And he wasn't kidding. The fog has a way of morphing UAE's main port of entry into the ghostly likeness of Los Angeles 2019 (yikes! Two years away!) as depicted in Ridley Scott's 1982 sci-fi classic. Dubai's office-building lights eerily poke through the dark and the fog, signifying the steadfast impact of technology on society and nature (for better or for worse) with a clashing contrast of film noir gloom and high-tech dignity. Like the L.A. foglights in the Blade Runner image above, Burj Khalifa — the world's tallest building as of this writing — shoots up with a light-saber spurt as the iconic signature of the enterprise, standing tall and firm against nature's attempt to supplant human progress by fogging it up.
|Photo by Donaldytong, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons|
...like the Islamic spiral minaret (here, the Tower of Babel-esque helix of the Great Mosque of Samarra in Iraq, built in 851) or these stalagmites
in the Choranche Cave near Grenoble, France...
|Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower), 1973, Bruce Graham/SOM|
& Fazlur Rahman Khan, Chicago. Photo by Soakologist.
|"The Illinois" (1957,|
Frank Lloyd Wright)
|Burj Khalifa's 2008 opening ceremony. |
Photo by Hisham Binsuwaif, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
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