It’s a plane, it’s a bird, it’s The Burj Khalifa!
Dubai is lauded as the ‘City of Gold’ for all the right reasons. And, if you’re a wanderer with a desire for all things luxurious, then this scintillating city is the perfect place to be for an avant-garde experience. Towering over the magnificent city of Dubai is the pinnacle of luxury, the Burj Khalifa. Standing tall as an ethereal symbol of Emirati opulence and innovation, this iconic tourist attraction opened in January 2010.
The Burj Khalifa is a spectacle of stunning architecture and ingenious engineering. The world’s tallest building scrapes the sky at 2715ft (828m) and houses two observation decks on the 124th and 148th floors and a restaurant bar on the 122nd. Already daydreaming about it? Let’s be honest! How often do we get the chance to be on top of the world and look down upon people (*wink wink*) from one of the world’s most iconic landmarks? Seldom, we believe! So, here’s a list of things to do when you visit this legendary architectural marvel
‘At The Top’ Of The World – The Burj Khalifa’s Observation Decks
Any avid traveller worth their salt would recommend visiting the prominent observatory decks situated on the 124th and 125th floors of Burj Khalifa. Why? Well, imagine looking down on the Burj Khalifa’s needle-thin, glass-covered exterior shimmering in the desert sun. Already mesmerised by the captivating sight and panoramic views of Downtown Dubai? Don’t forget to take a closer look at the world with the observation deck’s “avant-garde, high-powered, telescopes” and a public outdoor observation terrace. And, if that’s not exciting enough, take it up a notch by riding the world’s fastest double-deck elevator and stepping on an inspired glass floor with a VR-inspired twist at 456 metres in the air.
Indulge Your Taste Buds At At.mosphere
Take your taste buds on an adventure of exquisite taste and culinary excellence at At.mosphere, the world’s highest restaurant on the 122nd floor of Burj Khalifa. The restaurant is known for its innovative menu served with a side of spectacular views of the Dubai skyline. The menu features exclusive delicacies from around the world. In fact, some of the dishes are made from ingredients grown exclusively for the restaurant. Ready for an out-of-the-world gastronomic experience? Eat to your heart’s content at the world’s highest restaurants.
Unwind At The Luxurious Armani Hotel & Spa
Designed by the eminent fashion icon, Giorgio Armani, The Armani Hotel is, without a doubt, one of the fanciest places to stay in. The hotel hosts 160 guest rooms and suites that offer phenomenal views of Dubai. It is the first Armani hotel in the world and is located in the Burj Khalifa. (Surprise!) The hotel houses the most luxurious spa and a lavish nightclub. Got hungry with all the talking? Lucky for us, the hotel also hosts Amal, an Indian restaurant, and a Japanese-inspired restaurant named Hashi set right in front of the iconic Dubai Fountain. Finished in signature Armani style, the hotel is known for its warm yet sophisticated Italian-style hospitality and personalised services. Obviously, a stay in Armani is on the pricey side, but self-love is important too! Am I right?
Sweat It Out At The Burj Club
Ready to burn those calories from earlier? Enjoy a sweat sesh at the 6,320 square metres, high-end fitness and wellness retreat aka the Burj Club. Set over five levels, the club features a multitude of fitness, leisure and well-being facilities such as The Burj Club Gym, The Burj Club Spa and Rooftop, and The Burj Club. Imagine peaceful yoga sessions led by seasoned instructors against the serene backdrop of panoramic views of Downtown Dubai. Feeling calm already? Well, that’s the idea! The club is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, luxurious amenities, a Miami-meets-Manhattan vibe, and breathtaking views of the Dubai Fountain. Psst! For all the ladies out there, the club offers a dedicated floor boasting of a fully equipped gym, lockers and spa.
Lounge Around At ‘The Lounge’
Richly decorated in warm tones, cosy interiors, and contemporary decor, the Lounge offers a sophisticated ambience that’s dripping in luxury. The Lounge at Burj Khalifa is the world’s highest lounge at 585 metres. and features a variety of unique experiences. These include
‘Tea in the Clouds’ – An exclusive tea soiree with an impeccable selection of the finest teas and coffees served with assorted bakes, desserts, and more.
‘Bubbly Sundowners’ – Think evening sunset, shimmering skyline, bubbling champagne, delicate hors d’oeuvres, and a picturesque view.
‘Cocktails under the Stars’ – Dance away the night while sipping on your glass of bubbly and gorging on gourmet delights. You can also enjoy live entertainment.
View From The Dubai Fountain
Ready to be mesmerised by the world’s largest choreographed fountain show? Introducing The Dubai Fountain! Just when we think that the world’s tallest building has impressed us enough, boom! Say hello to an LED light & water show!
Set at the base of the Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Fountain dances against the shimmering backdrop of Burj Khalifa. The light, sound, and water show is a sight to behold. The dancing fountain surges up to 140 metres and arcs playfully mimicking a dolphin jumping in the air. The movements of the water are all synced to melodious tunes ranging from classical, Arabic and trending soundtracks.
Sugar Rush At Candylicious
Let’s end the visit to the Burj Khalifa on a sweet note. Head over for a sugar rush-filled dessert delight at Candylicious. A dream come true for all dessert lovers, Candylicious offers a wide range of sweet treats, ice creams, lollies, chocolates, candies, and more. Designed in a Willy Wonka-esque style this candy haven features a giant lollipop tree with lollipops mimicking the tree leaves. Ready to indulge your sweet tooth with one-of-a-kind confections? Let’s go candy picking.
All set to have the time of your life?