Friday, June 25, 2010
View from the Top
Not really much of a view because of the dusty weather and poor visibility, but it is from the observation deck of Burj Khalifa, the tallest structure in the world. It is again Friday -- usually my day to explore and sightsee. I drove to Dubai this morning. On the way, I stopped at Yas Island (just outside of Abu Dhabi and home of a Formula One race course, soon to open Ferrari World, Yas Marina Hotel, and many other ongoing developments). In Dubai, I visited Dubai Mall. Since they had opening for a tour to the viewing area of Burj Khalifa, I jumped at the opportunity.
The trip to the observation deck takes you to the 124th floor, not really the top, but it is the highest outdoor observation deck at 1,450 ft or just more than half of the total building height. It costs 100 dhs or about $27. The elevator ride was a "straight shot" to the 124th floor - no elevator car transfer required. It was really nothing spectacular, especially with the poor visibility. I had hoped to see some of Dubai's landmarks, such as Palm Jumeirah island and the Burj Al Arab hotel, from above. But it wasn't to be. I got to see just the surrounding area near the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall.
Pictures from the outdoor observation deck.
This is the remaining part of the building from 124th floor on.
Part of Dubai Mall is shown on the left side. The development that encompasses most of the picture is a mixture of residential (hotels, apartments, and condos), and retail (stores, shops, cafes, and restaurants), and the aqua colored area is a man-made lagoon that includes the Dubai Fountain (not seen on the photo).
More views from the top.