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Joe McNally, User Feature, Burj Khalifa,

@joemcnallyphoto’s #fromwhereistand Atop the Burj Khalifa

Photographer Joe McNally (@joemcnallyphoto) has climbed the antenna of the World Trade Center and all over the Empire State Building on assignments, but two days ago he reached his greatest height yet: summiting the tip-top of the world’s tallest building, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa.

The climb took three years to plan and just three hours to complete. Joe’s route took him approximately 450 feet straight up a combination of steps and rung ladders. “The portholes and grating access points are small, so you have to climb and then stop and rope up your gear which has been stuffed into climbing bags.”

Once at the top, Joe calmly snapped a #fromwhereistand photo with his iPhone and shared the image on Instagram. “It was wonderful being up there. A thrilling view, and certainly a bit of a sense of accomplishment,” he says. “I told folks I would send out a picture from the top, which seemed like a fun thing to do in these days of connectivity and instant visual delivery. Of course, I had to be very careful handling the iPhone at that height!”

To see more of Joe’s photos, be sure to follow him on Instagram @joemcnallyphoto and through National Geographic’s account, @natgeo, to which he’s a regular contributor.

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United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Burj Khalifa, photo feature,

The United Arab Emirates’ Burj Khalifa (برج خليفة)

Want to see more photos of the Burj Khalifa? Visit the Burj Khalifa برج خليفة and the Top of the Burj Khalifa location pages.

Sunday, December 2 was the National Day of the United Arab Emirates, honoring the UAE’s formal independence from the United Kingdom and the eventual unification of the seven emirates in 1971. To celebrate, we’re highlighting photos of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest man-made structure in the world and one of the country’s most stunning sights.

The Burj Khalifa is in Dubai’s business district, and stands 829.8 meters (2,722 feet) tall. It took 6 years and $1.5 billion to construct, and houses the world’s highest nightclub (on the 144th floor), the world’s highest restaurant (122nd floor), the world’s fastest elevators (64km/h or 40mph), and, on New Year’s, the world’s highest display of fireworks. It’s named after the UAE’s President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his support of the tower, and was designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, which also designed the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) in Chicago and the new One World Trade Center in New York City.