REMEMBERING GREATER HEIGHTS | AT THE TOP OF BURJ KHALIFA, DUBAI AND MORE

I remember the ticket that I paid online for 130 dirhams (or roughly 35 USD which was actually 4 times cheaper than availing it on the spot) exactly 5 days earlier, which I claimed at the basement of Dubai Mall reads:

“Get Ready to Enter the Record Books.

Valid for ONE Admission, Adult.

Entry Date & Time : 18-May-2014, 10:30AM.”

I remember it took 3 months of stay in Dubai before I finally found a chance to set foot at the viewing deck of the tallest man-made structure on Earth as of present. The iconic, Burj Khalifa.

I remember the moment I pressed Enter on my laptop’s keyboard after I decided to reserve an admission ticket, I wondered how would it feel to be on top of the world literally; to set my gaze below and afar from the 124th floor of the tallest of the skyscrapers. I casually thought if the experience of ascending Burj Khalifa would matter to me  5 or 10 years from now. If the experience would be any different from those few times I placed myself at a great vantage points.

I remember when I went to 1-Altitude Bar in Singapore with a bunch of fellow Asian bloggers, where we grabbed our drinks while watching Marina Bay Sands bursts its fireworks and laser beams. Will it be the same feeling when I go up the Burj Khalifa?

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I remember when I was escorted by the PR-Coordinator of Marina Bay Sands to its Observatory deck and famous infinity pool. Will it be the same feeling when I go up the Burj Khalifa?

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I remember when I saw the Lion City from its Singapore Flyer. Will it be the same feeling when I go up the Burj Khalifa?
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I remember when I was looking down the huge boulders and gorge from a higher ground in Wawa Dam in Montalban, Rizal back home. Will it be the same feeling when I go up the Burj Khalifa?
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I remember when my family and I went up the Sky Bridge at  41st level of Malaysia’s magnificence – the Petronas Twin Towers, and when excitement was brought even higher to its Observation deck at its 86th level. Will it be the same feeling when I go up the Burj Khalifa?
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I remember when my family and I went up the rooftop restaurants in Patan, Nepal. The view from above was amazing! Will it be the same feeling when I go up the Burj Khalifa?
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I remember when my family and I went up the Swayambhunath Stupa or Monkey Temple -one of Nepal’s most sacred Buddhist shrines where we savored the breathtaking view of Kathmandu valley. Will it be the same feeling when I go up the Burj Khalifa?
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I remember when my family and I went up another rooftop restaurant across Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu. The serenity from that height was unforgettable. Will it be the same feeling when I go up the Burj Khalifa?
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I remember when my family and I spent our last night in Nepal at Peaceful Cottage in Nagarkot, a simple yet incredibly fantastic accomodation perched above 7000 feet, overlooking the Himalayan range. Will it be the same feeling when I go up the Burj Khalifa?

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I remember when I stood at Mount Nebo in Jordan, the holy mountain where Prophet Moses breathed his last; where a vast mountainous desert and bodies of water are seen dividing Jordan and Israel geographically. Will it be the same feeling when I go up the Burj Khalifa?

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Fifteen minutes before the scheduled flight to the 124th floor of Burj Khalifa via its rapid but smooth lift, I was still thinking if the experience will be the same as the others. My stimulated thoughts of being At The Top were not interrupted by caffeine and a fruit tart.

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The queue was long but organized. Apparently, I was not alone in wanting to experience being  At The Top.
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I remember I read inspiring words on the walls on way up.
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Then at one corner, Kabayan-staff was repeatedly saying something like, “Stand in the circle, focus your gaze at the star inside the circle. That is where you’re going. You’re going to the 124th floor of Burj Khalifa.”
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I remember looking at plastered photos on the walls, depicting how the tallest building was built.
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I remember going inside the lift, and a few seconds and a blink after, I went out with the other tourists. We stepped out of Observation deck at Burj Khalifa’s 124th.

I remember I was there.
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I remember looking at Sheikh Zayed Road from above, the highway seemingly guarded by handsome skyscrapers, the majestic stretch where I and my colleagues pass by daily, to and from the office. The view was different At The Top.
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I remember clicking my camera several times over that intersection and Dubai Metro railway.
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I remember how beautiful Souk Al Bahar in front of Dubai Mall appeared At The Top.
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I remember being At The Top of Burj Khalifa was almost the same experience of being at any elevated places somewhere else.

I remember how humbling it was to feel so small from all the higher grounds I’ve ever planted my foot on.

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12 thoughts on “REMEMBERING GREATER HEIGHTS | AT THE TOP OF BURJ KHALIFA, DUBAI AND MORE

  1. Impressive view from a locale immovably anchored to the ground! I wonder if I will be able to complete a prayer before I hit the ground if I fall off from there LOL.

  2. viewing your pictures, the steep price for the ride was worth it. i’m a bit scared of heights so bird’s eye view of a place is not always what i get to see.

    1. cost was steep but tourists can stay up there as long as they wish. I could’ve waited for sunset and dusk but I went up too early as it was only the available slot that time. I’m sure the perspective is different at night.

  3. Sorry. For whatever reason since I can remember, whenever I am at any man-made towering place the thought that always comes to my mind is how long it will take me to reach the ground. Nothing to do with suicide but with the physics law of free-falling body at 32 ft/sec/sec regardless of size and weight but minus air resistance.

  4. .. hey i also ‘remember’ when i went up there it was night time and my camera suddenly ‘cranked’ up! haha.
    .. I like the shots you took from the viewing deck, wasn’t able to do that when I visited Dubai.

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