Why accept a fundamental selfie on the mall when you possibly can head to the highest of a constructing and take snaps with Downtown Dubai proper beneath you?
Images by Shihab
Ever dream of clicking an iconic photograph to recollect Dubai by swinging in entrance of town’s magnificent skyline like this? Then strive the Edgewalk expertise on the Tackle Skyviews Observatory. It has been rightfully included as one of many experiences in an final bucket record launched as a part of the Dubai Locations marketing campaign.
With a number of actions and eating places to select from, the Tackle Skyviews Observatory, nestled near The Dubai Mall within the downtown space, has develop into a agency favourite amongst vacationers and residents.
Offering breathtaking views of the Sheikh Zayed Street, Downtown Dubai, and surrounding areas, the resort provides a number of packages—from the Edgewalk expertise, a go to to the observatory that features a journey down the Glass Slide, to a number of eating choices together with afternoon tea.
Arriving early for our 4pm appointment for the Edgewalk expertise, workforce KT was ushered via a safety checkpoint and took the elevator to the 53rd ground. As soon as there, we have been assigned lockers for our belongings. “Our subsequent stroll might be at 4.45pm,” the attendant knowledgeable us. “You may look across the observatory and get again right here in time for that.”
Whereas ready for our flip, our first cease was on the Glass Slide. Riders can get pleasure from an exhilarating slide down a clear tube on the tower’s exterior which hyperlinks degree 53 with degree 52. A picturesque view of town awaits those that can handle to maintain their eyes open throughout this adrenaline-pumping expertise.
After the slide, we headed to the Glass Stroll — one of the vital Instagrammable spots within the metropolis. Right here, guests have been seen sitting, standing and reclining on the glass as they tried to seize the most effective angles of their images. Whereas strolling throughout the 46-meter glass ground, it was a deal with to look at the buzzing visitors, criss-crossing Metro trains and the attractive metropolis bustling beneath.
So picturesque was the view that we misplaced observe of time, continued clicking images for effectively over an hour, and missed our 4.45pm stroll. A ticket to the observatory is priced at Dh85 for adults and Dh70 for kids as much as the age of 12.
The Edgewalk expertise
Priced at Dh504, the Edgewalk expertise is town’s highest full-circle hands-free stroll on a ledge with no home windows or different protecting obstacles standing between the participant and sky-high views.
Located over 219.5 meters above the bottom, it’s the good means for thrill-seekers to take some memorable images. The ticket additionally features a journey down the glass slide and entry to the observatory.
At 5.30pm, we have been kitted out in protecting put on, all set for the expertise. Sporting black overalls, helmets, and a safety pouch with our telephones, the group of six was taken into the prep room the place we have been connected to the security gear.
“You do not have to fret,” reassured teacher Billy. That is Dubai. All the security precautions are top-notch. I’ll present you the best way to stand in your tiptoes on the fringe of the ledge and the best way to swing from it. Nevertheless, there isn’t a stress no matter. In the event you do not feel snug, you do not have to do it.”
When the door opens and all of us file out in a single line, the cool breeze whips our face because the majestic Burj Khalifa comes into view. Among the individuals gasped at the great thing about town.
Subsequent to us, Aya leans so far as she will on the ledge and experiences the wind on her face. “I like this,” she exclaimed. The Lebanese vacationer is on the town to go to her father de ella who works right here. Alongside her, her pal Zainab hesitantly stepped on the sting.
“Probably the greatest issues about this job is watching folks overcome their worry,” stated Billy. “It feels nice to have the ability to make a small distinction of their lives.” The Filipino nationwide has been working on the Skyview Observatory because it opened in 2022 and walks across the constructing no less than 25 instances a day.