City Lights of Dubai from ISS

The city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, is a favorite subject of astronaut photography largely due to the unique island developments situated directly offshore in the Persian Gulf.

These artificial archipelagos have been built such that their full design is only visible from an airplane, or the International Space Station (ISS) from space. Advancements in handheld camera technology are also improving the ISS crew’s ability to capture detailed night time imagery.

Dubai earth map

The appearance of the city at night in this image, several interesting patterns can be observed. The highways and major streets are sharply defined by yellow-orange lighting, while the commercial and residential areas are resolved into a speckle pattern of individual white, blue, and yellow-orange lights.

Several brilliantly lit areas are large hotel and mall complexes, including the Burj Khalifa Tower. At 828 meters (2,717 feet), it is the world’s tallest building.

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City Lights of Dubai from ISS

via earthobservatory