Dubai is probably one of the most glamorous cities which have defined luxury in its own terms. The magnificent urban landscape with its immaculate skyscrapers and beautiful well-built roads, the architectural delights in its mosques, the red sea of sand in its deserts and the posh luxury of its grandiose hotels –all add to the versatility and extravagance of the dazzling cosmopolitan. But nothing has grasped the attention of tourists all over the world more than the engineering exquisiteness in its brick-and-mortar structures that fills one’s eyes with awe and admiration. The sheer architectural magnificence of these giant structures with its posh services and entertainment bonanza in its interior catches the breath of the gravest and most unbending of persons. Here is a list of top eight such breathtaking architectural masterpieces.
1. Burj Al Arab:
Known as the ‘Tower of Arabs’ in Arabic, this grandiose structure is the world’s most luxurious hotel in the world, with the tag of a ‘seven star’ under its belt. Its architectural magnificence is magnified tenfold at night, when it is a vibrant display of color sculptures overlooking the sea.
Known as the first underwater resort, its structure is made of concrete and solid steel to give rise to dome-shaped bubble ceiling. Its Plexiglass walls ensure that the guests have a full view of the aquatic life under the sea, as the luxury resort is situated well below Persian Guls at the depth of 66feet.
3. Burj Khalifa:
Known as the tallest building in the world, it has a wonderful design depicting a desert flower of six petals. It is part of a development project called ‘Downtown Dubai’ covering two square kilometer of landscape. The cost of making this building is around 4.1 billion dollars.
4. Ski Dubai:
This artificial mountain-themed snow haven has been created against the backdrop of a hot tropical desert city. Probably it was built keeping in mind the Americans and the Europeans, most of whom enjoy dry cold and wet climates. One can enjoy skiing, tobogganing, snow boarding, ice skating or simply fiddling in the snow 365 days a year.
5. Palm islands:
These are three man-made palm-shaped islands named The Palm Jumeirah, The Palm Jebel Ali and The Palm Deira. The three islands combined would consist of 100 luxury hotels, marinas, water theme parks, exclusive beach side bungalows and apartments, restaurants, health spas, shopping malls and sports club.
The world’s biggest amusement park features an expanse of six different theme worlds. They are: Attractions & Experience World consisting of Universal Studios Dubai, Global Village, Kids City, water parks and Dubai Snowdome; Retail and Entertainment World featuring World Trade Park, , Auction World and Factory Outlets; Sports and Outdoor world featuring Dubai Sports City, Dubai Golf city and Plantation Equestrian and Polo Club; Themed Leisure and Vacation World featuring Women’s World, Destination Dubai, Andalusian Resort and Spa and Desert Kingdom; Eco-Tourism World featuring Al Sahra Desert Resort, Sand Dune Hotel and Al Kaheel; and finally, Downtown with its magnificent Mall of Arabia, City Walk, The Great Dubai Wheel and Virtual Game World.
7. Dubai mall:
Claiming to be the world’s largest mall, its chief attractions are the huge gold souk, Fashion Island; one of the biggest aquariums in the world; a mammoth ice skating rink; Oasis Fountain Waterfall and WaterFront Atrium.
8. Dubai Sports city:
This would be the all-purpose sport haven equipped with state-of-the-art stadiums, sport academies and other commercial projects. It could be the destination of world class sporting events and tournaments.
These spectacular engineering perfections are what makes Dubai truly an amazing tourist destination. Its extravagance and lavishness is unrivalled yet, and it would be a long time before it is challenged.