Facts about the image, Dubai Sunset
This silhouette taken of the Dubai sunset from the edge of the city in 2007 shows a city under construction which is very much the impression most visitors would have had at that time with open areas of desert between spectacular buildings and many more under construction. This image shows the plethora of tower cranes that existed in Dubai at that time including a number of cranes protruding from the world’s tallest building named the Burj Dubai Tower at that time but renamed the Burj Khalifa on its opening by Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on 4 January 2010.
Designed by the American architects Skidmore, Owens and Merrill of Chicago with Adrian Smith as lead architect at a height of 829.84m is the tallest manmade structure in the world taking over the mantle from Taipei’s 101 tower. Due to the economic crash rents plummeted by 40% within 10 months of opening and 825 out 900 apartments remained empty at that time.
Since this image was created the Burj Khalifa and most of the other buildings surrounding it have been completed making it impossible to recreate it with all the cranes which gave Dubai a name as the world’s largest construction site at the time.