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.
Compared to other tall buildings from around the world
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 didn't align this right but if you get it all in the center, it points to the 124th floor -- which is where the observation deck is
Behind the tape: "I *was* Burj Dubai"
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.
The observation deck
Dubai Mall from up above
That's Dubai: tall buildings and sand. (Panorama comprised of 7 shots)
That weird design in the pool is the base of Dubai Fountain
I walked around to take in views from every angle.
There was a slight dust storm that day but what you see in the distance is The World islands
These digital telescopes give you an accurate simulation of what the view would be at day and at night
The Downtown Dubai construction site
There's a lot of empty land still left in Dubai
(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.
But pictures aren’t as cool as an HD video right?
Once out, there was more to see.
The (planned) Downtoun Dubai project
The design (& height) changes Burj Khalifa went through
A few people behind this massive project get a mention too
This is why you need to be in early or book well in advance
Wow, even the 'under-the-escalators' get attention
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.
Making my way back to the metro station
Inside the driver-less Dubai Metro
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.