I’ve heard of the Burj Khalifa – it’s a big deal, right?
Big is the word. It is the tallest building in the world, has the longest vertical elevator journey and the highest occupied floor of any buil…
…none of your usual rambling, Time Out. Give me facts.
It is 828 metres tall, has 24,348 windows and the air conditioning uses the equivalent of 13,000 short tons of melted ice worth of cooling.
Yes, we saw that on Wikipedia too. Some perspective please.
Imagine 487 Tom Cruises stacked on top of one another and that is how tall it is.
Random, but that actually helps.
Not so random, actually. Tom sat on the very top and posed for pictures half a mile up in the sky during the filming of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. Watch the film to see him leaping about and saving the world, or something.
Not scared of heights for a little fella then?
You wouldn’t find us perched up there. Although we are big fans of At The Top (only about half way up, but darn impressive) and Sky observation decks, the 124th and 148th floors offer swoon-inducing views and telescopes so you can zoom in and look for loose change 555m below.
Yes, I get it – this is a big skyscraper. What else is there to do other than look out of the window?
There are around 20 storeys of Armani Hotel down near the bottom, with predictably stylish restaurants. We had an intense experience with a truffle-flavoured crème brûlée at Armani/Ristorante we could tell you about. Armani/Amal and Armani/Hashi, the Indian and Japanese efforts, are special, too.
You don’t know the half of it. Mr Cruise himself would have to be at his smartest to get in the uber-fashionable Armani/Privé nightclub. The crowd tends to be very beautiful.
He’s not lost his looks, though.
Who’s rambling now?
Sorry. What else?
Like the moon and our Great Aunt Matilda, it can be looked at for hours and still inspire wonder. Book a table at a Souk Al Bahar restaurant (opposite) to take in the full towering glory.
Downtown Dubai, www.burjkhalifa.ae.