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What it's like to live inside the world's tallest building

The Burj Khalifa holds a wealth of world records – so many so that it’s part of our Hall of Fame.


But have you ever wondered what it looks like inside? Or how much it costs to live there?


Let’s take a look at what kind of lifestyle you could be living if you moved into the world’s highest residential apartments.



The Burj Khalifa has 163 floors – a record for the most floors in a building – with 900 residences spread over levels 19-108.


Studio apartments can sell for around AED 2 million (£448k; $544k), whilst a four or five-bedroom penthouse could set you back over AED 100 million (£22m; $27m).


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Don’t forget the service fees, which vary depending on the size of your apartment. At the higher end, they can exceed AED 500,000 (£112k; $136k) per year.


A luxury bedroom in the Burj Khalifa


As a resident of the Burj Khalifa, you’ll have access to the complete array of amenities within.


There are four swimming pools; one on level 43, one on level 76 (formerly the world’s highest swimming pool in a building), one on the rooftop of The Club and another inside.


The Club is a four-storey health and wellness facility, with spa services and two gyms in addition to the aforementioned pools.


Bookworms can head up to the library on level 123, or if puffing on a Cuban is more your style, the Cigar Lounge is on the 13th floor.


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The Sky Lobbies on levels 43, 76 and 123 can also be used as a place to gather, host events and show off your home’s amazing view to any visitors.


Another great place to watch over the city is the world’s highest outdoor observation deck on the 148th floor. Named At The Top, Burj Khalifa SKY, it is 555 m (1,823 ft) above the ground.


When the tide is low and skies are clear, you’ll be able to see the shores of Iran from here, some 153 km (95 mi) away.


Burj Khalifa view out of window


If you’re feeling peckish after all the swimming, smoking and observing you’ve been doing, visit level 122 for dinner at At.mosphere, which used to be the world’s highest restaurant in a building, until Heavenly Jin opened in Shanghai, China, in 2021.


At.mosphere has a seating capacity of 210 people and offers you the option of dining at the grill or mingling in the lounge.


And if lounging is your thing, look no further than The Lounge, located on the 154th floor. At 585 m (1,920 ft) above the ground, it’s the world’s highest bar/lounge in a building.


Alternatively, if you want a quiet night in, you can grab a few bits from the Burj’s grocery store. That’s right, you don’t even need to leave the tower to go food shopping.


Burj Khalifa bar lounge area


If you need a break from it all and fancy a holiday, you don’t have to leave the building for that either.


Levels 1-8 are home to the Armani Hotel, which has 160 rooms. The hotel contains a full complement of amenities in addition to those offered elsewhere in the Burj Khalifa, including its own pool, library, spa, gym, 24/7 room service and concierge.


A further 144 suites comprise the Armani Residences, which occupy levels 9-16. These one and two-bedroom apartments were personally designed by Giorgio Armani.


Whether living in a self-contained building with no need to ever leave sounds like your personal paradise or like a prison, there’s no doubt that the Burj Khalifa’s residents have got it good.


The only daunting aspect seems to be navigating the many floors!


Don’t fret though, because the elevator formerly held a record as the tallest elevator in a building, able to climb 504 m (1,654 ft) in a single ascent.

 

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