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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 ticket in advance 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?
    Open daily, 24 hours
  • 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

Overall rating
4.5 / 5
based on 50,474 reviews

Great experience! I know this was a bit a pricey but having seen the difference in view from the 125th from the 148th, it was a big difference. Plus, I liked the fact that you had a lounge to sit in at the 148th and take your time looking around and be away from the rest of the masses. You do get little treats such as dates and smaller bites with Arabic Coffee and you can even ask for Tea and other Coffee Drinks such as Lattes etc...and sit and enjoy the sites from above. It wasn't too busy when we went which was a TREAT in itself! We basically had the whole Observatory Deck to ourselves. To us, it was worth it! You do have a personal guide so feel free and utilize it and ask questions! :)

Booking the jet ski experience here was a great choice; the driver was extremely apologetic about arriving and waiting at the wrong house for half an hour even though we had accidentally given him the wrong address. the pick up and drop off service was very good. kashif, our guide, was helpful and patient, constantly ensuring that we felt comfortable in the water. everyone working there was very kind and friendly, i cannot recommend them more !

The instructor, Kareem Abdul Jabar, was very helpful in coordinating the events of my ride so that it would meet my expectations, skill level, and provide quality photo opportunities. I enjoyed the ride more than I originally thought that I would.

The guy was amazing. He was very funny and knew how to deal with clients. If I could give 7 stars I would. I highly recommend doing the jet ski with him. He also took a lot of pictures for us.

Excellent experience with lots of information from my guide and the other staff on level 148. Definitely worth the extra and I’d do it again for sure !