It’s not just the home of the tallest skyscraper in the world, having a gigantic set of man-made islands, or being the city where the police drive supercars on patrol. It seems that the purpose of dubai it is to push back again and again the limits of the surreal.
then five buildings to illustrate. They’re not skyscrapers (for the most part), but they’re clearly hard to ignore. They are monumental constructions, impossible lines, expensive materials and innovations rarely repeated in the world.
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burj al arab
It is one of Hotels the most expensive, the most ostentatious and the most eccentric in the world. Its main tower is in the shape of a sail dhow, a traditional Arab boat, and reaches 321 meters in height, more than the Eiffel Tower (although incomparable with the Burj Khalifa and its 828 meters). It rises on its own artificial island, for which it is supported by 250 columns buried up to 45 meters below the sea.
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The English architect Tom Wright is the author of the Burj Al Arab; his idea was to imitate the ancient nautical tradition of dubai. The hotel opened its doors in 1999, after two years of creating the island and three years of construction.
Inside, it’s an explosion of color that incorporates materials such as 30 types of marble, imported textiles and 1,790 square meters of 24-karat gold leaf.
Just Junsui Japanese Restaurant Its ceiling is covered with 21,000 Swarovski crystals. Inside the hotel is the tallest atrium in the world, at 180 meters. he has already iconic building It has three aquariums, which are home to around 50 marine species.
Guests can book a two-story suite, complete with a private Jacuzzi, butler service, access to a luxurious nine-pillow menu, and the convenience of having someone else unpack. You can also request an airport transfer from Rolls Royce.
Museum of the future
Its construction was completed a few months ago, but it is still not open to the public. As its name suggests, this place will be dedicated to exploring different possibilities for the future, in areas such as the environment, spirituality, well-being and bioengineering. Its exhibitions will incorporate multimedia and immersive theatrical elements. One of its floors will be dedicated to children, to inspire them to solve the global challenges of the coming decades.
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The distinctive building was created by UAE-based studio Killa Design. The construction represents the understanding of the future as we know it now, while the “empty” space at its center symbolizes what we will experience in the decades to come.
All windows are designed with Arabic calligraphy, where quotes about the future are read by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister of United Arab Emirates and Emir of Dubai. It is located on a man-made hill with vegetation, which represents rootedness and permanence, while giving a sense of isolation from the surrounding cityscapes.
The unique stainless steel construction reaches 78 meters in height. Taking into account mechanisms such as the use of sunlight and the minimum use of energy or water, it has a LEED Platinum certification, dedicated to sustainable buildings.
This temple opened its doors for the first time in 1979, on the initiative of Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, former emir of Dubai and father of the current one, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. It has a capacity of 1,500 worshipers inside. It was built entirely in marble, following a medieval architectural tradition called Fatimid, originating in Egypt and Syria. It has a central dome and two minarets.
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This mosque is special because it is one of the few to allow access to people of all religions. As part of the Open Doors program. Open Minds, from the Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding, offers indoor tours and sightseeing experiences such as sideboards or coffee tastings, and visitors are free to ask what they want. The mosque appears on the 500 dirham note, according to local travel agency DayOut Dubai.
It’s literally like a gigantic picture frame showing both sides of Dubai. On one side you can see Sheikh Zayed Road, the longest road in United Arab Emirates which is flanked by skyscrapers such as the Burj Khalifa itself. On the other side, there are sites that represent the history of the emirate, such as Deira, an area that once served as the commercial heart of the city.
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The framework is composed of two towers of 150 meters, connected by a bridge which reaches 93 meters wide. In the construction, 9,900 cubic meters of reinforced concrete, 2,000 tons of steel and 15,000 square meters of gold-painted stainless steel were used to decorate the exterior.
On the ground floor, a small museum tells the story of the emirate through sound effects, fog and even smells. Two other floors explain the present and the future of Dubai, through augmented reality, 3D effects and virtual reality technology.
If you climb the 48 floors in the panoramic elevator, which takes 75 seconds to reach the top, you will reach the bridge that crosses the huge frame. It has a transparent floor, so anyone who goes there feels that it is floating above the city.
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Dubai Frame, which cost 250 million dirhams (over $68 million), has not been spared controversy. The original idea for its creation was born out of a competition organized in 2008 by the company Thyssen Krupp and the International Union of Architects; Mexican Fernando Donis won.
However, after receiving the $100,000 prize, Donis was asked to sign a contract ceding his intellectual property and agreeing to never promote the project as his own, according to The Guardian. After Donis refused to sign, the creation of the building proceeded without him.
A unique building due to its “eroded” cube shape, with a huge hole in the center that gives the impression of being always in motion. By day, the huge silhouette is opaque and reflects everything around it. At night, its transparent walls become a light show.
The Opus is home to the ME Dubai hotel, which is part of the international Meliá chain. It is the only hotel in which the architect Zaha Hadid designed not only the exterior, but also the interiors and even the furniture. Hadid, who won the Pritzker Prize (the most prestigious in the field of architecture) in 2004, transferred to this building his well-known deconstructivism which questions the “purity of forms” and the meaning that form should follow. the function of a structure, according to the Cornell University blog.
It reaches 93 meters, spread over 20 floors. It consists of two towers connected by a four-story atrium that begins at the ground floor and a bridge that spans five stories above. The hole was formed with 4,300 crystal units, made with 3D modeling. The building has a total coating to protect against ultraviolet rays and is programmed to adjust ventilation and lighting according to hotel occupancy.
In the 74 rooms and 19 suites of ME Dubai, the contrast between black and white predominates, as well as curved and fluid lines. In addition to the hotel, The Opus has a residential section and its inhabitants have access to the exclusive services of Meliá.
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