Burj Khalifa, the world seen from the top

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Burj Khalifa, the world seen from the top

Obviously if we were in Dubai we couldn’t miss out on a visit to the spectacular and imposing Burj Khalifa.

From the bottom already anyone can be impressed with the majestic Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the largest building in the world

We had scheduled the visit for the first day of our stay in Dubai, but Noah got sick and we decided to change the date so we didn’t miss out on visiting this grand structure as a family.

Nevertheless, the visit to Dubai was a little tighter than we’d planned and after visiting the Dubai Aquarium Noah and myself arranged to meet Fabio at the entrance to the tower. Noah and I passed the main entrance and walked all the way to the entrance of the Burj Khalifa residences (and we weren’t the only ones to make that mistake) … The benefit was that we were able to see this huge skyscraper by day in all its glory.

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It is the tallest structure ever built by man, measuring a whopping 829.80 meters in height.

Once a security guard had told us the right way to get to the entrance to the tower and we’d found Fabio, we decided it was time to have lunch before we entered.

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After you show your ticket you have to go through security, where it says that you can't take laptops and shopping bags in with you, among other things. Of course the final decision about whether or not you can get through with those things rests with the security staff.

In a few seconds we were in front of the elevator that would take us to one of the most visited and highest floors in the world.

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The elevator takes passengers from the first floor to the 124th floor in one minute. Both the music and the choreography of lights inside the elevator full of people are impressive.

Then we arrived … The elevator opened its doors on the 124th floor and within two seconds we were already on the balcony, trying to see the spectacular 452-meter drop from as high up as possible. From this floor we could see the huge fountain that surrounds part of the area where the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Mall are located.

We went inside and walked all around the 124th floor before wasting no time in climbing to the 125th floor. From there we saw the little bit of the Burj Al Arab that is visible and the man-made island of Palm against the sunset.

From that privileged position we also saw the future project The World – a collection of man-made islands in the shape of the world map. From the Burj Khalifa we could only see lights on three of its islands, so it seems as though it will take a while to develop it completely.

We met three nice British people and at nightfall we came down to enjoy The Dubai Fountain water show. To begin with the huge façade of the Burj Khalifa is lit up and then the fountains dance a beautiful routine in time with the music (in our case it was Skyfall by Adele).

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The light and sound show at The Dubai Fountain is every 30 minutes from 6pm to 11PM.

We returned to the hotel literally shattered. The last day of this spectacular adventure had definitely drained us … Don’t go away though, as there’s still more – next stop: sunrise in the desert.

Ruth

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