A cable stayed bridge between the main land and Palm Jebel Ali, with a daring separation between pylons and deck. Despite its massive size the structure appears to hover in space, elegantly floating in its web of cables. Thanks to its free standing location, the bridge can be admired from all sides. The client wished for an absolute icon and indicated budget was not the main problem. This is a bridge that wishes to challenge famous peers such as the Brooklyn bridge, the Golden Gate bridge and the Firth of Forth bridge. But then, in November 2008 everything changed.