Your Dubai bucket list just got a new entry. The Burj Khalifa has opened its upper floors to visitors.
A new dining concept on levels 152, 153 and 154 of the world’s tallest tower is 30 floors above the mega-skyscraper’s At.Mosphere restaurant.
The Lounge at Burj Khalifa is 575 metres above the ground and, unlike At.Mosphere, it has an outdoor terrace. For anyone with a head for heights, the views are set to be spectacular.
All your culinary needs will be taken care of by the Armani Hotel at the base of the Burj, so that means slick service, staff in elegant uniforms and a high tea that certainly lives up to its name.
What they’re calling the ‘world’s highest lounge’ will have online booking and various packages available. They’re not going to be cheap, with afternoon tea from AED 550 per person. But if you have special visitors in town and cash to spare, The Lounge will make for some memorable photos.
For a slightly more wallet-friendly option for when the folks coming visiting, observation decks at the Burj Khalifa are welcoming visitors from 5.30am every Friday and Saturday during winter.
From an altitude of 465-metres, see Dubai wake up from the unbeatable vantage point of At the Top, on Levels 124 and 125. While you’re up there, stroll the outdoor terrace on 124 for breathtaking views of the city. On the 125th floor, you’ll find telescopes and a tribute to Arabic culture, where visitors can explore the city virtually through the ‘Dubai – A Falcon’s Eye View.
Whether you’re a regular rider in the high-speed elevators, which travel at 10 metres per second, or yet to tick the world-record holding tower off your bucket list, this is definitely an exhilarating start to your day.
As well as magical views of the emirate, tickets to the sunrise sessions include a light breakfast at The Café, on comforting normality of the Burj Khalifa’s ground floor.
Fun fact for travellers with a head for heights – the world’s highest drinking establishment is purportedly Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in Lijiang, China. This simple spot near the Northern Hemisphere’s southernmost glacier sits at over 13,600ft (4,100 meters) – so high that there’s oxygen offered at the bottom of the mountain before you head up.
Adult tickets for sunrise sessions at the Burj Khalifa are AED 134.05 per person, with children AED 100.71 each. Buy them from the starting point of the At the Top, Burj Khalifa journey on the lower ground floor of The Dubai Mall or at www.burjkhalifa.ae