You’ve heard about Dubai, the fastest growing city in the world. But have you seen Dubai? Do you know what’s really going on? Seeing is believing. Check out these amazing pictures to better comprehend this dynamic, world-class emirate.
Dubai in 1990, prior to the craziness.
The same street in 2003.
The same “street” in 2007.
The word “growth” doesn’t do justice to Dubai. Dubai is said to currently have as much as 25% of all the world’s cranes.
The Dubai Waterfront. When complete, it will be the largest waterfront development in the world.
All of this development was constructed in the last five years. That includes the man-made island shaped like a palm tree.
The Palm Islands in Dubai. Using new Dutch dredging technology, these massive man-made islands were created. They are the largest artificial islands in the world and can even be seen from the moon. Three of these “palm trees” will ultimately be built with the last one being the largest of them all.
Upon completion, this Palm Island will have 2,000 villas, 40 luxury hotels, shopping centers, movie theaters and many other resort-style facilities. It is expected to support a population of approximately 500,000 people.
The World Islands. Constructed in the shape of the world, 300 artificially created islands form the shape of the world. Each island is estimated to cost $25-30 million to build.
The Burj al-Arab hotel in Dubai. This is the worlds tallest hotel and also its only seven-star hotel for its incredible luxuries. Designed in the shape of a sailboat, it stands on an artificial island in the sea.
Hydropolis, the world's first underwater hotel. Entirely built in Germany and then assembled in Dubai, it is scheduled to be completed by 2009.
The Burj Dubai. Construction began in 2005 and is expected to be complete by 2009. At an estimated height of over 800 meters, it will easily be world's tallest building when finished, although the developers won’t disclose the exact height because of fear of being one-upped. Regardless, the building will be almost 40% taller than the current tallest building, the Yaipei 101.
This is what downtown Dubai will look like around 2008-2009. More than 140 stories of the prominent Burj Dubai tower have already been completed.
The Al Burj. This tower will be the centerpiece of the Dubai Waterfront. Once completed it will take over the title of the tallest structure in the world from the Burj Dubai.
Recently it was announced that the final height of this tower will be 1200 meters. That would make it more than 30% taller than the Burj Dubai is expected to be and three times as tall as the Empire State Building.
The Burj al Alam, or The World Tower. Upon completion it will rank as the world's highest hotel. It is expected to be finished by 2009. At 480 meters it will only be 28 meters shorter than the Taipei 101.
The Trump International Hotel & Tower. This condo hotel, carrying the prestigious Trump International brand name, will be the centerpiece of one of the palm islands, The Palm Jumeirah.
Dubailand. Currently, the largest theme park collection in the world is Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, which is also the largest single-site employer in the United states with 58,000 employees. Dubailand will be over twice its size.
Dubailand will be built on 3 billion square feet (107 sq. miles) at an estimated $20 billion price tag. The site will include a purported 45 mega projects and 200 hundred other smaller projects.
Dubai Sports City. This sports-dedicated area will be a huge collection of sports arenas, training facilities, retail centers and residential areas located within Dubailand.
Currently, Walt Disney World Resort is the #1 tourist destination in the world. Once fully completed, Dubailand will easily take over that title. It is expected to attract 200,000 visitors daily.
The Dubai Marina. This is an entirely man-made development that will contain over 200 high-rise buildings when finished, including Damac Heights at Dubai Marina. It will be home to some of the tallest and most luxurious residential structures in the world. The completed first phase of the project is shown. Most of the other high-rise buildings will be finished by 2009-2010.
The Dubai Mall will be the largest shopping mall in the world with over 9 million square feet of shopping and about 1,000 stores. It will be completed in 2008.
Ski Dubai, which is already open, is the largest indoor skiing facility in the world. This is a rendered image of another future indoor skiing facility that is being planned.
Beachfront residences on Palm Jumeirah in Dubai
The manmade Palm Jumeirah Island in Dubai
This photo was taken from the world's tallest building, the Burj Dubai at 2,620 feet.
Some of the tallest buildings in the world, such as Ocean Heights and The Princess Tower, which will be the largest residential building in the world at over a 100 stories, will line the Dubai Marina.
The UAE Spaceport would be the first spaceport in the world if construction gets under way. Plans have not yet been finalized.
The Dubai Metro system, once completed, will become the largest fully automated rail system in the world.
The Dubai World Central International Airport will become the largest airport in size when it is completed. It will also eventually become the busiest airport in the world, based on passenger volume.
There are more construction workers in Dubai than there are actual citizens.
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