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City Night Tour, Dubai {Dubai}

Monday, April 26, 2010 – 2:30 am City Night Tour, Dubai

The remaining images from my India trip is from the very last stop which was an 8 hour layover in Dubai. I was so excited to see Burj Al Arab Hotel and the worlds tallest building the Burj Khalifa. With no time to waste we checked into a hotel next to the airport. While checking in a lady was passing fliers in the lobby for a city night tour starting at 2:30 am. Yes that is right 2:30 am. Since we landed in Dubai at midnight and checked in the hotel at 1:30 am it was perfect! So with no further delay. Here are the photographs that I’ve taken at  2:30 am while on the city night tour. Please note these are not my best as I brought the weakest tripod and it was extremely dark with horrible lighting.  Why didn’t Dubai keep the lights on for me??

Burj Al Arab

The Burj Al Arab (“Tower of the Arabs”, also known as “Arab Sail”) is a hotel located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and is the only 7 star hotel.

At 321 m (1,053 ft), it is the second tallest building in the world that is used exclusively as a hotel. The Burj Al Arab stands on an artificial island 280 m (920 ft) out from Jumeirah beach, and is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge. It is an iconic structure to mimic the sail of a ship.

Atlantis, The Palm

Atlantis is the majestic focal point of Palm Jumeirah, a man-made island that has captured the world’s imagination with its magnificent scale and ingenuity. From the moment of arrival, you’re immersed in a dazzling world of imagination, pleasure and luxury. The resort offers relaxation and thrills for couples and families alike, including a landmark hotel, unique marine habitats, an exhilarating water park, pristine white beaches, world-class cuisine, indulgent spa and cosmopolitan boutiques. To stay or visit is to live out your dreams amidst warm Arabian seas.

Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa (“Khalifa Tower”), known as Burj Dubai prior to its inauguration, is a skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and the tallest man-made structure ever built, at 828 m (2,717 ft). Construction began on 21 September 2004, with the exterior of the structure completed on 1 October 2009. The building officially opened on 4 January 2010. The building is part of the 2 km2 (490-acre) flagship development called Downtown Burj Khalifa at the “First Interchange” along Sheikh Zayed Road, near Dubai’s main business district.

The tower’s architecture and engineering were performed by Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill of Chicago. Adrian Smith, who started his own firm (Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture) in 2006, was the chief architect, and Bill Baker was the chief structural engineer for the project. The primary contractor was Samsung C&T of South Korea, who also built the Taipei 101 and Petronas Twin Towers. Major subcontractors included Belgian group Besix and Arabtec from the UAE. Turner Construction Company was chosen as the construction project manager. Under UAE law, the Contractor and the Engineer of Record, Hyder Consulting, is jointly and severally liable for the performance of Burj Khalifa.

The total cost for the Burj Khalifa project was about US$1.5 billion; and for the entire new “Downtown Dubai”, US$20 billion. Mohamed Ali Alabbar, the Chairman of Emaar Properties, speaking at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat 8th World Congress, said in March 2009 that the price of office space at Burj Khalifa had reached US$4,000 per sq ft (over US$43,000 per m2) and that the Armani Residences, also in Burj Khalifa, were selling for US$3,500 per sq ft (over US$37,500 per m2).

The project’s completion coincided with a worldwide economic slump and overbuilding, and it has been described as “the latest … in [a] string of monuments to architectural vacancy.” With Dubai itself mired in a deep financial crisis that forced it to seek repeated billion-dollar bailouts from its oil-rich neighbor Abu Dhabi, the opening ceremony and surprise renaming of the tower to Burj Khalifa, after UAE President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has been viewed by observers as an “attempt to boost confidence in Dubai by showing who is backing Dubai”.

The photograph taken below was a quarter of a mile passed where I really wanted to stop. The driver didn’t want to stop as we were on a freeway overpass over the water. Luckily no traffic at 2:30 am. Regardless we forced him to stop so we could capture this beautiful skyline.  I wish I asked him to make a u-turn or back up that quarter of mile as there were boats to the right of the image that were in the water perfectly being shined on by the buildings.

Please be sure to follow along as I made my way through India:
Wednesday, April 14, 2010 – Out of office reply – off to India
Saturday, April 17 & Sunday, April 18, 2010 – Photographing out the window
Saturday, April 17, 2010 – The Red Fort, Agra, India
Saturday, April 17, 2010 – Taj Mahal, Agra, India
Sunday, April 18, 2010 – The City Palace, Jaipur, India
Sunday, April 18, 2010 – Jaigarh Fort Amber, Jaipur, India
Sunday, April 18, 2010 – Hawa Mahal & Jal Mahal, Jaipur, India
Wednesday, April 21, 2010 – Lotus Temple, New Delhi, India
Saturday, April 24, 2010 – Red Fort, Old Delhi, India
Saturday, April 24, 2010 – Chandni Chowk, Naya Bazar, Old Delhi, India
Sunday, April 25, 2010 – In search of monkeys
Sunday, April 25, 2010 – Qutub Minar, South Delhi, India
Sunday, April 25, 2010 – India Gate, New Delhi, India
Monday, April 26, 2010 – 2:30 am Night Tour, Dubai

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