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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.

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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)

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 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

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

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

Well worth paying for the 148th floor view.

I found this tour extremely good, but would like to have had more time watching the build of the building and more information about the building. I felt it was very rushed in getting us up to the 148th floor.

Burj Khalifa Tickets and Tour: Level 124, 125 and 148 Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 21/05/2018

Great experience and no hassle, definitely recommend!

We arrived early and they allowed us to go right up. The staff was very nice and helpful. The aquarium was not what I expected in terms of size, but I still enjoyed it and the zoo. I would definitely recommend this excursion to anyone.

Dubai Aquarium and Burj Khalifa Combo Tickets Reviewed by Rashon, 09/05/2018

We really enjoy on the 124 and 125 flor in Burj Khalifa.

In Dubai Aquarium will be good if customer/ we can get map with all floors and possibilities, because we are not sure if we see everything and it is really damage, because everything is worth viewing. Nice experience and perfect morning aquarium ture, afternoon Burj Khalifa- everything is in Dubai Mall and in the evening you can still see Dancing Fountain for free with nice ice cream or coffee:)

Dubai Aquarium and Burj Khalifa Combo Tickets Reviewed by Žiga, 08/05/2018


The visit was enjoyable but the wait to take the elevator up was not. Tickets without a fast pass to get ahead of the line were reasonable. Tickets with the fast pass were ridiculous. Your call. It is a long way back and they soak you as a result ...

Burj Khalifa Tickets: Level 124 & 125 Reviewed by Bob, 29/04/2018

It's a bloody tall building... but it's a MUST

You can't dress it up any other way, it's a huge building. But the majesty of it and the whole experience is a must on any visit to Dubai.

Burj Khalifa Tickets: Level 124 & 125 Reviewed by Christopher, 26/04/2018

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