Dubai’s iconic Burj Khalifa welcomed more than 1.87m visitors to its At the Top observation deck in 2013 – up 13 percent on the previous year.
International tourists accounted for over 50 per cent of all visitors to the observatory deck, located on Level 124 of the world’s tallest building.
Germans comprised the most number of international tourists at 23 percent of the total, followed by visitors from the UK (15 percent), Russia and India (11 percent each), US (10 percent) and Saudi Arabia (7 percent). Australia, Italy, and China accounted for 5 percent of visitors with France and the Netherlands 4 percent.
In addition, 4,500 students and 20 charities visited during 2013.
Ahmad Al Falasi, executive director property management at Emaar Properties, said At the Top, Burj Khalifa was a key contributor to Dubai’s tourism sector and was not only a must-see attraction for tourists but also popular among UAE residents.
“The one-of-a-kind attraction offers unparalleled views across the city, which inspires visitors to return time-and-time again,” he said.
Accessible online to billions of visitors across the world through Google’s “Street View” At the Top, Burj Khalifa, also proved a popular attraction for visiting dignitaries and celebrities including Bollywood actors Shah Rukh Khan and Madhuri Nene, US actor Jesse Metcalfe, Australian actress Melissa George, English actor Warwick Davis, US singer Gloria Gaynor, football stars André Schürrle (Germany) and Bader Saleh (UAE) and Indian cricketer Harbajan Singh.
It also promoted local talent through the “Art At The Top” competition, which was organised in partnership with The Ara Gallery to encourage Emirati artists.
The destination also hosted yoga sessions and a number of corporate social responsibility initiatives.
Now marking its fourth anniversary, visitors can also witness the sun rise over the city of dreams on Fridays and Saturdays until February 28.
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