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Dizzying 360-degree view from the top of Dubai's Burj Khalifa

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    A stunning image from the top of Burj Khalifa, the tallest tower on Earth. (Gerald Donovan/HIPA)

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    The images have been released to celebrate the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Photography Award (HIPA). (Gerald Donovan/HIPA)

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    Officials of the award say the panorama was designed to demonstrate and spur on advances in photography. (GERALD DONOVAN/HIPA)

Ever want to know what it looks like at the top of the world?  Now you can catch a stomach-lurching glimpse. 

The city of Dubai has released an interactive panorama of the view from the top of the Burj Khalifa in honor of the second Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Photography Award (HIPA), which takes place in Dubai this March.

The Burj--made famous when Tom Cruise swung from it in "Mission Impossible 4"--is the world's tallest building at 2,722 feet above the city. 

The panorama was created from 70 images shot by Dubai-based photographer Gerald Donovan. Visitors normally can reach the 124th floor observation deck in elevators that travel at 32 feet per second, but Donovan climbs higher on steep ladder from 160th floor to the top of the 656-foot spire at the top of the building.

Click here to see the interactive version of the photo and below to see in video.