You guys know that I do not like heights. I am really not sure why I torture myself with activities like rappelling down 90 foot waterfalls and going to the top of the tallest building in the world. But alas, I do. After all, traveling is about try new things and finding my inner confidence, right!?
We spent a few summer nights in Dubai and came to realize a few things. One: The malls are attractions in this city. (This is the only city that I have traveled in that I believe this to be true.) Two: the desert in the summer is beautiful, but really, really flippin’ hot! (Okay, we technically knew this before arriving, but we seriously underestimated what 110 degrees Fahrenheit feels like.) The third and final realization is this: you will develop a serious neck cramp from looking up at all the sky scrapers in the city!
One such building is the famous Burj Khalifa, a.k.a. the tallest building in the world. It is certainly amazing from the outside. The multi-layered building shimmers in the desert sun and reflects bright rays of light from every angle. It is possible to see at least part of the building from almost anywhere in the city. One might think that looking at the building from the outside is enough. You might ask yourself “Is it really necessary to go up to the top to appreciate this feat of architecture, engineering and technology?” Of course it is!
On the day we went to the top of the Burj Khalifa I had to suppress the little voice in my head that screamed “You do not like heights you wimp!” As dramatic as I am, I would never seriously pass up a (possibly) once in a lifetime chance to see this modern marvel. So, I rode the elevator up to the top of the Burj Khalifa to catch a glimpse of Dubai from above … and I am so glad that I did.
Everything about this building is impressive. From the entrance all the way to the very top. Every surface, structure and feature of the Burj Khalifa is clean, modern and well thought-out. I mean, televisions plastered the elevator’s walls for heaven’s sake. I feel like I should apologize for not taking any pictures of the inside of such an innovative elevator. It was so futuristic. But, I was not thinking about taking pictures. I was solely focused on remaining calm, saying my prayers and popping my ears.
However, once the elevator doors opened my brain quickly changed the subject because two very powerful things smacked my face – the desert heat (It really is like sticking your head in an oven) and the views of Dubai from 124 floors up. Holy Acrophobia! That is a lot of floors!
The views from the observation deck take your breath away – in more ways than one.
We walked the observation deck which gives almost 360 degrees of panaoramic views of Dubai. It is amazing how small some of the other skyscrapers looked from the Burj Khalifa’s observation deck.
There is an air conditioned gift shop on the observation deck level that Mike wanted to look around in for a bit. I could not think about shopping. My frazzled nerves could not take much more. I could not wait to ride the fancy-schmancy elevator back down to G – and no, I did not get any pictures of the elevator on the ride down either.
The ride down was just as fast as the ride up (Thank you Jesus!), but we took our time leaving the building as we passed through an informational hallway, or museum I guess you could say, on the way out. It is definitely worth your time as the displays feature amazing facts, photos and timelines about the construction of the Burj Khalifa and the history of the tallest building in the world. The information we learned really added to the already impressive nature of the edifice.
Yea …. I think the plaque above pretty much sums it up!!!