Dubai's Burj Khalifa re-opens for visitors

Published: 29 June 2020 - 10:39 a.m.
By: Jane O'Neill
After a long hiatus due to COVID-19, tourism attractions across Dubai have started to resume operations, including the Burj Khalifa's 124th-floor observation deck, At the Top.

Construction on the 829.8-metre tower began in 2004, with skyscraper officially opening in 2010.

As well as being a great vantage point to look out over the city, the world's tallest building is the source of many architectural and design facts and firsts.

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill was the architecture firm behind the design and engineering of the tower.

The design team developed what has become known as a spiralling “Y” shaped plan, which was used to shape the structural core of the building.

The interior design of Burj Khalifa’s public areas was done by the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP and was led by award-winning designer Nada Andric. It features glass, stainless steel and polished dark stones, together with silver travertine flooring, Venetian stucco walls, handmade rugs and stone flooring.

And the two main contractors for the interior fit-out were DEPA and Fino International.

Across the emirate, hotel beaches, malls, swimming pools and restaurants have also been given the go-ahead to reopen as borders reopen on July 7th.

As well as At the Top, reopened attractions include Atlantis Aquaventure, Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, The Burj Club, Ski Dubai, Dreamscape and Magic Planet, Dubai Dolphinarium, The Green Planet and numerous museums.

Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM) has said the emirate is in prime position to become the most visited, preferred and global city.

Issam Kazim, CEO DCTCM says: “As Dubai has reopened, we will reinforce our commitment to not only provide residents and visitors a well-rounded destination experience but also ensure their health and safety remains our key priority."

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