Incredible images of Abu Dhabi and Dubai landmarks from space

From Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah to Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Bridge, the UAE looks remarkable from outer space

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The UAE has long been a firm favourite among astronauts and satellite operators looking to beam picture-perfect images from space back down to Earth.

Remarkable landmarks such as Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah and Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi are among the large-scale attractions visible from space.

Most recently, US astronaut Shane Kimbrough, who is currently commanding the International Space Station, shared images of the Dubai International Airport and the Emirates Golf Club.

However, space travellers have been capturing the stunning sights of the Emirates for nearly a decade, reflecting a rise in development of skyscrapers and unique structures in the country.

Astronaut Scott Kelly had shared an image of The Palm Jumeirah in 2015.

“Good afternoon, Dubai. You look much different than when I was there 25 years ago,” he said.

In 2016, Mr Kelly shared a night-time image of the landmark.

“Dubai at night always beautiful and recognisable from space. Just as stunning up close. Enjoying the city's lights on Earth tonight,” he said.

Nasa astronaut Jessica Meir, who travelled to space with Emirati astronaut Maj Hazza Al Mansouri, shared an image of Abu Dhabi in 2019.

She trained alongside Maj Al Mansouri for her first trip to space and spent 205 days on the station.

“The very first astronaut from the United Arab Emirates launched to space this year – in the same rocket as me. Thinking about my new colleagues and friends [Maj Al Mansouri and fellow Emirati astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi] made my view even more spectacular. Goodnight, Abu Dhabi,” she tweeted.

Mr Kimbrough tweeted back in June: “When you see these palm trees from space, you know you are looking at Dubai.”

French astronaut Thomas Pesquet, who is currently in the ISS, looked ahead to Expo 2020 Dubai.

“One hundred days until the World Expo opens there. The French pavilion is set to be on point. I might be involved in some way,” he said.

Some of Sharjah’s landmarks also stand out from space, including its largest mosque, Sharjah Mosque, and its Expo Centre.

Fascinating views of the country can also be seen on Google Earth, which offers images created with a mix of satellite and aerial shots.

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Updated: August 14, 2021, 3:04 PM