How to climb to the very top of Burj Khalifa

Time Out has three videos that show you how to climb to the very top of Burj Khalifa, as performed by the building’s expert technicians

Anyone with nerves of steel and Dhs350 to spare can head up to Burj Khalifa’s 148th floor.

It’s a different story altogether getting to the very top of the world’s tallest building, a vertigo-inducing honour reserved for a select few.

To showcase just how complex it actually is to get to the highest tip, the Burj Khalifa team have launched three videos on their Instagram page that take us on a day in the life of one of the building’s technicians as he prepares to check the lightning arrester.

In case you were wondering, this is the device used on electrical power systems to protect the insulation and conductors of a building when lightning strikes.

You can just imagine what an easy target the Burj Khalifa is for Mother Nature when a sporadic but very wild storm hits Dubai.


Luckily, the world’s tallest building has a unique system in place which senses the charge in the air and generates an opposite charge to attract the lightning into it.

That doesn’t mean the lightning arrester on the Burj Khalifa’s spire doesn’t require maintenance.

In the following three videos, you’ll learn a lot about this record-breaking man-made creation, including just how fast the building’s lifts travel, how much weight they can withstand and how long the ascent by ladder is to the very top.

Do you think you have what it takes to do the technicians’ jobs?

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