Wednesday, January 30, 2019

I visited the top of the tallest building in the world, and it was a colossal waste of time - Business Insider

Three decades ago, Dubai was little more than desert.

But an oil boom in the United Arab Emirates produced unprecedented wealth for the small Gulf nation. Dubai's rulers Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum and his successor, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, put into effect a plan to turn the city into the world's top tourist destination. The building of outlandish landmarks like the Burj Khalifa was key to the plan.

Towering over the city, at 2,717 feet tall with 160 floors, the Burj Khalifa became the tallest tower in the world when it opened in 2010. It also holds Guinness World Records titles for the tallest human-made structure and the highest restaurant. It had the tallest observation deck until 2015.

Dubai's strategy of building extravagant landmarks is paying off. The city is climbing in the ranks of the most visited cities — it's now fourth and projected to see 16.7 million visitors this year, according to Mastercard's Global Destination Cities Index. The Burj Khalifa has been a major part of that growth — US News & World Report ranked it as the No. 5 attraction in Dubai.

When I visited the city for the first time in November, I knew I had to go. But after spending $40 and a couple of lackluster hours on the observation deck, I was wishing I had skipped going inside and just enjoyed the view from below.

Here's what it was like.



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