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AED400 to take fast track Burj Khalifa tour

Price of fast track raised from AED210 just four days after the tower opened - paper.

AED400 to take fast track Burj Khalifa tour
TOP VIEW: The standard tour of the At the Top, Burj Khalifa costs adults AED100. (Getty Images)

For those who do not book in advance, or are unable to wait in the long queues for the standard AED100 ($27) tickets for the At the Top, Burj Khalifa tour, the price of fast track has been increased to AED400 from AED210, according to a report.

According to the Abu Dhabi-based The National, the fees have been nearly doubled in a bid to reduce queues and encourage people to book in advance.

According to the daily, this means the average cost for a family of four visiting the tower under time constraints is AED1,600, against Dh350 for those who opt to queue.

The price is before the AED100 cost of official


photographs

and AED10 for viewfinders, The National added.

The standard tour of the At the Top, Burj Khalifa[


click to see

], which includes a visit to the world highest observation deck on Level 124 of Burj Khalifa costs adults AED100 and children AED75, Emaar said on Monday.

Burj Khalifa opened its doors to the public from Tuesday with tickets time stamped at 30-minute intervals, on specific days, to manage the daily number of sightseers.

For those who do not want to queue to get in, immediate entry was AED210 per person, subject to availability, the company said in a statement.

The entrance to the experience At the Top, Burj Khalifa [


click to see video tour

] is at the adjoining The Dubai Mall's Lower Ground level and the reception area features a fibreglass model of the tower illuminated in blue light.

Only a quarter of people who took part in the latest Arabian Business survey [


see survey results

] said they though the AED100 ticket price to go up the Burj Khalifa was reasonable.

The majority of respondents to the latest online poll said they thought the price was too high, with 34.6 percent calling on its developer Emaar to lower the price “immediately”.

A further 23 percent said they had planned to visit the world’s tallest building, but had changed their mind because they were not prepared to pay AED100.

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Dan 10 years ago

Please, please don’t keep making the same mistakes over and over again. Why don’t we learn from our mistakes? This reminds of the rent situation. Just because there is a demand, hike the rents till no one can afford it and you ruin the country’s (Dubai’s) economy. Instead of hiking the price and make it affordable to just a few, price it so most have access to it (and spread the word about the wonders of Dubai around the world) and you live to profit a much longer time. Again, everybody wants to get rich in one day and no thought of the near future of this country.

Tarek 10 years ago

People, read thoroughly before commenting, the fee hikes are for the people who choose the luxury of not waiting in ques. For the rest it remains 100 AED per person

R.D.Srinivasan 10 years ago

I beleive the Entry fee is fixed not keeping in mind the average income Dubai residents, but only the rich and also foreign tourist. With very conservative estimate if 4000 people use normal ticket and another 1000 use fast track, the total income perday is 800,000 and annual income will be staggering 292 Million AED leaving the high prices gift items sold on the observation desk. Hope they think again and make some concession for local residents.

Property Guru 10 years ago

Please let us not get into the habit of negativity. The price of express entry has been doubled, not the advance booking. So if people don't plan, they should be willing to pay more. I would have reacted netagively if they increased price of normal ticket. There is a price for the tower and 6 years time has gone into creating this 124 floor observation deck. Please be prepared to pay the price if you want to experience it instanatly.

His Excellency Dr Paul 10 years ago

I just went to the web site to book. 'purchase tickets' > 'learn more' > 'WATCH THIS SPACE FOR MORE UPDATES.' So the normal level of Dubai organization and preparedness then. The tower took 5 years to finish, but the web site will probably take another 2.

Too Much Fluce 10 years ago

This should be a must do stop for all Dubai tourists, but they're making it unreachable for most people. Sure you can get advance tickets, but how long before they go up and how easy is it to secure these tickets? They're taking an icon and cashing in immediately on what should be a long term plan for tourists.

Property Guru 10 years ago

Emmar surprising falied to deliver customer service as far as Observation Deck is concerned. At the top advance booking and advance ticket availability is so poor that you can't really plan. Making advance ticket unavailable and doubling price of express ticket surly is a bad trade practice and Emaar should hire better brains to advice them properly. Dubai has already earned lot of negative publicity and these practices are not the right way to answer them.

Jumeirah John 10 years ago

Kudos to all those involved in the construction of the Burj Kalifa and for the awesome fireworks display on opening night. But shame on Emaar for choosing to charge such an exhorbitant entrance fee. I think after the initial euphoria dies down they will struggle to get anyone to pay the fee. After all it only costs 13-euro to take an elevator ride to the top of the Eiffel Tower. What makes the Burj Kalifa so special anyway that it has to be so much more expensive?

RB 10 years ago

Jumeirah John is right! At least at the top of the Eiffel Tower you will see a city below with centuries of history behind it. What will you see At The Top, a few buildings, desert and the Persian Gulf. You can see the same thing by just driving around in your SUV and/or going up one of the smaller towers in Dubai! The only reason will be to say, "Ya, I went up the tallest building in the world" and nothing else!

Joe Bloggs 10 years ago

The price is fair in comparison. The CN Tower in Toronto is about the same price, the Empire State Buiding and London Eye a little less. The Eiffel tower, although with a nice view, does not compare to any of the above (a better view from the free Sacre Coeur). Burj Khalifa is, after all, the world's tallest building and people will pay, especially tourists, as long as the experience is excellent.