At the Top, the world's highest outdoor
observation deck located in
Burj Khalifa the world's tallest
building, is a hot new tourist destination.
Mr. Thomas Dempsey, General Manager, Burj
Khalifa, said, “The panoramic views are like those from an
airplane, such is your height above ground. There is also plenty
to take in before you step into the elevators to the 124th floor:
interactive displays, montages describing the evolution of the
tower, and in-depth information explaining the people and
technology responsible for this incredible building.”
Tickets for the tour are time stamped at
30-minute intervals, on specific days, in order to carefully
manage the daily rush of sightseers.
The introductory time-stamped ticket price is
AED 100 for adults, AED 75 for children up to 12 years and free
for children under 3 years. For those who simply cannot wait,
immediate entry is AED 400 per person, subject to availability.
The entrance to the At the Top experience is at The Dubai Mall’s
Lower Ground level. The reception area of the attraction features
a large illuminated model of Burj Khalifa that introduces and
familiarizes visitors with the various sections within the
Multimedia displays ‘Dubai Then and
Now’, ‘From Earth to the Sky’ and ‘From Vision to Reality’ narrate
the evolution of Dubai and Burj Khalifa.
The ascent to the
124th floor is by a double-deck elevator, each deck carrying up to
14 people and travelling at an amazing 10 metres per second.
In less than a minute, the elevator reaches the observation
deck, the world’s only public observatory at this height with an
outdoor terrace. High windows circle the entire viewing platform,
and, for AED 10, visitors can scan the horizon and the distant
streets below through computerised viewfinders, which also have
pre-programmed day and nighttime vistas of the city and
surrounding region. Visitors can also buy official merchandise
from the At the Top retail boutique.
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