The Burj Khalifa is the tallest structure in the world, standing at 829.8 m (2,722 ft) which is three times as tall as the Eiffel Tower and almost twice as tall as the Empire State Building. Not only does it hold the World Record for being the Tallest building in the world, it holds a whooping 6 other records: 1) Tallest free-standing structure in the world. 2) Highest number of stories in the world. 3) Highest occupied floor in the world. 4) Highest outdoor observation deck in the world. 5) Elevator with the longest travel distance in the world and 6) tallest service elevator in the world.
It towers over the skyline of downtown Dubai and I found myself constantly looking for it whenever I stepped out of my hotel, as the tip of the sphere of the Burj Khalifa can be seen up to 95 kilometers away! The construction of the Burj Khalifa began in 2004 with the exterior completed 5 years later in 2009. It took more than 110,000 tons of concrete, 55,000 tons of steel rebar, and 22 million man-hours to complete the Burj Khalifa and the tower is designed to resemble the Hymenocallis flower.
The observation deck is accessed from the lower level of the Dubai Mall so after we’d had a little browse of the best shopping center I have ever been to we headed for the Khalifa tower. We were taken to a little room where we were offered dates and Arabic coffee before getting a little explanation about the burj Khalifa and the floor we were going to. We then got lead towards the elevator. There are 3 different observation areas: Floor 124, 125 and at the top 148 which is where we headed to first. A special elevator whizzes you up in ear popping seconds and at 555 meters, you can now access the world’s highest outdoor observation deck with the most amazing views over the city, ocean and desert!
I did a lot of research before I went to Dubai and there were some conflicting opinions on whether or not it is worth the extra money to go up to the 148th floor rather than just 125/124….