Burj Khalifa: is it really THAT tall?!

The Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

I don’t understand how people take pretty pictures with the Burj Khalifa in the background, I couldn’t fit my boyfriend’s head and the top of the Burj Khalifa in one shot. It’s not THAT big, it’s enormous!

The Figures

I’ll start with figures to describe how sensational the Burj Khalifa is:

  • It was only built in 2010 but it has already became one of the most visited places in the world.
  • It’s the tallest structure ever built – 828 m (2,717 ft) or 163 floors.
  • Wikipedia says it achieved 16 different world records.
  • When you’re standing on the outdoor observation deck which is on the 124th floor you can feel the floor moving cause of wind and it’s freaking horrifying! You can trust me on that (from my personal experience).

Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAE

As you can see from my previous posts about Dubai, during my stay there my card was blocked by the bank. So right after I fixed this problem there were only 3 days left for us in Dubai and we tried to visit as many places as we could. The first one in our must-see list was the Burj Khalifa. Even though I’m afraid of heights I couldn’t miss the Burj Khalifa and really wanted to see it.

Burj Khalifa: How To Get There 

First of all, you need to book a visit there. You can do it on their official website. The general admission ticket for two adults costs 280 AED (which is about $77). If you book your stay in Dubai via Booking.com then you’re provided with a small discount to the Dubai attractions, including The Burj Khalifa.

Be prepared: even though you have booked a certain time, you’ll have to wait in a line to get to the top (it took us about 40 minutes). The entrance is in the Dubai Mall which you can reach by metro (Check out my post about Dubai transport system to see how convenient it is). You will have to walk a long way which starts from the security guards and goes along the first floor of the Burj Khalifa. Then you’ll see an awesome hologram of the Burj Khalifa and a documentary about it that will be shown next to the line.


The elevators will take you straight to the 124th floor in a minute, where the outdoor observation deck is located. We went to see the Burj Khalifa in the evening so when we got to the deck we witnessed the whole city glowing with the evening lights – such a lovely view!

View from the top of The Burj Khalifa

The Dubai Fountain

Furthermore, if you go there in the evening you can witness The Dubai Fountain from the top of the Burj Khalifa – another amazing sight. The Dubai fountain plays different shows every 30 minutes, we managed to watch one from the top, and another one down near the fountain – it was so overwhelming!

In the evening, the Burj Khalifa turns into a canvas for light installations. This sight is so beautiful, you wouldn’t want to miss it:

I rewatched every video I posted here a bunch of times and I still can’t believe I’ve seen it all myself! Sometimes people create fascinating things, that even just by looking at them you feel happy. See you soon 😘

☞ If you check out Wikipedia’s List of tallest buildings you may notice that 12 out of 56 buildings are located in Dubai.


17 thoughts on “Burj Khalifa: is it really THAT tall?!

  1. It’s really tall I’ve been there. It’s sort of impossible to click pic with it. Even i wonder how people do it. Glad you wrote it.

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  2. That looks absolutely amazing but one of those things that you can’t quite get the enormity of it without actually seeing it. A stop off in Dubai is sounding more and more like something we should do!


  3. It is one tall building and I guess you would need a very special camera lens to capture the whole height of it.

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  4. I never felt in any danger, I mean at the top I could feel how the wind moved the building around a little but it was still a once in a life time opportunity. I would definitely recommend it if you ever got the chance to check it out!:)


  5. This is truly an engineering feat! I can only imagine how tall it is from the pictures. I have been to Taipei 101, but that is nothing compared to the Burj Khalifa! Oh, and that elevator sound like you just got sucked up 124 storeys from the ground! To get to that height in just a minute? WOW.


  6. I have been wanting to visit Dubai. If ever I get there, I will surely visit the Burj Al Khalifa. I think a visit to Dubai would not be complete with out a photo here. hehe

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