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See the Burj Khalifa: the Best Views and Photo Spots

The most breathtaking view in Dubai is from the top of the Burj Khalifa, but how do you take a photo that illustrates just how tall the world's tallest building is? Here are our top five spots in Dubai for taking amazing photos of this architectural giant.

Palm Islands
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Palm Islands

The Palm Islands are the two artificial islands off the coast of Dubai. You'll get incredible views across the marina, looking back at the city.

The Dubai Mall (Waterfall Entrance on the Lower Ground)

The Dubai Mall (Waterfall Entrance on the Lower Ground)

From the Waterfall Entrance on the Lower Ground level of the Dubai Mall, the world's biggest mall, you get two views at once: the Burj Khalifa and the romantic Dubai Fountains water show.

Jumeirah Beach

Jumeirah Beach

Jumeirah is known as the Beverly Hills of Dubai. This public beach stretches along the south coast from the junction of the Palm Jumeirah Island.

The Address Downtown Dubai

The Address Downtown Dubai

Most lounges inside this luxury hotel offer brilliant vistas of the Burj Khalifa. We suggest afternoon tea on the Risala terrace, or drinks in the Neos sky lounge (on the 63rd floor).

Safa Park

Safa Park

Located 3 kilometers from the Burj Khalifa, this green space offers a dose of tranquility within the city - and unique photos looking back across the lake, towards Dubai's skyscrapers.

Our insider tips

How Do You Get a Great Picture of the Burj Khalifa?

Be patient and get creative. The Burj Khalifa is so tall that it will look out of proportion compared to almost everything else in the city! This gives you a serious chance to go on a photography mission, and a really fun excuse to explore all that Dubai has to offer (perhaps with an organized tour!).

How do you buy tickets for Burj Khalifa itself?

Once you've taken an incredible photo, make sure you go to the At The Top observation deck inside Burj Khalifa and celebrate. Tip: Buy a skip-the-line ticket in order to avoid up to 1.5-hour wait times.

When is the best time of year to go to Dubai?

The summer season will be cheapest, but it will also be incredibly hot. From November to April, the temperatures will be plenty warm for the beach without being too overwhelming. One additional planning tip: the holy month of Ramadan (when many Dubai locals will be fasting from dawn until dusk) has a big impact on the city's tourist hotspots.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Hours vary from season to season, but the At The Top observation deck is usually open from 12:00 PM - 9:30 PM daily.
  • Is it expensive?
    The prices vary based on time of day, ticket time and additional tour options.
  • Will I need a guide?
    If you want one, of course! Whether you want to explore the city of Dubai, or specifically learn more about the architecture from the At The Top observation deck at the Burj Khalifa, there is a helpful tour guide to suit your needs.
  • How to get there
    The Burj Khalifa is located in the heart of Dubai. Standing high at 163 floors tall, you won't be able to miss it.
  • Additional information

    • FYI: The average wait time is 1.5 hours for tickets purchased at the door.

    • Make a note that the month of Ramadan will affect attraction opening times. Plan ahead when making travel plans to Dubai.

What people are saying about Burj Khalifa

Beautiful way to view Dubai and the Burj Khalifa at Night.

Our guide Mounir Ochi of Vips Toursism was great. He did not hurry through the tour, very friendly and responsible driver. Mounir even provided a quick tutorial on taking better shots with our phones. We recommend his services for this tour.

Dubai by Night with Burj Khalifa Entrance Ticket Reviewed by Michelle, 10/17/2018

Excellent tour Mounir was a fount of knowledge.

Learnt so much about Dubai and it’s people and culture. Mounir knew exactly where to be and at what time to get the best experience. Would definitely use again, and would highly recommend.

Dubai by Night with Burj Khalifa Entrance Ticket Reviewed by Sylvia, 10/09/2018

The whole experience was amazing! So glad we did it - it was fabulous

The views from up there are amazing, and strangely you dont really feel you are so high up. I hate heights so was rather apprehensive, but I had no reason to worry. The lift is so fast, but you dont feel like you are moving. Then the doors open to the viewing balcony and WOW!! The Aquarium was brilliant too, the tunnel is fascinating, you can look up and see the cute little faces of the rays, and the extremely sharp teeth of the sharks! You need more signs for the Underwater Zoo though, as we went up one floor after we exited the Aquarium, couldnt see anything so went off for lunch. We went back and asked where it was later and were told it was 2 floors up not 1. Glad we asked as that was very interesting so really pleased we didnt miss it. Then we went outside to watch the Fountains - just incredible to see with the Burj Khalifa standing tall behind. All in all, it was an amazing day, one we would love to do again WHEN we come back :-)

Dubai Aquarium and Burj Khalifa Combo Tickets Reviewed by Julie, 10/07/2018

Worth to see how big and impressive Dubai is

Well organized. Build for it purpose only so quick and easy and you feel safe upstartairs. Smooth lift up.

Dubai Aquarium and Burj Khalifa Combo Tickets Reviewed by Daria, 10/04/2018

Amazing experience, just it was too foggy that day.

Incredible building full of world records. Fastest lifts, interesting architecture, breathtaking views (unfortunately the visibility was poor that day). Nice to watch sunset, but in a crowded place.

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