Dubai is synonymous with business and luxury, which has become a paradise for tourists. Known as the city of superlatives and the unexpected, it has changed its skyline with creative and inspired architecture. Dubai is home to some of the most amazing futuristic mega-projects in the world and features the tallest building in the world, the tallest hotel, the largest shopping mall, the famous palm tree and the world islands, as well as a flowery garden and a ski resort in the middle of the desert. Let us marvel at the wonders of Dubai.
1. Burj Al Arab
The Burj Al Arab is the only 7-star hotel in the world with a Skyview Bar, an underwater restaurant and an outdoor tennis court. It is also one of Dubai’s landmarks and one of the most photographed monuments in the world. The building resembles the sail of an Arab dhow ship and protrudes from the Persian Gulf at a height of 321 meters. At night it is illuminated by choreographed color sculptures made of water and fire.
2. The Palm Island
The Palm Islands are the largest man-made islands in the world and one of the most ambitious developments in the world. Their unique palm shapes help expand Dubai’s coastline by 520 kilometers. These amazing artificial islands are considered the eighth wonder of the world. The Palm trilogy, which includes the Palm Jebel Ali, the Palm Deira and the Palm Jumeirah, houses luxury hotels, exclusive beachfront homes, water theme parks, marinas, and leisure and entertainment centers.
3. Burj Khalfa
The Burj Khalifa extends over 828 meters and is considered the tallest building and structure in the world. The tower also contains the world’s tallest mosque on the 158th floor (out of 160), the world’s tallest pool on the 76th floor, and the world’s tallest viewing platform on the 124th floor. The pyramid-shaped skyscraper houses fine 900 residences, office suites and the renowned Armani Hotel.
4. Infinity Tower
The Infinity Tower is the tallest skyscraper in the world with a 90° turn. The unique, almost completed skyscraper winds an astonishing 90 degrees from the base to the crown, 305 meters above the ground. The 80-story residential tower offers a dynamic view of the water, which depends on the height. Amazingly, there is not a single structural pillar inside the building.
5. Dubai Mall
The Dubai Mall is the largest shopping mall in the world in terms of area. The 1,200 retail stores, department stores, over 160 food and beverage retailers and the huge entertainment zone attract more than 750,000 visitors every week. The mall also has a luxury hotel with 250 rooms and even a large aquarium, the Dubai Aquarium and the underwater zoo, with the largest observation board in the world. Outside the mall is the incredible Dubai Fountain with its dancing water.
6. Jumeirah Beach Hotel
With its striking, wavy design, the 5-star Jumeirah Beach Hotel is one of the architectural marvels that adorn Dubai’s skyline. With a height of 93 meters and a length of 275 meters, the 26-storey building is curved in terms of both the floor plan and the height and represents a breathtaking surf wave. It offers 20 restaurants and bars, a private beach and unlimited access to the famous Wild Wadi Water Park. The hotel is located next to the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab and this combination mimics a sail that crashes into a wave.
7. The Dubai Fountain
The Dubai Fountain is the largest dance 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 light beam can be seen from a distance of more than 32 kilometers and is visible from space. This makes it the brightest spot in the Middle East. This astonishing 275 meter long fountain can spray 83,000 liters of water and shoots water jets into the air at a height of 152 m, in sync with classical, Arabic and world music.
8. Atlantis The Palm Hotel & Resort
The extravagant Atlantis The Palm Hotel houses 2 underwater suites with a view from the floor-to-ceiling windows of a lagoon with 65,000 marine animals, including sharks. One of the main attractions is the Aquaventure water park, where drivers experience an almost vertical descent before being catapulted through a lagoon filled with sharks – the Lost Chambers, a labyrinth of underwater tunnels filled with marine life and modeled on the architecture of Atlantis are – the vast Ambassador Lagoon with 65,000 marine animals and Dolphin Bay, where guests can swim and interact with dolphins. The complex has more than 1,500 guest rooms, a 1.4 km unspoiled white beach, first-class cuisine and luxury boutiques.
9. Dubai Miracle Garden
Is it a miracle or an illusion? Dubai Miracle Garden is the largest natural flower garden in the world. The 72,000 square meter colorful garden offers more than 45 million flowers in the form of hearts, stars, igloos, pyramids, flower-decorated vintage cars, arched walkways, etc., which change in every season. It was included in the Guinness Book of World Records with the world’s largest flower clock and hopes to be recognized as the country with the longest flower wall and the largest flower pyramid.
10. Waterfall, Dubai Canal
The city’s comparatively new landmark and the freshest waterway on the Dubai Canal have been filling up, and there’s a waterfall of its own now.
Right, the bridge that crosses the canal as part of Sheikh Zayed Road has a flowing waterfall.