Photographer's Note

On April 10 we had a short day in Dubai. Having arrived at the airport at 8:00 am, we sailed out on a cruise at 5:00 pm. The excessive wealth of Dubai resonates at every turn, but especially in its futuristic architecture. There have been many photos of Burj Al Arab, the only 7-Star hotel in the world, posted on Trekearth. From the exterior, the edifice resembles the sail of a traditional Arabian sailing vessel, the "dhow," and was built at a cost of $1.2 billion. A lesser known structure seen in this photo is a cloister-like approach to the interior of the Burj Al Arab, featuring columns and joists of teak. The clean symmetry and the scene caught my eye. And although too much symmetry can be a cliche, where the architect has imbued his creation with symmetry, why not celebrate and accentuate the symmetry.

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Additional Photos by Bulent Atalay (batalay) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6774 W: 470 N: 12149] (41261)
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