country’s history, and explore an interactive timeline showing the nation’s founding.

Furthermore, there is a cozy library where one flip through photography books, a beautiful garden to walk around in and a great cafe serving delicacies like camel milk ice cream.

To know more about the country’s history, we recommend taking one of our Historic Walking Tours of Dubai. 

How long does it take to explore the museum?

We recommend planning to spend 3 hours at the museum.

Can I buy souvenirs?

Unfortunately, there is no official souvenir store at the museum. However, the Seven Sands cafe on the 3rd floor sells delicious sweets that you can certainly take home to share!

souvenir Etihad museum UAE

What are the museum timings?

Etihad Museum is open daily from 10:00am to 20:00pm.

How much do tickets cost?

Adult tickets to the museum will cost 25 AED. Groups of 10 people or more can pay 20 AED per ticket.

Students (5-24) can pay a reduced amount of 10 AED. The museum is free for children under 5 years of age and disabled individuals.


The Etihad Museum provides a great way to explore the founding of one of the fast growing nations in the world. We recommend it as a great way to learn the region’s history amisdt a thoroughly modern setting.

Where to go for Art Week Dubai 2017

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Art Week Dubai celebrates Dubai’s creative industries – painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography and performing arts. From March 12-18, the city hosts openings, commissions, projects and public programming. Read on to see the different events taking place and our recommendations for what to see during Art Week.

Art Week Dubai - Art Dubai


Art Dubai

Art Dubai is one of the world’s most global art fairs. It is the week’s anchor event. This year, 92 galleries from 44 different countries will be featured. Here are the top things to see at Art Dubai:

Trading Places Talks:

Art Dubai will host a talk series centered around the theme “trading places.” It’s fitting, considering the city’s reputation as a transport hub. There will be multiple talks during the day. We particularly recommend TAK€ OFF! : Music for Airports. The talk will ponder the connection between a network of plane schedules and an array of musical notes. It’s certainly poised to be a very unique conversation! Our Historic Dubai tour gives a further overview of the city’s heritage as a trading port.

Homage without an Homage

Hassan Sharif, an influential Emirati artists, passed away last year. Homage without an Homage is an exhibition featuring works from artists he influenced or inspired. It will be held alongside a video screening and talk series.

The Room: Cooking Liberty 

Food in Dubai goes way beyond shawarma. In this installation, Beirut-based art collective Atfal Abdath takes its inspiration from Salvador Dali’s cookbook, Les Diners de Gala. The result is a surreal cross between visual art, performance and gastronomy. During the day, the artists present various performances. Then in the evening, you can purchase tickets to a twelve-course buffet!

The 11th edition of Art Dubai takes place March 15-18, 2017, at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai.

While Art Dubai is considered the main event, there are others happening through the city. Here are some other places to go during Art Week:

Art Week Dubai - Dubai Design Days D3


Design Days Dubai

This fair is for home art. It is the only fair in the region dedicated to collectible furniture and design objects. The sixth edition will showcase design pieces from prominent galleries worldwide. It will also play host to a series of talks, workshops, and performances. We recommend “Britain Takes Shape” an exhibition of British contemporary design celebrating the UK/UAE Year of Creative Collaboration.

The 6th edition of Design Days Dubai takes place March 14-17 at Events Square, Dubai Design District (d3).

Art Week Dubai - Alserkal Avenue Pop-up


Alserkal Avenue

Alserkal Avenue will present a series of exhibits, films, talks, workshops and events for Art Week Dubai. We’re intrigued by the six pop-up projects that will be on display. Notably, Ahmed Mater’s project will display a photo series charting Mecca’s history over the years. This essay will look at the city’s past, present and projected future. As our walking tours are divided into past, present and future themes, this project stands out.

Pop-up Projects for Art Week Dubai take place at Alserkal Avenue from March 10-18.

Be sure to check some of the many events this Art Week in Dubai. To further explore the city’s art, check out our Art Tour!

Emirates Lit Fest 2017

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March is known worldwide as the month of reading – a time to promote literacy, encourage storytelling and celebrate authors. In Dubai, we will welcome the month with the 9th Annual Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. In 2016, the festival welcomed 170 writers and over 40,000 guests from 35 different countries; this year looks to be just as diverse a celebration.

The programme is full of interesting events designed to appeal to readers and writers of all stripes. We picked out a few of our favorites below:

If you’re a tech geek


Inventing the Future: Ashlee Vance on Elon Musk

Friday 3 March, 11.30am-12.30pm Al Ras 1, InterContinental, AED 75

Elon Musk is trying to redefine transportation – in space and on earth.

His car company, Tesla Inc., was the first company to launch an electric sports car. It recently had its Dubai launch with much fanfare – in fact, the Roads and Transport Authority of Dubai signed an agreement to buy 200 vehicles. Musk is also known as the CEO of SpaceX, a private space exploration company with a dream of sending people to Mars.

In this talk, Musk’s biographer Ashlee Vancee, author of Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, will share her unique insight into the man referred to as the ‘real-life Iron Man.’ Vancee is a celebrated technological author and journalist, and her biography of Musk has received praise in the NY Times, the Guardian and the Wall Street Journal.

If you’re a politico


The Orwell Lecture: A World Turned Upside Down?

Saturday 4 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm Al Ras 3, InterContinental, AED 75

The Orwell Lecture is an annual session at the festival, examining both the writing of George Orwell and the current events of today’s world. This year’s lecture will be delivered by BBC Reporter James Naughtie, and will discuss how our understanding of literature can help us comprehend today’s global political situation – and predict what might happen next.

If you’re a history buff


The Strait of Hormuz: Living Memories

Thursday 9 March, 10am-11am Al Baraha 1, InterContinental, AED 75

Emirati author Reem Al Kamali first became interested in her homeland’s history after hearing the tales of her grandmother. She went on to obtain a dual degree in history and archeology. She has done extensive research into the history of Dubai and the wider region, centering on an extensive overview of oral history accounts. Her novel Strait of Hormuz is a tour into the history of this strategically important location. Strait of Hormuz won the Al Owais Award for best creative fiction of 2015 and the 2016 Sayidaty magazine literary award for Emirati women. This talk will be given in Arabic, with English subtitles, and will provide a great look into the heritage of the region.

For those further interested in learning about the history of the region, we recommend our Historic Dubai Walking Tour.

If you’re a parent


George and the Blue Moon

Friday 3 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm Al Baraha 3, InterContinental, AED 50

In Lucy Hawking’s acclaimed George Greenby series, George, his friend Annie, and a supercomputer named Cosmos embark on a string of adventures through space and time. The books are a great way to introduce children to complex science – the information comes from renowned scientist (and Lucy’s dad) Stephen Hawking.

In this family session, Lucy Hawking will share insight on how to tell stories with both adventure and information. She will also provide a sneak peak into her newest book, George and the Blue Moon. This session is intended for ages 9 and up.


The 2017 Festival will be held from March 3-11, 2017 at the InterContinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice-President & Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and in partnership with Emirates and the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the emirate’s dedicated Authority for culture, arts, and heritage.



The coffee chronicles

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Those who love their caffeine fix might take a special enjoyment out of a trip to Dubai. In addition to the fancy Frappuccino’s of brands like Starbucks, the UAE serves its own style of Arabica coffee known as Khaleeji. The drink is prepared in a traditional coffee pot known as a dallah, with coarsely ground coffee beans, cardamom, cloves and saffron.

Coffee is an integral part of Bedouiin hospitality. Whether it’s a special feast, a social gathering or even a business meeting, it’s likely that you will be served a steaming drink in a delicate Finjaan cup.

In fact, coffee is such an important part of the UAE’s heritage that Dubai can boast of its very own coffee museum! Located in the historic Al Fahidi District, the museum allows you to witness three types of live brewing, heralding from Ethiopia, Egypt and of course, the Emirates. Dubai by Foot offers you the chance to take in the delicious refreshment in a relaxing setting, while our tour guides tell you the storied history of this most Arabian of beverages.