The image of the Burj Khalifa towering over Dubai is a common photo: the tallest building in the world is an impressive sight when photographed from many angles and locations across the city. But one photographer literally went a step further and captured images of the tower from another emirate.
Rashid Abdulla Aziz Al Shehhi, an UAE firefighter, climbed Yanas Mountain in Ras Al Khaimah to get the perfect video of the Burj Khalifa, more than 100 kilometers away.
“Everything was planned. It had worked before when, on a clear sky, we managed to take pictures of the mountains facing the Persian Gulf. This time, I wanted to take a picture of the Burj Khalifa from the same place and, praise be to Allah, I succeeded, ”he said.
Rashid has used a Nikon Coolpix P900 camera to capture the images, which have been viewed more than 5,000 times on Instagram to date. The video shows the Burj Khalifa glistening in the sun, then zooms out to reveal the backdrop of Ras Al Khaimah.
In a straight line, Yanas Mountain in Ras Al Khaimah is about 104 kilometers from Burj Khalifa, which is why it is so impressive that it could be filmed. According to Rashid, it is imperative that the sky is clear to be able to obtain these images. “I want to represent the best and most beautiful photos of my country, as well as of any other country, whether Oman or Saudi Arabia,” said the 33-year-old. “I take pictures of everything I find beautiful – the sand, the sky, the earth …”
Obviously, the Burj Khalifa also makes the cut. Then it aims to capture images of the tallest building in the world from other emirates. The adventurer plans to enlarge Jess Mountain in Ras Al Khaimah as well as Jebel Hafeet in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, to see if he can take photos and videos of the Burj Khalifa from a different viewpoint.
Although he never took a professional course, the Emirates have always had a passion for photography, having adopted it as a childhood hobby, at the time when the film was to be developed. He admits that things have changed since then. He then bought a Nikon Coolpix P900 camera after seeing its effectiveness when someone posted images of a moving airplane from afar, using the camera, on Instagram.
His advice to amateur photographers there is to take the weather into account. “Today, photography has become everyone’s hobby,” he says. “Take advantage of the UAE winter to take the best pictures.”