5 Dubai spots that beat the Burj Khalifa view

Dubai is home to, not one, but two of the world’s highest observation decks in the city’s iconic Burj Khalifa, offering visitors expansive vistas of, well, a lot of sand and sea – and maybe where you live. The experience of jetting up 120-odd floors and stepping out on the wooden deck at At The Top is certainly one not to miss, but you don’t quite get the stop-and-breathe-in view you were hoping for. Besides, you possibly get a better look flying into the city after dusk.

Instead, here are some spots around town to rival the Burj-eye view.

The Address Hotel
Downtown Dubai
Big Burj-K’s shorter neighbour, a giant in its own right at 63 floors, offers up crystal clear views of the Dubai skyline, with its record-setting crown jewel right at your room window. But perhaps the five-star hotel’s trump card is the unmatched views of the Dubai Fountain in all its dancing glory. Can’t miss.

Kris with a View
 Park Regis, Bur Dubai
Tucked away on the 19th floor of the Park Regis Hotel in Bur Dubai, this Asian-themed restaurant offers up what has been called the only uninterrupted view of the emirate. The cosy restaurant has glass panels for walls, allowing diners to enjoy their dim sum and sushi while gazing across the glittering Dubai skyline in its entirety.

Sky Bubble Terrace
The Meydan Hotel
Who says you need to go up to take it all in? Just a stone’s throw away from the traffic of Sheikh Zayed Road is The Meydan Hotel, overlooking the racecourse home to the Dubai World Cup, the world’s richest horse race. If you’re lucky enough to get access to the Sky Bubble Terrace, you can soak in a panorama of the city, with the Burj Khalifa smack in the centre. Possibly the best place to catch the fireworks on New Year’s Eve, too. Tip: Get there for sunset.
Contact: meydan.net/index_skybubble.asp#racecourse-skybubble

Sky Lounge
Gloria Hotel
Visiting this four-star value residence might not be high on your to-do list but, boy, does it score points for location. Standing at the foot of the Dubai Internet City metro station, the 41-storey hotel offers birds-eye views of The Palm Jumeirah, Atlantis hotel and the Burj Al Arab, not to mention the endless blues of the Arabian Gulf. Guests can savour some hot coffee and feast on some fresh pastries at the Sky Lounge, located on the 40th floor. The view never gets old.
Contact: www.gloriahoteldubai.com/dining.html

Al Dawaar Restaurant
Hyatt Regency  
If you’re feeling especially adventurous, you can venture off to the Hyatt Regency, which has to be one of the oldest hotels in the emirate and home to Dubai’s original and only revolving restaurant, Al Dawaar. Munch on some international treats and peruse the sweeping views of Dubai, all the way from the Creek to the city.

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