A city can be made great by its architecture and we take a look at some of the most impressive constructions, both ancient and modern, from Dubai. Great deals on all inclusive hotels here are always available, so you'll be able to visit to experience some of these fantastic sites.
Nothing has been off-limits in Dubai until lately, as architects have got away with anything and everything. It was like an architectural cold war was taking place, with everyone racing to outdo each other. No matter how ambitious or outlandish the idea, someone always provided the money, and some of the most interesting buildings in the world were erected.
The Burj Al Arab Hotel is the most defining example of Dubai's propensity for extravagant architecture. The most distinct feature of the hotel is that it's designed and shaped like the sail of a dhow, an Arab sailing ship; two wings create a V-shape, which form the mast. The building is designed as a steel exterior wrapped around a concrete tower. During the day it is even more interesting as a white fabric gives way to a light, milky light inside the hotel.
Other examples of conspicuous construction in Dubai include the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, at 828 metres. Indeed, its cladding also provides a unique contrast to the more conventional architecture surrounding it. Worth catching at sunrise, the rays bounce off its reflective surface. Emirates Towers are a favourite building among Dubai's architecture enthusiasts. Most notable is the way the towers' 'relationship' appears to change, depending on which angle you choose to look at them.
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