At the Top


The Burj Khalifa: Currently the world’s tallest building at over 828 metres (2,716.5 feet) and more than 160 stories. It is the tallest free-standing structure in the world and has the highest outdoor observation deck in the world on the 124th floor. Tickets to visit need booking days if not weeks before – and hubby got us some for Mother’s Day weekend.

The queue was organised and acceptable, staff friendly and helpful. Buggies aren’t allowed up but there is secure parking available. The elevator was an experience in itself. We had the children doing their “sip-stop” routine with their water bottles to make sure their ears didn’t hurt them – 124 floors in 60 seconds is quite something!

Once up there, it wasn’t crowded. The outdoor deck was pretty amazing but sweltering hot! (Quite a bit closer to the sun up there!) There aren’t many toilets available, be warned, so if you are going up with a young child, get them to go before you make it all the way up. Trust me on this one, I (almost) learnt the hard way.

The view is stunning, to say the least – but there was never any doubt that it would be. And I’m not one to be scared of heights, but I couldn’t quite look straight down. It was just too much. Though I didn’t need to… there’s enough to take in everywhere else. Such an impressive city.