ABOUT BURJ KHALIFA
The Burj Khalifa is known as one of the most highly sought after places to live in the world, with master developer Emaar Properties heading up the area. With excavation beginning on 6th January 2004, the tower was completed and opened to the public on 4th January 2010, just under six years later. The tallest building in the world is home to many extravagant amenities and activities for residents and tourists alike to enjoy.
The concept behind the Burj Khalifa by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum was to build on Dubai's ever-growing status as a popular tourist destination, with this towering skyscraper adding to that vision. With that goal achieved, Burj Khalifa is located in the city's busiest tourism hub, Downtown Dubai which is home to the Burj Khalifa, The Dubai Mall, Dubai Fountain, Dubai Opera and much more.
The Burj Khalifa has also broken many world records, it is the tallest building in the world standing at 828m (2,716.5 ft). It has the highest number of stories in the world with over 160, which includes the highest outdoor observation deck in the world and the highest occupied floor in the world. The elevators in the Burj Khalifa are the tallest service elevators in the world and have the longest travel distance.
IN A NUTSHELL
- The residential wing has studios, apartments and penthouses.
- Home to multiple world records and an impressive array of amenities.
- It is the tallest building in the world at 828m or 2,716.5 ft.
- Burj Khalifa has over 160 stories which is the highest number in the world.
- The tower is home to over 900 apartment residences.
- Houses the world's first Armani Hotel with 304 hotel rooms.
- Part of the Downtown Dubai district.
- Neighbours Business Bay, Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) and Al Wasl district. Easy access to Zabeel, Jumeirah and Al Safa neighbourhoods.
Burj Khalifa serves as an anchor to the Downtown Dubai community, creating a tangible link between the tower and the community. Downtown Dubai is a multicultural area that brings the best of the Arab and Western worlds together, offering something for everyone. The neighbourhood is home to quite a few residential apartment buildings and villas surrounding Burj Khalifa. With over 22 million man hours clocked in and over 12,000 people working daily, the ginormous tower is known as a 'vertical city' and the name couldn't be more apt, given its magnitude and extravagant mixed-use facilities. It definitely deserves its city status, as it holds at least 10,000 people at any given point in time and can support up to 35,000 people in the building alone. Burj Khalifa boasts 2957 parking spaces, 304 hotel room and 900 apartments.
Properties in Burj Khalifa
Burj Khalifa, developed by Emaar Properties, is the first of the world's tallest towers to include residential space. There are 900 residences in total located on levels 19 to 108 and are known as the tower's residential wing. Property types include studios, 1, 2, 3 and 4-bedroom suites.
Armani Residences tend to be the most popular option, with 1 and 2-bedroom apartments located on levels 9 to 16 of Burj Khalifa, the 144 suites showcase Armani’s sleek yet underrated style. Renting a 1-bedroom flat in Armani Residences starts at AED 150k and goes up to AED 210k. 2-bedroom apartments rent for an average of AED 400k, all suites come furnished in true Armani/Casa style.
The rest of the residential wing is made up of upscale studios and apartments. Renting a studio in Burj Khalifa ranges from AED 100k to AED 120k. For larger families or those looking for more space, 3-bedroom apartments are priced on an average of AED 303k annually.
There are a lot of freehold options that are still on the market for property buyers, 1-bedroom suites for sale start at AED 2M. For those looking for options with the Armani furnishings will find that 1-bedroom flats in the Armani Residences for sale range from AED 2.4M to AED 6M.
Transportation and Parking Spaces in Burj Khalifa
There are 2 whole levels of basement parking for residents of this skyscraper, the number of spaces varies based on the size of your residence.
Downtown Dubai is extremely friendly towards public transport users, there is the Dubai Mall/Burj Khalifa Metro Station which connects to Emaar Square and The Dubai Mall through a metro link. There is also the F13 feeder bus from the station which services all of Downtown Dubai through stops all along Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Boulevard. Since this is the tourist hub of the city, you will be able to find taxis in the area with ease at any hour.
A new addition is the Dubai Trolley that also travels along Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard. It is the world’s first hydrogen-powered trolley, it transports people to and from various hot spots in the area. The neighbourhood has been designed to be pedestrian-friendly, so you can easily stroll around the area.
AMENITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTH CARE
Supermarkets near Burj Khalifa
Within the colossal Dubai Mall, is the massive Waitrose supermarket, it has the regular offerings of a supermarket and also contains a bakery and pharmacy. For those who wouldn't want to venture into the mall, there is a Spinneys Supermarket located near the Emaar Residences and an Al Maya Supermarket which is part of the Burj Views sub-community. There are also other small mini-marts and groceries all across the district.
CHURCHES, TEMPLES AND MOSQUES NEAR BURJ KHALIFA
While there were false reports that there is a mosque within the Burj Khalifa, Emaar has confirmed that there is no mosque within the tower. There is the Al Ghafoor Mosque nearby, it is built in traditional Emirati style, the mosque has the capacity to accommodate 673 people in its inner prayer hall and 33 people in its outer hall. The women’s prayer hall can accommodate 86 people.
SCHOOLS AND UNIVERSITIES NEAR BURJ KHALIFA
There are many academic options for younger children and toddlers, there are Blossom Nursery and Babilou Downtown both follow the British Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum.
For older children, there are several well-respected schools nearby in the Jumeirah and Nad Al Sheba areas. Dubai International School (DIS) in Al Quoz is one of the oldest schools in Dubai, it is within close proximity to those residing in Downtown Dubai. Following the British module of education, DIS offers students learning opportunities from KG1 to Grade 12.
For students looking at higher education options will find that International Horizons College (IHC) in Business Bay is a great option. Adopting the American style of teaching, with world-class professors and providing students with an array of options under the subjects of sciences and liberal arts. IHC is considered one of the best independent private undergraduate institutions and is accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research. The academic options in Knowledge Park are accredited from various entities in Europe, Australia and the United States of America.
HOSPITALS AND CLINICS NEAR BURJ KHALIFA
The MediClinic in the Dubai Mall is Dubai’s largest outpatient medical facility and is dedicated to the most sophisticated diagnosis and treatment methods with expert physicians specialising in a vast range of medical fields.
There are multiple pharmacies in the mall and around the neighbourhood. Marina pharmacy located in the metro link even offers home delivery.
TOP 5 PROPERTY TYPES IN BURJ KHALIFA
Choosing the right home can be a difficult decision, we will be going over the top 5 bed types to rent in Burj Khalifa.
The properties in the Burj Khalifa are quite popular amongst Dubai's real estate scene. The most popular bed type are the 2-bedroom suites which take the lead in searches on Bayut.com. This is followed by 1-bedroom apartments. This might me because Armani Residences are a very popular option to rent and buy furnished 1-bed and 2-bed flats.
3-bedroom apartments took the third spot with studios following closely behind in fourth place. 4-bedroom apartments came in fifth, this is due to the limited number of them available on the market making them a unique and highly lucrative commodity. Rent for a 4-bedroom suite starts at AED 600k and buying the property averages for AED 23M.
Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), Al Quoz, Business Bay and Jumeirah are all neighbouring Downtown Dubai. It is easy to get onto Sheikh Zayed Road and head to Zabeel, Al Safa, Umm Suqeim and more. Oud Mehta and Old Dubai are also fairly close.
SHOPPING, DINING AND NIGHTLIFE
Malls near Burj Khalifa
If Dubai Mall is just a short elevator ride down, do you really need to head anywhere else? Home to over 1,300 retail outlets including two anchor department stores – Galeries Lafayette and Bloomingdale’s. As well as a new Fashion Avenue extension that adds 150 new luxury shopping experience to boost Dubai's premium shopping options. The Dubai Mall also offers world-class dining, entertainment and leisure attractions.
A niche take on the traditional souk is Dubai Mall's own Souk, an elegantly designed maze, filled with jewellery shops, accessory outlets, traditional Arab clothing and handicraft stores, among others. If you're looking for a retail space with an outdoorsy feel then there is The Village, it offers a rich collection of denim brands in an outdoor landscape lined with cafes and restaurants.
Restaurants in Burj Khalifa
Firstly, Burj Khalifa is home to At.mosphere, a new dimension for fine-dining by being the tallest restaurant in the world on level 122. The restaurant's three distinct parts occupy the entire floor, providing panoramic views of Dubai, the desert and sea beyond. You’ll find options for high tea, light lunches and a fine-dining dinner service at At.mosphere.
There is also the restaurants within the Armani Hotel itself. The hotel features several award-winning restaurants ranging from a multitude of different cuisines. There is Armani/Hashi for Japanese delicacies, Armani/Ristorante features authentic fine-dining Italian dishes and Armani/Amal will be your go-to spot for Indian food.
Otherwise, you could always venture down to one of the cafes, bars or world-class restaurants in Dubai Mall or Souk Al Bahar. Most of these offer views of the Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa.
BEACHES NEAR BURJ KHALIFA
The nearest beach would be 10-minutes away in Jumeirah and offers many amenities for guests. Those looking for a quick swim can do so within the Burj itself, as part of The Burj Club Gym, you can choose from a semi-Olympic size indoor pool or the outdoor pool on the terrace.
LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND NOTABLE LANDMARKS
Home to many happening destinations and events, Burj Khalifa residents will always have plenty of things to do in Downtown Dubai.
Firstly, there is The Dubai Mall, which houses an ice rink, aquarium, theme park and more. The mall is home to many entertainment options. The Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo features thousands of aquatic animals and a 270-degree walkthrough tunnel. There is the Sega Republic theme park, with adrenaline including rides and a VR park to boot. For kids, there is KidZania, an educational entertainment concept. Other activities include the Olympic sized Ice Rink, movie magic at the Reel Cinemas megaplex, and a lake ride across the Dubai Fountain.
Secondly, Burj Khalifa has lots of activities of its own, you could visit one of the observation decks and look through the viewfinder to transport you back in time and take a peek at what Dubai looked like before. You could also visit the Dubai Fountain at the base of the Burj, it features 13 spectacular shows to well-known melodies every day. Or why not visit the world's highest library as part of Level 123 of the Burj Residences.
Thirdly, Dubai Opera is the radiant centre of arts and culture in the area, it is a world-class performing arts destination in the heart of Downtown Dubai, just minutes away from the iconic Burj Khalifa.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
There is The Burj Club Gym which has many unique features, including an exclusive level just for ladies featuring a well-equipped gym and a luxurious spa. Other amenities include the three Sky Lobbies in Burj Khalifa. Located on levels 43, 76 and 123, these public spaces offer facilities such as spas, pools, outdoor sundecks, gyms, and juice bars, among others.
The landscaped gardens of Burj Khalifa are beautiful to look at from any angle, they are maintained in an environmentally conscious fashion, the gardens of Burj Khalifa are partly irrigated with water collected through its surrounding humid atmosphere.
For pet-owners, they can head to the Burj Park which welcomes pets with open arms. It also has walking and jogging tracks.
Where else would you go for New Years? One of the most highly anticipated events of the year is the New Years Eve celebrations at the Burj Khalifa. Other events include the yearly classic car show and parades for UAE National Day.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
Even with so many benefits, you might want to consider a few things before living in Burj Khalifa. As it is one of the most sought-after buildings, in what one would argue is a hot tourist destination, that means that the area can get a bit crowded in peak seasons. Not to mention that the properties in Burj Khalifa do come with a higher price tag compared to it neighbours.
- As it is located in Downtown Dubai, The Dubai Mall and Dubai Opera are 5 minutes away
- 5 minutes drive to get on to Sheikh Muhammed Bin Zayed Road
- Dubai International Airport is 20 minutes away