A View From the Top of the World

Soaring high above Dubai in the United Arab Emirates is the Burj Khalifa.  Its the tallest building in the world.

The trip to the top of the Burj Khalifa’s observation deck is made up of a variety of long hallways with graphics and videos of the building’s construction process.  After the observation deck, there are more twists and turns down hallways showing the original design and how it was adjusted along the way.  It’s a quick and interesting tour for someone like myself, who is easily bored by tours, but I’m sure an absolutely riveting tour for someone who is into architecture (complete with various wind tunnel models).

Small museum pieces aside, however, and the view from the top of the Burj Khalifa is worth the price of admission.  Taking a page from the John Hancock Building in Chicago, one of the highlights from Dubai’s tallest structure is an outdoor observation deck, complete with large openings to get an accurate idea of the wind and to, most notably, look down.  (The John Hancock Building’s outdoor area is completely fenced in.)

The only downside of the visit is the amount of desert sand blowing in the wind. Instead of watching the United Arab Emirates fade off into the distance, the view is eventually obscured by sand.

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