With a western-style economy that thrives on tourism attracted by its beaches, shopping experiences and sporting activities, Dubai is the largest city in the United Arab Emirates. If you do not believe me, just look at its skyline: the biggest in the Middle East and one of the world’s largest; comprised of 911 high-rise buildings, one of which is the tallest building and man-made structure in the world. These are our top five sky-scraping, high-rising buildings in Dubai:
Dubai World Trade Centre
The name resonates with Americans and people the world-over. Dubai’s World Trade Centre was the first high-rise in the city, constructed in 1979. Not only is this building historically one of the tallest, it features on a banknote of the local currency. The 39 storeys are occupied by residents and used for commercial purposes.
Not only is this the tallest building in the world, it is the tallest man-made structure! It is so high that experienced BASE jumpers dive off it. This building undoubtedly received international recognition and attention and so assisted Dubai in making the economic shift from an oil-based economy to one that thrives on tourism. Although Dubai adheres to a western-style economy, the design of the Burj Khalifa draws inspiration from Islamic architecture.
Second tallest in Dubai, but tallest residential skyscraper in the world, the Princess Tower reigns supreme. Standing at a whopping 1 358ft has more than enough room for the parking bays, shopping outlets and residential spaces it houses. Its completion in 2012 visibly added to the ever-growing Dubai skyline.
JW Marriott Marquis Dubai
If you could pick any hotel to stay in, this would be the one. Being the tallest hotel in the world, the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai does not fall short in what it offers: retail, food, bars, gymnasium, conference halls, meeting rooms, spas and more. Although this hotel is a place of business and pleasure, its form stays true to its Islamic roots in imitating the form of an Arabic symbol: the date palm.
The 23 Marina is the second tallest residence and the third tallest building in Dubai. Standing at 90-storeys high, with 289 units and 57 swimming pools, it is difficult to imagine that there are buildings even taller than this one. It is unclear where it gets its name from, but the word ‘marina’ is a term used to refer to ‘coast’ or ‘shore’ and so could be an indication of its location in Dubai.
With one of the largest skylines in the world, Dubai is celebrated for its extravagant and ridiculously tall buildings. Part of this world-renowned feat is the tallest building, the tallest residence and the tallest hotel on earth. With constant high-rise developments and construction, it is unlikely that its skyline will remain the same for very long. We have made a list of our top five tallest buildings in Dubai while they are still just that.