Friday, September 16, 2016

The Skyscrapers of Dubai

       If there's one thing Dubai is famous of, it would probably be its skyscrapers. From the tallest, most luxurious, ambitious, intricately designed, Dubai has it all. Rumor has it that oil in the UAE is running out, and before this nightmare turn to reality, the rulers of Dubai, particularly His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Emir of Dubai and Vice President of the UAE, had turned the desert sands in just a short span of time into one of the worlds most beautiful city to lure tourists and investors around the world to come in, thus generating billions of dirhams in revenue to keep Dubai alive. Shout out to the brilliant minds behind Dubai's transformation and I really am amazed when I first came here few months ago. Like any other tourist, I myself is fascinated with the skyscrapers all over the city. With so many constructions underway, Dubai may surpass Hong Kong or New York as the skyscraper capital of the world, as far as numbers is concerned. Below are some of the skyscrapers or places with high concentration skyscrapers that I've been to so far. 

1. Burj Khalifa
        The world's tallest building standing at 828 meters with over 160 floors. Completed in 2009 and opened in 2010, this skyscraper has since become a remarkable landmark of Dubai. The Burj Khalifa also boasts a spectacular fireworks display every New Year.

2. Burl Al Arab
       Dubbed as the worlds only 7 star hotel, this sail-designed hotel offers nothing but luxury. Built on its own man-made island, this hotel is a true icon of the city.

3. Emirates Towers
       Emirates Towers is a building complex that contains the Emirates Office Tower and Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel. The two towers, which rise to 355 m (1,165 ft) and 309 m (1,014 ft), respectively, stand as the 23rd and 47th tallest buildings in the world.

4. Business Bay
       Not too far away from the Burj Khalifa is this new central business district called Business Bay. The project features numerous skyscrapers located in an area where Dubai Creek will be dredged and extended. Business Bay will have upwards of 240 buildings, comprising commercial and residential developments.

5. Jumeirah Beach Hotel
       Something extraordinary about this hotel is its shape that resembles a wave. It faces the Burj Al Arab and the Arabian Gulf.

6. Dubai Marina
       The worlds most-luxurious man-made marina is the Dubai Marina. Home to Princess Tower and Cayan Tower which is the 2nd and 10th tallest residential towers in the world as of this writing . It is built along a two-mile (3 km) stretch of Persian Gulf shoreline.

7. Jumeirah Beach Residences
       This is a waterfront community located against the Persian Gulf in Dubai Marina in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is a large residential development and contains some 40 towers.

8. Buildings along Sheikh Zayed Road
       Several tall buildings are scattered along the Sheikh Zayed Road like the Emirates Towers, World Trade Center, 21st Century Tower, Rose Tower and many more.

Al Yaqoub Tower (2nd from left)

9. Downtown Dubai
       Downtown Dubai is a large-scale, mixed-use complex under development in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is the home of some of the city's largest landmarks including Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, and Dubai Fountain, The Address, and several commercial and residential towers.

Sofitel (2nd from the left)

Central Park Towers
10. DAMAC Towers
        Park Towers is a two-tower mixed-use development in the heart of Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). Already an architectural icon, the striking buildings have quickly become recognised as one of the most architecturally impressive real estate projects in Dubai. It offer panoramic views of the financial hub and provides the ultimate in exclusivity and comfort. Each tower is 49-storeys high with a choice of one, two and three bedroom apartments in various configurations. Their intelligent design ensures every apartment has a wide balcony offering residents the freedom to relax and enjoy the neighbourhood’s stunning views, with its parks, cafés and entertainment facilities.

11. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai Tower 1 & 2
       At 76-story, 355 m (1,165 ft) high, these twin-tower skyscraper is the world's tallest hotel. It costs AED1.8 billion to build and features a 1,608-room hotel run by Marriott International.

12. Atlantis The Palm
       Atlantis is a luxury 5 star hotel built on the apex of the massive man-made island called Palm Jumeirah. True to its name, the hotel is themed on the myth of Atlantis. 

     These are just few and there are so many that are yet to be included on this blog. I will update this as soon as I've been to those skyscrapers. What is more exciting is that rulers of Dubai is building and planning some more amazing and taller structures. They are about to build a Tower that is taller than Burj Khalifa! Now this is something everyone should be excited about.  I hope I was able to paint your mind  a picture of how beautiful Dubai has become. -Jon-

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