Palm Jumeirah, Dubai

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© Alexander Heilner
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UploadedJuly 8, 2008
TakenMarch 12, 2008
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D200
Exposure1/4000 sec at f/4.5
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length70 mm
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These homes are part of the Palm Jumeirah development, the first of several enormous artificial islands being built off the coast of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

If you want to see some close up aerials of these houses; more aerial images of Dubai and the US; and tons of other stuff, please visit my website:

47 responses

  • Christopher Long

    Christopher Long gave props (8 Jul 2008):

    Stunning capture!

  • Bryan Jozefowicz

    Bryan Jozefowicz gave props (8 Jul 2008):

    Very cool! my vote

  • Charles Bertoia

    Charles Bertoia gave props (8 Jul 2008):

    Very interesting view. Amazing how they are doing those manmade islands.

  • Jennifer Galler

    Jennifer Galler said (10 Jul 2008):

    This is absolutely insane, what next, will they artificially engineer perfect people to live in these houses???

  • Janice Mezzacappa

    Janice Mezzacappa (Deleted) gave props (10 Jul 2008):


  • Michael Goermann

    Michael Goermann gave props (10 Jul 2008):

    Funtastic! Rich people living like sardines ;)

  • Abbey Cahill

    Abbey Cahill (Deleted) said (10 Jul 2008):

    I wonder is this is what our gas money is going towards. It's really cool, but I don't want to pay for someone else to invest that money and get even richer. Great shot though. I bet it was pretty neat to fly over that and see the whole thing.

  • william stafford

    william stafford said (10 Jul 2008):

    They look like Tennis bracelets on display from this height. Very cool.

  • Robin Jerstad

    Robin Jerstad said (10 Jul 2008):

    An awesome image. Hope it is a profitable one for you!

  • Isabel Batteria

    Isabel Batteria said (10 Jul 2008):

    Intriguing image. Impossible not to be amazed at all the prefabricated houses. They all look the same!

  • Kanting Tsai

    Kanting Tsai said (10 Jul 2008):

    what an ocean view (redefined), from those houses.

  • robert

    robert gave props (10 Jul 2008):

    awesome shot!...but it would suck to run outta gas on one of those islands....hehe

  • michael burgess

    michael burgess said (10 Jul 2008):

    cool pic. I would be depressed to live in a neighborhood like that.

  • Jennifer Wyatt

    Jennifer Wyatt said (10 Jul 2008):

    Nice McMansions . Sad that people were actually sucked into that "beachfront property" greed-scam.
    Neat photo. Nice angle.

  • Leslie Granda-Hill

    Leslie Granda-Hill said (10 Jul 2008):

    I have never seen anything like this. Thanks for sharing!

  • Eckie Prater

    Eckie Prater said (10 Jul 2008):

    No boats. No one swimming. No wind surfers. No waves. No trees. Some houses have pools.

  • Ashley St. John

    Ashley St. John gave props (10 Jul 2008):

    great composition!

  • Alexandra Klasinski

    Alexandra Klasinski gave props (10 Jul 2008):


  • Alexander Heilner

    Alexander Heilner said (10 Jul 2008):

    Eckie - Almost all of the houses have pools. You can't really see them in this view. In fairness, I think many of the owners haven't started using the houses yet; the trunk section of the island is still under heavy construction (luxury hotels and condos), though property owners are allowed through to get to their homes. A monorail is being built through the center of the island which will connect to another being built through central Dubai!

  • Klaus Girk

    Klaus Girk (Deleted) gave props (10 Jul 2008):

    What a great photo.

  • ! Mario Scattoloni ¡

    ! Mario Scattoloni ¡ gave props (10 Jul 2008):

    Madness really .... well I suggest they finish this soon & best get the most out of these homes B-4 the sea level raises or possibly dries out or heaven help them should a tsunami soon hit this aera...

  • Kelly Wren

    Kelly Wren said (10 Jul 2008):

    So futuristic. Never thought I'd see anything like this in my lifetime. Thanks for sharing.

  • Patricia Green

    Patricia Green said (10 Jul 2008):

    wow! everyone has beachfront property.

  • Deb Bailey

    Deb Bailey said (10 Jul 2008):

    Nice shot. This makes Levittown (spelling?) look like a quaint English village!

  • Thomas Beckmann

    Thomas Beckmann gave props (10 Jul 2008):

    This looks so SICK. Hmmm, what can they do with all that sand ?

  • David Taylor

    David Taylor gave props (10 Jul 2008):

    Terrific shot!

  • Shane Butler

    Shane Butler gave props (10 Jul 2008):

    fantastic, these aerials are amazing. the compositions are beautiful

  • Bill Hathaway

    Bill Hathaway said (10 Jul 2008):

    I'd rather take the quaint English village. Being a country man through and through this is not for me. Nice photo though Alex.

  • Jesse Millan

    Jesse Millan said (10 Jul 2008):

    great photo, strange place

  • Tricia Bergland

    Tricia Bergland (Deleted) said (11 Jul 2008):

    Great shot but such a contrived environment. I wonder if they are going to put all the pretty people in those perfect boxes... Very strange place.

  • Jacqueline

    Jacqueline   said (11 Jul 2008):


  • Ian Arridge

    Ian Arridge said (11 Jul 2008):

    Yeah the photo rocks, but the islands suck! They are destroying the ecosystem of the coast!

  • Henrique Pousão

    Henrique Pousão gave props (13 Jul 2008):

    Incredible photo, the angle you got is perfect.I was wondering why these people never give one cent to international help, now I can see, they need it to destroy they're coast line. We don´t now how to stop our CO2 emissions and look where that money goes.

  • Jocelyn Allen

    Jocelyn Allen said (14 Jul 2008):

    i love it but i find it very scary at the same time just because of how symmetrical it looks really
    amazing picture :)

  • Florin C.

    Florin C. said (15 Jul 2008):

    Ah yes, so that's where our oil money ends up! Superb shot.

  • Tom O'Brien

    Tom O'Brien gave props (19 Aug 2008):

    bravo sir!

  • Paul G. Swanson

    Paul G. Swanson gave props (11 Oct 2008):

    that is crazy insane.......=]

  • Max Janatsch

    Max Janatsch gave props (20 Oct 2008):

    wow that is really cool.. what happens if there is a storm?

  • Sarah Dudley

    Sarah Dudley gave props (20 Oct 2008):

    I keep seeing programs about this on TV, but this is the best visual Ive seen of what the houses look like and how its set up! So interesting!

  • simone teixeira

    simone teixeira said (25 Oct 2008):

    °º°that's amazing!

  • Stacey Gluchman

    Stacey Gluchman (Deleted) said (5 Nov 2008):

    Definitely not a place for a claustrophobic person!

  • Angel Foice

    Angel Foice gave props (30 Jun 2009):

    woahh neat find

  • The Man Who Isn't There

    The Man Who Isn't There (Deleted) gave props (3 Oct 2011):


  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (17 Apr 2012):

    very cool!

  • Ari Kurnianto

    Ari Kurnianto said (14 Apr 2015):

    Damn, is it real? it is amazing man, very amazing. Its look like copy paste by Photo Shop, but I wonder it and claim that is very real. Angle and selecting object is important, I appreciate that

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