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Burj Khalifa in Dubai - everything you want to know about the world's tallest building

Burj Khalifa is the world's tallest building at 828 metres. The skyscraper is magnificent, powerful, and something everyone should experience. Book a ticket for the observation floors and you'll have unparalleled views of the city, desert and sea. [Updated 2022-11-29]

Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the world's tallest skyscraper
Burj Khalifa, Dubai's and the world's tallest skyscraper, rises next to the Dubai Mall.

The Burj Khalifa is mighty from afar and almost impossibly large when you get up close. But the world's tallest building is actually best seen from the inside, from the two observation decks with magnificent views over Dubai.

That some of the skyscrapers far, far down Sheikh Zayed Road are 300 metres high is hard to believe when you're standing up there looking down.

There's a reason the Burj Khalifa is Dubai's most visited attraction - and why it tops our list of Dubai's top ten things to do. You don't want to miss this.

The At the Top viewing platform on the 124th and 125th floors offers breathtaking panoramic views of Dubai, the sea and the desert. This is the observation floor most people visit, but there is another option.

The At the Top SKY Observatory takes you even higher, to floor 148, but the ticket costs more.

At the Top - Floor 124

A ticket for At the Top, the "regular" viewing floor, costs from around SEK 435. The price varies depending on the time of day. During sunset, from 4pm to 6.30pm, it's "Prime Hours" and a ticket costs around SEK 635. (Price example from June 2022.)

In addition to the regular admission tickets, there are also affordable packages for those who want to combine a visit to the world's tallest skyscraper with other sights or excursions in Dubai.

You can book a ticket with a transfer, combine Burj Khalifa with Afternoon Tea at Burj al Arab, or take a guided sightseeing tour that includes a visit to At the Top. To name just a few of all options.

The viewing platform, which is 456 metres above ground on the 124th and 125th floors, is often fully booked during the high season.

To make sure you get a ticket to At the Top, it's it's wise to book before you travel to Dubai. Thanks to our partnership with trusted Get Your Guide, you can book tickets with a lowest price guarantee. In this booking calendar, you can check the availability of tickets on your dates:

Expect a visit to At The Top to take a maximum of 1.5 hours. If you want explanations of everything you see up there from the 124th floor, audio guides in different languages are available for hire. Not in English, unfortunately.

At the top SKY - floor 148

Another viewing floor of the Burj Khalifa, At the Top SKY, opened a few years after the skyscraper opened. It is a whopping 555 metres above the ground on floor 148 - compared to At the Top on floors 124 and 125 - and is the highest observation deck in the world.

At the Top SKY is also a more luxurious experience where you are greeted by a host or hostess in a lounge and treated to Arabic coffee and dates, before the lift ride up begins. You can check ticket price here.

Is it worth the extra cost? It depends. The view isn't much better because you're barely 100 metres higher up the skyscraper, but the overall experience is a few notches nicer. And, of course, you can boast that you've been on the world's highest viewing floor.

Ticket to At the Top Sky is more expensive than At the Top, starting at around 1445 Swedish kronor (price example from June 2022), but is - as I said - also a more luxurious experience.

More ways to experience the world's tallest building

Below you will find entrance tickets, combination tickets or guided tours that include Burj Khalifa. You can book quickly, securely and conveniently through our partner GetYourGuide:


Map - where Burj Khalifa is located

The entrance to the Burj Khalifa is inside the Dubai Mall, the world's largest shopping mall, so the two attractions are often combined on the same day.

If you are travelling by metro, just get off at the station called Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall on the red line.

Best time to visit Burj Khalifa

All times of the day have their charm. Mornings and mornings can offer beautiful views and clear air. Evenings, when the skyscrapers of Dubai's skyline shine, are nothing short of magical.

If we have to pick a time that's best, we say late afternoon. To get the most out of your visit, it's best to arrive an hour or so before sunset. Then you'll see Dubai in the soft afternoon light, experience the sunset, and can stay until darkness begins to fall.

Admission prices vary throughout the day and tickets are most expensive from around 4pm-6pm. But it's worth the extra cost.

One tip is to book your ticket for the last possible time just before tickets become more expensive, for example 3.30pm if the Prime Hour starts at 4pm. Because remember that the time you choose when booking only indicates when you can go in - you can stay up there as long as you like.

The world's tallest skyscraper - more tips

The skyscraper, as mentioned earlier, is located right next to the Dubai Mall. So combining a shopping trip to the world's largest mall with a trip up the world's tallest skyscraper is a great idea.

Another smart combination is to simultaneously visit the fascinating Dubai Aquarium - which is located in the Dubai Mall. You can see parts of the aquarium from inside the mall without paying an entrance fee, but there's plenty to experience inside. Children and young people usually enjoy a visit here.

If you want to experience the view from the Burj Khalifa and the marine life of the Dubai Aquarium, then there is a combination ticket which will save you money compared to buying the tickets separately.

Burj Khalifa / Facts

Altitude: 828 metres.
Floors: 163.
Elevators: 57.
Opened: 2010.
Viewing floors: At the Top and At the Top SKY.
Records: In addition to being the world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa holds seven other records in the Guinness Book of World Records, including the world's fastest elevators.
Name: The skyscraper was supposed to be called Burj Dubai, but it was changed shortly before its opening. The name change was made as a gesture of gratitude to the then ruler of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan, after Abu Dhabi lent large sums of money to a then debt-ridden Dubai.

Frequently asked questions about Burj Khalifa

How tall is the Burj Khalifa - the world's tallest building?

The Burj Khalifa is 828 metres high, making Dubai the world's tallest building. The next tallest building in the world is the Merdeka 118 skyscraper in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

How many floors does the Burj Khalifa have?

163 pcs. The floors 20-108 contain apartments, the Armani Hotel is located on floors 15-39 and the remaining floors are mainly offices for various companies.

How much does it cost to visit the Burj Khalifa?

A ticket for At the Top, the regular viewing floor, costs from around SEK 435. Prices vary depending on the time of day. During sunset, from 4pm to 6.30pm, it's Prime Hours and a ticket costs around SEK 635. (Price example from June 2022.)

How many lifts are there in the Burj Khalifa?

The building has 57 lifts and each lift can accommodate 12-14 people.

How fast do the lifts go in the Burj Khalifa?

The lifts are fast, moving at 10 metres per second, or 36 km/h.