Throughout the years Dubai has amazed the world with its rapid development, shortly becoming one of the world’s most architecturally innovative cities. Daring to go to great lengths (and heights, literally), Dubai continues its pursuit of intensive urban expansion. In recent years, some of the most iconic – and tall – buildings in the world have sprung up in Dubai, but several iconic structures around the city are a truly alluring draw. Read this list for your guide to the must-see show-stoppers and inspirational historical buildings around the city.
Opened in 2010, the Burj Khalifa is the tallest and highest occupied building in the world, standing at 829 meters tall. It stands in the heart of Dubai’s Downtown District, surrounded by the Dubai Mall, Dubai Fountain, and the newly opened Dubai Opera. Designed by Adrian Smith, the tower includes a residential section, dining options, and the Armani Hotel. You can visit the tower at any time of the day but a visit to The Top Observatory Deck will cost you.
Museum Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House
Located in the Al Shindagha area, this house was built in 1896 and served as a residential home of the Al Maktoum ruling family. The strategically situated residence overlooks the Arabian Gulf and Deira and Bur Dubai – historically, the main districts of trade in the city. Today the house is a museum that holds some of Dubai’s most historical artifacts. It’s open to visitors every day, offering an opportunity to learn more about the UAE’s history.
Hotel Burj Al Arab
Built in 1999, this sail-shaped hotel stands off the coast of Dubai at 321 meters high, the third-tallest hotel in the world. Situated on its own man-made island 280 meters away from the Jumeirah Beach coast, the hotel includes 28 double-story floors, celebrity chef dining options, a private helipad at 210 meters and recently introduced its private beach bar. The entrance to the hotel is restricted but head over to Sunset Beach for the perfect photo opportunity.
Dubai World Trade Centre
Amongst one of Dubai’s first multi-story buildings, the Dubai World Trade Centre tower was originally built in 1978 and stands at 149 meters tall. Today, the DWTC complex is complete with office and residential towers as well as dining options and entertainment arenas.
Another symbol for the city, the two towers are situated along The Boulevard, a complex of shopping and dining destinations. The two towers are separated into the 355 meter-tall Emirates Office Tower and the 305 meter-tall Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel. Known for their unique triangular shape, the towers are easy to access for guests and visitors. For one of the best views of the towers, head over to the Dubai International Financial Centre district.