Sunday, 25 December 2011

At the top of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai

From all locations in Dubai you see the Burj Khalifa, the highest building in the world with its 828 metres. In the Dubai Mall you can buy tickets to visit the building and go to the observation deck. When you reserve in advance on the internet site or at the reservation desk, you get the entry ticket for only 100 dirhams which is 20 euro a person. Every half hour people are allowed to enter, the first available place was five days later. It is very popular. Good that we reserved before our trip to Abu Dhabi. If you are only a few days in Dubai, you need to reserve via the internet site, if you don’t do this, you run the risk there will be no tickets available.

When entering the Burj Khalifa, you see several multimedia exhibits comparing the building to other tall constructions in the world. You can even project the Burj Khalifa against the skyline of other major cities in the world like Shanghai, New York, Paris…. On your way to the elevators you see modern art pieces and learn about the history of the Burj Khalifa construction and design phase. Once in the elevator it takes 45 second to reach floor 124, the highest observation deck in the world. Are we now at the top? No! There are still 80 floors above you. There are even people living on floor 160. From the open air observation deck you see the Dubai Mall, the fountains, the souks, the financial district, the desert, it is really impressive. The souvenirs are at reasonable prices. An amazing experience. If you can only visit one attraction in Dubai, it must be the Burj Khalifa.

People who believe gold is a safe heaven during the financial crisis have the opportunity to buy gold bars in a vending machine at the Burj. Bars are available in one ounce, 1gr, 5gr, 10gr… Some of them have the image of the Burj Khalifa melted on them.

Van op alle plaatsen in Dubai zie je de Burj Khalifa staan, het hoogste gebouw van de wereld met zijn 828 meter hoogte. In de Dubai Mall kan je tickets kopen om het gebouw te bezoeken en naar het observatieterras te gaan. Je dient wel de kaartjes vooraf te bestellen op internet of aan de reservatiebalie van de Dubai Mall, ze kosten 100 dirhams of 20 euro per persoon. Ieder half uur mogen mensen naar boven, maar de eerste beschikbare plaatsen waren pas voor vijf dagen later. Het is dus zeer populair. Goed dat we reserveerden voor ons bezoek aan Abu Dhabi. Als je dus maar enkele dagen in Dubai bent moet je op het internet reserveren, anders loop je het risico dat je dit mist.

Wanneer je de Burj Khalifa binnengaat kan je spelen met verschillende multimedia applicaties die het gebouw vergelijken met vele andere hoge constructies in de wereld. Je kan ook de Burj Khalifa projecteren tegen de skyline van andere wereldsteden zoals Parijs, New York, Shanghai.... Op weg naar de liften worden kunstwerken tentoongesteld en kan je leren over de bouw en ontwikkelingsfase van de Burj Khalifa. Eens in de lift, bereik je verdieping 124 in ongeveer 45 seconden en het observatie terras. Zijn we nu op het hoogste verdiep? Neen! Er zijn nog 80 verdiepingen boven ons. Er wonen zelfs mensen op het 160ste. Van op het open lucht dek kijken we neer op de Dubai Mall, de fonteinen, de soeks, het financieel district, de woestijn, ...het is gewoon ongelooflijk. De souvenirs die men verkoopt zijn aan schappelijke prijzen. Als je maar één attractie in Dubai kan bezoeken, moet het wel de Burj Khalifa zijn.

Mensen die geloven dat goud een veilige haven is gedurende de financiële crisis hebben hier de mogelijkheid goud te kopen uit een automaat. Baren zijn beschikbaar in gewichten van 1 ounce, 1 gr, 5 gr, 10 gr, .... Sommige goud staafjes zijn gesmolten met een afbeelding in de vorm van de Burj Khalifa..

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15 comments:

  1. The view are simply breathe taking! Just like what I saw in Mission Impossible 4!
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  2. Awesome ! Brilliant captures .

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  3. These are pictures from the top of the building? I have read about this building and I took some pictures of it in the paper to post sometime. I think no elevator had ever been made that went that high, and it was quite a feat to make a special one! GREAT pictures!

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  4. The view from the tower is AWESOME! Great photos. :)

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  5. Wow, what an amazing building. The captures from the top of the building are awesome.

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  6. SCHITTEREND wat een gebouwen, en heel mooi in beeld gebracht! Groetjes Cristien.

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  7. Het lijkt haast of je in een vliegtuig zit zo hoog.

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  8. Wow, that is a fantastic view. It is an amazing city that has mushroomed out of the desert. Thanks for the info for booking a place.

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  9. Wow, that's incredible. Of course the building is fantastic but so is the ability to buy gold in a vending machine. It must be a very well built and sturdy machine. It would be torn apart here quickly.

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  10. You must be having a very different Christmas this year.

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  11. Thank you for your report. Now I know what to expect if I ever make it to Dubai. I can't imagine being so high up in the sky. And to think some people actually living on the 160th floor and some even work on the higher floors. It's hard to fathom!

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  13. This is quite incredible to me that this building is this high. Are you saying that the building actually has over 200 stories.I thought recently that I was doing quite a feat to step out on the skydeck in the chicago willis Tower at 1354 feet up, but this would be nearly twice that high. Absolutely amazing. Might have to go to Dubai just to see this building. WOW. Thank you for sharing this . Jeanne

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  14. Wow i am really inspire these pics and heart touching.Wonderful blog.
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