Burj Khalifa, also known as the Burj Dubai, holds the record of being the tallest man-made structure ever built, at least until its planned 2018 completion. However, there’s more to this marvel of architecture than just being the world’s tallest building. It’s an architectural wonder that represents the development and modernity of Dubai, one of the fastest growing cities in the world, and symbolizes how far they have come from humble origins as a small fishing village over 100 years ago to becoming one of the major economic centers in the Middle East.
Dubai, also known as City of Gold or The Burgan, is a city located in the United Arab Emirates. It is located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf on the Arabian Peninsula. Dubai’s economy depends mainly on commerce, tourism and transportation industries. Other industries include financial services; construction; healthcare and medical research; media and telecommunications operations; retail; real estate; education and training; aviation, aerospace and defense technology. Dubai has become famous for its skyscrapers such as Burj Khalifa. It is a very unique structure that attracts thousands of visitors each year to its observation deck which stands at 828 meters high.
Why I decided to visit Dubai
My decision to visit Dubai was an easy one. Dubai is a city that has been shaped by rapid development, modernization and globalization. It is a truly international city which promotes trade and commerce. In recent years, it has become not only an ideal leisure destination but also an attractive place for people to invest in its booming real estate market. As such, there are now many shopping malls and skyscrapers being built in Dubai such as Palm Islands, Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab and Emirates Towers just to name a few of them; all of which are considered architectural wonders and attract millions of tourists each year from all over the world. There is something for everyone in Dubai!
How I got there
Though it might not be a popular tourist destination like Paris or New York, Dubai is one of those places everyone should visit once in their lifetime. Not just because its architecture is spectacular, but because it’s a place that will open your eyes to new things and has one of a kind experiences like riding an 800-foot-tall roller coaster at 122 miles per hour, something I did recently. An easy way to get there from San Francisco is to buy a round-trip ticket on Emirates Airlines; flights depart from SFO almost every day. Once you arrive at Dubai airport, use the convenient Bus service that drops you off right outside BurjKhalifa—otherwise you’ll have to take public transit or a taxi for about $10 U.S.
What it was like on the inside
I was surprised by how empty it was. There were a few different restaurants and bars on each floor, but because of its height, it felt more like an observation deck than a tourist attraction. Not only is it one of those moments where you can say you’ve been to one of (if not) THE tallest building in existence, but once you get to your level, you can really take in what an incredible feat of engineering has been accomplished. I think people are taken aback by just how small they feel when they’re standing inside at ground level-which isn’t much-but standing at any level with Burj Khalifa as your backdrop is nothing short of spectacular.
Tips for visiting with kids
If you’re visiting with kids, one of your best bets is to visit in November or December (off-season). Travel costs will be lower and crowds much smaller. If you’re visiting from abroad, look into purchasing tickets online before you arrive. You can purchase a ticket for up to seven days in advance at a discounted rate (US$25 for children aged 4–12). Children under four are free; however, children aged 4–11 must purchase a child ticket if they do not occupy their own seat. If you plan on visiting more than once and would like to avoid standing in line, it is possible to buy an annual pass.
Things to Carry
Even though you can buy things in Dubai duty free, having some cash will make your trip more enjoyable and hassle-free. Leave an extra $20-$50 for yourself to get through security with ease (do NOT take any liquid soap or toiletries; they are usually confiscated). Carry enough to pay for a taxi from Dubai International Airport back to your hotel and then again from your hotel to Burj Khalifa. There is a taxi stand on site but it’s hard to catch one if you don’t have exact change, so be prepared. If you plan on taking photos of everything around you (including people), bring an extra memory card or two. You can easily print out photos at kiosks around Dubai once you get back home.
Do’s and Don’ts
When visiting Dubai, there are a few things you should do and several others that you shouldn’t. When you visit one of the most famous architectural wonders in modern history, there are a lot of things to keep in mind if you want to get your money’s worth. The Burj Khalifa is an architectural wonder that has risen from Dubai’s desert. It attracts millions of visitors every year who arrive from around the world to marvel at its magnificent height and stunning design. If you’re planning a trip to visit it for yourself, here are some tips on what to do when you arrive and how to get a great view without breaking your budget.
Final thoughts about my trip
Burj Khalifa is not only a mesmerizing architectural wonder but also an opportunity to marvel at its beauty as a travel destination. It’s been almost 2 months since I returned from Dubai and even today, memories of my trip still flood my mind. There are times when I walk past some random tower in Chicago, look up, and think about standing on top of that very same building…and get Goosebumps all over! So I definitely recommend visiting Burj if you’re into architecture (which is probably why you got here in the first place), especially if it’s your first time in Dubai – trust me, it doesn’t disappoint! Make sure to buy your tickets well ahead of time though; they sell out quickly every day.