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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

4.5 / 5

based on 65,533 reviews

Everything was very well organised. You had to queue inside, a bit like a theme park. The ride up in the lift , although it was 125 floors up, was very smooth and quick. We went up at 2pm and the views are amazing. We also went on the floor below which was outside. We had a meal at the Burj club afterwards and it was delicious. The club is lovely, with views of the fountains, however they don’t start until 6pm

Second activity booked after dessert safari with the same agent . Accurate pick up time . Our guide , Haseeb, gave us plenty of information for the visiting sites and also for the history of the UAE. Plenty of time at the Mosque and the presidential palace . Some more time probably needed at the emirates palace . Restaurant visited ,with buffet provided , of average rating. Highly suggested agency and guide !

Excellent view. We had booked at 10 am to 1130 am. It almost took us 1 and half hour for the tour. After 4 pm the charges are more due to the sunset view. You may book at 3 pm and still enjoy the sunset. I don't think anyone tells you tk leave by 1 and haf hour. It's a must if you are in Dubai.

See the magic up close and personal. I've seen both the Las Vegas and Dubai fountain shows and they are both spectacular. You get a brilliant view, the best opportunity for videos/photos and an opportunity to boat round the largest man-made lake in the world. Would definitely recommend.

A really good way to see the fountains away from the crowds