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Emaar Properties welcomed last week the first visitors to the new attractions at the Burj Khalifa - the swanky observation decks on level 148 and 125.
Adjudicators from the Guinness World Records were at the unveiling to confirm that at 555m, the observation deck on the 148th floor is the highest in the world, beating Canton Tower in Guangzhou, China, which held the previous record at 488m.
The new gong adds to the six existing Burj Khalifa Guinness World Records: tallest building, tallest freestanding structure, most number of floors in a building, highest occupied floor, elevator with the longest travel distance and tallest service elevator.
Visitors can relax in an exclusive lounge before a personal guide leads them to a separate elevator that will take them to the new observation decks. Interactive life-size screens along the way showcase the most famous destinations in the city.
The 148th-floor observatory has a lounge, an outdoor terrace and a souvenir shop. The observation deck on the 125th floor offers a 360-degree view of the city.
''At the Top is today one of the world's most compelling tourist attractions,'' said Ahmad Al Falasi, Executive Director of Property Management at Emaar. ''With the introduction of Sky, we are scaling up the entire journey to Burj Khalifa by offering a truly premium experience that will be a lifetime's memory for every visitor.
''We are doubly delighted to clinch the Guinness World Record that adds to the glory of the Burj Khalifa and enhances the reputation of Dubai.''
At the Top, Burj Khalifa Sky
Immediate entry: Dh500 (subject to availability)
Source: Emma Procter, Special to Property Weekly