By ANTHONY BOND
With a thick cloud of mist enveloping the world's tallest building, this incredible scene looks like it belongs in a science fiction film.
But instead of being taken from a Hollywood blockbuster, these stunning pictures are the result of a beautiful sunrise in Dubai.
The world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, is pictured jutting above the fog, dwarfing its neighboring skyscrapers.
The sea of mist was caused by a natural phenomena. Every year around this time the temperature begins to drop and humidity meets cooler air, forming the rolling fog.
And as the sun rises it burns away the mist to reveal the desert once again.
These pictures were taken by German snapper Bjoern Lauen, who went up a tall building in the central business district at sunrise to capture the amazing sight.
Mr Lauen, 32, said: 'This is Burj Khalifa, the highest building in the world in the heart of Downtown Dubai, surrounded by clouds and heavy white fog.
'It is a natural spectacle that only presents itself to the very early riser able to admire the scenery from a high enough location, above the clouds.
'In the early hours of a very few days every year, low and thick fog rolls into Dubai, one of the 7 Emirates of the United Arab Emirates.
'The fog develops overnight as a result of the disparity between high temperatures and humidity during the day and the drop of the mercury during the night.