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The exotic city of Dubai, located in the United Arab Emirates is home to some of the most iconic and unusual architecture in the world. This type of cutting-edge design is highly encouraged and adds to the flavor of this city.
While the time span in which these building has emerged is relatively short-only the last 50 years-it experiences extraordinarily quick building timeframes, with about a quarter of the world's building cranes located in Dubai.
Here's a look at some of the more famous projects found in Dubai.
Burj Khalifa is now the world's highest building at 828 meters tall. Sunrises and sunsets are strikingly reflected on its outer shell.
The National Bank of Dubai may not utilize space efficiently; however, the building definitely makes a statement with its convex glass front. This glass façade reflects life along Dubai Creek and the building is considered one of the most recognizable in Dubai.
Emirates Towers is a favorite among architecture aficionados. When observing these towers, you'll see a constant change depending on the angle from which they are viewed.
The Dubai Marina is most breathtaking at night, but is equally spectacular during daylight. The Marina also features the Marina Market that offers everything from clothing, jewelry and more.
The World Trade Centre is groundbreaking in terms of scale, structure, and environmental sensitivity. It stands as a symbol of the city's growth, and is considered to be more conservative in its design that its surrounding neighbors.
Burj Al-Arab is considered the world's singular seven star hotel; this structure is recognized as one of the finest Dubai hotels. It features a unique sail-shaped exterior, complete with vast aquariums, atriums, and dancing water fountains.
Mall of the Emirates is one of the largest shopping centers in the world and is wildly popular with both visitors and residents. Find high-end designer shops, movie theaters, and restaurants within its buildings.
U-bora Towers is an award-winning development that was designed around difficult site conditions. Its design twists at varying angles and degrees as it towers in height. It features a 10,000 square-meter landscaped deck as part of its residential component. The towers also include office and retail spaces.
There are many construction projects now slated for construction in Dubai that will only add to the architectural predominance of this city.
If you can't actually visit Dubai soon, take a tour through Internet images and experience the unique and iconic buildings-you won't be disappointed.