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8 Stunning Wonders in Dubai

There are many reasons why Dubai is grabbing more and more headlines these days. One of them is that the emirate city is experiencing a construction boom, with stunning new buildings going up at a pace that rivals even China’s urban development.

Dubai Air View
Image by Michael Foley

Dubai’s crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and his team of advisors know full well that Dubai’s oil reserves are finite and may well run dry by 2030. As a result, tourism and commercial development is slated to replace black gold as the main engine of the economy. Here then are 8 structural wonders that will change Dubai forever.

Hydropolis – First Underwater Luxury Resort

Hydropolis - First Underwater Hotel in Dubai
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About the size of London’s Hyde Park and some 66 feet beneath the Persian Gulf, the reinforced concrete and steel multi-star hotel off Jumeira Beach will employ Plexiglass walls and a bubble-dome ceiling to allow guests to view marine life. “Sea-view room” anyone?

The hotel will feature 220 suites at a cost of £300 million ($594.34 million) and will be built entirely in Germany, with assembly in Dubai. After several long delays, Hydropolis is set to welcome guests by 2009.

Burj Dubai – World’s Tallest Building

Burj Dubai - Tallest Building in the World
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With construction that began in September 2004, the Burj Dubai, with 2009 as the inaugural date, is already the tallest man-made building on Earth. With a spectacular design inspired by the indigenous desert flowers that often appear as decorative patterns in Islamic architecture, the total cost of the super skyscraper is going to be close to $4.1 billion. When completed it will have used 330,000 cubic meters of concrete, 39,000 metric tons of steel and 142,000 sqm of glass.

The Palm Islands

Palm Islands in Dubai
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The three largest artificial islands in the world are in Dubai, nestled in the Persian Gulf. Named Palm Jumeirah, the Palm Jebel Ali and the Palm Deira, they will add 520 km of beaches to the city and will include residential pockets, as well as leisure and entertainment centers.

Palm Island Jumeirah, Dubai

Palm Island Dubai
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Palm Jumeirah consists of a trunk, a crown with 17 fronds, and a surrounding crescent island. Expected to be ready by mid 2008, Palm Jebel Ali is slightly bigger and should be able to accommodate 1.7 million people by 2020. The largest of them all, Palm Deira, is expected to be finished in 2015.

The World Archipelago

The World Islands Archipelago in Dubai

After the construction of three decorative artificial islands, how will Dubai up the ante even further? Well, an archipelago dubbed The World will replicate the world atlas and will include some 300 islands that will be primarily built using sand dredged from the sea bottom.

The World Islands Archipelago in Dubai

The total development cost is going to be close to $14 billion. No surprise then that the islands, which range from 250,000 to 900,000 square feet, are being sold to developers for prices that reportedly start at $6.85 million.

The World Islands Archipelago in Dubai
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Distance between the islands is going to be around 100m and travel should only be available by boat. With more than 60% of the islands sold by January 2008, there are bound to be some super yachts on the premises sometime in the near future.

Wind-powered rotating skyscraper

Dubai Rotating Skyscraper

Dr. David Fisher is the man behind Dynamic Architecture, the firm that will build the 420 meters (1,378 feet) high wind-powered rotating skyscraper in Dubai. There will be 48 wind turbines installed between each floor (which actually rotates independently) with the express aim of making the entire structure self-sufficient from an energy standpoint.

Dubai Rotating Skyscraper

Dubai Rotating Skyscraper

Instead of traditional ground-up construction, the plan here is to have a nearby factory prefab each floor in segments. The hope is to switch on the turbines by 2010.

The UAE spaceport

The UAE Spaceport, Dubai

With an estimated price tag of at least $265 million, the world’s first spaceport will fall inside the border of a nearby emirate, Ras Al-Khaimah. A quick drive from Dubai, America’s Space Adventures are the wacky developers behind the high profile project slated to target the most affluent tourists. Early renderings indicate that the spaceport will feature a triangular runway (call it a launchpad if you like) and domed passenger terminals.

13 Comments for "8 Stunning Wonders in Dubai"

Pokin says on August 7th, 2008 at 7:04 pm:

These buildings and structures are ultra creative. I’m especially intrigued by the rotating towers.

Dave From America says on December 16th, 2009 at 11:20 pm:

lets all rob Dubai….

hamdan says on January 4th, 2010 at 7:35 am:

bhai sab sahi hai nai fake haiiiiiiiii

mohammad from i.r.iran says on February 18th, 2010 at 10:50 pm:

iran is very nais

ann says on July 26th, 2010 at 8:48 am:

wow…another wonders of the world..good job dubai..

BUGGY BUGGER says on August 10th, 2010 at 8:15 am:


asdjf;klsdfj says on September 27th, 2010 at 6:05 pm:

Let’s all move to Dubai in the sky

Jeff says on September 9th, 2011 at 2:45 pm:

An amazing place!


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