You may be excused for thinking that the photograph above is that of a Lego set. But in reality most of the structures in the pictures are sky scrapers in their own right.
This is a view from the Burj Khalifa- currently the world’s tallest building. The view itself is not from the top level of the building but from the observation deck which is on level 124- but the view is breath-taking anyway.
Of course if you have been accustomed to the views from atop the Empire state building or even a ‘not so high up in the air but beautiful anyway’ kind of views from other cities in the world, the view from the Burj Khalifa can seem like a bit of a disappointment. Not because the view is any less spectacular but because of what you see.
Instead of a picturesque cityscape or something beautiful (in the traditional way) in nature, you witness a harsh landscape- a land where the battle against the desert is waged daily. And even though Dubai is a big city, when you see it in contrast with the sea of sand stretching away behind it and the sea of water stretching away in front of it, the city seems much smaller.
More than a mere observation point, I think the observation deck at Burj Khalifa is a good place to reflect on how small our efforts are when compared to nature. And I think in the context of the devastating tornado in Oklahoma, this thought would not be very out of place.
The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is certainly one of those places that need a bit of planning before you visit. The reason being that tickets are timed and are available online for purchase up to 30 days before the visit date. Which means of course that the tickets for the best times (around sunset) get sold first. The ordinary ticket costs AED 125 and you can enter only at the time mentioned on the ticket after which there is still a wait of about 40 minutes before you actually get to the top. If however you visit on short notice and you desperately want to get up there you can shell out a whopping AED 400 and get right in (you still have to wait the 40 minutes to get into the elevator that takes you up so plan accordingly). Once you get to the top, you can spend as much time as you want which is why getting up there just before sunset is a good idea (I didn’t get to do this myself) as you can see things in daylight and then wait until it gets dark and the lights come on.
Enjoy your visit!