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I took this shot at the end of my first day, on a 2 day stop over in Dubai, on the way home to Oz from Switzerland, for Easter, 2011.

Burj Khalifa (Arabic: برج خليفة‎ “Khalifa Tower”),8 known as Burj Dubai prior to its inauguration, is a skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and is currently the tallest structure in the world, at 828 m (2,717 ft).8 Construction began on 21 September 2004, with the exterior of the structure completed on 1 October 2009. The building officially opened on 4 January 2010,19 and is part of the new 2 km2 (490-acre) flagship development called Downtown Dubai 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, with Adrian Smith as chief architect, and Bill Baker as chief structural engineer.1011 The primary contractor was Samsung C&T of South Korea.12

The total cost for the project was about US$1.5 billion; and for the entire “Downtown Dubai” development, US$20 billion.13 In March 2009, Mohamed Ali Alabbar, chairman of the project’s developer, Emaar Properties, said office space pricing at Burj Khalifa reached US$4,000 per sq ft (over US$43,000 per m²) and the Armani Residences, also in Burj Khalifa, sold for US$3,500 per sq ft (over US$37,500 per m²).14

The project’s completion coincided with the global financial crisis of 2007–2010, and with vast overbuilding in the country, led to high vacancies and foreclosures.15 With Dubai mired in debt from its huge ambitions, the government was forced to seek multibillion dollar bailouts from its oil rich neighbor Abu Dhabi. Subsequently, in a surprise move at its opening ceremony, the tower was renamed Burj Khalifa, said to honour the UAE President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his crucial support.16

Due to the slumping demand in Dubai’s property market, the rents in the Burj Khalifa plummeted 40% some ten months after its opening. Out of 900 apartments in the tower around 825 were still empty at that time.1718

*Photograph taken with Nikon D7000, 10-20mm Sigma lens @ 10mm, iso400, f/4, 2 sec exposure, tripod. HDR created from single raw, exposures adjusted (-1,0,+1), saved as tiff files and, tonemapped in Photomatix. Final processing in PS CS4.

Image added on 14th of August, 2011

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Originally hailing from Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia, Luke’s work uniquely reflects his life-long love of the outdoors and his keen interest in portraiture. Having recently returned from 4.5 years living and travelling abroad, his portfolio presents an intriguing variety of images that will delight any viewer.

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  • Paul  McIntyre
    Paul McIntyreover 3 years ago

    Very very nice work.

  • Thanks Paul!

    – Luke Griffin

  • Denise Abé
    Denise Abéover 3 years ago

    wonderful :) xxx

  • Cheers.

    – Luke Griffin

  • shotomanrob
    shotomanrobover 3 years ago

    That is one seriously cool perspective Luke.. Superb light.. :)

  • Thanks Rob. Had to take a few to get the exposure I wanted, but happy with it in the end. ;-)

    – Luke Griffin

  • EvaAn68
    EvaAn68over 3 years ago

    wow…. love the light in this… really good Luke! : )

  • Thanks Eva. ;-)

    – Luke Griffin

  • EvaAn68
    EvaAn68over 3 years ago

    No worries! : )

  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenover 3 years ago

    What an amazing place! Great capture Luke! :)

  • Thank you Carol.

    – Luke Griffin

  • Tula Top
    Tula Topover 3 years ago

    Towering image with gorgeous colors, Luke!

  • Thank you very much!

    – Luke Griffin

  • Tiano
    Tianoover 3 years ago

    WOW OH WOW! What an amazing building! It looks like it’s about to take off! I love the ethereal quality of the photo. Stupendous!

  • Thanks heaps!! It is even more amazing in real life… absolutely ginormous! Cheers.

    – Luke Griffin

  • James Zickmantel
    James Zickmantelover 3 years ago

    Congratulation on your Feature in HDRI (No Holds Barred)!

  • Thank you very much James!!

    – Luke Griffin

  • RobynLee
    RobynLeeover 3 years ago

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