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1 Burj Al Arab  

architect

 Tom Wright of Atkins
The interior was designed by Khuan Chew, Design Principal of KCA International (London).

location

Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates .

date

1994-1999

style

Postmodern

construction

321 m The Burj Al Arab is the world's tallest hotel. 5 stars*  No. of rooms 202
Antenna/Spire 321 m (1,053 ft) Roof 210 m (689 ft)
Top floor 200 m (656 ft) Floor count 60
Floor area 111,500 m² (1,2000,000 sq ft)
Elevator count 18

type

Hotel

The Burj Al Arab (Arabic: برج العرب, "Tower of the Arabs") is a luxury hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates managed by the Jumeirah Group and built by Said Khalil. It was designed by Tom Wright of WS Atkins PLC. At 321 metres (1,053 ft), it is the tallest building used exclusively as a hotel. However, the Rose Tower, also in Dubai, which has already topped Burj Al Arab's height, will take away this title upon its opening in April 2008. The Burj Al Arab stands on an artificial island 280 metres (919 ft) out from Jumeirah beach, and is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge. It is an iconic structure, designed to symbolize Dubai's urban transformation and to mimic the billowing sail of a boat.
 
     
2 Burj Dubai  

architect

Architect Skidmore, Owings and Merrill

location

located at the "First Interchange" (aka "Defence Roundabout") along Sheikh Zayed Road at Doha Street.

date

Groundbreaking 21 September 2004, Estimated completion 30 December 2008

style

Modern

construction

Height Antenna/Spire ~818 m (2,684 ft)
Floor count 164 [1]

type

Armani Hotel  (the first of its kind) will occupy the lower 37 floors.
Floors 45 through 108 will have 700 private apartments
Corporate offices and suites will fill most of the remaining floors, except for a 123rd floor lobby and 124th floor (about 440 metres (1,444 ft)) indoor/outdoor observation deck.

Burj Dubai (Arabic: برج دبي "Dubai Tower") is a supertall skyscraper currently under construction in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. When it is completed in late 2008, it is predicted to be the tallest man-made structure in the world, as well as the tallest building by any measure. Scheduled for occupancy in September 2009, the building is part of a 2 km² (0.8 sq mi) development called 'Downtown Burj Dubai' and is located at the "First Interchange" (aka "Defence Roundabout") along Sheikh Zayed Road at Doha Street.
The building is being built mainly by a South Korean company Samsung, along with the Belgian company Besix and the UAE company Arabtec. It was designed by American Adrian Smith before he left Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP (SOM) of Chicago to start his own independent practice, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture in October 2006. However, SOM continues to lead the architectural, structural engineering and mechanical engineering of Burj Dubai. The total budget for the Burj Dubai project is about $4.1 billion US and for the entire new 'Downtown Burj Dubai', $20 billion US.
 
     
3 The Palm Jumeirah  

architect

various

location

on the Jumeirah coastal area of the emirate of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates

date

2001

style

Postmodern

construction

created using land reclamation by Nakheel, a company owned by the Dubai government

type

artificial island

The Palm Jumeirah is an artificial island created using land reclamation by Nakheel, a company owned by the Dubai government. It is one of three islands called The Palm Islands which will increase Dubai’s shoreline by a total of 520 km. The Palm Jumeirah is the smallest and the original of three Palm Islands (Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Deira) under development by Nakheel. It is located on the Jumeirah coastal area of the emirate of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
 
     
4 Dubai Marina  

architect

various

location

on Interchange 5 between Jebel Ali Port and the area which hosts Dubai Internet City, Dubai Media City and the American University in Dubai.

date

2000 to now

type

man-made marina

Dubai Marina is a district in the heart of what has recently become known as 'new Dubai', in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is located at 25°4′52.86″N, 55°8′38.67″E on Interchange 5 between Jebel Ali Port and the area which hosts Dubai Internet City, Dubai Media City and the American University in Dubai. The first phase of this project has been completed.
The marina is entirely man-made and has been developed by the real estate development firm Emaar Properties of the United Arab Emirates. The marina will contain over 200 high-rise buildings and some supertall skyscrapers, Dubai Marina Towers, The Torch Dubai Marina, Infinity Tower, The Princess Tower, Number One Dubai Marina, Marina Terrace, Le Reve and Horizon Tower to name a few, and comprise of an area of 4.9 million m² (50 million ft²), which includes the 40 residential and hotel towers of the Jumeirah Beach Residence. Upon completion, it is claimed to be the world's largest man-made marina. The current largest man-made marina in the world is Marina del Rey in Los Angeles County, California, USA.
 
     
5 Rose Tower  

architect

Khatib & Alami group

location

Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, UAE

date

2007

style

Postmodern

construction

333 m
Contractor Arabian Construction Company
Developer Abbco Group

type

Hotel

The Rose Tower is a 333 metre (1,093 feet), 72 story skyscraper on Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, UAE. This skyscraper, whose construction began in 2004, was to be 380 m (1,247 feet) high, but its projected height was reduced in further design modification. Even at this reduced height it will still become home the world's tallest hotel, Rose Rotana Suites, surpassing the Burj Al Arab at 321 m (1,053 ft), also in Dubai once it is occupied. As of October 24th 2006, the building reached its full height with the addition of the spire.
 
     
6 Emirates Office Tower  

architect

Hazel W.S. Wong Norr Group Consultants Int. Ltd.

location

Sheikh Zayed Road

date

2000

style

Modern

construction

355 m  (total structural height of 354.6 m (1,163 ft) and roof height of 311 m (1,020 ft) making it the 12th tallest currently-standing fully-habitable building in the world)

type

Office Building

The Emirates Office Tower, also referred to as Emirates Tower One is a 54-floor office building along Sheikh Zayed Road in the city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Connected with the 56-floor Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel by a retail boulevard, they form what is commonly referred to as the Emirates Towers complex. The tower has a total structural height of 354.6 m (1,163 ft) and roof height of 311 m (1,020 ft) making it the 12th tallest currently-standing fully-habitable building in the world. Emirates Office Tower One is taller than Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel despite having two fewer floors. Construction was completed in November 1999.
 
     
7 21st Century Tower  
21st Century Tower

architect

WS Atkins and Partners

location

Sheikh Zayed Road

date

2003

style

Modern

construction

269 m  Architectural and Engineering design was carried out by Atkins. PERI Dubai provided the formwork solution.

type

Apartment Building

21st Century Tower is a 55-story skyscraper along the Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai . At a height of 269 m (883 ft) it is the world's third-tallest residential building.

It was the world's tallest residential building when it was completed in 2003, but later the Eureka Tower in Melbourne, Australia and the Q1 tower in Australia's Gold Coast bumped it to its current position.

It is occupied by Cabin Crew members of Emirates Airline, and boasts a gym on the top floor and a pool on the roof.
 
     
8 Al Fattan Tower and Oasis Beach Tower  

architect

Norr Group Consultants International Ltd.

location

next to the Oasis Beach Tower in the Al Fattan Marine Towers complex

date

2006

style

Modern

construction

245 m

type

Apartment Building

The Al Fattan Tower, also referred to as Al Fattan Tower One is a 51-floor residential tower in the Dubai Marina section of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This building stands right next to the Oasis Beach Tower in the Al Fattan Marine Towers complex. The tower has a total structural height of 245 m (804 ft) and roof height of 230 m (755 ft), making it currently the 7th tallest building in Dubai. Construction of the Al Fattan Tower was completed in 2006.

The Al Fattan Marine Towers, is a complex in the Dubai Marina section of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This complex consists of two twin towers, the Al Fattan Tower, and the Oasis Beach Tower. Both towers stand at an official height 245 m (804 ft) and roof height of 230 m (755 ft), making both towers currently the 7th tallest buildings in Dubai. Construction of both towers was completed in 2006.
 
     
9 Park Place  

architect

Cox Architecture Planning Design

location

Sheikh Zayed Rd

date

2007

style

Postmodern

construction

234 m Double skinned facade

type

15 floors of Office Building  and a further 45 floors of Apartment Building

Park Place, architecturally designed by an international team, will become a spectacular addition to the skyline on Sheikh Zayed Rd and is set to be the most exclusive city address for corporates and residents.
The 60-floor building, designed to harness the elements, will implement a heat refracting technology never used in the Middle East before, to assist in keeping the building cool, thereby saving money and reducing the effects of air conditioning on the environment.
The building will be sheathed in a 'second skin', protecting it from the heat generated by the fierce Arabian sun as well as channelling cooler air around the inner layer of the building.
Originally inspired by the shape of a perfume bottle that Mr Bin Drai came across ten years ago, the building has been designed by an Australian firm, Cox Architecture Planning Design, following a design competition between six top international architecture firms who competed to meet the brief.
 
     
10 Grosvenor House West Marina Beach  

architect

Archgroup Consultants

location

Dubai Marina in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

date

2005

style

Postmodern

construction

210 m

type

5-star Hotel

- Grosvenor House West Marina Beach is the first building completed and fully operational in the prestigious Dubai Marina.
- Housing twelve restaurants and bars, Bar 44, located on level 44, offers views over the whole Dubai Marina.
- This 5-star hotel, located in the Dubai Marina, officially opened on June 21, 2005.
- This hotel, operated by Le Meridien, shares the beach facilities with the Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, which is located just across Al Sufouh Road.