Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Thu to Sat: 10 AM to 12 AM
Hastily renamed in 2010 after the ruler of Abu Dhabi was obliged to help Dubai out of a financial crisis, the beautiful bronze-and-glass Burj Khalifa is currently the world’s tallest building at 828 meters, and also holds the record for the world’s highest observation deck at 124 stories up. Prebook tickets in the lower ground floor of the adjoining Dubai Mall for a trip to the top of the, designed by Chicago firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP. The travelator and elevator trip is augmented by a documentary on the history of Dubai; when you arrive at the glossy At The Top observation deck, prepare for a moment of disbelief as you see Dubai, the Gulf, and the desert laid out far, far below. Book your trip to the top at sundown to see the streaming lights of Sheikh Zayed Road, the changing floodlighting on the Burj Al Arab, and planes taking off from the airport. Time your trip correctly and you’ll get a bird’s-eye view of the dancing fountains in the lake next to the tower. If you fancy staying in style, the luxurious Armani Hotel occupies the first eight floors of the tower and levels 38 and 39.