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Dubai’s real estate icons

12 May, 2009 10:27  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Iconic, ostentatious, innovative, outrageous… love it or hate it, Dubai’s real estate developments have put the city on the world map. It’s estimated that 25% of the world’s cranes can be found in Dubai. A mere 20 years ago, this was a little known desert town - its centre marked by four buildings. Now, this buzzing city has been dubbed by a number of lofty nicknames- ‘Vegas on the Gulf’, ‘City of Gold’, ‘The Desert Miracle’ to name a few. While the economic downturn has caused a slowdown in its building frenzy, parts of the city still look like a massive construction site. This article takes a look at some of the most famous real estate developments in Dubai.

burj-al-arab from http://scandiadubaiblog.comBurj Al Arab
This iconic building, designed to resemble a billowing sail, dominates the Dubai skyline. At 321 metres (1,050 ft), it is the second tallest building in the world used exclusively as a hotel. The Burj Al Arab stands on an artificial island and is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge. At night, this impressive structure is illuminated by beautifully choreographed lighting.

burj-dubai from http://inrepair.files.wordpress.comBurj Dubai
At 818 metres, this is the tallest man-made structure ever built, despite being incomplete. Construction is expected to be completed by September 2009. The estimated building cost is US$1 billion. Here are some more interesting facts. The Tower’s external surface is the size of 17 football fields, the concrete used is the weight of 100,000 elephants and the water system will supply about 250,000 gallons of water per day.

realestate.theemiratesnetwork.comThe Palm Islands
The Palm Islands are designed to be the world’s largest man- made islands. In order to increase the number of beachfront properties, the islands were designed in the shape of a palm tree instead of a traditional circle. The three Palm projects, the Palm Jumeirah, the Palm Jebel Ali and the Palm Deira are set to become one of the world’s most iconic housing and tourism projects.

the_world from http://realestate.theemiratesnetwork.comThe World
Where in the world will you find a real estate project in the shape of the world? Located four kilometres off the coast of Dubai, The World comprises of 300 man-made islands clustered into the shape of the world map. From private islands to commercial properties, this project is truly out of this world.

atlantis palm island royal towers from
A super luxurious hotel set on the Palm Jumeirah, it also boasts of the world’s largest open air marine habitat with over 65000 marine species,  an exciting water park, a dolphinarium (the dolphins were brought in from Australia along with their trainers), private beaches, spas and world class restaurants.

dubailand from realestate.theemiratesnetwork.comDubailand
At 186 million square metres, which is twice the size of Disneyworld in Florida, Dubailand is set to be one of the largest developments in the region. The project once completed is expected to have 50 themed leisure attractions and hotels. Themes include Dubai Sports City, Motor City, Aqua Dunia, Golf City and lots, lots more.


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Sidd Lobo
Freelance copywriter based out of Munich


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