Once you are allowed in past the At The Top ticket counter, you wait at the lobby until it’s time for you go up.
At the lobby are some facts, figures and interactive displays comparing the Burj Khalifa to other tall structures around the world.
In the above display, you choose a location (it’s a touch screen) and it then shows you a simulation of what the Burj Khalifa would look like in that chosen landscape.
When it was time, I went through security and made my way to the lift. (Oh yeah, the lift is the fastest in the world.)
There are other displays en route to the lift.
I queued for the lift (there’s two) and it wasn’t a capsule (or glass) lift so you can’t see how fast you are going. The feeling was just amazing (video is below)! You hardly feel anything. The noise is cut out due to the music that plays and the only indication you are going up at 64kmph is that you feel like something is pushing down on you.
Also, the ride takes less than 30 seconds.
And then, you step out.
I walked around to take in views from every angle.
(Scroll all the way down to the bottom of this article to see the HD video I made)
After the tour, I got into an empty lift going down.
It was past 5pm by this time and I had initially planned on waiting for the Dubai Fountain show which begins at sunset.
But my legs were aching!
All that walking around, with my camera bag… my body couldn’t take it anymore. So I decided to catch the fountain show the next time I would be coming here — which would be 2 days from now.
After heading back to Azhad’s room, I gave my legs a rest before heading out again at night. I had dinner plans with a friend, Payal, from my school days who shifted from Bahrain to Dubai a few years ago.