Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Dubai’s Most Inspiring Modern Architecture

Dubai, the largest of the United Arab Emirates, is a discerning travellers’ paradise. A beautiful, clean, modern city with an expansive mountain range and a long coastline of sandy beaches, Dubai offers variety to all visitors.

There are many great things to do in Dubai, and many unusual things to do in Dubai. Dubai has many grand examples of architecture. Tourists flock to see the Jumeira Mosque, the Grand Mosque, and the house of Sheikh Saeed. But they also come to see the modern structures such as Burj Dubai, the Blossoming Dubai, and the Palm Jumeira.

One of the most beautiful of the Dubai mosques is the Jumeira Mosque, an example of modern and traditional Islamic architecture. This mosque is a familiar landmark. Visitors can experience a breath-taking scene from outside the mosque just after sunset as it is touched with a subtle lighting that emphasizes the spectacular architecture of this sacred edifice.

Another beautiful mosque is the Grand Mosque, which can accommodate as many as 1200 worshippers at one time. This mosque was originally built in 1900, and then rebuilt in 1998 with careful attention given to retain the beautiful style of the original architecture. At just over 70 metres, the Grand Mosque’s minaret is the tallest in Dubai yet the structure blends effortlessly into its surroundings.

The house of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum, another example of inspiring architecture, has been restored as a museum. Sheikh Saeed’s house was built in the late 1800’s. The wind towers catch the cooler breezes high above the ground and bring them into to regulate the humid interiors, a great example of how design meets functionality.

Aside from its many beautiful and traditional mosques, Dubai also has claim to the world’s tallest skyscraper. The Burj Dubai, or Burj Khalifa, stands 828m high. Construction started in 2004 and was finished in 2010. The tower spirals upward from a flat base and its exterior is covered in reflective glazing and stainless steel panels.

One of the most eye-catching architectural structures in the world is the Blossoming Dubai, designed to resemble a blossoming flower rising out of the barren dessert. Two elevators run on spiral tracks around the tower. This intriguing landmark symbolizes Dubai’s rapid growth as a modern day mecca.

The Palm Jumeira, another amazing architectural structure in Dubai, is a man-made island, the smallest of three such islands in The Palm Islands complex. The main part of the island is comprised of slender fingers of land that reach out into the sea so that every building on the island is situated on beachfront property.

1 comment:

Almurtaza said...

this is amazing building, a product of Oil money, Great blog and thanks for sharing information regarding this amazing Tower

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