Dubai spares no expense when making its cityscape the most jaw-dropping in the world.
In the 2000s, the emirate dropped nearly $600 billion into constructing the world's tallest tower, biggest man-made island, and most luxurious hotel, among other architectural feats.
These aerial photos of Dubai capture the city's elegance and ambition.
Check out the photos below:
Views of Dubai from above
Views of Dubai from above
Heavy fog rolls by early in the morning near the Dubai Marina November 21, 2007. Once filled with the cacophony of cranes and construction labourers, Dubai today hums to the work of a quieter crowd. The brash Gulf emirate, renowned for extravagant real estate projects and flashy living, has turned into a city of auditors. Picture taken November 21, 2007. To match Special Report DUBAI/ REUTERS/Steve Crisp/Files
A general view of the Jumeirah neighbourhood in Dubai, UAE December 9, 2015. Picture taken December 9, 2015. REUTERS/Karim Sahib/Pool
A general view of the luxury Burj al-Arab Hotel at Jumeirah area in Dubai, UAE December 9, 2015. Picture taken December 9, 2015. REUTERS/Karim Sahib/Pool
An aerial view of The World Island in Dubai October 25, 2010. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
An aerial view of Nad Al Sheba Desert in Dubai December 9, 2015. Picture taken December 9, 2015. REUTERS/Karim Sahib/Pool
A general view of Dubai and the world's tallest tower, the Burj Khalifa (C), December 9, 2015. Photo taken December 9, 2015. REUTERS/Karim Sahib/Pool
A development is seen on one of the islands of The World Islands project in Dubai January 7, 2012. The World Islands is located approximately 4 km (2.5 miles) off the coast of Jumeirah. The collection of man-made islands are shaped into the continents of the world, and will consist of 300 small private artificial islands divided into four categories - private homes, estate homes, dream resorts, and community islands, according to the development company Nakheel Properties Group. REUTERS/Jumana El Heloueh
Hot air balloons fly over Dubai during the World Air Games 2015, held under the rules of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) as part of the "Dubai International Balloon Fiesta" event, United Arab Emirates December 9, 2015. REUTERS/Karim Sahib/Pool
An aerial view of Dubai from Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, in Dubai November 19, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
An aerial image, shows the approaching "red tide", on the shores of Dubai April 7, 2009. The toxic algal bloom, commonly known as "red tide", which can devastate marine plant and animal life has caused the closure of a number of beaches in Dubai. REUTERS/Matthias Seifert
A view of The Palm Island Jumeirah in Dubai, with some residential homes that have been completed, November 8, 2007. REUTERS/Steve Crisp
An aerial view of the man-made palm tree-shaped islands in Dubai September 7, 2007. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
Houses on the fronds of the Palm Jumeirah are seen in Dubai December 21, 2009. Dubai World disappointed creditors on Monday by making little progress on securing standstill on $22 billion of debt, as a key creditor meeting turned out to be a tame affair with less than half the expected attendees showing up. Picture taken December 21, 2009. REUTERS/Matthias Seifert