Dubai should be synonymous with “Architectural hub” – as it holds the record of world’s most breathtaking structures man has ever created. These architectural wonders are largely responsible for drawing a chunk of tourists every year to Dubai. It is the perfect place for exploring man-made art from the world’s tallest building to an island wonderfully crafted in the era of history.
As you step into the country, the epic combination of creativity and proper usage of the resources is explicitly visible. The journey of its past from fishing village to an Emirate is held high in the air as the proud progress known to the world. Dubai is the epitome of a perfect and a proud destination of wonders in the world. The buildings have architectural precision to minimize sunlight and maximize light, the rotation and the angles have a pin point accuracy.
If you are considering a trip to Dubai, then do make sure that you are going through the rundown of the 9 architectural wonders in Dubai without fail.
The tallest building at a lofty 2,722 feet with 163 floors has become the symbol of eminence and growth in Dubai, with jarring views of the entire city. It was designed by a Chicago-based firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. The shape of the building emulates an Islamic architecture which is said to be inspired by the endemic desert flowers. It also has the highest swimming pool at the 76th floor and the highest viewing platform at the 124th floor making BurjKhalifa one of the astonishing pieces of architecture in Dubai
Burj Al Arab:
The only 7-Star Hotel in the world which is the symbol of luxury situated on a human-made island near the Jumeirah Beach. This stunner was designed by Tom Wright, then of WS Atkins & Partners. It has a Sky View Bar, an outdoor tennis court, an underwater restaurant and is one of the most frequently photographed monuments across the world.It is a 321 meters tall building and to establish a solid foundation, engineers had to drive 230 40 metres of concrete piles into the underlying sand. The most astonishing thing about this building is that it has a ground layer of rocks with concrete honeycomb encirclement to protect the foundation from erosion. This honeycomb structure adds to the strength of the building, enabling it to stand firmly on the artificial island above the sea.
An architectural monument in Zabreel Park standing at 150.24 m and 95.53m wide. It has been described by The Guardian Newspaper as “the biggest picture frame on the planet”. This frame is perfectly positioned between the Old Dubai and New Dubai, the 95 m long steel bridge serves as an observatory between these two where visitors can see the modern Dubai on one side and older parts of city on the other side. This project was developed by Dubai Municipality.
Before inauguration it was also known as the Infinity Tower due to its shape. It is a 306-meter-tall building with a twist of 90 degrees, this mind-blowing coiling design of the tower was achieved by rotating each floor 1.2 degrees clockwise around a cylindrical elevator. This tower was designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill architectural group same as that of BurjKhalifa.
- Palm Jumeirah:
Masterpiece developed by Nakheel. Although it is not a single structure but the fact that it is a group of man-made islands is worth our attention. It is best known for its flamboyant hotels, classy towers, restaurants. It is the best place to chill and relax with the family. It has Beach clubs with spas and infinity pools turn into energetic nightclubs with DJs. The view altogether is breath taking.
The Building that Never Sleeps, designed by world-renowned ZahaHadid Architects. It is designed to provide luxury apartments to people with stylish interiors. It consists of commercial, residential, retail and hospitality space. The Opus is home to the hotel ME by Melia designed by Dame ZahaHadid herself who was the first female architect to win the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize.
Atlantis Palm Hotel and Resort:
Standing at the apex of Jumeirah beach, Atlantis Palm is one of the most famous hotel and resort of Dubai. This extraordinary hotel was built in 2008 and since then has been a top spot for all the tourists visiting the city.It was designed by Wimberly, Allison, Tong and Goo, there are 1539 rooms spread across the East and West Wing, which is connected by the Royal Bridge Suite. It is home to 65,000 species of marine animals including a shark as well. It provides a variety of adventurous activities like scuba diving or swimming with the dolphins. Most visitors consider Atlantis as one of the best Architectural pieces of Dubai.
The Dubai Mall:
At over 13 million sq. ft. Dubai Mall had total internal floor area of 5.9 million sq. ft. and leasable space of 3.77 million sq. ft. It includes over 1200 shops. There are many attractions in Dubai Mall, The Dubai aquarium, Underwater zoo, where more than 300 water marine animals are showcased including sharks and rays.The mall was built by a joint venture of Dutco Balfour Beatty, Al Ghandi/CCC and Turner Construction for Emaar Properties and was scheduled to be completed in 2006, claiming to be the size of 50 “international-sized football (soccer) pitches”.
The Miracle Garden:
No one can imagine a garden in the middle of a desert but Dubai has made the impossible happen. The Miracle Garden is the natural flower garden featuring over 50 million flowers and 250 million plants, the garden occupies over 72,000 square meters making it the world’s largest natural flower garden.The garden was awarded the Moselle Award for New Garden Experiences of the year by the Garden Tourism Award in April 2015. Dubai is generally known for its high-tech buildings and modern landscapes but this is the best place to experience the nature up close in Dubai.
Whenever you are planning to visit Dubai don’t forget to visit these places. Your trip will be worthwhile and full of beautiful memories.