More than a giant skyscraper, Burj Khalifa is perhaps the most eloquent illustration of the Emirati government’s ambition. This record-breaking building is Dubai’s signature attraction with its observation decks, high-rise restaurants, supersonic elevators and breathtaking panoramic views. In this handy guide, AS VIP takes you on a tour of this architectural meteorite, provides information on how to get there and lists the best things to do there. Let’s go
Dubai is the city of excess and all records… and Burj Khalifa, literally Khalifa Tower in Arabic, is undoubtedly the epitome. Reaching 828 meters, this extraordinary building is twice as high as the Eiffel Tower. It is also the largest building ever built by man, with a construction site that required more than 12,000 workers. This attraction, which many refer to as a “vertical city,” attracts nearly two million tourists each year.
This Emirati skyscraper was inaugurated on January 4, 2010, as part of the Downtown Dubai Development project, which illustrates the government’s desire to diversify the national economy, which at the time was mainly based on oil rents. The building was originally called Burj Dubai (Tower Dubai), before being renamed in honor of Abu Dhabi’s ruler and president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan… This tribute also comes after the Abu Dhabi Emirate donated money to Dubai, which was drowning in debt at the time.
Burj Khalifa was designed by architect Adrian Smith of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill who has already designed the Willis Tower and the World Trade Center… no less! The design is inspired by Islamic architecture. The “Y” shaped floor was thought to optimize the space for residential and hotel purposes. Here are some figures to realize the excessiveness of the tower of all records:
Located at 1 Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, Burj Khalifa is approximately 15 km southwest of Dubai International Airport (DBX). The trip can be made via three routes:
Although public transport has been widely developed in Dubai and the UAE since the beginning of the 2010s, it is still largely undersized in view of the city’s and the country’s place in the global tourism and economic arena. As you can see, individual means of transportation are still widely used by locals, expatriates, tourists and businessmen. Naturally, given the scorching temperatures that regularly prevail in Dubai and other emirates, walking, biking and motorcycle riding are not really realistic options. Cabs, private cars and private drivers are the most common means of transportation.
So here are your options:
Sharjah is an important industrial hub and cultural center in the United Arab Emirates. The city generates 7.4 % of the UAE’s GDP, or approximately $31.2 billion. Although it is overshadowed by the two futuristic metropolises of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Sharjah still welcomes two million tourists every year… that’s better than more famous cities like Boston, Hamburg, Manila or Casablanca.
Sharjah is about 30 kilometers away from Burj Khalifa. There again, several means of transportation are available to make the trip:
Overlooking Dubai, Burj Khalifa is undoubtedly THE must-see destination in the emirate, if not the country. Just the sight of this mega skyscraper up close is worth the trip. To help you plan your visit, AS VIP offers you a small selection of the best points of interest of this unique attraction:
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