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On Top of the World 

I'm off to Dubai tonight so this post feels appropriate.  I will be there less than twenty four hours, but my last visit  few weeks ago was a three-day trip - with a free evening.  I packed my Nikon D300 instead of the usual business-trip companion: the capable little G11.  I did that because I managed to include into my plan a stop at the tallest building in the world.  I booked my ticket online in advance just to be sure.

The visible and prominent landmark, Burj Khalifa is thankfully a beautiful looking building.  It's inspired by the lotus flower and the surrounding area has been developed and landscaped beautifully, giving the tower the perfect presentation.  The queues were relatively short - and with my online ticket confirmation I was able to head straight to security clearance.  It didn't take long before I was through to the main foyer.

The ride up was quite short thanks to the super-fast lifts.  When I came out I saw a familiar view of Dubai, one that I usually see from an airplane. The interactive screens offer close-up views and some directions of Dubai's major landmarks and towns.  I was surprised to find out that there is a viewing area outdoor at this fantastic height.

What was even more surprising was how much of the building was still above me!  It was like seeing another skyscraper when I looked up - a strange feeling at that altitude. The weather was perfect and I stayed out until sunset.  Tourists, business people, families and many many photographers appeared and disappeared in that time.

The views were spectacular.  It's difficult to get my head around just how high I was.  I'm familiar with the buildings on Sheikh Zayed Road, and its skyscrapers were dwarfed by this giant of a tower.  Don't you just love the colours of Dubai's taxis from up here?

It was, as it often is, quite hazy that evening. The polarisor worked wonders, but more distant subjects were just impossible to capture.  The views from Burj Khalifa are of all of Dubai, and when the World project is completed, you'll be able to see the whole world from up there!

Reader Comments (11)

Wow! Now thats a view!

That Emarati guy looks courteous and professional!

What camera is that guy carrying?

December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarzouq

Looks like you chose a perfect day to be there, the sky is so clear and the environment is serene. That second shot will look amazing in b/w framed behind your desk.

December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMacaholiQ8

awesome photos!!! I have a fear of heights. These photos were so 'real' looking that my heart started pumping because of the height. What a breath-taking view of the city.

December 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertishrei

Wow, mashallah you just go from strength to strength. A friend recently commented that your pics make her feel that they have stepped right out of a magazine- how true. You have a way of taking us all with you on your travels, without the pain of packing and unpacking! Thank you :)

December 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterUm Yousef

it is really an impressive view. The Emarati guy was very curtiuos. All the staff were in fact. The camera is the only film camera I would consider. I took photography more seriously during the digital age. I don't know much about getting the exposure right without looking at a test shot. This camera has two lenses: one to record the image on the film, another to give you an idea what your shot would look like before you release the shutter. Love it.

I didn't really choose the day, but I was very lucky with the weather :) thanks for the nice comment. I need to print some photos one of those days. I have a huge white wall at home (by the stairs) waiting to be filled.

Sorry if I caused discomfort. The view is a tough one even if you don't have a fear of heights :)

Um Yousef:
Seems I get to see your comments before we speak on the phone with all my recent travel :( thank you for making all this possible. You are the reason it happens :)

December 13, 2010 | Registered CommenterBuYousef

ya, its reached another level altogether. we can just be awed by the grandeur the depth and the impact of the pictures. has a cinematic effect, magical! :)

December 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteronlooker

Beautiful pics..If you have stayed there till sunset the fountains below look beautiful.

December 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmu

Each picture is worth framing and I'm truly speechless seeing your work.

December 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHash

عجيب يابويوسف الصور بصراحه شجعتني ان اروح برج خليفه لازم ارتبها ونروح مع بعض :)

December 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterALI ALRASHED

I've been to it but was disapointed by the fact that we cant go to the top!
amazing pictures! i love the new blog!

December 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSummer

Looks like a Rollei camera.

These photos are amazing.
The only reason for me to want to go back to Dubai ;-)

December 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

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