There are many reasons to plan a holiday to Dubai. From its fantastic range of shopping malls to the beautiful year-round sunshine and promise of adrenaline-fuelled adventure, this jewel of the UAE has much to offer. However, you will struggle to go to Dubai without standing in awe of its architectural marvels.
When planning your holiday to Dubai, you will want to keep your eye out for these fantastic displays of world-class architecture.
My top five architectural wonders in Dubai
With an integrated 90 degree-angle in its structure, this 80-storey skyscraper is perhaps one of the most visually distinct in the whole world. It offers some of the most beautiful views across the entire UAE, with its advantageous position over the waterfront. However, for architecture lovers, the most impressive thing about this building is the fact that it stands without a single structural pillar anywhere inside the building.
Burj Al Arab
As the world's only 7-star hotel, there are many reasons to be astounded by the Burj Al Arab but its appearance is perhaps one of the best. The design is inspired by the sails of a ship, which complements its situation on the Persian Gulf. The Burj Al Arab also has a Skyview Bar, an underwater restaurant and an outdoor tennis court and at night it is lit up by colours set to represent water and fire.
The Burj Khalifa is officially the tallest building in the world and standing at 182 metres, its stature is awe-inspiring and dominates the Dubai skyline. It also features the world's highest swimming pool, mosque and viewing platform, allowing you to get a truly unique perspective of the UAE.
Jumeirah Beach Hotel
With a striking wave-inspired design, the Jumeirah Beach Hotel is one of the most notable architectural wonders in Dubai. This five-star accommodation measures 93 metres tall and 275 metres long, and offers guests their own private beach, the famous Wild Wadi Water Park and 20 restaurants and bars.
The World Islands
Some 300 manmade islands designed in the shape of the world make up this incredible structure. Visually stunning, they are built from sand rock and are surrounded by an oval-shaped breakwater island. To see the islands in all their glory and truly appreciate their architectural finesse, you'll need to go to the top of the Burg Khalifa.
What's next for architects in Dubai?
With the emirate already boasting some record-breaking, visually breathtaking and truly inspiring buildings, where is there for Dubai to go to further drive architectural innovation?
The Icon Ring Hotel
There are plans to build a hotel in a distinct ring shape, which would make the Dubai skyline even more distinct and awe-inspiring for architecture lovers. This would undeniably boost the region's tourism industry, giving people even more reasons to visit this thriving and visually distinct emirate.
Although building has been stalled, construction has already started on the world's first cybertecture apartment tower and, when finished, it would stand as the region's most technologically advanced building.
The Sixth Crossing
The Sixth Crossing would be the world's longest single-arch bridge, measuring 1.6km in length and capable of carrying 20,000 cars per hour. It will link Al Jaddaf and Dubai Creek and have a path down the middle for the emirate's metro.
Architectural wonder, high-class luxury and more. Don't wait to book your trip to Dubai
With both its future prospects and current offering, Dubai is driving innovation in architectural wonder and offers visitors perhaps the most diverse and beautiful skylines in the world. From record-breaking hotels to visually stunning facilities and industry-leading resorts, there is nowhere in the world quite like this jewel of the UAE.