Before Burj Khalifa was built, it was just a flat land desert. Then the government and the developers started building in 2004 and it took them 5 years to complete it. It was originally named “Burj Dubai” then it got renamed to Burj Khalifa in honor of the United Arab Emirates President Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
An intriguing fact I found out is that the designer of Burj Khalifa is actually from the same firm that designed One World Trade Center in New York City and the Willis Tower in Chicago. Burj Khalifa is currently the tallest building in the world since 2009.
There are rumors that the Jeddah Tower which is currently being built in Saudi Arabia will be taller than the Burj but construction is on hold for now.
Another interesting info is that Emaar, the developer of Burj Khalifa, is also building a new tower called Dubai Creek Tower which they are building since 2016 and will be done in 2020. The grand opening of this tower is slated to be in 2021. Emaar is considered one of the best in the real estate development in the region and these projects speak very well of their expertise.
If the Jeddah Tower is canceled, Emaar will keep the Dubai Creek Tower`s height as 1000m only. Should the Jeddah Tower’s construction continue, the Dubai Creek Tower`s final height will be 1300m.
The Tom Cruise movie “Mission Impossible” was filmed here in 2010 a year after it was built. Other movies filmed here in Dubai were “Fast & the Furious 7”, “Syriana”, “Wall Street” and “Star Wars”.
Inside Burj Khalifa Armani Hotel
Here are some pictures that were taken inside Burj Khalifa Armani Hotel named after the fashion designer, Giorgio Armani, where I stayed in while in Dubai for this tour. You can see that the lobby alone is luxurious and very modern. My room had a stupendous view of the Dubai Fountain which is the world’s tallest performing fountain. You can easily see my relaxed pose here that was common throughout my stay. More on the details of that fountain below.
At.Mosphere & At the Top of Burj Khalifa
One of the best experiences in my life is dining at At.Mosphere — the world’s tallest restaurant located on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa. The view is obviously just stunning with Dubai seemingly just a colorful specter at your feet. It is fine dining at its very best.
The premiere observation deck at the Burj is called At The Top. The view is spectacular and I really believe a trip to the Burj Khalifa will not be complete without visiting this! Tickets can be purchased online or at the Dubai Mall. You just have to see for yourself how spectacular it is to be standing almost on top of the world!
Jumeirah Beach Residences
The picture below is at JBR. If your thinking of staying in Dubai for a long period of time, I suggest staying at Jumeirah Beach Residence. This residence has a shopping mall, restaurants, 5-star hotels around, and a beachfront as it is next to the marina. Don’t you think it’s gorgeous?
Dubai Mall is the world’s largest shopping mall in the world
I’m a woman and shopping is one of my most favorite activities anywhere I go. My favorite place to shop is in the Dubai Mall at the luxury shops by Fashion Avenue. All the brand names in the world of fashion are here and everything is just so gorgeous!
More things to do in Dubai
Desert Safari is one of the things you should do when visiting the UAE. Here are some of my pictures in while I enjoyed my first ever desert safari. One thing’s for sure, I love riding that camel.
For as low as AED 65 to AED 295, you can enjoy as much as experience as you want in the dessert. Pickup and dropoff at your selected hotel/ location Transportation by 4WD air-conditioned Land Cruiser English-speaking licensed safari guide Red Dune bashing (30-45 minutes) Sand boarding in the desert A short camel ride (can be repeated) Sunset photo stop Mineral bottled water in the vehicle during dune bashing BBQ buffet dinner, Tanura & Belly Dance show, henna painting, Shisha pipe, camel rides, quad bike rides to riding around in a Hummer to suit all your adventure spirit. Plus of course, view of the desert is one of a kind.
The Dubai Fountain
This is the world’s tallest performing fountain in downtown Dubai Starts at 7pm. The Dubai Fountain is wonderful and the nightly performance is enchanting. This is again a must-see for every tourist in Dubai or your trip will not be complete.
Resorts in Dubai
Atlantis is a luxury resort and I really love its website slogan that “Atlantis Dubai is where unique memories are made.” Truly it is quite a place and just looking at it will make you want to see inside. They have Atlantis Aquaventure waterpark, Dolphin Bay, and The Lost Chambers Aquarium. The resort also boasts a wide array of restaurants for all types of dishes.
Waterpark Wild Wadi is for the more adventurous soul. It is geared towards the young ones out for a group trip as it has about nine fun-filled rides that will appeal to all age ranges. You can choose from kid-friendly water guns and racing slides to the adrenalin smashing surfing experience.
Abu Dhabi is the capital of UAE and one of the most popular destinations in this part of the world. Showing a country rich not only financially but in its deep culture, it boasts of a grand museum called the Louvre Abu Dhabi and the historical building Fort Qasr Al-Hosn. A megacity like this will also have exciting places to go and they have the ultimate adrenalin venue in Ferrari World.
A trip to Dubai is also a family visit for me as I spent some precious time with my sister Linda and my adorable niece lina. Here we are in our traditional hijab while in the Sheik Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi. As we are Muslims, we show respect and wear a hijab when we worship. It is very important for me to get in touch with my culture and to share it with everyone who means a lot to me.
So, on to more adventures! Stay safe everyone and happy travels!
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