Opened in 2008 as the centrepiece for the new 490-acre Downtown Dubai development, the Burj Khalifa towers over the centre of Dubai, dominating the skyline for miles around. When it was built, the tower was the tallest man-made structure in the world, standing at a whopping 829.8m or 2,722ft tall, a record it still holds today.
As well as being the tallest building ever built, the Burj Khalifa also broke a raft of other records including those for the tallest freestanding structure, the tallest skyscraper, the building with most floors, the world's highest elevator installation, the world's highest observation deck, the world's highest nightclub and the world's highest restaurant.
After admiring the elegant silhouette of the tower from the ground, visitors to Burj Khalifa can take in breath-taking views from the "At the Top" observation deck on the 148th floor, enjoy a meal at the At.Mosphere restaurant on the 122nd floor or take a swim in the gravity-defying pool on the 76th floor.
All of the establishments housed inside the Burj Khalifa have been designed and built to the highest standard, so whether you're stopping in for an evening meal at the world's highest restaurant, or spending the night at the glamorous onsite hotel, the first Armani hotel in the world (although another one in Milan has since been built) you're guaranteed a luxurious, indulgent and unforgettable experience.
If you want a souvenir of your high-altitude day out, you'll find a choice of specially designed accessories, ornaments and posters in the boutique adjacent to the tower's observation deck.
After being inspired by the spectacular viewing decks, you can come back down to earth to let it all sink in at The Cafe. Sit back, relax and enjoy the elegance and chic ambience of this ground-floor gem where attentive waiters and waitresses will serve you exquisite blends of tea and coffee plus a selection of delicious treats.
Surrounding the Burj Khalifa is the rest of the Downtown Dubai development. Boasting three hectares of parkland, a 12-hectare man-made lake (where you can sail down on an abra to better take in the surrounding views), a choice of hotels and a large shopping mall (the grand Dubai Mall), the area has plenty to keep even the most energetic sightseer happy for days. There's plenty of chic outdoor dining space, a long and scenic promenade, and every afternoon after 6 p.m. you get to enjoy the magical Dubai Fountain show, taking place every 30 minutes, so you have more than one opportunity to catch the splashing action.
A must-see for all visitors to Dubai, the Burj Khalifa is a truly iconic building and an experience like no other. Bursting with high-end establishments and offering stunning views over the surrounding landscape, this lofty tower really does have something for everyone.
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