Burj Khalifa

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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

    1. 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)

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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.

Planning Your Visit

  • 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 ticket in advance 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?
    Open daily, 24 hours
  • 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.

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What people are saying about Burj Khalifa

Overall rating

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based on 69,639 reviews

This tour was pretty amazing from start to finish. We booked including the Afternoon Tea at the Burj Al Arab and that was definitely the icing on the cake and our personal highlight! We started off at the Dubai Marina for about a 10 min stop, then headed to the The Pointe on the Palm Jumeirah for a bit of a walk and photo stop. Then it was on to the Souk Madinat Jumeirah which is beautiful with a great photo opportunity with the Burj Al Arab in the background. Souvenirs are not over priced and you can even try some camel milk ice cream (so creamy and delicious). After this stop, we hit the Dubai Mall for the Burj Khalifa observation deck visit (approx. 1 hour - and you need it to take in all the sights and this magnificent feat of engineering). Then it was onto the Aquarium and a bit of free time for lunch. After which we were dropped off at the Burj Al Arab for our Afternoon Tea - what an experience! Driver collected us once we were done.

Great excursion! You couldn't get closer to the action and the fountain show other than being on the lake itself in a traditional boat and away from the crowds. Well worth it!

The experience was really good the staff were really friendly and gave good instructions so it was easy to ride, i would definitely go jet skiing with them again.

Driver was totally amazing, very informative and we had a great night. Thank you.

Great experience and lovely meal after viewing from floor 124