Wonders of Dubai
one of the seven emirates that make up the oil-rich
United Arab Emirates, Dubai has attracted worldwide
attention through some mind-boggling, innovative real
back and peruse our photo gallery of some of the most
amazing construction being done in the world today.
The Palm Islands
the shape of palm trees, these are the three largest
man-made islands in the world. The islands are: The
Palm Jumeirah, The Palm Jebel Ali and The Palm Deira.
islands were commissioned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid
Al Maktoum in order to increase Dubai's tourism.
latest Dubai marvel-to-be is a proposed 68-story combination
hotel, apartment and office tower where the floors would
rotate 360 degrees.
story of the tower would be shaped like a doughnut and
be attached to a center core housing elevators. Each
floor would rotate independently and one single rotation
would take around 90 minutes.
300 islands, positioned to form the shape of a world
map, are currently being constructed 4 kilometers offshore
from Dubai in Gulf waters. 'The World' is being built
primarily using sand dredged from the sea.
for the islands will range from $15 million to $45 million.
The project is scheduled to be completed by next year.
Al Arab Hotel
marketed as "the world's first seven-star hotel,"
the Burj Al Arab is 1,053 feet high and is the world's
on an artificial island 280 meters from Jumeirah beach,
it is connected to the mainland by a private curving
bridge. It was built to resemble the sail of a dhow,
a type of Arabian vessel. The hotel was completed in
new meaning to "ocean-view room," the Hydropolis
hotel is the world's first underwater luxury resort.
It will sit 66 feet below the surface of the Persian
Gulf and feature 220 guest suites.
Hydropolis is scheduled to open in late 2007, but has
faced major delays due to cost issues and concerns over
the project's impact on marine life.
all goes according to plan, Burj Dubai will soon become
the tallest building in the world. Currently under construction
in downtown Dubai, it is planned to be completed in
Dubai has been rumored to have undergone several height
increases since its inception. Its final height is officially
being kept a secret due to competition.
Louvre Abu Dhabi
to be outdone by neighboring Dubai, the city of Abu
Dhabi signed a deal with France this year to build a
spinoff of its most famous museum, the Louvre, in the
Gulf emirate better known for oil than art.
computer image of the building will be built on a luxury
resort island and is scheduled to open around 2012.
of the Burj Al Arab
preparation for the Dubai Duty Free Men's Open, tennis
legend Andre Agassi and Roger Federer, the Swiss tennis
professional who's ranked No. 1 in the world, couldn't
resist the temptation to have a friendly knock-about
on the world's highest tennis court -- the helipad of
Burj Al Arab hotel.
Dubai is one of the largest indoor ski resorts in the
world, with 22,500-square meters of indoor ski area.
It is a part of the Mall of the Emirates, which is one
of the largest malls in the world.
is approximately 25 stories high and can accommodate
1,500 guests at any one time.
Wadi Water Park
unforgettable adventure awaits you in the world's most
advanced water theme park. It is situated between Burj
Al Arab and the Jumeirah Beach Hotel
park covers an area of 12 acres and comprises 24 adrenaline-pumping,
state-of-the-art rides and slides.
Creek Golf and Yacht Club
to an oasis in the heart of the city where you will
enjoy a breathtaking view of The Creek, the sea-water
inlet that is a Dubai hallmark.
18-hole course has been host to the PGA European Tour
Desert Classic. The club prides itself on beautiful
fairways and was voted "Best Clubhouse" in
Golf World's "Best of the Best" Awards.
Entertainment and United Arab Emirate-based Al Ahli
Group are developing a theme park based on Marvel's
popular comics: Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, X-Men,
Iron Man, Incredible Hulk and other heroes.
park is scheduled to open in 2011.
of two skyscrapers, the Emirates Office Tower and Emirates
Towers Hotel are connected by a 9,000 square meter retail
boulevard. The Emirates Towers design draws on earth,
sun and moon -- the three Heavenly Bodies of Islam.
sister towers are a symbol of Dubai City. Construction
was completed in 2000.
Dubai -- Wind Tower
around Dubai you would think it is a brand-new city.
In fact, it goes back more than 1,000 years. The earliest
recorded mention of the city is in 1095 A.D.
Wind Tower is part of the cultural Arabic background
of the country that has now been reduced to just 20
percent of the population.
city has many fine mosques. The largest -- and one of
the most beautiful -- is Jumeirah Mosque. It is a great
example of modern Islamic architecture and is one of
the most photographed sites of Dubai.
is particularly attractive at night when subtle lighting
throws its artistry into relief.
government's decision to diversify from a trade-based
but oil-reliant economy to one that is service- and
tourism-oriented has boosted real estate
values that have resulted in the current property boom.
on a large scale has turned Dubai into one of the fastest
growing cities in the world.
WTC has been one of Dubai's premier landmark properties
and business locations for more than 20 years.
complex comprises the original 39-story office tower,
eight exhibition halls, the Dubai International Convention
Centre, a business club and residential apartments with
a leisure club.
2000, Dubai has initiated a ton of construction phases
and plans across the entire city, predominantly in the
Mina Seyahi area, located further from Jumeirah, toward
areas of Dubai are dominated by a large number of construction