Sunday, December 2 was the National Day of the United Arab Emirates, honoring the UAE’s formal independence from the United Kingdom and the eventual unification of the seven emirates in 1971. To celebrate, we’re highlighting photos of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest man-made structure in the world and one of the country’s most stunning sights.
The Burj Khalifa is in Dubai’s business district, and stands 829.8 meters (2,722 feet) tall. It took 6 years and $1.5 billion to construct, and houses the world’s highest nightclub (on the 144th floor), the world’s highest restaurant (122nd floor), the world’s fastest elevators (64km/h or 40mph), and, on New Year’s, the world’s highest display of fireworks. It’s named after the UAE’s President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his support of the tower, and was designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, which also designed the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) in Chicago and the new One World Trade Center in New York City.
Photographer Shiva Menon snapped the Dubai skyline from above the fog in his apartment on the 52nd floor of the MBK Tower. The tops of the buildings - including Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest structure - appear to rise eerily from the cloud. Picture: Shiva Menon/Solent News & Photo Agency
Oct. 19, 2012. The world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, juts above the fog in what looks like a science fiction scene in Dubai. A natural phenomena occurs every year around this time as the temperature begins to drop and humidity meets cooler air, forming the rolling fog. Picture: Bjoern Lauen/National News/Zumapress.com