German photographer Sebastian Opitz captured these amazing pictures from the 85th floor of Dubai’s 1,358-foot-tall Princess Tower. Opitz says that thick fog is very rare in Dubai and occurs only a few times a year, evaporating quickly after 9am. Continue reading for a video, more pictures, and additional information.

As of 2012, Dubai is the 22nd most expensive city in the world, surpassing London (25th) and is the most expensive city in the Middle East, surpassing Israel’s Tel Aviv (31st). Dubai has also been rated as one of the best places to live in the Middle East, including by US American global consulting firm Mercer who rated the city as the best place to live in the Middle East in 2011.

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