Up the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall & The Burj al Arab
When I knew we were heading to Dubai, one of my top things I wanted to do was to visit the Burj Khalifa. With a total height of 829.8 m (2,722 ft), the Burj Khalifa is currently the world’s tallest structure, and I knew it was one of those things that the girls would love to do. I have already written a fair few posts about our amazing trip to Dubai with Emirates Holidays– including our first hotel stay at the Anantara Hotel on The Palm, a day at Atlantis and our incredible Sunset Safari with Arabian Adventures. Halfway through our holiday, we checked out our first hotel and headed for a morning at The Dubai Mall, before heading on to our second hotel later that afternoon.
If you are wanting to visit the Burj Khalifa it is definitely worth spending some time before hand looking around The Dubai Mall. It is one of the largest shopping malls in the UAE and there really is a huge range of shops and eateries, depending on what you fancy. There is also an ice rink, Kidzania, and the Dubai aquarium there amongst other things. There is also the world famous Dubai fountains, which shoot out water routines and shows set to music at regular intervals. We sat waiting for them to start for ages when we were there, before realising it was Ramadan so of course they weren’t on. However Ramadan didn’t stop us having a fantastic time at the Dubai Mall, it just meant it was incredibly quiet and made for a better experience for us. We took some time to wander around looking at some shops, plus seeking out the very instagrammable umbrella ceiling wall.
Then it was on to the star attraction for us- The Burj Khalifa. We had pre-booked our tickets which I definitely recommend as even during the quieter season there were sessions booked out (especially sunset ones). As we made our way to the elevator we read some facts displayed on the big TV screens. The Burj Khalifa has the longest single running elevator, which is 140 floors. The elevators go 10 metres per second and are one of the fastest in the world. It took us about a minute minute to reach the observation deck on the 124th floor. Excavation of the building began in January 2004. Six years later, the Burj Khalifa finally opened in January 2010. While it was being built, at the peak of its construction, 12,000 workers worked on the building per day. I found that mindblowing!
It’s also three times as tall as the Eiffel Tower in Paris and nearly twice as tall as the Empire State Building in New York. If you were to lay it end to end, its pieces would stretch over a quarter of the way around the world.
It really was beautiful, although at the end of May absolutely boiling at the top, where the sun was beating down on us. You could stay for as long as you like, so we spent a good hour wandering around, going in and out of the building on to the observation deck to get some air con on us. The view was beautiful and it was really quite special thinking that we were stood on the tallest building in the wall. The girls absolutely loved it and pointing out some of the sights below. I would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting Dubai.
After a lovely few hours at the Dubai Mall area it was time to head to our next hotel, the Lapita Hotel in the Dubai Parks and Resorts area (which I will write about soon!) but first we asked our taxi to stop of at Kite Beach so we could take a photo in front of the iconic Burj al Arab. When I had visited Dubai eleven years previously we stayed in the Jumeriah beach area of the city and we visited the Burj al Arab for afternoon tea on Boxing Day. It was absolutely beautiful and so incredibly grand, and I knew that I couldn’t leave Dubai without taking a photo in front of one of Dubai’s most famous landmarks. Luckily our taxi driver was happy to stop for a few minutes so we headed over to take a photo. A lady walking past really kind offered to take a couple of family photos of us which was really kind of her, but when we got back to the UK I realised that they were all blurry- such a shame.
I genuinely think that the beauty of Dubai is the fact that there really is no end to what you can do there, especially for families. If you want a beach holiday you have that part of it, you have the city part with shopping galore and sightseeing. There’s luxury, there’s the whole pool life part, there’s world class restaurants, waterparks, theme parks, desert activities, even skiing if you wanted to do that. I had my reservations before our stay about what it would be like for young children, but as I have repeated throughout my posts so far, it really is one of the most family friendly places we have been. I have said this a lot, but the people to me are one of the biggest things about Dubai. They are so welcoming, so friendly and so kind to children, we truly haven’t been anywhere where the children were treated so well by staff and strangers alike. It’s such an incredible place.
NB: Thanks to Emirates Holidays for working with us on this amazing trip to Dubai, we had the best time. All words, photos, videos and opinions are entirely my own. Emirates Holidays is the tour operator of the internationally renowned Emirates airline. Specialising in Dubai, Indian Ocean, South East Asia and South Africa, they provide premium, tailor-made holidays to a wide range of amazing long haul destinations all wrapped up with flights on award-winning Emirates. Stay tuned for lots more Dubai posts coming up.