Above the clouds: Stunning snaps of Dubai's skyscrapers

German photographer Sebastian Opitz shot this stunning snap of Dubai (Caters)

Dubai is home to one of the most recognisable skylines in the world - but this talented photographer has managed to capture a unique view of the oil-rich capital.

These stunning photographs show fog partially-obscuring the Burj Khalifa, the tallest skyscraper on Earth, and the surrounding buildings to create calm and serene images.

The fog makes it appear the skyscrapers are emerging above the clouds.

German photographer Sebastian Opitz had to be awake at 4am to snap these incredible pictures in the United Arab Emirates.

He climbed to the 85th floor of the Princess Tower in Dubai Marina in order to capture the 2,722-foot Burj Khalifa and the city's other skyscrapers.

Mr Opitz said: "During the foggy season I check the weather conditions every night and if it looks promising I will make sure to be on top of a tower around by 4am.

"By 9am the fog will have evaporated so rising early is crucial. It takes a lot of dedication and a good portion of luck to take such pictures.

"It is so uplifting to be up there during these weather conditions and being able to capture the moment with your camera after weeks of waiting for the right conditions is more than satisfying."

Finding the right time to snap the perfect shot is not the only difficulty the photographer faces.

Mr Opitz, who lives in Dubai, said tight security can often stop him from his work.

"I am constantly being told that 'professional photography is not allowed'. That is very frustrating to say the least."

Sebastian used a Nikon D7000 and D800 to take the photographs.

To see more of Sebastian's work visit www.ablazewithlight.com.

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