Dubai is the synonym of business and luxury that became a paradise for tourists. Known as the city of superlatives and the unexpected, it has transformed its skyline with creative and inspired architecture. Home to some of the most amazing futuristic mega projects in the world, Dubai has the world’s tallest building, the tallest hotel, the largest shopping mall, the iconic Palm and World Islands, and also features a blooming garden and a ski resort in the middle of the desert. So let’s marvel us with the wonders of Dubai.
1 – Burj al Arab
Burj Al Arab is the only “7-star” hotel in the world, featuring a Skyview Bar, an underwater restaurant and an outdoor tennis court. It is also one of the most iconic symbols of Dubai and one of the most photographed monuments in the world. Designed to resemble the sail of an Arabian dhow ship, the building rises out of the Persian Gulf, reaching out a height of 321 meters. At night, it is illuminated by choreographed color sculptures of water and fire.
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2 – The Palm Islands
The Palm Islands are the largest artificial islands in the world and one of the most ambitious developments on earth. Their unique palm-tree shapes help to add 520 kilometers to Dubai’s coastline. These amazing man-made islands are considered the eighth wonder of the world. The Palm Trilogy, which comprises the Palm Jebel Ali, the Palm Deira and the Palm Jumeirah, houses luxury hotels, exclusive beachside homes, water theme parks, marinas, as well as leisure and entertainment centers.
3 – Burj Khalifa
Stretching to 828 meters, Burj Khalifa is recognized as the tallest building and manmade structure in the world. The tower also contains the world’s highest mosque on the 158th floor (of 160), the world’s highest swimming pool, on the 76th floor, and the world’s highest viewing platform, on the 124th floor. The pyramid-shaped skyscraper houses fine 900 residences, office suites, as well as the prestigious Armani Hotel.
4 – Dubai Marina
Dubai Marina is the largest man-made marina in the world. It is an artificial canal city, where the waters of the Persian Gulf were brought into the 3 km site. Its waterfront provides shelter for hundreds of yachts, and also includes a 7 km long pedestrian walkway, with a string of outdoor cafés, bars and restaurants. The marina was developed to create a large public space capable to accommodate a population of 120,000 in its residential towers and villas on a pedestrian friendly urban community.
5 – Infinity Tower
Infinity Tower is the world’s tallest high-rise building with a twist of 90˚. The unique, almost completed, skyscraper spirals by an amazing 90 degrees from its base to its crown, 305 meters (1,000 feet) above the ground. The 80-storey high residential tower has dynamic waterfront views, which depend of its elevation. Amazingly, there is not a single structural pillar anywhere inside the building.
6 – Dubai Mall
Dubai Mall is the largest shopping center in the world by area. Its 1,200 retail outlets, department stores, over 160 food and beverage outlets, and huge entertainment zone, attract more than 750,000 visitors every week. The mall has also a 250-room luxury hotel, and even a large aquarium in it, the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, with the world’s largest viewing panel. Outside the mall, there’s the incredible Dubai Fountain with its dancing waters.
7 – Jumeirah Beach Hotel
With its striking wave-like design, the five-star Jumeirah Beach Hotel is one of the architectural wonders that graces Dubai’s skyline. Standing 93 meters high and 275 meters long, the 26-storey building is curved both in plan and on elevation, representing a stunning breaking wave. It offers 20 restaurants and bars, its own private beach, and unlimited access to the famous Wild Wadi Water Park. The hotel is adjacent to the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab and this combination mimics a sail navigating against a wave.
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8 – Dubai Fountain
Dubai Fountain is the largest dancing fountain in the world. It is illuminated by 6,600 lights and 25 color projectors that create a visual spectrum of over 1,000 abstract attractions. Its beam of light can be seen from over 20 miles away, and is visible from space, making it the brightest spot in the Middle East. This amazing 275 meters-long (900 ft.) fountain can spray 83,000 liters (22,000 gallons) of water and shoots water jets as high as 152 m (500 ft.) into the air in sync with classical, Arabic and world music.