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2. The Rose Tower
3. From the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world.
Bonus: About June 2008.
How Ida Solved the Puzzle
This is going to sound funny, but by looking at the picture, I thought of Dubai (who knows why, never been there). But I discarded it because Burj Dubai (now called Burj Khalifa) did not appear in the picture. It was only after googling "tall buildings above the clouds" and finding the picture that I realized the it was actually taken from there.
Number 2 was the hardest, I searched for Dubai buildings, google showed a presentation on top and I kept scrolling until finding the Rose Tower, which seemed the most likely. By comparing several other pics and location, there was no more doubt.
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BTW- Loved [the] rolling cloud video - almost takes you to another plateau. I have a friend who moved to Dubai a few years ago for a temporary position....well, needless to say, he never came back.
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We were also looking at the building under construction and tried without any luck to identify it. The amount of construction in Dubai is mind-boggling!!!!!!!!! So many buildings are tall, taller and tallest!!!!!!!!!!!
Imagine being up so high in the clouds! Not my cup of tea - I am afraid of heights!!!!!!!!!!!!
Another very interesting quiz this past week. I have decided that I really prefer to live here on our farm in NW Iowa - everything is lush and green! Not a single skyscraper in sight!
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My first response to the platform from which the photo was taken is an airplane, but something tells me it is really the Space Shuttle Atlantis in 7/11 during its last flight.
The Index Tower had the height on red signs up each end of the building 8 May 2008, and they were only on the "right" side 30 Mar 2008, and not at all on 10 Jan 2008. It could be that the signs were put in place after the quiz photo, and hence the photo was before 30 Mar 2008. However I am not sure how reliable this is in dating the quiz image.
So my best guess is before Mar 2008.
I found this time lapse video of the fog rolling in - awesome! Same guy also has this Dubai trailer:
They have fog twice a year, in March and September. So I assumed that the latest the photo could have been taken is March 2015. But wasn't sure if I should be looking at the buildings more closely to see if there have been any changes to the skyline that would indicate a date - e.g. a building the picture having been demolished or a new building not shown in the picture being constructed which could help date the picture.
The pointed structure in the middle of this photo I think is the Elite Residence but there are a lot of pointy buildings in Dubai. I supposed there is something that does not show in the skyline that would indicate the date of the photo, but I can't seem to find reference to that. They say that this cloud cover is due to the smog, so I think this is the typical view from the tower.
Tom Cruise is pictured sitting on top of this building from Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol - I hope that was computer generated...YIKES.
Bonus- What is the latest date the photo could have been taken? Very soon after Feb 14 2008 from photo on Flickr showing the two white bands on top of The Index. Similar shot shows six levels completed by Jan 1, 2009.
Definitely not the Trump tower. It was never built and it was supposed to be on Palm Jumeirah. The seven star hotel Burj al Arab was built instead just adjacent to Palm Jumeirah. I found my picture from the Burj Kalifa and it shows the same view as the one you posted. I still can't identify the building, but it may be the Sheraton Hotel. The building on the right is now finished, but I don't know what it is.
I'll pass on figuring out what is a later tall building that does not show up in your picture. They sprout up so fast there. But it would be one that was next completed after the Rose reached full height in 2006.
Method: I first thought the linear arrangement looked like Michigan Ave in Chicago, but nothing matched in appearance. So I google-imaged for "tall buildings in fog" and that aimed me at Dubai. Tracking down the Rose Tower took extensive Street Views of the area around the tall building with the white square structure on the top.
The answer would be today, the latest fog picture could be taken if looking at skyline. I am not sure when it would be for just the buildings in the picture as the buildings have not been all built at the same time period.]
Great quiz. I probably got all but the city wrong. Thanks for the challenge.
You are a wicked woman putting in that bonus question. And of course I took the bait. I'm sitting here at the computer in the wee small hours having solved it, but lest I fall asleep at the keyboard I will right now just send some basics. If I can squeeze time tomorrow (or should I say today) I'll write it up more completely. But for now ...
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Burj Khalifa also known as Burj Dubai, is a supertall skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and is 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 and the building officially opened on 4 January 2010.
The building is part of the 2 km2 (0.8 sq mi) flagship development called Downtown Burj Khalifa at the “First Interchange” along Sheikh Zayed Road, near Dubai’s main business district. The tower’s architect and engineer is Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, LLP (Chicago). Bill Baker, the Chief Structural Engineer for the project, invented the buttressed core structural system in order to enable the tower to achieve such heights economically.
Adrian Smith, who worked with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) until 2006, was the Design Partner on the project. The primary builder is a joint venture of South Korean Samsung C&T, who also built the Taipei 101 and Petronas Twin Towers,Besix and Arabtec. Turner Construction Company was chosen as the construction project manager.Under UAE law, the Contractor and the Engineer of Record are jointly and severally liable for the performance of Burj Dubai. Therefore, by adoption of SOM’s design and by being appointed as Architect and Engineer of Record, Hyder Consulting is legally the Design Consultant for the tower.
The total budget for the Burj Khalifa project is about US $1.5 billion; and for the entire new “Downtown Dubai”, US $20 billion.Mohamed Ali Alabbar, the CEO of Emaar Properties, speaking at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat 8th World Congress, said 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).
My first step was to locate a higher resolution version of the 500x280 quiz pic. I found a 1280x720 copy at tiny.cc/dmi02x. At this point I did not find a copy that had a reliable date. Next was to obtain a similar scene without fog. I first found a pic taken in March 2012 at tiny.cc/dei02x. Immediately obvious were buildings that had been completed since
the quiz pic was taken. So that clearly had to be earlier.
My next inclination was to get a map, identify the newer buildings and establish when they had been constructed. But then I decided that I could concentrate on just one building, namely The Index which stands in the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC). This is the building to the right of the quiz picture in the foreground. In that pic
it has cranes on top and is clearly unfinished, in the March 2014 pic it is finished. The main structure looks a bit taller than in the quiz pic, plus it has a superstructure atop. If it were possible to track the construction stages of the Index, I would be able to establish, if not an exact date, a time window for the when the quiz pic was taken.
Well, luck was in. Numerous relevant construction pictures emerge by doing a Google image search on <index dubai construction>. But they don't necessarily have dates. To obtain dates I found two the work of photographer Imre Solt the most helpful. He has many pictures of the evolving Index building (and much else) in his vast Picasa gallery. Some also appear on the forum at
foggy months in Dubai, the fog being a product of the change of seasons. And in March-2008 it was particularly foggy (lots of reports of a massive car pile-up outside of the city on March 11). So while that's no proof of my time window, it gives some nice corroboration.
building is on the 70th marked floor at the moment (or 75th level above ground). Current height seems to be around 290 meters". The next on 20-Apr-2008 says "The building went up on the 72th floor on Thursday evening". Finally we get a picture, dated 23- Apr-2008 showing the progress to the 72nd floor. And on the right side of the building there are three large red signs that say "Up".
Those signs are not in the quiz pic. By blowing up my higher resolution version I can see the white floor numbers but cannot read them. But I can count the white splotches. And from the above I know where the numbers start. So I deduce that in the quiz pic the work had reached floor 63. So we now have a time slightly after 28-Feb and certainly before 08- April-2008. Moreover, some googling easily establishes that March (and September) are always
skyscraperpage.com and it was here that the dates seem more reliable, as the pics are interspersed with dated forum comments. (On Picasa the relevant pics are distributed between many albums and some of the dates seem to be more to do with the date of the album than that of the picture).
My crucial step came by comparing the incomplete Index building in the quiz pic with those at the skyscraperpage.com forum. There are two relevant pages (and you have to scroll down). On Page 11 we find a pic of The Index dated 17- Jan-2008 looking less tall above the three distinctive apertures than does the quiz pic. Lower on same page we a pic dated 31-Jan-2008 and a very convenient marking of the floors on the side of the building show that the current work is proceeding at the 57th floor. Further down still we have 28 Feb 2008 a close-up
at 62 floors. And two days later, dated 01-Mar-2008, we have a more distant pic showing the convenient white floor numbers ranging from 29 to 62. Now to page 12. Here we start with two posts (without pictures). The first on 08-Apr-2008 says "The
And then, after all that, I came upon what I think is the actual date of the quiz pic. I have seen attribution to another photographer elsewhere, but at www. flickr.com/photos/playing-with- light/2399114248 we have the picture dated 03-March-2009, photographer Dave Alexander who says:
Foggy Dubai morning taken from the Burj Dubai Tower. Not photoshopped. This is real and when people start actually living in the Burj Dubai, these shots will be ten-a- penny. Til then, enjoy this one!
Which reminds us that although the Burj Dubai/Khalifa was not opened until 2011, it didn't grow overnight. There were people up there building it, and by March 2008 it was already scraping the sky. So not difficult to photograph from there if you were part of the commissioning or construction team, or knew someone who was. Here is a picture of 07-Dec 2008, with only the very top looking unfinished and with the Index building nearby, having already acquired its superstructure.
OK, that's it for now. Let's see what you think. Megan