Burj Khalifa + Etihad Museum
The Burj Khalifa is currently the tallest structure in the world. Construction began in 2004, and it was finished in 2009. It stands at an astonishing 830 meters in height and can be seen from a distance of almost 95 kilometers from the base. Its magnanimous presence is visible throughout Dubai and it has become a national icon of the UAE. It is believed that the building was sanctioned with the idea of moving the country away from an oil-based economy and to gain more international exposure. The massive project was undertaken by the architecture firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, in collaboration with Hyder Consulting and NORR Group Consultants.
The Etihad Museum is another architectural wonder, and is one of the most beautifully designed buildings in the city of Dubai. It was constructed to display the heritage and history of the country and how the seven Emirates came together to form present-day UAE. The museum is located at the site of the Union House, where the rulers of the Emirates signed the declaration that gave birth to the UAE. Numerous artifacts and property of the rulers are on display at the museum and add a personal touch to their story.Your Experience
On this tour, you will get the chance to visit two famous structures of Dubai. You can choose the destination that you would like to visit first. The two buildings are located about 8 kilometers apart, and transport from one to another will take around 20 to 30 minutes.
The Burj Khalifa is visible throughout Dubai, but as you go closer to it, the sheer height of the building will leave you in awe. Pictures and videos cannot do the structure justice and it is only when you set eyes on it yourself will you appreciate the engineering and architectural skill that was required to construct something of this magnitude. From the bottom, the Burj Khalifa seems to stretch out into the limitless sky, and the blue-grey exterior of the building is a sight to behold. The interiors of the building are equally impressive, and you will understand why it is one of the most expensive hotels in the world. The view from the top is unforgettable with the earth's horizon visible faintly in the distance, and with it, you will actually understand how the earth is a sphere and not flat indeed!
The Etihad Museum is another gorgeous landmark whose structure is inspired by the shape of a manuscript. There are seven columns holding it up and were built to symbolize the seven pens that were used to sign the declaration that formed the United Arab Emirates. You can see eight permanent pavilions, with each of them showcasing a different aspect of the union and related documents, photos and exhibits. You can learn about the rapid economic development and growth of the UAE and its rise as an economic superpower in a short span from the many displays here.