- Type: Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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Although we don't recommend experiencing it the way Tom Cruise did in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, the Burj Khalifa is a crucial item on any Dubai agenda. Rising 2,716.5 feet above the city (that's a whopping 160 stories!), the Burj Khalifa proudly holds the title of "world's tallest building." But that's not the only superlative this tower's got under its belt. The Burj Khalifa is also the tallest free-standing structure in the world and home to the highest outdoor observation deck in the world. You know what that means: gorgeous views. Visitors are invited to ride the elevator to the 124th floor for breathtaking city vistas extending all the way out to the Persian Gulf. Special telescopes also show scenes of the city from different points in time, allowing you to experience every stage of Dubai's history.
Most visitors describe the Burj Khalifa as an incredible architectural feat. However, some say that the tower's impressiveness is lost if you get too close. According to one TripAdvisor user, "This is an amazing construction—so elegant from a distance but the trip to the top was disappointing."
The Burj Khalifa towers over downtown Dubai and is easily accessible from the Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall metro station. You can visit the observation deck from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and from 10 a.m. to midnight Thursday through Saturday (last entry is 45 minutes before closing). General admission is 100 AED (around $27 USD) for adults and 75 AED (roughly $20 USD) for children. To learn more, visit the Burj Khalifa website.