The wondrous Burj Khalifa

Among all the spectacles of Dubai, this tallest building in the world stands out 

By Author  |  Published: 13th May 2018  12:05 amUpdated: 12th May 2018  5:06 pm
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An aerial view from 148th floor of Burj Khalifa — Photo: S Sandeep Kumar

Striking, spectacular, breathtaking, amazing and you will run short of words to describe the world’s tallest building – the Burj Khalifa.

No trip to Dubai can be complete unless you visit Burj Khalifa, an architecture and engineering marvel. Drawing tourists from the world over, this structure, standing at over 828 metres (2,716.5 feet) and more than 160 stories, holds many records to its credit.

To name a few, it’s the ‘tallest building’ and ‘tallest free-standing structure’ in the world, has the ‘highest number of stories’ and ‘highest outdoor observation deck’ in the world, is the ‘highest occupied floor’ in the world. It takes just 2.5 minutes to reach the 148 floors from the base in the elevator with the longest travel distance in the world, which also happens to be the tallest service elevator in the world.

The view from the 148th floor of Burj Khalifa presents Dubai in its myriad hues. With its web of roads, and towering structures, which are made to resemble miniatures and the clear blue waters – it’s indeed a magnificent sight of one of the marvellous places on earth. And, it’s an experience of a lifetime.

And, below, near the base of Burj Khalifa is The Dubai Mall, the world’s largest and most-visited retail and entertainment destination. With a total internal floor area of 5.9 million square feet, The Dubai Mall has 3.77 million square feet of gross leasable space and over 1,200 retail outlets including two anchor department stores – Galeries Lafayette and Bloomingdale’s – and over 200 food and beverage outlets.

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Wild Wadi Water Park which is an outdoor waterpark. — Photo: S Sandeep Kumar

The Dubai Mall offers a retail mix combined with world-class dining, entertainment and leisure attractions. When you are in Dubai Mall, do make it a point to witness the spectacular water fountain show. It’s a breathtaking extravaganza of water, sound and light.

The Souk is an elegantly designed precinct featuring jewellery shops, accessory outlets, traditional Arab clothing and handicrafts stores, among others, in the mall. There is a 22-screen Reel Cinemas megaplex with a total capacity of 2,800 seats, besides the Olympic-sized Dubai Ice Rink.

A massive expansion of The Dubai Mall is currently underway, paving the way to welcome over 100 million visitors.

After all the shopping and mesmerising time at the Dubai Mall, gear up for the rides that ensure an adrenalin rush at the Wild Wadi Waterpark. It is designed around a tale from Arabian folklore featuring Juha and his seafaring friend, Sinbad.

Perfectly designed with over 30 rides and attractions, Wild Wadi WaterparkTM offers 13 interconnected rides allowing guests to enjoy a seamless experience with more fun time.

Throughout the park, paths are resurfaced with state-of-the-art flooring that disperses heat, allowing our guests comfortable, anti-slip and cool walkways during the hottest time of the day. Wild Wadi WaterparkTM creates unforgettable experiences in a safe and friendly environment.

Just when you feel exhausted and need to rejuvenate through some lip-smacking cuisines, step into the home-grown eatery Homestead Restaurant and Bakery.

It is the latest in a long line of food and beverage concepts to open their doors at Dubai’s eclectic new destination The Yard, located in the neighbourhood of Al Khawaneej.

A must-visit for any foodie in Dubai, the restaurant offers a multitude of wholesome traditional cuisines to choose from, including Emirati, Indian, and Persian.