25 incredible pictures of Dubai from above

Dubai spares no expense when making its cityscape the most jaw-dropping in the world.

In the 2000s, the emirate dropped nearly $US600 billion into constructing the world’s tallest tower, biggest man-made island, and most luxurious hotel, among other architectural feats.

These aerial photos of Dubai capture the city’s elegance and ambition.

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title=”Dubai is a city of superlatives. Located in the United Arab Emirates, the ritzy metropolis is home to some of the tallest, biggest, and most luxurious structures in the world.”
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title=”These dazzling photos of Dubai, taken from the sky, show off the city’s architectural feats.”
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title=”The Burj Al Arab, the fourth-tallest hotel in the world, dominates the Dubai skyline.”
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title=”Completed in 1999, the hotel is located on an artificial island in the Persian gulf.”
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title=”The self-proclaimed ‘most luxurious hotel in the world’ sits 919 feet out into the water, so it doesn’t cast a shadow on the beaches nearby.”
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title=”One of the hotel’s main features is its heliport. It can be converted into a grass tennis court that, hanging off the side of the hotel 650 feet up, is the highest suspended tennis court in the world.”
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title=”The Burj Al Arab hotel’s success inspired one of the most ambitious building projects ever undertaken: the Palms.”
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title=”The story goes that Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, decided the city needed a ‘backup plan’ once its oil supply ran out. Three islands were constructed off the coast to provide land for premium real estate and luxury hotels.”
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title=”Here’s the Palm Island Jumeirah, the smallest island, in 2007 when it welcomed its first tenants.”
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title=”The Palms took just four years to complete, requiring 12 million pounds of rock and 53 million pounds of sand to build.”
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title=”Here’s the view from the Atlantis hotel on the tip of the island group. The Palms can apparently be seen from space.”
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title=”This nearby man-made archipelago, aptly named The World, was designed to look like a map of the world from above.”
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title=”Construction resumed in 2014 after the global financial crisis forced the developers into a standstill for four years. When completed, The World will accommodate residential, commercial, and recreational zones.”
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title=”Dubai Marina is also quite a sight to see, as is the view of the city from it.”
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title=”Developers dug a trench inland and filled it with water from the Persian Gulf. The artificial canal stretches two miles long.”
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title=”Dubai Marina is home to Jebel Ali Port, the world’s largest man-made harbour …”
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title=”… and home to Jumeirah Beach Residence, the largest single-phase residential development in the world.”
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title=”Jumeirah Beach Residence opened in 2008. Today the community includes 35 residential towers and five hotels.”
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title=”One of the hotels is the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, which features 1,598 rooms and 20 restaurants and bars, along with 364,000 square feet of beach.”
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title=”Sheikh Zayed Road helps form E 11, the longest road in the Emirates.”
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title=”The city’s main artery runs parallel to the coast, connecting the Palms and Dubai Marina.”
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title=”Perhaps the centrepiece of Dubai’s rapidly growing skyline is Burj Dubai, the world’s tallest building.”
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title=”The glitzy pillar stands at 2,716 1/2 feet. Here’s the view from the observation deck on the 124th floor, which is still 36 floors from the top.”
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title=”The tower was completed in just 1,325 days and required as many as 12,000 workers on site on a given day.”
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title=”Upon completion in 2010, Burj Dubai used up 31,400 metric tons of rebar, or reinforced steel. Laid end to end, the steel would stretch a quarter of the way around the world.”
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title=”Some hotels will make you feel like royalty.”
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