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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

We had an amazing time, we skipped the que and went to the top

We had an amazing time, we skipped the que and went to the top in a couple of minutes. once at the top we were met by the host team who were very welcoming and provided a choice of drinks including wine and champagne, also canapes. there was a live singer on the top level and nice background music on the 2 lower levels the view was spectacular and we were allowed as much freedom and time as we wished, the staff helped with photographs etc. i would defiantly recommend this experience

Dubai: Burj Khalifa Bubbly Sunset Experience Reviewed by Jeremy, 16/04/2019

Excellent value for money and a lot cheaper than booking on the day

Book an early slot and you don’t need fast track as there were no queues at 10am. When we came down from the Burj Khalifa around 11.30am the line was fairly big. The kids loved the aquarium and underwater zoo.

Dubai Aquarium and Burj Khalifa Combo Tickets Reviewed by Andrew, 16/04/2019

Well-organized and orderly, Coffee and pastry were great!

The personalized service of the staff is highly commendable. We were escorted to the Coffee Shop when we missed it. Great value for the price that included coffee and pastry after the visit. Each group was conducted in a very orderly fashion. I will be proud to recommend this tour company and activity to our relatives and friends.

Burj Khalifa Ticket with Coffee and Pastry at The Cafe Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 03/04/2019

Very impressive... a must see when in Dubai

Be organised and collect your tickets early as the first collection point is a little hard to find... we were impressed so we watched the show twice

As described, easy to find locations and great people to help!

This take a whole day. Aquarium was better than expected, 2nd floor animals were suprise for us! Better to book some time for Dubai Mall fountains at same trip @ 6pm. We take apart for four shows and we had two kids with us so trip is also suitable for families with children.

Dubai Aquarium and Burj Khalifa Combo Tickets Reviewed by Markus, 30/03/2019

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