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Hundreds Pay More for View From the Top.

Summary: Half an hour of waiting could have saved them Dh300 but hundreds of visitors to Burj Khalifa, opted to pay more rather than wait for the top of the world experience.

Although the introductory time-stamped tickets are priced Dh100 for adults and Dh75 for children, several visitors were more than willing to shell out Dh400 per person for immediate entry.

Given the half-hour intervals that are set for the time-stamped tickets and with the number of immediate entry tickets issued, it could be guestimated that at least 1,500 people have visited At the Top since it opened doors to the public on Tuesday.

The rush to be among the first to experience Burj Khalifa and its dizzying heights was overwhelming as hundreds queued up to buy the tickets.

Thomas Dempsey, General Manager, Burj Khalifa, said At the Top would

more than live up to peopleAEs expectations.

oThe panoramic views are like those from an airplane, such is your height above ground. There is also plenty to take in before you step into the elevators to the 124 th floor: interactive displays, montages describing the evolution of the tower, and in-depth information explaining the people and technology responsible for this incredible building.o

The entrance to At the Top is at the adjoining The Dubai MallAEs Lower Ground level.

The reception area features a fiberglass model of the tower illuminated in blue light. The interactive feature aeBurj Around the WorldAE allows visitors to view Burj Khalifa on the skyline of other famous cities.

Two multimedia presentations, aeBurj Among the GreatsAE and aeTallest Among the TallAE, introduce other iconic tall buildings from around the world.

A multimedia display, aeDubai Then and NowAE, explores the emirateAEs humble beginnings and traces its emergence into a world centre for tourism, commerce and finance.

The travelator gently deposits visitors at the aeFrom the earth to the skyAE, through which they view the towerAEs spire at a near vertical angle and its observation deck on the 124 th floor.

The next leg of the journey, aeFrom Vision to RealityAE, delves deeper into the architectural and engineering complexity inherent in the worldAEs tallest building.

The final ascent to the 124 th floor is by a double-deck elevator, each deck carrying up to 14 people and travelling at an amazing 10 metres per second directly to Level 124.

In less than a minute, the elevator reaches At the Top. High windows circle the entire viewing platform. For AED 10, visitors can also scan the horizon and the distant streets below through computerised viewfinders, which have pre-programmed day and nighttime vistas of the city and surrounding region.

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Publication:Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Date:Jan 8, 2010
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