Top 15 Wonders of Dubai
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Dubai is the synonym of business and luxury that became a paradise for tourists. Known as the city of superlatives and the unexpected, it has transformed its skyline with creative and inspired architecture. Home to some of the most amazing futuristic mega projects in the world, Dubai has the world’s tallest building, the tallest hotel, the largest shopping mall, the iconic Palm and World Islands, and also features a blooming garden and a ski resort in the middle of the desert. So let’s marvel us with the wonders of Dubai.
1 – Burj al Arab
Burj al Arab
Burj Al Arab is the only “7-star” hotel in the world, featuring a Skyview Bar, an underwater restaurant and an outdoor tennis court. It is also one of the most iconic symbols of Dubai and one of the most photographed monuments in the world. Designed to resemble the sail of an Arabian dhow ship, the building rises out of the Persian Gulf, reaching out a height of 321 meters. At night, it is illuminated by choreographed color sculptures of water and fire.
2 – The Palm Islands
Jumeirah Palm Island
The Palm Islands are the largest artificial islands in the world and one of the most ambitious developments on earth. Their unique palm-tree shapes help to add 520 kilometers to Dubai’s coastline. These amazing man-made islands are considered the eighth wonder of the world. The Palm Trilogy, which comprises the Palm Jebel Ali, the Palm Deira and the Palm Jumeirah, houses luxury hotels, exclusive beachside homes, water theme parks, marinas, as well as leisure and entertainment centers.
3 – Burj Khalifa
Stretching to 828 meters, Burj Khalifa is recognized as the tallest building and manmade structure in the world. The tower also contains the world’s highest mosque on the 158th floor (of 160), the world’s highest swimming pool, on the 76th floor, and the world’s highest viewing platform, on the 124th floor. The pyramid-shaped skyscraper houses fine 900 residences, office suites, as well as the prestigious Armani Hotel.
4 – Dubai Marina
Dubai Marina is the largest man-made marina in the world. It is an artificial canal city, where the waters of the Persian Gulf were brought into the 3 km site. Its waterfront provides shelter for hundreds of yachts, and also includes a 7 km long pedestrian walkway, with a string of outdoor cafés, bars and restaurants. The marina was developed to create a large public space capable to accommodate a population of 120,000 in its residential towers and villas on a pedestrian friendly urban community.
5 – Infinity Tower
Infinity Tower Dubai
Infinity Tower is the world’s tallest high-rise building with a twist of 90˚. The unique, almost completed, skyscraper spirals by an amazing 90 degrees from its base to its crown, 305 meters (1,000 feet) above the ground. The 80-storey high residential tower has dynamic waterfront views, which depend of its elevation. Amazingly, there is not a single structural pillar anywhere inside the building.
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6 – Dubai Mall
Dubai Mall is the largest shopping center in the world by area. Its 1,200 retail outlets, department stores, over 160 food and beverage outlets, and huge entertainment zone, attract more than 750,000 visitors every week. The mall has also a 250-room luxury hotel, and even a large aquarium in it, the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, with the world’s largest viewing panel. Outside the mall, there’s the incredible Dubai Fountain with its dancing waters.
7 – Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Jumeirah Beach Hotel
With its striking wave-like design, the five-star Jumeirah Beach Hotel is one of the architectural wonders that graces Dubai’s skyline. Standing 93 meters high and 275 meters long, the 26-storey building is curved both in plan and on elevation, representing a stunning breaking wave. It offers 20 restaurants and bars, its own private beach, and unlimited access to the famous Wild Wadi Water Park. The hotel is adjacent to the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab and this combination mimics a sail navigating against a wave.
8 – Dubai Fountain
Dubai Fountain is the largest dancing fountain in the world. It is illuminated by 6,600 lights and 25 color projectors that create a visual spectrum of over 1,000 abstract attractions. Its beam of light can be seen from over 20 miles away, and is visible from space, making it the brightest spot in the Middle East. This amazing 275 meters-long (900 ft.) fountain can spray 83,000 liters (22,000 gallons) of water and shoots water jets as high as 152 m (500 ft.) into the air in sync with classical, Arabic and world music.
9 – Atlantis The Palm Hotel & Resort
Atlantis The Palm Hotel & Resort Dubai
The extravagant Atlantis The Palm Hotel houses 2 underwater suites that provide views from floor-to-ceiling windows into a lagoon filled with 65,000 marine creatures, including sharks. Major attractions include the Aquaventure Waterpark, where riders experience near-vertical drop down before being catapulted through a shark-filled lagoon – the Lost Chambers, a labyrinth of underwater tunnels filled with marine life and modeled on the architecture of Atlantis – the sizable Ambassador Lagoon, which is filled with 65,000 marine animals – and the Dolphin Bay, in which guests can swim and interact with dolphins. With more than 1,500 guest rooms, the complex also features a 1.4 km pristine white beach, world-class cuisine and luxury boutiques.
10 – Ski Dubai
Ski Dubai is a 22,500-square-meter indoor ski resort (equivalent to 3 football fields) that offers the incredible opportunity to enjoy real snow in the desert all year round. Located inside the Mall of the Emirates, it features an 85-meter-high indoor mountain with 5 runs that vary in difficulty, height and gradient, including a 400-meter-long run with a fall of over 60 meters and the world’s first indoor black run. It also has a 3,000-square-meter Snow Park play area: the largest indoor snow park in the world.
11 – Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
Located at the center of the enormous Dubai Mall, Dubai Aquarium is the largest suspended aquarium in the world. This wonder provides unique views of 33,000 submarine animals behind the world’s largest acrylic viewing panel and the 48-metre long aquarium walk-through tunnel. It also offers a range of unprecedented leisure experiences such as glass-bottom boat rides, shark dives and cage snorkeling.
12 – Princess Tower
Princess Tower Dubai
The Princess Tower is recognized by the Guinness World Records as the world’s tallest residential building since 2012. Towering over Dubai Marina skyline at 414 meters (1,355 ft.), the 101-storey skyscraper houses 763 luxury apartments, one of the most expensive properties in the city, as well as eight retail stores.
13 – The World Islands
The World Islands Dubai
The World or World Islands is a collection of 300 manmade islands constructed in the shape of a world map, situated 4 kilometers (2.5 mi) off the coast of Dubai. Created from tons of sand rock, the entire development is an area that covers 6 by 9 kilometers (3.7 by 5.6 mi) and is surrounded by an oval-shaped breakwater island. Each island is for sale and ready for development. Its Earth’s shape is visible only by satellite or from the top of the world’s tallest building, the Burg Khalifa.
14 – JW Marriott Marquis Dubai Hotel
JW Marriott Marquis Dubai
The luxurious JW Marriott Marquis Dubai Hotel is the tallest hotel in the world. The 72-storey, 355 meter (1,165 ft.) skyscraper complex spreads across two iconic towers and features 14 food and beverage outlets, rooftop bars, a business center, a 3,700 m2 (40,000 sq. ft.) spa and health club, as well as retail outlets, a swimming pool, and a gymnasium.
15 – Dubai Miracle Garden
Dubai Miracle Garden
Is it a miracle or a mirage? Incredibly developed in the middle of the desert, Dubai Miracle Garden is the largest natural flower garden in the world. The 72,000-square-meter colorful garden has more than 45 million flowers fashioned into the shapes of hearts, stars, igloos, pyramids, flower-decked vintage cars, arc-shaped walkways and so on, which will change each season. It has entered the Guinness Book of Records with the world’s biggest flower clock, and also hopes to be recognized as having the longest wall of flowers and the largest pyramid of flowers.