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The Tallest Building in the World – Friday’s Weekly Travel Photo

Posted on / by Alex Berger

Black and White Burj Khalifa at Night

Located in the heart of a brutal, nearly inhospitable desert is a shining oasis of water, steel and light.  It’s a place full of wonders…tributes to all that man can accomplish, build and create.    Beyond the indoor ski slopes, ice rinks, and aquariums there’s one feat in particular that quite literally stands above the rest – the Burj Khalifa, more commonly just called the “Burj”. You probably know it simply as the tallest building in the world.  During a recent layover in the United Arab Emirates (Dubai) we made our way to the Burj, ascended to the 124th floor (which is only about 2/3 of the way up) and enjoyed a spectacular sunset.  After watching the fountain and light show below us from the observation deck we headed back down to ground level and spent some time staring skyward.  The Burj is lit at night. The result is a giant shining beacon that is 2,723 feet tall and holds a wealth of world records.  One of the most interesting of which is its 144th floor night club.

I snapped this black and white night shot to capture the moment.  I hope you enjoy it – for me it feels like something straight out of a 1920s or 1930s poster.  What thoughts come to mind for you?

Would you like to see previous Friday Photos? View past travel pictures here. This photo was taken on a Canon T3i (600D) dSLR Camera.

Alex Berger

I am a travel blogger and photographer. I also am involved in academic research into the study abroad and backpacker communities.


  • Dan
    August 24, 2012

    Good shot! How far back you had to stand to get the whole building in one picture?

    • Alex Berger
      August 24, 2012

      Thanks Dan! This is from the pool at the base which is a little ways away. Less than you would think though, mainly the trick was that I cut off a decent chunk of the base and shot from the ground (literally) looking up.

  • Geoff H.
    August 28, 2012

    I’ve allways wondered what was more expensive in those giant buildings: living near ground level or at the top… Have any clue?

    • Alex Berger
      August 29, 2012

      I would imagine top – how it is in most buildings. That said, there might be a sweet spot about half way up?


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