Burj Khalifa, Attracting Visitors Like A Magnet
On that evening, I just couldn’t get it out of my mind. I had just arrived in Dubai, taken the metro to my hotel from the airport, and all I could think of was going out again.
The holy grail? The 828-m (2716-ft) Burj Khalifa, tallest building on the planet! I had already seen it years ago, in 2009, as it was being completed. I remembered being dazzled by the sheer size of this tower, and astonished by the performance of building something like this.
This tower is simply beautiful. Its architecture is delicate and elegant. Just like the Eiffel Tower, the people around just can’t stop staring at it and taking pictures.
This skyscraper is the monument that attracts eyeballs from all over the world on Dubai, and truly represents the financial power of the small emirate . Well, if you put aside the story of its funding.
Address: 1 Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, UAE
GPS: 25°11’53.56″N, 55°16’21.73″E
How to go: Metro (station: Dubai Mall / Burj Khalifa) or taxi.
Best season: October to April (winter). In summer, the heat is unbearable.
The Name-Change That The World Has Forgotten
The project of building the tallest building of the world has been the masterpiece of a plan that was crafted to put Dubai on the map and build its image and reputation across the world.
Logically, this unique building was supposed to be named Burj Dubai (Dubai Tower). Unfortunately, troubled times came and messed up their plans. When the financial crisis hit Dubai, the 1.5 billion dollar tower became kind of a struggle to complete.
As a result, Dubai’s leader had to swallow his pride and ask his richer neighbour, Abu Dhabi, for help. Luckily, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, emir of Abu Dhabi and president of the United Arab Emirates, gave a helping hand. Or rather, he signed a big check! To thank him for this providencial financial rescue, it was decided at the last minute to rename the tower after him, Burj Khalifa.
A Nice Walk Around Burj Khalifa
In the virtual tour above, the image are presented from the official entrance of the tower, to the artificial lake and the Dubai Mall. But if you come from the metro, you will arrive inside the mall.
The path between the metro station and the Dubai mall is an air conditioned “Metro Link” footbridge that feels endless. Once you reached the mall, you still have to cross it and go down a couple levels to finally find yourself outside and struck by the view of this amazing building.
However, all this walk from the metro has been well rewarded because I arrived right in the middle of the daily fountain show, that takes place in the lake at the foot of the tower.
Here is a video I had published on the Exploration Junkie Facebook Page (make sure to follow us!).
Got out of the Dubai Mall just on time for the fountain show! Fountains reacting at the sound of an Arabian music, with Burj Khalifa, the tallest tower in the world in the background – pretty cool stuff 🙂
Posted by Exploration Junkie on Saturday, October 7, 2017
Being in Dubai in October, the temperature was bearable enough for me to have a nice walk around the tower and the artificial lake. I was pretty excited to shoot a virtual tour of this amazing place, even if the security staff didn’t like very much the idea of me using a tripod in the middle where people are strolling.
It is appearantly forbidden, even if nobody knows about it. After noticing my (slightly exaggerated) disappointed face, they advised me to be quick and discreet and it should be OK. Thanks for not being too rigid, guys! It was getting a little late and there wasn’t exactly a whole crowd outside anymore anyway.
I only had one night in Dubai and was heading to Thailand the next day, but if you have read some of my posts, you might know that I always love to choose flights with long layovers so I can add this kind of little moments to my trips.
If you are travelling to Dubai or like me just staying there for the night between two planes, I hope this page will inspire you to go out in the evening and walk around Burj Khalifa, simply because there is no other tower like this one in the world.