12 June 2011

As Seen in Dubai: Burj Khalifa

Here are some of my shots of Burj Khalifa - not to be mistaken for Burj al Arab (that's the relatively short one on the coast that's shaped like a sail).

Guess where this is... it's the less than impressive observation deck on the 123rd floor of Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building. On a clear day you will get to see all the way out to the desert, but the really impressive view is actually from the foot of the building looking up.


The shadow cast by Burj Khalifa covers the 1km stretch of the Dubai Mall. Next to it you can see the Dubai Fountain (switched off until 5.30pm daily) and the Address Hotel.

Burj Khalifa towers above Dubai's tower blocks like a hypodermic needle in the sky. This is the view from the Southridge residential development.

I was at the opening night ceremony for Burj Khalifa, the night we discovered it would no longer be called Burj Dubai (Sheikh Khalifa of Abu Dhabi had bailed Dubai out of its debt and this rechristening was the thank you). Despite embarrassing financial issues, a reported £70,000 was spent on the fireworks display. As they exploded from the side of the mammoth structure and smoke filled the sky, I was - rather disconcertingly - reminded of of the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Centre. 


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