Unveiled in February 2010, the Burj Khalifa stands 828 metres high – 320 metres taller than Taipei 101 which held the records since 2004. The Burj Khalifa currently holds seven records, including the highest occupied floor, highest outdoor observation deck – ‘At the Top – Sky’ and the tallest service elevator. Tickets to the observation deck are time stamped at 30-minute intervals, but if you can’t wait, immediate entry is available for a price.
The Dubai Fountain
The Dubai Fountain is a captivating water, music and light spectacle in Downtown Dubai. One of Dubai’s most compelling tourist attractions, it delights thousands of visitors for free every day and is the world’s tallest performing fountain. At over 900 feet in length – equivalent to over two football pitches – it is situated on the 30-acre Burj Lake and performs to a range of different songs from classical to contemporary Arabic and world music. With The Dubai Fountain Lake Ride you can set sail on the ultimate ride front row seats to the best show in town for Dhs 65 per person. Show schedule: afternoon shows, daily (except Fridays) at 1:00pm and 1:30pm. Afternoon shows (Fridays only) at 1:30pm and 2pm. Evening shows, daily from 6:00pm to 11:00pm every 30 minutes.
The Dubai Creek has served as a lifeline for the community for the centuries. A vital part of the city’s maritime trade for a staggering 7,000 years, it contributes to play a prominent role in the day-to-day business of Dubai. Imports and exports are still shipped via the busy waterways. While you’re here, you can jump aboard a water taxi (abra) for just Dhs1 to cross the creek. Bur Dubai to Deira.
Dubai Water Canal
The Dubai Water Canal is a 3.2km long waterway which winds its way to from The Creek on Old Dubai through Business Bay to the Arabian Gulf. Along its waterfront, the Westin, the W Hotel, the St. Regis, a whole range of new lifestyle precincts, a 3km running track and 12km cycling path. The waterfall, where the Canal meets the Sheikh Zayed Road bridge, is a beautiful motion-operated water feature that is visible from the promenade, and switches off a sensor detects a boat nearby. There are five pedestrian bridges available including three across the Canal, so you can take in the stunning views. It also brings a non-stop way to travel, with a free-flowing commute from Deira to Dubai Water Canal and Dubai Marina.