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Visiting the Burj Khalifa; ticket cost & At The Top alternatives

by Danni B
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It can be tough to know where to start when visiting the Burj Khalifa! There are so many different options. Whether you want to go at the top and see the view over Dubai. Dine in the famous Burj Khalifa or watch the fountains and laser show from below. There’s lots of experiences to choose from!

I go through all the possible options in this post in order to help you decide. Based on your budget and what activities you prefer. Plus I’ve even given insider tips!

*Updated March 2022

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Guide to visiting the Burj Khalifa

Going up the Burj Khalifa is definitely one of those Dubai bucket list items! I go through every possible detail you can think of so you to make sure you visit the Burj Khalifa like a pro!

Jump to the part of the article you want:

Activities cost comparison
What to expect when visiting ‘At The Top’ at the Burj Khalifa
All the ‘At The Top’ Ticket options
Burj Khalifa Timings; when is busiest & when is less crowded
When is At The Top less crowded?
Best time to visit At The Top
Combined experiences that save you money
Alternatives to At The Top
Options for those who want to experience Burj Khalifa but don’t like heights
Ways to get to the Burj Khalifa
Where to stay close to the Burj Khalifa
Facts about the Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa activities cost comparison

I’ve gone through all the options and made it super easy to compare with this handy table! Click on each of the options to find out more about each activity.

Insider Tip – I always recommend to have a look through Groupon before booking an activity, just in case there’s an offer for a tour or tickets!

In price order:

Burj Khalifa OptionsLocationWhat the experience offersTimingCost
Watching the lights & fountains or laser show from the groundOutside of Dubai Mall & Souq Al BaharA pretty fountain and light show every 30 minutes with a laser show in between also every 30 minutes5:30pm till 11pmFree
The Dubai Fountain BoardwalkOn the lake of the Dubai fountainsA less crowded and up close experience of watching the fountains on the floating bridge5:30pm till 11pm20 AED per person ($5.50 USD)
Water activities on the lake of the Dubai FountainsOn the lake of the Dubai FountainsVarious activities such as pedal boats, water bikes and kayaks3pm till 10pmFrom 45 AED – 80 AED per person ($12 – $22 USD)
Ride an abra across the Dubai FountainsOn the lake of the Dubai FountainsTake a traditional boat across the lake and watch the fountains5:45pm till 11pm80 AED per person ($22 USD)
Coffee in the cloudsThe At.Mosphere Lounge on the 122nd FloorBeverages only7am till 9amMinimum spend of 100 AED ($27 USD)
Infinity des Lumieres ExhibitionDubai Mall – 2nd LevelExplore 3 different exhibitions including a fully immersive Van Gogh experience10am till 10pm128 AED ($35 USD) per adult
At The TopInside the Burj KhalifaSelf guided tour of Level 124 & 1258 am till Midnight164 – 239 AED per adult ($44 -$65 USD)
Al la Carte breakfast at At.MosphereThe At.Mosphere Lounge or Restaurant on the 122nd FloorHot drinks, juices, beverages and various breakfast items7am till 11amMinimum spend of 200 AED per person ($54 USD)
Al la Carte dinner at The Lounge At.MosphereOn the 122nd Floor of the Burj KhalifaHot drinks, juices, beverages and various courses5:30pm till 10:30pmMinimum spend of 250 AED – 350 AED ($68 – $95 USD)
Al la Carte lunch at At.Mosphere RestaurantOn the 122nd Floor of the Burj KhalifaHot drinks, juices, beverages and various courses12pm till 4pmMinimum spend of 300 AED per person ($82 USD)
Decadence Breakfast at At.MosphereOn the 122nd Floor of the Burj Khalifa3 course breakfast including hot drinks and juices7am till 11am375 AED per adult ($102 USD)
Afternoon high tea at At.Mosphere LoungeOn the 122nd floor of the Burj KhalifaSandwiches, a main course, desserts, pastries, scones plus hot beverages

Option of sparkling wine or champagne also
12pm till 4pm328 AED – 664 AED per person ($89 – $180 USD)
Al la carte dinner in the At.Mopshere RestaurantOn the 122nd floor of the Burj KhalifaChoose from either a set menu or a la carte5:30pm till 10:30pm450 AED – 600 AED per person ($123 – $181 USD)
At The Top SKYInside the Burj KhalifaGuided tour & access to Level 124, 125 & 148 + Skip the queue & Arabic coffee with dates12pm till 10pm533 AED per person ($145 USD)
At The Top VIP LoungesInside the Burj KhalifaAn afternoon tea or a sunset with bubbly and canapés on Levels 152, 153 & 1542:30pm till 4:30pm or 5pm till 7pm749 per adult ($204 USD)
*Times changed due to Covid

What to expect at At The Top Burj Khalifa

aerial photography of cityscape at nighttime

The queues for At The Top can be pretty long. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the whole of Dubai. Only so many people can fit in the lift at one time in order to go up, so this is a factor of why there’s a queue.

So if you hate queues, not to worry! I will share some tips on how to avoid them, along with what tickets and experiences you can buy in order to skip the queue!

Visiting At The Top takes around one and half to two hours. It is possible to do it in a shorter time if you don’t want to read all the displays and go outside of peak hours when queues are smaller.

Level 125 tends to be quieter than level 124, so make sure to get the full experience by heading up those stairs.

The same with watching the fountains below the Burj Khalifa, there is typically quite large crowds that gather to watch. So I’ll give some tips for this also, on how to get the best spot further down!

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What are the At The Top ticket options?

At The Top is the name of the experience and the public observation decks inside the Burj Khalifa. There are different options available depending on what you’d like to do and how much you’d like to spend.

To begin we’ll just go through the observation deck only options and after explore if you wish to combine them with another experience.

Please note – if you buy tickets on the day at the attraction you pay a premium and cannot be guaranteed to get the time slot you want. If you’re going as a family especially, I would recommend to book at least couple of days in advance to make sure.

  • At The Top – Access to level 124 and 125 of the Observation Deck
  • At The Top SKY – Access to level 124, 125 & 148 which includes a refreshment lounge
  • The VIP Lounges – Access to level 152, 153 & 154 along with either an afternoon tea or drinks with canapés

At The Top – Level 124 & 125

This is a self guided tour which includes access to the observation decks on levels 124 and 125. Level 125 is 456 meters (1496 ft) off the ground.

Level 124 is the initial floor you enter on and features high powered telescopes and the outdoor observation deck.

Up the stair case, on Level 125 features 360 degree views across Dubai. Also make sure to check out the viewfinders on the 125th level observation deck as well as they have images of old Dubai inside. Taking you back in time! There’s also a virtual reality experience and a green screen if you’d like a souvenir photo.

Insider tip – If you’re going to go for sunset, make sure to book 90 minutes before sunset and potentially 2 hours before during school holidays. The peak tickets between 5pm and 6:30pm will likely not catch the sunset (depending on the sunset timing when you visit) and therefore are not worth paying a premium for.

With this ticket you do have to queue which can be long

164 AED ($45 USD) per adult
119 AED ($32 USD) per child (4 – 12 years old)

Peak Time Cost
: Between 4pm and 6:30pm
239 AED ($65 USD) per adult
137 AED ($37 USD) for children (4 – 12 years old)
Children under 4 – Free

*All prices include VAT

I highly recommend buying your ticket from Get Your Guide as it’s free to cancel up to 24 hours beforehand in case your plans in Dubai change!

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At The Top SKY – Level 124, 125 & 148

This includes a guided tour and access not only to the same levels as At The Top but an even higher floor of 148. You also get some tasty Arabic coffee and dates!

Level 148 has an outdoor observation deck and is at an incredible 555 meters (1821 ft) above the ground! There’s also a nice lounge here to get refreshments along with an interactive experience of Dubai’s monuments.

The Level 148 lounge is a little similar to the VIP lounge and when at this height, a few floors actually doesn’t make much difference. Though this lounge area is busier and has a different vibe to the VIP lounges.

Insider tip – Please note the time on level 148 is limited to 30 minutes, you can spend as much time as you like on Level 124 & 125. Also with this ticket you can SKIP THE QUEUE of those with At The Top tickets! And go straight to the express elevator.

Timings differ slightly for this experience, they are as follows:

  • Sunday to Saturday: 12pm till 10pm, 9pm last admission.

*Most timings have been altered due to Covid, these are the new timings

533 AED ($145 USD) per person for adults and children over the age of four
Children under the age of 4 – Free

*All prices include VAT

You can buy your ticket here from Get Your Guide, what I love best about Get Your Guide is that you can cancel 24 hours before and get a full refund, should your Dubai plans change!

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The VIP Lounge – Level 152, 153 & 154

The experience is different depending on the time you visit. These three incredibly high floors have chairs and even some couches spread out perfect for lounging. Along with an outdoor terrace. The experience lasts for two and a half hours.

There’s also little private areas to sit, so if you’re wanting an option that allows for more privacy even from fellow VIP loungers. This option is perfect. It also really does have a different feel the other experiences.

If you visiting between 2pm and 4:30pm you’ll experience ‘Tea in The Clouds.’ This is where you’ll eat a selection of desserts, cakes and pastries with a selection of teas and coffee.

If you visit between 5pm and 7:30pm then you’ll enjoy a glass of bubbly and canapés to go with it. There’s also live entertainment while watching the sun go down!

They’ve also now added, ‘Cocktails Under The Stars’ between 7:30pm and 10pm.

Though I must admit when you are this high up, the fountains are difficult to see. But it is truly a unique experience being in a building this high up!

749 AED ($204 USD) per person

*All prices include VAT

Insider tip – My personal favourite is the ‘Bubbly Sundowner’ package from Get Your Guide as the sunset is truly magnificent! Plus have a worry free trip by knowing you’ll be able to get a full refund if you need to cancel 24 hours or more before.

For the afternoon tea, I actually recommend going to At.Mosphere instead, continue reading for more details!

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Burj Khalifa Timings

The Burj Khalifa At The Top observation decks are open every daily at the following times below:

  • Sunday to Wednesday: 10am till Midnight
  • Last admission is 11pm
  • Thursdays & Fridays: 8am till Midnight
  • Last admission is 11pm

    Other useful times to know:
  • Dubai fountain display times: 6pm till 11pm
  • Burj Khalifa laser show times: Tues to Sat – 7:45pm till 9:45pm

*Please note these are the current reduced times due to Covid, I have updated to the newer expanded times as of Nov 2021 however the sunrise tour that was available on weekends is still not currently available.

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When is the Burj Khalifa the busiest?

The busiest time is due to people wanting to catch the sunset and also that most people in the Middle East tend to be late risers. You’ll even find malls in Dubai tend to get busier after 3pm.

It is also more expensive to access At The Top Burj Khalifa during these peak times.

  • 4pm till 6:30pm

If you’re wanting to visit the Burj Khalifa during the sunset, it’s best to book a time slot that is 90 minutes before sunset.

When is the Burj Khalifa less crowded?

Again due to a more late night lifestyle in Dubai, most attractions and especially the malls will be quieter in the mornings. So this is a great time to visit before the crowds.

At The Top does get quieter after the sunset as of course this is such a popular time to go.

These are the less busy times:

  • 10am till 2pm
  • 8pm till 10 pm

If I’m going more for the view than to take photos, I really love visiting the Burj Khalifa at night and seeing all the lights twinkle below.

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What is the best time to visit At The Top?

picture of dubai summer skyline with sun and water

It really depends on your preferences. If you’re planning to take lots of photos and want some really beautiful ones for your Instagram? Then getting up there early before sunset to catch the golden hour is amazing. Of course you can then stay there and wait for the sunset.

Dubai during winter time, the ground can be covered in fog some mornings. So if you love seeing the buildings peaking out from beneath it. This is truly magical. Though it does limit visibility too, so something to bear in mind.

Make sure to check the weather forecast a couple of days before hand. Equally a sandstorm can also mean having hazy pictures or a less desirable view over the city.

What about after sunset? The city does look amazing all lit up at night and this is personally one of my favourite times to go to the Burj Khalifa in terms of enjoying the view rather than photography.

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Combined tourist attraction ticket offers with the Burj Khalifa

This is a great way to save money if you plan to visit other tourist attractions while in Dubai. These are some of the options:

Infinity des Lumieres Exhibition

Nearby in Dubai Mall, you can also enjoy 3 different exhibitions. Offering an interactive and immersive experiences of Van Gogh’s art, Japanese Art & The Beauty of The Universe Verses. A new addition to the Burj Khalifa!

Located on the 2nd floor of Dubai Mall, it has 58 speakers and 130 projectors showing over 3000 images. A truly magical experience!


Mon – Thurs: 10am till 10pm
Fri – Sun: 10am till 11pm

128 AED ($35 USD) for adults
77 AED ($21 USD) for children

You can also buy a multi-pass that allows you entry in multiple Dubai attractions over a set time in order to save money.

The Dubai Pass

This gives you access to over 40 different Dubai attractions and can save you up to 60% off entry prices along with being able to skip the line at some attractions

The pass can be used for At The Top but you must book 48 hours in advance and it does not include peak price timings!

There are a few different options if you want the Burj Khalifa included with the pass:

*Please note you can only enter an attraction once per person, for example you couldn’t go to the Burj Khalifa twice if you had an unlimited pass

For more details about the pass and to purchase, check out the Flexi Pass or the Ulimited Pass from Get Your Guide

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Alternatives to At The Top at Burj Khalifa

If you’re one of those people who prefers not to do the more touristy option, then here are some great alternatives to the queues.

There are quite a few to choose from, so I’ll give you a run down of all of them. Including some for those who want to enjoy the Burj Khalifa but are not keen on heights!

Having drinks, breakfast, lunch or dinner at At.Mosphere

At.Mosphere offers a truly unique fine dining experience in Dubai, high in the sky! Atmosphere is on the 122nd floor so equally offers amazing views of Dubai.

The dress code for the lounge is smart casual and the restaurant is smart elegant. Plus in Dubai we love to get all dressed up, so make you put on your best clothes!

For more information on how to dress as a tourist in Dubai, in case you’re worried what you can and can’t wear

Insider tip – It can be difficult to get a great photo at At.Mosphere unless you pay a premium for a window table. So if you’re budget is more restricted, this is one thing to bear in mind! As most of the window seats have a higher minimum spend.

At.Mosphere has lots of different options depending on your preference:

  • Coffee in the clouds in the At.Mosphere lounge
  • A la carte breakfast in the lounge or restaurant
  • The Decadence breakfast set menu
  • Afternoon tea & high tea
  • A la carte lunch in the lounge or restaurant
  • A la carte dinner in the lounge or restaurant

Here are some more details about each of those activities below.

Coffee in the clouds

This is one of the most reasonable on the list! So it’s a great affordable way to experience the views from high up in the Burj Khalifa without spending too much money.

The Coffee in The Clouds is between 7am and 9am, served in the At.Mosphere lounge. It is mostly beverages but you are able to order a dessert platter.

The minimum spend is 100 AED ($27) per person and you just select what coffees and teas you would like. Check out the menu here

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Breakfast at At.Mosphere

You have two choices for breakfast at Atmosphere:

  • The Decadence set menu breakfast served in the restaurant
  • A la carte is also served in the restaurant

The decadence breakfast is three courses of what can only be described as a luxury breakfast with options such as wagyu bacon and truffle scrambled eggs. You’ll also get dessert and unlimited hot beverages.

Insider TipThe Entertainer can greatly save you money if you regularly dine out in Dubai by allowing you to get buy one get one free on breakfast. At.Mosphere is part of their fine dining ‘Gourmet Dubai’ package

Use discount code ENT240 to save 10% off your purchase from The Entertainer

Decadence – 375 AED ($102 USD) per person
A la carte – 200 AED ($54 USD) minimum spend per person

Key Information & Price
All ages welcome for breakfast
Dress: Smart casual
Window seats & inner seats
300 AED minimum spend
Children under 5 free

All ages welcome for breakfast
Dress: Smart elegant
Window seat: 350 AED ($95 USD) minimum spend
Inner seat: 250 ($68 USD) AED minimum

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Lunch at At.Mosphere

There are two options to choose from for lunch, either in the restaurant or the lounge. But both having amazing views and window seat options.

The a la carte lunch menus are the same in both the lounge and restaurant.

Key Information & Price
Children must be over age 5
Dress: Smart casual
Window seats & inner seats
300 AED ($82 USD) minimum spend

Children must be over age 5
Dress: Smart elegant
Window seat: 350 AED ($95 USD) minimum spend
Inner seat: 250 ($68 USD) AED minimum

If you’d rather save money, the restaurant is 250 AED minimum spend for an inner seat but of course you don’t get the incredible view while you dine.

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Afternoon Tea at At.Mosphere

This is truly an experience and is more affordable to do it at At.Mosphere than it is in the At The Top VIP lounges.

Unlike most traditional Afternoon teas, this one also includes a main meal with the sandwiches, scones, desserts and hot drinks. So make sure you go hungry!

Insider tipThey also have an Entertainer offer for the Afternoon Tea, saving you 328 AED by being able to redeem buy one get one free

Use discount code ENT240 to save 10% off your purchase from The Entertainer

Key Information & Price
Children over 5 year
12 till 4pm
Dress: Smart casual
Afternoon tea with hot beverages – 328 AED ($89 USD)
Afternoon high tea with sparkling wine none window table – 430 AED ($117 USD)
Afternoon high tea with sparkling wine window table – 503 AED ($137 USD)
Afternoon hight tea with champagne – 664 AED ($181 USD)

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Dinner at At.Mosphere

Again like lunch you can choose from either the lounge or the restaurant, however the restaurant does have a much higher minimum spend. Both have an amazing view!

Key Information & Price
Over 21s only from 5:30pm
Dress: Smart casual
Window seats & inner seats
300 AED ($82 USD) minimum spend

Children must be over age 7 for dinner
Dress: Smart elegant
Window seat: 600 AED ($163 USD) minimum spend
Inner seat: 450 AED ($123 USD) minimum

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If you have connections who live in the Burj Khalifa

So this one, of course may only be applicable to a few people but I’ll tell just in case! If you know someone who lives in the famous Burj Khalifa there is a private lounge that is the next to At The Top on the 124th Floor.

You also get to beat the queues as residents have priority over those waiting in the queue. There are juices, coffees and pastries in the lounge for residents. So it’s a pretty cool ‘free’ experience if you know the right people!

Ways to experience the Burj Khalifa if you’re not a fan of heights

So when my Grandma came to visit me, I found out she was afraid of heights! Even buildings that were 20 stories were way too high for her and I had to find alternative ways to show her Dubai. This isn’t easy in Dubai with all it’s tall buildings!

So if you’re not a fan of heights or you’re looking for a way to save money during your Dubai holiday. Here are some great alternatives to At The Top and At.Mosphere!

Watch the fountains and Burj Khalifa laser show from the ground

So if you head out of Dubai Mall, as if you are heading to Souq Al Bahar. You’ll see the sign for Dubai Fountains. Just be careful as the signs also say Dubai Fountain for what is called The Falling Man fountain. So follow for Souq Al Bahar to make sure you aren’t heading to the wrong fountain

You’ll see Five Guys burger place right by the exit. So if you get lost, which is easy in Dubai Mall! You can ask to direct you to Five Guys and you’ll find the exit. Five Guys is also one of the most budget friendly places to eat where you can sit and watch the fountains!

Bridge from Dubai Mall to Souq Al Bahar bridge

A popular place to stand close to the Fountains, which has a great view of the Burj Khalifa also, is the bridge to Souq Al Bahar. Here you can also get a souvenir photo of you with the Burj Khalifa.

It does get busy in the evenings, especially weekends, so make sure to get there early if you want to secure a place at the front.

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The Dubai Fountain Boardwalk

This is a very nice affordable experience that is definitely worth it as you get to have an unrestricted view of the fountains and experience being right in the middle of them!


20 AED ($5 USD) per person
Currently on offer with Groupon for 15 AED ($4 USD) per person

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Water activities on the lake of the Dubai Fountains

Again there are quite a few options:

  • Ride an Abra across the fountains
  • Take a pedal or electric swan boat
  • Flamingo or duck pedal boats for kids
  • Water bikes
  • Kayaking

So the more sporty water activities were added recently in December 2020. The timings for the water activities change based on the season due to the heat.

The Abra ride is a ride on a traditional wooden boat and starts later as they time with the dancing Dubai fountains. The ride lasts 30 minutes.

Pedal boats, water bikes and kayak timing timings:
Winter: 3pm till 10pm – Last tickets 9:30pm
Mid-April onwards: 8pm till 11pm – Last tickets 10:30pm


Swan boat: 50 AED ($14 USD) up to two adult
Children must over 12 for the paddle boat
Children over 3 for the electric

Water bikes: 50 AED ($14 USD) per bike
15 years and over

Kayaks: 75 ($20 USD) AED
15 years and over

Flamingo Boat
40 AED ($11 USD)
3 years and up
Duck Boat
45 AED ($12 USD)
3 years and up

Abra timings
5:45 pm till 11:15pm – Last ride at 10:45pm


80 AED ($22 USD) per person

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Hashi, The Armani Hotel

The Armani hotel is stunning and there’s a few restaurants and lounges to choose from. Hashi has amazing Japanese food and a wonderful view across the whole of the Dubai Fountains. So it is truly a magical experience.

The dishes are served in a tradtional Kaiseki way, where you order lots of different smaller dishes and share them. Similar to how you would with tapas.

The only one downside is the music for the fountains isn’t very audible from here and the music definitely adds to the experience of watching the fountains! But it’s still a beautiful experience with the panoramic view.

Key Information & Price
Classic & contemporary Japanese
Dinner only – 6:30pm till 11:30pm

Closed Mondays

Dress: Smart elegant

Starters from 40 AED ($11 USD)
Main dishes from 45 AED ($12 USD)
Set menu starting from 459 AED ($125 USD) per person

Ways to get to the Burj Khalifa

Via Taxi

So the area surrounding the Burj Khalifa is a pretty large area and there’s lots of different entrances but your taxi driver will typically know which one to take to you.

If for any reason you do get a newer taxi driver. For At The Top, you need to access it via Dubai Mall and not directly below the Burj Khalifa.

One of the closest drop off points is Fashion Avenue. It can be quite far to walk inside Dubai Mall but there are buggy carts available if you need for 20-30 AED depending on the distance. In case you end up at the other end of Dubai Mall!

If you plan to visit The Armani hotel or At.Mosphere then you go directly to the Burj Khalifa but be aware that you will need to get another taxi to access At The Top as the connecting tunnel is for Burj Khalifa residents only requiring a special access card. Sorry guys!

Via Car

There is lots of parking in Dubai mall, again like the taxi. I recommend to park in the Fashion Avenue, section to be closest to At The Top. Then make your way to the lower ground floor and follow the signs!

Insider tip – The car parking floors have different numbers to the Mall so it can be a little confusing but if you look to the plastic sign around the buttons. It tells you which Mall floor corresponds to which car parking floor. The lower ground you normally have to get an escalator to as not all lifts go to the lower ground level.

If you’re visiting The Armani Hotel, valet parking is available for free. As someone who is usually running late, I absolutely love this about Dubai. As you just pull up right to the doors and go straight in.

Via Metro

Getting to the At The Top at Burj Khalifa from The Metro is easy. You just take the red line to the stopped called ‘Burj Khalifa / Dubai Mall.’ Then an air conditioned tunnel with travelators connect directly to Dubai Mall. It is approx a 10 minute walk to Dubai Mall.

The Metro comes out on the upper level and you’ll need to head down the escalators to the lower ground. Then just follow the signs or ask one of the customer service desks which way to At The Top.

The cost for the metro is pretty cheap but does depend how many zones you are going through. This is between 4 AED and 8.50 AED each and for gold class is between 6 AED and 15 AED.

You’ll also have to pay a deposit for your Nol card if you don’t have one already. I also recommend to go for the Silver Nol card as it’s easier to use and doesn’t have a limit of 10 single journeys like the red card.

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Staying close to the Burj Khalifa

If it’s a dream of yours to stay close to the Burj Khalifa or you just love staying in the centre of the action. Here are all the best hotels for a wide range of budgets!

Check out my full article here with over 17 hotels with a view of the Burj Khalifa

Affordable option for staying close to the Burj Khalifa

There aren’t the many budget options available as Downtown is the most expensive area for both real estate and staying in Dubai. There are more budget hotels located just outside of Downtown area. Business Bay is right next door to Downtown and offers much more affordability.

The Rove, Downtown

These are super cool hotels that have a hipster remote work kind of feel with lots of shared areas, laundromats and a restaurant that feature long wooden benches.

You can book The Rove, Downtown Dubai via Booking.com here

Mid-range and Luxury Hotels

Radisson Blu Dubai Waterfront, Business Bay

This modern hotel in Business Bay, has lovely views of the Burj Khalifa and offers more affordability than the Downtown area. You book direct here with Radisson or via Booking.com. It’s great value for a 5 star hotel and the location!

If you’ve wanting a Burj Khalifa view room, you will typically need to pay a premium.

Have a look at the many options in Downtown Dubai here:


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Interesting facts about the Burj Khalifa

Do you know how the Burj Khalifa got its name? Originally the Burj Khalifa was going to be called Burj Dubai but was changed to the Burj Khalifa after the UAE ruler and announced when it opened.

Reportedly this was due to the large investment Abu Dhabi had made into Dubai after the 2008 global recession

  • The Burj Khalifa opened on 4th January 2010
  • Construction started in January 2004 for a total of 6 years
  • It is the World’s Tallest freestanding structure at 828m (2,716 ft)
  • It also holds the title of the highest occupied floor, highest building, highest number of stories, elevator with the longest travel distance and tallest service elevator in the world
  • Along with the highest outdoor observation deck in the world
  • It cost $1.5 million USD to build
  • The building is multifunctional, containing a hotel, dining, offices and private residences.
  • The height of the tower was kept a secret until the building was finished
  • The very highest floors of the Burj Khalifa aren’t usable
  • Bill Baker was the engineer behind the Burj Khalifa in order to create a building this tall that was not only structurally sound but could withstand the climate and sandstorms of Dubai
  • The architect who designed the building was Adrian Smith while working at Skidmore Owings & Merrill
  • The building is inspired by the ‘Spider Lily’ which is native to the desert
  • It is owned by Emaar Properties

Saudi Arabia has a tower planned called ‘Jeddah Tower,’ previously ‘Kingdom Tower’ in order to beat the height of the Burj Khalifa by 180m (591 ft) but currently construction is halted on this project. This would make it a total of 1008m (3,307 ft)

Dubai announced it’s own plans to beat its own world record by building ‘Dubai Creek Tower’ but haven’t released officially what it’s height would be. This building is also currently on hold and has been since 2018

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For me personally, this is how I would visit the Burj Khalifa:

I would visit At The Top with the 124, 125 & 148 ticket when quiet during the day so I can take some incredible photos. Then I would go for dinner at At.Mosphere in the lounge for sunset at a window table. As actually what it would cost you to have dinner in the lounge is actually only a little bit more than what a peak time ticket would be.

That way I would truly feel I’d experienced everything the Burj Khalifa has to offer.

If you’re looking for a package that is similar and takes care of everything for you, including pick up and drop off in a luxury vehicle. Check out this package with VIP access to the Burj Khalifa and a meal at At.Mosphere from Get Your Guide

Then finally I would go grab a coffee from one of the many restaurants with outdoor seating close to the fountains and sit outside to watch the dancing Dubai fountains and laser show while relaxing, as the perfect end to my evening

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