View from the Top ~ The Burj Khalifa

January 18th, 2012

The Burj Khalifa (Khalifa Tower) turns two this month. It’s hard to believe it opened two years ago, but it’s true. I remember when it was just a billboard sign—perhaps a twinkle in Sheikh Mohammed’s eye.

Some facts and figures:

At 828 m high, the Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world with the largest number of stories (200) and the highest occupied floor (level 160), and–in case you care–it houses Giorgio Armani’s first hotel.

It has a super-sleek elevator and reaches the viewing decking before you register all the TV screens inside. Naturally, this elevator is the fastest, moving at 10 meters per second.

The viewing deck is lovely and bright—except for the squeaky floor boards, which I found slightly unnerving.

 Here is a view from above. On the left is the edge of Dubai Mall. In the center is Souk Al-Bahar (one of my favorite places in Dubai), and to the right is the  Palace Hotel. In the water is the Dubai Fountain, which is also a record breaker: the world’s tallest performing fountain.

The view below includes more of the residential buildings on the left. This is a relatively new area of the city, yet it’s called “Old Town” in typical Dubai-fashion—to reinvent and confuse us.

Below is a view of Sheikh Zayed Road and Defense Interchange.

On our way out, we picked up a bar of Gold to Go. And why not?

What are your impressions of the Burj Khalifa?

  1. January 22nd, 2012 at 09:14 | #1

    I still haven’t been…did watch the latest MI movie though and watching Tom jump and repel/run on and from the Burj made me feel a little closer;) Elevators make me nervous especially since my architect husband told me all about how they install them etc…LOL You’ve been busy girlfriend:) Thanks for sharing

  2. Holly S. Warah
    Holly S. Warah
    January 22nd, 2012 at 14:32 | #2

    @Zvezdana I was worried about the elevator, too. It was a very smooth ride and over and done with before you know it. In fact, it felt faster than the Union Co-op elevator that only goes up one floor! Also, You are distracted by the soothing music and calming images on the tv screens. I think you would enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by & commenting. 🙂

  3. Deborah Mustafa
    January 22nd, 2012 at 20:32 | #3

    Holly, as always, your pics and depictions of places are outstanding!
    I have been on the Burj with my son, on a school field trip. We both suffered a fear of heights but were determined to take the opportunity to overcome our “issue”. The elevator was so quiet and quick we hardly could feel we were on top. Not to mention, that the absolutely stunning design inside the Burj was so captivating, we sort of forgot we had a “height issue”.
    I am completely impressed with this architectural masterpiece and am determined to take any visitors I have up for some fun.

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