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See the Burj Khalifa: the Best Views and Photo Spots

The most breathtaking view in Dubai is from the top of the Burj Khalifa, but how do you take a photo that illustrates just how tall the world's tallest building is? Here are our top five spots in Dubai for taking amazing photos of this architectural giant.

Palm Islands
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Palm Islands

The Palm Islands are the two artificial islands off the coast of Dubai. You'll get incredible views across the marina, looking back at the city.

The Dubai Mall (Waterfall Entrance on the Lower Ground)

The Dubai Mall (Waterfall Entrance on the Lower Ground)

From the Waterfall Entrance on the Lower Ground level of the Dubai Mall, the world's biggest mall, you get two views at once: the Burj Khalifa and the romantic Dubai Fountains water show.

Jumeirah Beach

Jumeirah Beach

Jumeirah is known as the Beverly Hills of Dubai. This public beach stretches along the south coast from the junction of the Palm Jumeirah Island.

The Address Downtown Dubai

The Address Downtown Dubai

Most lounges inside this luxury hotel offer brilliant vistas of the Burj Khalifa. We suggest afternoon tea on the Risala terrace, or drinks in the Neos sky lounge (on the 63rd floor).

Safa Park

Safa Park

Located 3 kilometers from the Burj Khalifa, this green space offers a dose of tranquility within the city - and unique photos looking back across the lake, towards Dubai's skyscrapers.

Our insider tips

How Do You Get a Great Picture of the Burj Khalifa?

Be patient and get creative. The Burj Khalifa is so tall that it will look out of proportion compared to almost everything else in the city! This gives you a serious chance to go on a photography mission, and a really fun excuse to explore all that Dubai has to offer (perhaps with an organized tour!).

How do you buy tickets for Burj Khalifa itself?

Once you've taken an incredible photo, make sure you go to the At The Top observation deck inside Burj Khalifa and celebrate. Tip: Buy a skip-the-line ticket in order to avoid up to 1.5-hour wait times.

When is the best time of year to go to Dubai?

The summer season will be cheapest, but it will also be incredibly hot. From November to April, the temperatures will be plenty warm for the beach without being too overwhelming. One additional planning tip: the holy month of Ramadan (when many Dubai locals will be fasting from dawn until dusk) has a big impact on the city's tourist hotspots.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Hours vary from season to season, but the At The Top observation deck is usually open from 12:00 PM - 9:30 PM daily.
  • Is it expensive?
    The prices vary based on time of day, ticket time and additional tour options.
  • Will I need a guide?
    If you want one, of course! Whether you want to explore the city of Dubai, or specifically learn more about the architecture from the At The Top observation deck at the Burj Khalifa, there is a helpful tour guide to suit your needs.
  • How to get there
    The Burj Khalifa is located in the heart of Dubai. Standing high at 163 floors tall, you won't be able to miss it.
  • Additional information

    • FYI: The average wait time is 1.5 hours for tickets purchased at the door.

    • Make a note that the month of Ramadan will affect attraction opening times. Plan ahead when making travel plans to Dubai.

What people are saying about Burj Khalifa

Overall rating
4.5 / 5
based on 45,454 reviews

Amazing but short - we started at 10.45 and its finished 11.00

Overall it was amazing experience - we went on a ride around the lake about 10mph (16km/h), because we went at night time the lights and scene looked amazing plus it wasn’t too hot. Once the ride around was over the driver paused at a good location to watched the fountain display. That was stunning !!! The water and music were so in sync. I would definitely recommed it - they take your photos before you get on and once when your settled in the boat - with the option to purchase later (my sister loved the one on the boat so she purchased it for 75aed). I felt for 1 photo 75aed was expensive but thats your choice. The ride only lasted just over 15mins - i felt that was really short. But it was worth it. If price is your main area of hesistation you can watch the water display from the sides which is just as memorising.

Absolutely wonderful, great service, door to door pick up, perfect!

I had booked this trip from England, for my family and I. Amira our travel guide was fantastic speaking English and German, very impressive! We had a small tour of only 7 people so we felt very special. The shuttle picks you up from your hotel and drops you back there, which is perfect and so convenient. You see SO much, more or less of everything in Dubai, in such a short space of time. If you are in Dubai for a few days, it is great. Everything is explained in so much detail and you learn so much about how fantastic Dubai really is. Fantastic service and a fantastic activity. Thank you so much!

Magical Dubai 8-Hour Tour with Burj Khalifa Experience Reviewed by

A great way to see the old and new Dubai in one day

This is a good way to see both the old Dubai and the new (modern) Dubai in one day. There are 3 different routes that together cover Dubai. The commentary provides useful information on the history and culture of Dubai and the UAE. Note that together the three routes take about 6 hours to get through without jumping on and off. At unexpected times of the day there can be traffic on some of the routes. There was live English commentary on one of the buses along the red route.

A perfect experience and one I would recommend to others.

All was wonderful and very easy to enjoy. The only caution was taking the taxi to the hotel afterword. I asked for a taxi, got quickly routed to a car, then to a van and would up paying a premium rate double what I had paid to arrive there, and only in local cash, which I luckily had. Nothing to do with this tour, but a warning to others to be cautious. The tours, however, were spectacular and well worth it.

Decent activity with somewhat wasted potential

We chose this activity because we wanted to visit Dubai for one day to see its most important landmarks and get to know its history and culture a bit better. While our guide was friendly and tried his best to make the activity more enjoyable, we felt like it could have been organized much better and like there was much wasted potential.

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