Dubai, being one of the most attractive and busy tourist destinations in the world, hosts millions of tourists each year in the multiethnic cross-cultural city. However, the success has not come overnight. It has taken a lot of effort on Dubai’s part to ensure that it become the premier tourist spot in the world. Multi-billion dollar projects have been undertaken to transform and evolve the urban posture of Dubai, with each accomplishments taking years of completion time.
Their design has been scrupulous, the technical details foolproof and the construction rigorous. These mammoth projects have given rise to iconic state-of-the-art structures that have made people breathless in wonder. The sheer size of the impeccable structures has made people gaze in awe. Projects like the Palm Islands, Burj khalifa, Burj Al Arab and DubaiLand are just few examples of the exquisite urban architectural displays that Dubai is presenting the world in a periodic basis. Here are the top ten tallest buildings that have made the headlines courtesy their sheer heights and made Dubai renowned in the world.
1. Burj Khalifa:
Burj Khalifa (Arabic: برج خليفة ” Khalifa Tower”), is the recent name given to Burj Dubai, after its inauguration, in honour of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (Arabic: خليفة بن زايد بن سلطان آل نهيان), (born 1948), the current President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and emir of Abu Dhabi.
It has a wonderful design depicting a desert flower of six petals. It is part of a development project called ‘Downtown Dubai’ covering two square kilometer of landscape. The cost of making this building is around 4.1 billion dollars. This mammoth structure is at the moment the tallest man-made structure ever built, at 828 m (2,717 ft). Construction began on 21 September 2004, with the exterior of the structure completed on 1 October 2009. The building officially opened on 4 January 2010, and is part of the new 2 km2 (490-acre) flagship development called Downtown Dubai at the ‘First Interchange’ along Sheikh Zayed Road, near Dubai’s main business district.
2. Ocean Heights:
This tall structure is a residential building with twisted unique curves being one of their eyecatching features. Ocean Heights is a supertall skyscraper designed by Andrew Bromberg of Aedas, in the Dubai Marina of greater Dubai. The tower stands 310 metres (1,017 feet) tall and has 83 floors. Ocean Heights was topped-out on 22 December 2009, and completed in 2010. Currently Ocean Heights is the fourth tallest residential building in the world, and third tallest residential building in Dubai, behind The Marina Torch, and HHHR Tower.
The tower, with its unique curves and twisting motion as one ascends, is actually the third version of the tower proposed by DAMAC Properties Co. The first version had the tower at a much shorter 38 floors, the second had 50. The 83 floor tower houses more than 519 condominiums and is located along Al Sufouh Road in Dubai Marina.
3. Twin towers Emirates Park Towers Hotel & Spa:
The twin towers stand in unison at a height of 395 meters will be one of the top Dubai Hotels. The towers would consist of a hotel with over 1500 rooms fully equipped with sky terraces, restaurants and cafes, business centers, conference rooms, rooftop bars, banquet halls, gymnasium and swimming pools. The towers would also house a spa and health center covering as much as 3700 square meter.
4. Almas Tower:
The Almas Tower at Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT) in Dubai stands at 363 meters. This supertall skyscraper houses offices for a number of business entities and service centers for the precious gems industry like diamonds and pearls. For this, the tower has a high security system.
It is the centrepiece attraction of the 86 towers comprising the JLT development, standing on its own ‘island’ in the centre of the lakes, and is currently the second tallest building in Dubai.
This stunning building is an impressive 63 storey ‘A’ Grade office tower with a total built up area of 150,000m². The building is beautifully finished to the highest standards.
5. Emirates Office Tower:
This tower stands at a height of 355 meters. This is a office building of 54 floors. It is connected with the Jumeirah Emirates Tower Hotel, both of which are jointly known as the Emirates Tower Complex.
6. Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel:
This stands at 309 meter which is connected with the Emirates Office Tower. The luxury hotel has 56 floors within which rest as much as 40 luxury suites.
7. Rose Tower:
Rose Rayhaan – located on Sheikh Zayed Road – is the newest jewel in the crown of Rotana.
Standing at a height of 333meters, this tower is an exclusive alcohol-free hotel with its own collection of suites, penthouses and a 24 hour cafe. 180 million dollars were invested for the construction of this tower. The building consists of 535 furnished apartments. A 9 storey car park will be connected to the building by a pedestrian bridge. The Abbco Rotana Tower is the world’s tallest hotel in the world.
8. HHHR Tower:
This stands at 327 meters. This is a residential building of 72 floors which is also sparingly used for commercial purposes. HHHR Tower is a supertall skyscraper on Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The construction of the 72-floor, 317 m (1,040 ft) building started in 2006 and was completed in 2009. Designed by architect Al Hashemi, the building is residential, and its side usages are as commercial. HHHR tower is the second tallest residential building in Dubai, and third tallest residential building in the world, behind The Marina Torch, and Q1 tower which stands 348 m (1,142 ft) and 323 m (1,060 ft) respectively.
9. Burj Al Arab:
Burj Al Arab (Arabic: برج العرب,Tower of the Arabs): the 7-stars luxury hotel located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (even though officialy referred to as 5-star) At 321 m (1,053 ft), it is the fourth tallest hotel in the world. Its architectural elegance is magnified at night amid vibrant displays of color in an aquatic ambience. Burj Al Arab stands on an artificial island 280 m (920 ft) out from Jumeirah beach, and is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge. On the pristine waters of the Arabian Gulf stands Burj Al Arab, Dubai’s foremost landmark. The shape of the structure is designed to mimic the sail of a ship. Standing at a height of 321 meters, this gigantic structure is the world’s most luxurious hotel in the world. It is also world’s first seven star hotel.
10. Al Yaqoub Tower:
The Al Yaqoub Tower is a 330 m (1,080 ft) tall skyscraper under construction along Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. T Interestingly, this is a clock tower. It is also a residential and office building. Like the HHHR Tower, this also consist of 72 floors. he tower topped out in 2010, with the expected completion in 2011. It will have 72 floors. After his completion, the Al Yaqoub Tower became the second tallest clock tower in the world behind Abraj Al Bait Clock Tower, although surpassing the NTT Docomo Yoyogi Building in Tokyo, Japan.