On top of the world: reaching the top of the Burj Khalifa

My whole childhood I wanted to do this. Today, I would be going to the top of the world’s tallest building. I was filled with so much excitement. My palms were sweaty and my body kept shaking. Had to conquer a big fear today.

A hologram of the Burj Khalifa photo courtesy of Hugo Morel

Went to the entrance of The Burj khalifa at the Dubai Mall. There’s been a lot hype about this building. All my friends back home told me that I had to see the view from the top. You get to see the sun set twice. Too bad I forgot, I was scared of heights.

A view of Dubai from the top photo courtesy of Hugo Morel

On the elevator up, they give you a history about Dubai and the making of this mountainous building. My ears popped several time. Didn’t even want to think how high we were. Just kept thinking about my ears. The pressure was strong. Eventually, my ears drums stopped hurting. Now I was hoping, I don’t end up with a nosebleed.

Me taking a selfie photo courtesy of Hugo Morel

We got out of the elevator and into a viewer deck. The whole time, my hands were numb and my gut kept giving me that butterfly feeling. Taking that selfie was like walking on hot coals. For some reason, my mind kept picturing me falling off the edge. Even with all this protective glass, that fear of falling consumed me.

A better view of Dubai from the top photo courtesy of Hugo Morel

Fighting through my fears, I went closer to the edge. I wanted take a photo for you all to see. It was gut-numbing work. My fear of heights was difficult to overcome. Defeating it made this moment that much memorable. This was my childhood dream. Funny how I found out that Dubai is in the middle of constructing an even taller building.

At the “five star” pizza hut photo courtesy of Hugo Morel

After my trip to the top was done, had to go back to the ground level. Exited out into the Dubai mall. Saw a pizza hut and decided to chow down on some pizza. My eyes couldn’t roll harder. There was waiters at this pizza hut. Im sure, there was probably a five star rating somewhere. Just felt weird to be eating at a fast food place that gave me the five star treatment. Tend to forget, American brands sometimes have more value outside of the United States. Either way, I enjoyed my day. Couldn’t wait what tomorrow had in store.

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  1. Slightly jealous. American brands are the world over. Try get real traditional South African food in Cape Town. Thirty years of the Faxed Burger and nobody seem to know what some local dishes even were.

      1. We think it is crazy being cold. Or to heat up wine, unthinkable! ๐Ÿท๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿคฃ

  2. Thanks for fighting your fear to take the photos.

    That whole place seems to me to be such a waste of wealth though….when there are so many more places to put that money for sustainability, healing the planet, healing all life on the planet.

    1. Yes! That is exactly how i felt about dubai and still d. It’s too fancy from me. Meanwhile, the people of yemen are dying because of not having the basic needs. Then across the golf, the citizens of Iran are are no better than in yemen. It didnt feel right to see so much money be wasted on shallow egotism..

      1. Only as a stop over! Never got the chance to properly explore though!

  3. Scarily good post ! Flew over it leaving Dubai on stopover 2 days ago at night so hard to tell how high it really was. I would have been as scared as you but planes don’t make me feel a whole lot better!

  4. It does take courage and strength to go through that experience. Taking a selfie when the world is much below your feet may sound normal, but when thought about, it is enough to give goosebumps to anyone who has a mind. Extremely well done.

    1. Lmao yes…the exactly same thing i thought. Ps apparently they are planning on making upside skyscrapers. They would be floating from space to the earth’s atmosphere…wild to think about it

      1. That’s just too far fetched for me to comprehend – upside down skyscrapers ๐Ÿค” Dubai really are on a whole new level ๐Ÿ’ซ

      2. They really are. Still trying to understand how it would float and stay in the air. They are still in the process and probably won’t happen anytime soon. It would be cool to see though

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