Our tour guides are frequently asked about visiting the Burj Khalifa, and in this article they have compiled a lot of useful details to help you see this landmark.
In this blog, we have got you all covered on how to get tickets to the Burj Khalifa, how to get there, and what you can expect inside the building.
What is the Burj Khalifa?
The Burj Khalifa passed many important milestones on its goal to become the tallest man-made structure the world has ever seen with 160 storeys and 555m high.
In just 1,325 days since excavation work started in January 2004, Burj Khalifa became the tallest free-standing structure in the world.
A visit to Dubai is incomplete without visiting the tallest building in the world.
Standing tall at 2716.5 feet, the Burj Khalifa holds world records for being the building with most floors, the highest occupied floor, the elevator with the longest travel distance, the highest observation deck and many more.
How Do I Get to the Burj Khalifa?
You'll find this landmark at 1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd.
The Burj Khalifa is 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 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.
Once you get to Dubai Mall, you need to walk through the mall to the Lower Ground Floor (also referred to as LG).
Alternatively, you can also take a taxi to the Burj Khalifa. The taxi will drop you at the entrance of Dubai Mall (near the Dubai Fountain) but you will then need to walk to the ticket collection and entrance which is on the lower ground floor.
You can also check our blog on How to get around in Dubai to know more about the types of taxis and their fares in Dubai.
Burj Khalifa Ticket Price
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 was opened in 2010, it was the highest observation deck in the world.
Burj Khalifa opened a new deck called “At the Top Sky”, after “At the Top “ was surpassed by an observation deck in China as the highest observation deck.
At 555 meters, it is currently the highest observation deck in the world.
Being the tallest building in Dubai, the Burj Khalifa offers the best views of the Dubai skyline and beyond from its observation deck.
The very top of the Burj Khalifa is the 163rd floor, however it is not accessible to the public.
To get to the top of the Burj Khalifa, you need to purchase a ticket. Your ticket price will vary based on the observation deck you choose and what time of day you stop by.
When purchasing Burj Khalifa tickets, you can choose between the basic ticket (At the Top) and the premium ticket (At the Top Sky).
With “At the Top” tickets you can access the tower’s 124th and 125th floors, while with “At the Top Sky” tickets you can access 124th, 125th, and 148th floors. The table below gives you an overview of the ticket prices.
At the Top (124th and 125th Floor) - Features
|At the Top
(Level 124 and 125)
|Ticket Price (Non-Prime Hours)
9:00 am – 15:30 pm and 18:30 pm until closing
|Adult: AED 179
Child: AED 145
Infant (Below 4 years): Free
|Ticket Price- Prime Hours
16:00 pm- 18:00 pm
|Adult: AED 259
Child: AED 165
Infant (Below 4 years): Free
- Hop into the world’s fastest elevators which travel at an astounding speed of 110 meters per second!
- Get access to the outdoor terrace 452 meters above the ground, where you can feel the cool breeze and take in a birds-eye-view of Dubai.
- On the 125th floor, look at Dubai through the eyes of a falcon with the help of new technology which shows a microscopic view of the city using an interactive display on the floor.
At The Top- SKY (Level 124, 125 and 148) - Features
|At the Top- SKY
(Level 124, 125 and 148)
|Ticket Price (Non-Prime Hours)
19:00 pm until closing
|Adult: AED 399
Child: AED 399
Infant (Below 4 years): Free
|Ticket Price- Prime Hours
9:30 am- 18:00 pm
|Adult: AED 553
Child: AED 553
Infant (Below 4 years): Free
If you buy the tickets to the top SKY, you enjoy the features of the 124 and 125 levels along with:
- Enjoy a personalized tour, guided by a Guest Ambassador.
- Step out onto the world’s highest observation deck with an outdoor terrace at 555 meters.
- Refresh yourself with signature refreshments at the SKY lounge.
Can you buy tickets to the Burj Khalifa on the same day?
Yes, you can buy tickets to the Burj Khalifa on the same day. However, you need to keep in mind that the most popular times (sunrise and sunset) often sell out well in advance.
In this case, going to the counter and buying tickets is risky as the tickets for the time slot you require might not be available. You also do not get the discounted tickets if you buy them from the counter.
We would recommend you book your tickets online, even if you decide your visit to the Burj Khalifa one or two days in advance.
How far in advance can you buy tickets to the Burj Khalifa?
Tickets on the website are only available up to 90 days ahead. We would recommend you book your tickets at least 2 weeks in advance to enjoy the time slot and day of your choice.
During the holidays, Christmas and New Year, we would recommend you book your tickets to the Burj Khalifa at least a month in advance.
Should you buy skip the line tickets to Burj Khalifa?
Standard tickets require you to get the barcode scanned at a redemption point.
With skip-the-line tickets, you will be able to skip this process and make your way straight to the elevators.
Skip-the-line tickets allow you to zoom past the long lines and arrive directly at the elevator entrance.
Things to Do Around Burj Khalifa?
- Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
The Dubai Mall features the world-class Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo featuring thousands of aquatic animals and a 270-degree walkthrough tunnel.
The aquarium houses the world’s largest acrylic panel which made it to the Guinness Book of World Records.
There are around 40 displays here housing creatures such as piranha, penguins, crocodiles, lizards, snakes, otters and eels.
You can take a ride on a glass-bottom boat to view over 33,000 aquatic animals and you could also go cage diving with sharks!
Tickets to the Dubai Aquarium can be purchased online or at the counter in the mall. A ticket is valid for one entry only.
Visitors can stay as long as they want here. Frequent visitors can purchase a membership card and enjoy exclusive privileges.
The Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo are open 7 days a week. Opening times are Sunday to Wednesday 10 am to 10 pm, and Thursday to Saturday 10 am until midnight.
The Rainforest café is next to the mall and is a great place to go with kids for a meal.
The themed café features life-sized models of animals like giraffe, gorilla, crocodile amongst a recreation of the rainforest. You can also enjoy great views of the aquarium tank.
You can view these attractions on our Downtown Dubai Walking Tour.
- MAD gallery
In the very new Fashion Avenue, the precinct dedicated to luxury - you can visit the MAD Gallery.
It has some beautiful artworks and art galleries with some 150 global high-end brands. The MAD gallery next to Dior on first floor of fashion avenue is one of its kind.
The MB&F M.A.D. Gallery is a captivating universe of kinetic art where Horological Machines and Mechanical Art Devices reign supreme.
They are owned by Maximilian Büsser, who is also the founder of the watch brand MB&F. He selects all the pieces on display, which include those created under his brand.
Inside the galleries, not only will you find the complete range of MB&F Horological Machines and Legacy Machines, but you’ll also have the pleasure of discovering carefully-curated pieces – or, as we like to call them, Mechanical Art Devices – from around the world, each one making your heartbeat that little bit faster.
- Dubai Fountain
A captivating water, music and light spectacle in Downtown Dubai, The Dubai Fountain is the world’s tallest performing fountain.
At over 900 ft in length – equivalent to over two football pitches – The Dubai Fountain is situated on the 30-acre Burj Lake and performs to a selection of different melodies.
The fountain performs to a range of different songs from classical to contemporary Arabic and world music.
Some popular tracks include Michael Jackson's Thriller, Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman's Time to Say Goodbye, and most recently Power by Korean pop band EXO.
The unique design features five circles of jets that shoot water to impressive heights that can be seen from over 30km away.
With the introduction of thousands of WET super lights and over 20 color projectors, the spectacle is a visual masterpiece. The beam of lights can be seen from 32km away.
If standing to the side of the fountain isn’t close enough, you can experience this wonder up close with the Dubai Fountain Lake Ride.
You can also sail on a traditional Abra on the Burj Lake for the best show of the fountains or take the boardwalk for AED 20 to get the closest view of the fountain performances. The closest point puts you only 9m away from the fountains.
The fountain operates at 1.30 pm every day and then 6pm onwards till 11 pm, occurring at every half-hour intervals.
Performances are completely free and can be seen through various locations in Downtown Dubai. The most popular location is the waterfront promenade just outside the Dubai Mall.
Just before each performance, thousands of people pour out of the mall and the area gets very busy. The walkaway around the Souk Al Bahar is far less crowded and offers a more pleasant viewing experience.
Spectators coming out of the Dubai Mall need to set off around 15 minutes to find a spot at a busy hour.
- Souk al Bahar
Blending the classic with the contemporary, Souk Al Bahar, the “sailor’s market”, is a step back in time to the wonder and allure of old Arabia.
Situated in Downtown Dubai’s beating heart, it is enchantingly Arabesque – a lively marketplace that offers the city’s residents and tourists alike an enthralling experience of shopping, entertainment and dining in intriguing contrast to The Dubai Mall.
It features over 100 shops, amidst which lie 22 restaurants, cafés, and lounges, most situated on the waterfront promenade, on the fringes of Burj Lake.
Souk al Bahar has some of the best restaurants in Dubai with some unique outlets offering a variety of cuisines.
Try Thai at Mango Tree, British at Rivington Grill, Cuban at Café Habana and there is also the Time Out Dubai Restaurant Award winner Baker & Spice.
The outdoor seating restaurants give the best views of Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Fountain, it is quite likely one of the most photographed locations in the world.
- Public Outdoor Art Work
Beautiful public artwork is also present in the heart of Downtown Dubai, next to Souk Al Bahar and alongside the iconic Dubai Fountains.
Camels, by Donald Greig, is a series of three life-size sculptures of the humble beasts. Camels are a true symbol of Arabian Gulf. The trio includes a standing camel, a seated one and a camel calf.
Greig is an artist known for his sculptures of wildlife and he created Camels after spending hours observing and riding camels. The sculptures were then melded into silicone and cast into the wax.
After, they were dipped to add 15 layers of ceramic and finally finished off with molten bronze. The tallest of the camels stand at 3 meters and all three weighs about 800 kilograms.
- Dubai Opera building
From the Burj Plaza, you can also view the Dubai Opera House. It is the radiant center of culture and arts in Dubai and the shining pearl of The Opera District.
The building is predominantly glass, with a transparent foyer and a ‘box within a box’ feel to the main structure to let light stream in.
The main chandelier in Dubai Opera weighs 5000kg and contains 2900 LEDs and there are 600 lighting fixtures throughout the building.
While the opera house, with its dhow-inspired form, tips its hat to the region’s maritime history, the functional elements inside are very much of the time.
Thanks to cutting-edge hydraulic technology, moving floor plates and a series of overhead reflectors, the functional configuration of the internal space ranges from a concert hall setting for 1,901 people to a theatre with 1,875 seats; box seating offers additional room.
In the “flat floor” mode, the building is designed to host a wide variety of events including weddings, trade shows, exhibitions and banquets seating up to 1,000 guests.
The building can adapt from show to show to ensure you get the best from these world-class performances.
For concerts, the stage will transform beyond recognition with a series of towers appearing to create a hi-tech acoustic shell, with reflectors overhead to enhance the acoustics and reflect sound around the venue.
The Lounge - Burj Khalifa
The Lounge Burj Khalifa is spread over the 152nd to 154th floors of the world’s tallest building and it will be open every day.
Set 575m in the air, you’ll have to have a head for heights to make a date here, but if you want a bird’s eye view of the city then you’ll be in the right spot.
There’s even an outdoor terrace on the 152nd floor – with glass walls for a prime view.
The Lounge Burj Khalifa will serve afternoon tea between 12.30 pm and 4 pm as well as sunset drinks and canapés from 5.30 pm to 7 pm every day and evening drinks from 7.30 pm to midnight.
Insider Tips for the Burj Khalifa
How long does it take to get to the top?
It takes ONE minute from the ground floor to level 124, which is the observation deck.
Burj Khalifa Tower has the longest single running elevator, which is 140 floors. The elevators travel at 22 mph (35 kph) to accomplish this feat.
How to Get the Best Burj Khalifa Photos
The best views and lighting for photos are right before sunset. Stay for the sunset and you’ll get both daytime and evening views of the Dubai skyline.
Or, if you want to get a surreal photo of the city in the clouds, from above the clouds, try to visit during a foggy morning.
More Helpful Advice
- Bring your camera and a selfie stick. As the highest observation deck in the world, the Burj Khalifa has plenty of photo opportunities.
- To avoid the crowds, visit the Burj Khalifa on a weekday, and preferably as early as you can.
- Watch The Dubai Fountain show and enjoy the aerial view from At the Top. You can hear the fountain performance soundtrack from At the Top for a fully immersive experience.
- Giorgio Armani designed the lobby of the Armani Hotel Dubai. Be sure to check it out to experience the luxury of the Burj Khalifa.
- Explore the ‘Dubai – A Falcon’s Eye View’ exhibit on the 125th-floor observation deck. It’s an exhibit that puts all of Dubai’s major landmarks in perspective compared to the Burj Khalifa. It also provides a birds-eye-view of the city.
Facts About Burj Khalifa
- Burj Khalifa’s construction was started in Construction started: 6 January 2004 and the building was inaugurated in 2010.
- The design of the building was inspired by the Spider Lily, a regional desert flower
- The building was originally named Burj Dubai but was renamed in honor of the ruler of Abu Dhabi and president of the United Arab Emirates, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan; Abu Dhabi and the UAE government lent Dubai money to pay its debts.
- The tower features a Condensate Collection System that collects condensation from the tower’s air-conditioning systems and irrigates the building’s gardens.
- When you visit you’ll get to ride in the world’s fastest double-deck elevators that take you to the observation deck.