A tourist at heart and fun loving by nature, Hanna enjoys exploring new places each day and shares with our readers 'Whats On' in her city. Based in Dubai, she is a Gemologist and Cad Designer who enjoys writing in her spare time.
Published January 7th 2013
Experience high life Dubai, 'At The Top' of Burj Khalifa
If you feel you have not yet found that high point in life, don't be disheartened. The Burj Khalifa invites you to experience what it feels like to be on top of the world. Literally.
Burj Khalifa stands upright in the heart of Dubai, glorifying the city like never before.
Distinguished in record books for being the tallest building in the world, this majestic structure shares its glory with the public as it warmly welcomes global visitors to explore Dubai 'At The Top', 828 m above the ground. Reasonably priced for wise visitors who pre plan their trip, a visit to the top would cost Dhs 125, giving them the privilege to choose their preferred day and time. However, for many of us who wish to plunge into high life Dubai, the Dubai style, an immediate entry for the same day would cost Dhs 425, a great way to hear the sound of money talking. This is the price one has to pay to be a part of the record books. To witness unrivalled glamour and understated opulence. To be 'At The Top'.
It would be unfair on my part to disclose every step of this once-in-a-lifetime journey 'At The Top'. It is almost like revealing the climax of a movie you haven't yet watched, but we all believe in teasers don't we?
On any given day, the entrance of 'At The Top' would fool one into believing that someone seems to be distributing something free at the other end. Yes, this is exactly how busy and crowded it is. But once you have your ticket in hand and are ready to set foot towards your ultimate journey, there is no looking back.
A large model of the Burj Khalifa coupled with descriptive display charts meets the eye as we line up for the ticket and security check, fair enough to keep us busy till our turn. Cameras clicking, amazed faces of various nationalities and a large number of security staff members walking around, are all part of the thrilling experience which contribute towards the excitement overload. Sooner than we know it, the most awaited moment of our journey lies ahead; the magical elevator of the world's tallest building.
It opens its arms, takes us in, and before we can register what is happening, we are transported 140 floors above the ground. The sensation of having our ears blocked as the elevator swiftly takes its flight, is a constant reminder that this is not any ordinary journey, it is the journey of a lifetime.
After reaching the top, we get what 'At The Top' typically suggests; a view of Dubai from the top. For most people, the spectacular 360 degrees breathtaking views of the city below, bring sheer pleasure and is the moment of fulfilment of their journey. However, for those of us who are anticipating something adventurous or exciting to happen, we might be disappointed. 'At The Top' is all about enjoying extraordinary views of surrounding Dubai, from various angles and perspectives.
The 'At The Top' experience comprises of 2 viewing decks, one of which is open air while the other is a covered one. For the photographer, this picturesque destination is undoubtedly picture heaven. Every single corner makes for great shots. For modernisation lovers too, there is a lot to keep them busy, including high technology telescopes offering day, night, historical and live views of Dubai's heart beating below. Even so, for the hyper active, fun loving ones like us, the ultimate joy comes from being with good company, letting ourselves go high on life, knowing that this is the highest in life we will ever get!
A snapshot of the high speed elevator, coupled with hi-tech telescope found 'At The Top'
The souvenir Shop and picture corner, without which the Burj Khalifa experience would be incomplete, attracts a great number of visitors, especially tourists who enjoy the privilege of buying exclusive memoirs of Burj Khalifa for their loved ones from this exclusive souvenir shop only 'At The Top'.
All in all, this experience is one which allows visitors to live the Dubai dream, to be part of something which glorifies Dubai like never before.
Ps: If you are lucky, you might get the chance to take a sneak peak at the corporate offices and apartments inside Burj Khalifa. All you need to do,is utter the words 'Yes' when a staff member secretly asks you 'Will you come with me?'. And then, you're in for another journey altogether.