The dazzling silver skyline that makes up Dubai city is one of the Emirate’s main tourist attractions. With new skyscrapers springing up almost every day, and almost 25% of the world’s cranes involved with construction in Dubai, there’s no surprise that the glimmering horizon is constantly in a state of flux. From the Burj Khalifa’s magnificent height to Burj Al Arab’s record breaking 7-stars, the buildings in Dubai range from the out of this world, to the ancient world.
Not everything in Dubai is glass and steel: there are many historical constructs that keep the Emirate’s history and heritage alive and kicking, drawing tourists from all over the world. Simpler in design, yet rich in stories, these areas of the city have an eclectic mix of tranquillity and vibrancy, as you read between the lines and envision Dubai back in its pearl diving, village days.
There are few other cities in the world that have become as internationally recognised as Dubai due to buildings and architectural concepts, so take the time to fully explore the city and discover how such impressive constructions came to be.
From the sea to the city, Dubai has made its mark. Artificial islands, the World and the Palm Trilogy, can be seen from outer space, while Burj Al Arab is the only hotel worldwide to be awarded 7-stars. Iconic buildings from around the world have been made bigger and better by architects in Dubai – you need not look any further than the Dubai Fountain, located in Downtown.
Jumeirah, Deira and Bur Dubai are home to Dubai’s oldest city constructs, where you can tour heritage villages and see how people lived before the sleek skyscrapers took centre stage. The contrast between the glass and steel towers, and the stone and thatch huts are poetic, and all visitors to Dubai are lucky enough to witness the evolution of the city moving along the same street.
Whether you’re an architecture fan or not, Dubai’s buildings and plans for the future are inspirational, and part of what’s made them the city it is today.