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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

Wonderful experience and and had a good and pleasant time

This was an awesome and jaw dropping experience. To stand at the 148th floor..wow I will recommend it to friends.



Dubai Aquarium and Burj Khalifa Combo Tickets Reviewed by Roger, 12/10/2018

Phenomenal Engineering Marvel - Breathtaking and Amazing!!!!

Living in the city that invented the skyscrapers and home to the former tallest building in the United States [Chicago Sears Tower] I was excited so visit the Burg Khalifa. I'm no stranger to going up to the top of tall buildings but when I realized I was on the 126th floor and there was what seemed like another 34 floors on top of me I was "floored". This is an amazing and beautiful building and I love how the marketing/tourism operators designed the entry to not only give you the history of the building of the building, but to also prepare you for the lift. Very nice.

Burj Khalifa Tickets: Level 124 & 125 Reviewed by Shonda, 12/06/2018

Our guide and driver Asif was awesome- our best experience in Dubai!!

Asif gave us an experience of a lifetime. From his experience about Dubai and politeness was truly amazing. The ATVs, dune drive, camel ride to the entertainment event was all magical. Thank you so much. We will be back.

So much better than the 124 and 125 only ticket

Firstly the ticket means you skip the ques and there are lots of ques. Next you go up to level 148 which is so high noticeably so when you go back down to levels 124 and 125 . I'd recommend staying up at 148 as long as you can. It's got an outdoor viewing deck and you get tea / coffee on arrival . On the way back down via 124 you then get to skip the long que for the lift too meaning more time to spend watching the fountains and light show from the bottom

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