By Elsa Baxter
Only a quarter of people say they thought the price to tour the tower was reasonable.
Only a quarter of people who took part in the latest Arabian Business survey 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.
A further 17 percent of people said they would still take the tour up to the building’s 124th floor, where the ‘At the Top’ observatory deck is located, but added that the cost “seemed a bit on the high side”.
Only 25.4 percent said they thought the price was reasonable.
Burj Khalifa, formerly known as Burj Dubai, was opened by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashed Al Maktoum, the Ruler of Dubai, on January 4, with a spectacular firework, laser and water show, watched by thousands of people.
Emaar said the first day the tower was open saw an “overwhelming” response from the public, but the firm was unable to give any accurate figures on the number of people who paid the AED100 ticket price.
I too was a bit taken a back when the price was announced; 100dhs is just shy of 20 Euro. It is pretty extortionate compared to say the Louvre in Paris (9 Euro), or the Vatican Museum in Rome (12 Euro), Even the Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland (6 Euro) At least in these places you get more than just a view it comes with a bit of culture and a pinch of history. Can we truly say that about the Burj Khalifa? However methinks that itâ€™s more about keeping certain types of clientele out of the building rather than attracting others into it. Iâ€™m sure that requires no elaboration.
I would compare the experience with something more along the London Eye than the Louvre. Â£18 for a London Eye ticket, so 100 AED isn't bad at all. They'll bring the price down after a year or so when the hype goes down a bit.
A very fair price, however the news that Instant tickers were hiked from 210 to 400 is a bit absurd. It will show EMAAR as a greedy farmer killing the Goose that laid Golden eggs.
as they say, you will never please everyone. 100 AED is nothing compared to what Burj Khalifa is giving you to see, if you check the prices in UAE now you will see that the normal meal cost more than that.!! if you cant pay the 100 then its not your place to be at. i wish they will introduce a VIP ticket where you dont have to wait in line to go up, i just hope it wont be more than 200 :-) enjoy UAE all
it's not cheap, it's should be that way. Everybody wants to go up. I suggest however Emaar and tourism industry in Dubai to give priority to the tourists simply because in Dubai there isn't much too see anyway and you really need to leave the tourists with a good memory.
Its better to have a nice meal than to go up and look down !!! Emmar make a quick buck !!!
I think itâ€™s a fair price. But maybe it could be cheaper for tourists. Itâ€™s good for Dubai to make it affordable for most tourists from around the world; giving them a nice experience and having them go back to their home countries and tell about it. As for it being priced to keep certain types of clientele out, well, isnâ€™t all kind of pricing doing just that? I mean we all canâ€™t go to the most expensive restaurants or hotels in Dubai, can we? Itâ€™s the same with Wild Wadi or other attractions, not everybody can afford them.
I buy my tickets on www.burjdubaivisit.com. They do online booking. It works well, I paid more but I get my booking done before my holiday in Dubai! It better to paid 50$ than more than 100$ if you buy you tickets in the front of Burj Khalifa. It was just amazing when you are on the 124th floor!!! Great view, i ll do it again next time!
I think its a "ripoff". Come on Dubai, this building is an Icon and should be enjoyed by all. There are lots of people who wouldn't pay to go and see it and its a shame, as I'm sure the view is amazing. Its just another example of the greed of Dubai and charging for everything