Modern architecture has flourished beautifully in Dubai, and the city is now recognized all over the world for its creative buildings, many of which have won numerous architectural awards for their innovative designs. From the tallest building in the world to the world’s largest dancing fountain, these are some of the architectural wonders in Dubai that visitors should definitely not miss out on.
Standing at almost 830 metres, the Burj Khalifa is the tallest structure in the world and is one of the most iconic buildings in Dubai. The building managed to break over fifteen different world records, from the world’s highest restaurant and nightclub to the world’s highest elevator installation to the tallest free-standing structure in the world, making it quite the architectural marvel. For those that want to take in the view from the top, the Burj Khalifa also has the highest observation deck in the world, providing you with panoramic views as far as the shores of Iran. There are also telescopes located here so that visitors can enjoy a more detailed view of the landscape below.
Considered to be the brightest spot in the Middle East, the Dubai Fountain, set on the 24-acre Burj Lake, is made up of 6600 lights, as well as 25 color projectors, creating beams that make it visible from space. In addition to the light shows, the fountain also shoots water jets 500 feet into the air, completely in sync with Arabic, classical and world music. This is the largest choreographed fountain in the world, making it well worth stopping by to check out its performance.
Also known as Infinity Tower, Cayan Tower is over 300 metres tall, and challenges conventional architecture in a completely innovative way. This residential tower features a twist that runs through the building, which means that every apartment within enjoys 90-degree views of either the marina or the sea. The building does not have any structural pillars within it, making its construction even more awe-inspiring.
Jumeirah Beach Hotel
The Jumeirah Beach Hotel is a luxury five-star resort that stands at 93 meters high and 275 metres long. Its outstanding feature is the way in which it has been designed to replicate a giant wave, with the layered facade adding to the impression of a wave rolling and breaking. With all the corridors within the resort being curved, each room enjoys sunset views of the ocean, and, when the building is viewed together with the adjacent sail-shaped Burj Al Arab, it looks as though there is a large sail trying to navigate this crashing wave. The resort itself has won awards for being the best in the world and is always a popular accommodation choice for upscale travellers.
Dubai is now officially the tallest city in the world, taking over from previous contenders Hong Kong and New York. The city has developed incredibly over the years, and if you are keen on seeing some world-class examples of modern architecture, Dubai is most definitely the place to go.