Access to the Burj Khalifa is strictly controlled. Most visitors take the expensive tour up to the misleadingly named “At the Top” observation deck (on floor 124, although there are actually 163 floors in total) for sensational views over the city. Alternatively, the seriously pricey At the Top Sky Experience gives you access to the main observation deck on floor 124 along with a second viewing deck on floor 148, although apart from the kudos of saying you’ve been almost to the very top of the world’s tallest building, the relatively small gain in height doesn’t really justify the hefty ticket price.

A plausible alternative is to take a drink or meal in At.mosphere, on level 122, just below the observation deck. If you just go up for a drink in the lounge there’s a minimum spend of 250dh per person for a window seat – not that much more than you’d fork out on a prime-time At the Top tour but in a much more relaxed environment, and with a couple of drinks thrown in for good measure.

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