Brilliant Buildings in Dubai

by Rianne Ojeh on 28 November 2014, 10:11AM

However cliché it sounds, it is fair to say that the city of Dubai is a place of contrasts. Its landscape is dry and hot, all parched earth and soaring temperatures. Yet, the city itself is a real oasis in the desert. It is a playground of extreme wealth and ambition, with an enthusiasm for development which simply cannot be tempered. The tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, calls Dubai its home. There are also the Palm Islands, a remarkable series of manmade islands, designed to look like an extending palm frond.  
In fact, there is a whole range of unbelievable buildings in this most grand of cities. This is a place which, last month, opened an observation deck on the top of the Burj Khalifa; a staggering 1,821 feet above the ground. The word impossible is just not recognised in Dubai, and the world has gained some breathtaking feats of architecture and engineering as a result.

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It is not just tall buildings which this city specialises in either. It is home to one of the largest indoor ski parks in the world, despite being one of the hottest countries on the planet. The sense of wealth here is simply incredible and it really does have to be seen to be believed. In honour of the unveiling of the brand new Burj Khalifa observation deck, this is our guide to some of the brilliant buildings in Dubai – get them ticked off your travel list soon.

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The Burj Arab

A (slightly) smaller, but no less impressive, sibling to the Burj Khalifa, the Burj Arab is the tallest hotel in the world. It is also the subject of a popular urban myth; that it is the only seven star hotel in the world. Whilst this simply is not true, because there is no such thing as a seven star hotel classification, it says a lot about the opulence of this establishment.

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Mall of The Emirates

Yes, you can go skiing in one of the hottest country on earth. At the Mall of the Emirates, there is a 22,500 square metre snow park. It contains five separate runs, and a 400 metre ski slope, which holds more than 6,000 tonnes of artificial snow.

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Atlantis The Palm

This truly remarkable hotel sits right at the head of the Palm Islands, and is an unbelievably sprawling accommodation complex. It is one of the most famous hotels in Dubai, because it is both one of the largest and one of the most visually unique. Click here to read more about the Atlantis.

Dubai Mall

This is, perhaps unsurprisingly, the largest mall in the world. It is home to an Olympic sized ice rink, no fewer than 22 movie screens and a whopping 548,127 square metres of shopping and leisure space. You are not like to get bored quickly, that’s for sure.

The Mall of The World

The Dubai Mall had best enjoy its world record whilst it can, because an even bigger leisure complex is now in development. The Mall of the World will not only be significantly larger, it will be designed to act as a self-contained city, within a city. There are plans to house the biggest indoor theme park in the world, and around a hundred separate hotels.

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Emirates Golf Club

It is not technically a building, but it still counts as one of the most impressive projects in the city. The Emirates Golf Club represents a huge love for the sport in this part of the world. This golf club hosts the annual Dubai Desert Classic, which offers $2.5 million in prize money to the champion. 

Dubai Land

This exciting Dubai based theme park is still under construction, but plans suggest that it will eventually be twice the size of the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, making it the single biggest theme or amusement park on the planet.

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The Palm Islands

For many, the artificial marvel that is the Palm Islands, in Dubai, is the eighth wonder of the world. Whilst this might be an unofficial title, it is difficult to suggest that it does not deserve such admiration. If viewed from the air, these manmade ‘palm fronds’ spread delicately out into the shape of a palm tree. They are made even more impressive by the presence of the some of the largest and most extravagant hotel complexes in the world.

For more information about holidays to Dubai, click here


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