Make sure you book your tickets online in advance. I visited Burj Khalifa during a very busy time. I was lucky to get a ticket from someone who had an additional ticket for a friend who didn’t show up.
I got the tickets to level 124. The ticket price is 125AED. You can go further up-to level 148, but the ticket prices for that is 350AED.
The views are incredible, you get a 360 degree view of the city. It’s the tallest standing structure in the world. The elevators which take you to the level 124 travel at a speed of 10m/s. You can feel your ears pop as the elevators race to the top.
Use your own phones/cameras’ to get your pictures. There are photographers who click for you. However when you goto the counter you will realize how expensive they are.
The mall itself is a place to visit. It’s gigantic. You will find almost every possible designer, brand and merchandise in the Dubai Mall.
In my opinion, buying things in US is cheaper than buying it in Dubai. Shopping in Dubai is overrated in my opinion.
The setting of this fountain is really pretty. You have Burj Khalifa on one side, Dubai Mall on one side and a lot of other skyscrapers.
The fountains go off every half hour, starting from 1 P.M. in the afternoon.
After the above three places, I headed to Palm Jumeriah — the artificial archipelago in Dubai. To get here, take the Metro Red line from the Dubai Mall towards UAE Exchange. Then get off at Damac Properties, and then change to the yellow line to get off at Palm Jumeriah station. You have a monorail from this place to Palm Atlantis, the resort and the last stop on Palm Jumeriah. Note that the tickets to the monorail are separate. It costs 25AED for a round trip visit to the Palm Atlantis.
There is nothing much to see here, except for the picture below. I didn’t visit the resort. There is also a water park here. Super crowded, make sure you have reservations if you are visiting the resort or the water park.
I was tired at the end of this. It’s extremely hot. Make sure you hydrate yourself really well. I headed back to the airport, by taking the Metro Red line from Damac properties towards Rashidiya. The train stops at terminal 3 and terminal 1. If you need to get to terminal 2, get off at either of these terminals and take the airport train.