Dubai-day three

Our third day was especially emotional for me because we were going to visit the Burj Khalifa. If you haven’t read any of my other travel diaries, you wouldn’t know, but I’m terrified of heights. This rarely stops me to climb wherever I can, but you’ll read about my trembling feet in a while.

We went to Burja with the metro again, but this time me and our son went for the “women and children only” coach. From Mall of Emirates to Downtown Dubai it is the first one, but you can see where it is located on every station (it could be the last). I wanted to go in there because in the Dubai metro trains there are no drivers and the view from the window is amazing…

Here is the view, and a clip, of course 🙂

We passed the long tunnel to Dubai Mall where was our first stop before Burj Khalifa. My husband and our son are huge fans of any animal life so there wasn’t any chance of missing the Dubai Aquarium. But first some photos from the mall:

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo is one of the most captivating attractions in Dubai. Located at The Dubai Mall, the largest mall in the world, offering a memorable journey into ocean life. With capacity to hold 10 million litres of water, Dubai Aquarium is one of the largest indoor aquariums in the world and it illuminates the marvels of the ocean floor, showcasing one of the most diverse collections of aquatic life.

Stroll through a 48m tunnel, with the aquarium enveloping you from overhead and around. It’s a complete fish-eye view, with sand tiger sharks and stingrays swimming overhead. You can also go snorkelling or don an oxygen tank to go swimming with the sharks. Thanks to the divers we saw in the tank, you son decided that after all he won’t become a policeman when he grows up but a diver and he will take care of all the fish in the world.

Located just above the aquarium, Underwater Zoo brings visitors up close with penguins, piranhas, crabs, water rats, sea horses, jellyfish and plenty more. To get there you just had to follow the little claws on the floor and the escalator. This was such fun for our son 🙂

A fascinating new addition at Underwater Zoo is King Croc, regarded as nature’s rare phenomenon and one of the world’s largest reptiles – at over 5 meters long and weighing an imposing 750 kg plus.

We got the tickets for the Aquarium combined with the visit to Burj Khalifa and the price was pretty good. Here’s the site where you can find all kind of combinations. We were little tired after the aquarium but our time for the tower hasn’t come yet (when you buy your tickets for the Burj you have to choose a time period for the visit).

So we spend some time in the Mall again but more at the candy shops 🙂

We had even more time so we headed for the first show of the fountains for the day. It wasn’t as impressive as the ones at the evening but was worth going anyway 🙂

And here’s the gorgeous Burj Khalifa:

After a quick break in the shade and some more walking around it was time to go to find our entryway for the tower.

It is through the Mall, there are signs everywhere so you can’t be mistaken. You head straight to the line for the online tickets and start to wait 🙂 This is what’s ahead of you before the baggage check:

Soaring 828 meters above the metropolis of Dubai, the Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest building. The design for the 162-story tower combines local cultural influences with cutting-edge technology to achieve high performance in an extreme desert climate.

The centerpiece of a large mixed-use development, the Burj Khalifa contains offices, retail space, residential units, and a Giorgio Armani hotel. A Y-shaped floor plan maximizes views of the Arabian Gulf.

The tower’s overall design was inspired by the geometries of a regional desert flower and the patterning systems embodied in Islamic architecture. Built of reinforced concrete and clad in glass, the tower is composed of sculpted volumes arranged around a central buttressed core.

Beyond its record-breaking height, the Burj Khalifa incorporates new structural and construction efficiencies to reduce material usage and waste. These include a “sky-sourced” ventilation system, in which cool, less humid air is drawn in through the top of the building. The tower also has one of the largest condensate recovery systems in the world.

After the check you will be greeted by photographers waiting to take a picture of you and the tower, but we skipped them. Next is an exhibition for the building process and few floors, then another exhibition and finally the lifts.

The building has the longest single running elevator, which is 140 floors. The Burj Khalifa elevator speed is 10 meters per second, making the elevators among the fastest in the world. The Burj Khalifa elevator time to reach the observation deck on the 124th floor is only one minute.

The line before the lifts
The numbers are the floors the lift is passing by

At the Top, Burj Khalifa located on Levels 125 and 124 offering visitors majestic, sweeping vistas of Dubai, and serving as an evocative and interactive journey through the history and evolution of Dubai and Burj Khalifa. Burj Khalifa, visitors can also learn more about the landmarks in the region through the innovative Viewfinder. The interactive Viewfinder replaces the traditional coin-operated telescopes in other observatories, and features a video camera and touch-screen to provide information supported by advanced graphics and 3D animation.

The views are truly breathtaking but I was going to faint from fear. My feet started to shake and I could swear the tower was trembling. I don’t know if that was real or not but I couldn’t force myself to look out of the windows without holding to a column or a wall. I also din’t got the strength to look straight down not even once. Unlike my son who was all over the windows 🙂

There are a quite expensive souvenirs shop on the floor, a post box (there were almost none anywhere in Dubai) and few other attractions. One was a bridge with LED panels imitating the view outside and glass breaking while you walk. Our kid was super happy about it.

Another is a lovely drawing on the windows, but for a picture you have to wait in line 🙂

There are no chairs or benches to sit and rest besides few round swings, quite a queue again.

Here are videos of the view:

After marveling at the view for an hour or so it was time do go back down and see the fountains again. As I already said, they were my favourite attraction but this time the music by Adele and the song Skyfall were a big plus. There’s no need to explain how majestic it was, you can see it by yourself:

Although we spent the whole day on one place and it looks like we haven’t done almost anything, at the evening we were really tired and wanted just to go to bed. If you happen to find yourself late and need to eat, there is a huge range of all kinds of food in the Mall. There are also many people, so be patient.

This is the end of my travel diary for this so exciting and emotional day. In the next I will tell you about Abu Dhabi and the incredible Sheikh Al Zayed Mosque.

Stay tuned and don’t stop travelling!

Author: marinelapetrunova

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