After having spent the whole afternoon the day before yesterday glancing at Burj Khalifa Rieko and I decided that she could not leave Dubai without a visit inside this impressive construction. After all, it isn’t everyday you get the chance to get a closer look at a building extending more than 800 meters in the air.
Burj Khalifa is really an impressive piece of work, which both manage to be very tall and look great at the same time. On weekends Burj Khalifa is covered with sparkling lights that gives the outside of the building an almost magical shine. It looks like something from a Disney movie and after sunset, when the building is most beautiful, there is usually a large crowd of tourists gathered in the area in front of it.
We bought tickets online and got up early yesterday to be at the entrance precisely at 9.30am. An elevator rushed us very quickly (10m per second, I later read) 124 floors up to the observation deck, which had a full 360 degrees view of Dubai.
It was almost hard to grasp how incredibly high up in the sky we actually were, but the skyscrapers, which looked like small Lego houses, gave us a good hint of Burj Khalifa’s enormous size. Up there you could really see how all the tall buildings are primarily located along Sheikh Zayed Road. Otherwise, Dubai mostly consists of low-rise developments that quickly turn into regular desert. Seen from above this abrupt transition from concrete to sand almost made the city look like a movie set.
I could easily have spent the whole day up in the skies, and I really envy those lucky bastards who have an apartment in Burj Khalifa. What a view to wake up to every morning!