Gracing the southeast cost of the Persian Gulf, Dubai, the capital of the Emirates has always attracted tourists from all over the world. Owing to its distinction as the ‘Shopping Capital of the Middle East’, Dubai incorporates fabled Gold Souk that houses around 250 gold retail shops and approximately 10 tons of gold at any given time. Famed universally for its desert safaris, Dubai also enjoys recognition of being leading trade centre of the world and is equally renowned for its string of eclectic and extraordinarily engineered masterpieces, which provide a distinct identity to the most populous city of the United Arab Emirates. From bolstering Islamic architecture to astronomical heights, Dubai’s stunning skyline adorns many modern and majestic skyscrapers and high-rise buildings that exude an international vibe and will never fail to amaze you with their ingenious and colossal designs. Dubai’s awe-inspiring artificial islands are a true-blue testimony of man-made brilliance, they have beautifully transformed the one-time barren landscape of the global city into an iconic hub of world-class architecture. If you are planning a vacation anytime soon and the burgeoning metropolis of Dubai features on your bucket-list, then you must seek advantage of the specially curated Dubai packages available online and go ahead to explore and unearth the city in an utterly novel way. Book your online Dubai packages today to grab/get year-round deals and discounts and accomplish your Dubai trip in a rewarding and affordable manner. While you are in Dubai, a tour of the below mentioned structural wonders is must, if you wish to catch a glimpse of the architectural dexterity of the city. These iconic creations are a tourist’s delight and will floor you with their grandiose and striking designs that scream engineering prowess to the hilt…certainly a must watch!
When you book your Dubai packages online, an exhilarating tour to the Burj Khalifa will not be any less than a hallmark of your package. Distinguished as the world’s tallest man-made building, the Burj Khalifa looks impressive at a staggering roof height of 2,717 feet. Adding the antenna of this megatall skyscraper, its overall height further increases to 2,722 feet. First initiated in 2004, the construction of the massive structure took five years to complete and employed the services of more than 30 contracting companies and an estimated 22 million man hours for its successful accomplishment. The building was finally inaugurated in 2010 amidst a lot of fanfare and is a full-fledged structure today, replete with 163 floors (above ground), 57 elevators and 8 escalators. The magnificent building is built in glass, stainless steel and polished dark stones and the interiors are tastefully enhanced with Venetian stucco walls, stone flooring and handmade rugs. Named after the current President of the United Arab Emirates – Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Burj Khalifa is designed by none other than the reputed American architect, Adrian Smith, who is also credited with the design of many other global architectural wonders such as the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago and the Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai. Flaunting a neo-futurism architectural style with Y-shaped tripartite floor geometry, the Burj Khalifa draws inspiration from the spiralling pattern design of Islamic style of architecture and also bears similarities with the layout of the Great Mosque of Samarra in Iraq.
Winner of numerous awards and accolades, the critically acclaimed building boasts 900 private residential apartments, corporate suites and offices. It also consists of swimming pools on the 43rd and the 76th floor, the celebrated 304-room Armani Hotel, Atmosphere restaurant, Sky Lobby and a 452 metre high outdoor observatory deck which was proclaimed to be the world’s highest one when it was inaugurated way back in 2010. Known as ‘At the Top’, the latter is positioned on the 124th floor and is a key attraction of the building with a whopping 1.87 million visitors to its credit in 2013. Visitors throng the deck for a panoramic view of Dubai’s expansive skyline and the surrounding landscape, brought to life by a life-size screen and advanced electronic telescopes with high zoom enabled full HD camera which facilitates real-time views of the surreal environs. Just in case the weather plays a dampener on the day of your visit, you still have a chance to enjoy breathtaking views of the city’s magnificent cityscape by feasting your eyes upon the previously archived images that were captured thoughtfully under different weather conditions and at various times of the day for a timeless reminiscence. Finally, do make it a point to take a tour of the 27-acre park surrounding the Burj Khalifa. Inspired by the shape of the Hymenocallis, a desert flower that is native to Dubai, the park is a visual treat with its array of pools and water jet fountains and is a befitting tribute to the amazing pyramid-shaped skyscraper called the Burj Khalifa.
Burj Al Arab
Famously dubbed as the only 7-star hotel in the world, the Burj Al Arab is yet another architectural feat that exemplifies the mind-blowing architecture of Dubai. Standing tall at 1,053 feet on an artificial island of reclaimed land, the monumental luxury hotel is located at a distance of 280 metres from the Jumeirah Beach and relies upon a private curving bridge for its connectivity to the mainland. If you wish to experience sheer opulence, then you must confirm your Dubai packages today and reserve your booking at the world’s third tallest hotel known as the Burj Al Arab. Uniquely designed to resemble the sail of a J-class yacht, the flamboyant hotel is lavishly constructed with 56 floors and 18 elevators, along with its very own helipad at a height of 689 feet from the ground. Tom Wright, the co-founder of WKK Architects, is credited with the upscale design of the Burj Al Arab. Inaugurated in December 1999, the swanky hotel entailed the services of up to 2000 workers when its construction was in full swing and was conceived with the vision of a prominent landmark for Dubai that would garner global identity on similar lines of a Big Ben in London or an Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Built in concrete and steel, the Burj Al Arab has been aesthetically planned with a fusion of the East and the West. The grand structure has 28 double-story floors and 202 bedroom suites. If you are in the mood for a red carpet aura, then you can consider a night at the Royal Suite – touted as one of the most expensive hotel suites in the world with a room rate of USD 24,000 per night! Other standout features of the hotel include breathtaking views Dubai city from its posh restaurant ‘Al Muntaha’ which is positioned at a height of 200 metres from the Persian Gulf and is accessible by an elevator. Located on the ground floor of Burj Al Arab, Al Mahara is a high-end seafood restaurant that is well-known for its delectable menu and mesmerising interiors that include a dramatic wall-to-ceiling seawater aquarium. The eye-catching dining establishment requires you to undertake a simulated submarine voyage to make your way to this surreal space nestled within the upmarket Burj Al Arab. The legendary hotel is a kaleidoscope of colour at night when it is illuminated in full splendour and its fabled helipad has been the chosen venue for many a public stunt performed by none other than celebrities like Tiger Woods, Andre Agassi, Roger Federer and Ronan Keating. Indeed, when you think of a glamorous gastronomic experience, there are few that can compare with the unparalleled extravagance and the dizzying heights of the Burj Al Arab.
If you thought that Dubai’s architecture is predominantly governed by its dreamlike high-rises, then probably, you haven’t heard about its remarkable artificial archipelago known as the Palm Jumeirah, an exotic offering from the prestigious ensemble of the Palm Islands – famed as the world’s largest artificial islands. Accentuating the magnificence of the Arabian Gulf by manifold, the Palm Jumeirah is often deemed as the eighth wonder of the world and is innovatively stylised like a palm tree with a 2-kilometre long tree trunk, a crown of seventeen fronds and a stately crescent at the top. Gracing the Emirate of Dubai’s Jumeirah coastal area, the Palm Jumeirah is the smallest one amongst the reputed trio of the Palm Islands, the other two being Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Deira.
Palm Jumeirah is a flagship project of the government owned company called Nakheel, construction of this fantasy island first commenced in 2001 and the first set of residential units were handed over in 2006. Since then, picturesque Palm Jumeirah has evolved into a luxurious world of its own with its plethora of ritzy villas and apartments, luxury hotels, beach resorts, hotel residences, marinas, water theme parks and a host of other entertainment facilities. Spread over almost 5.4 kilometre, the Palm Jumeirah Monorail is the first one of its kind in the Middle East and connects the archipelago to the mainland. The monorail also offers connectivity to the Atlantis Hotel, with plans of a further extension to the Red Line – one of the two lines that comprise the Dubai Metro network. Adding 78 kilometres to Dubai’s coastline, this is a man-made magnum opus that you simply cannot miss, when you book your Dubai packages. Embark on your trip to this land of state-of-the-art architectural designs that will make you marvel at the unfathomable expertise of the human mind and the unbelievable deftness of the human hands that literally leave nothing to imagination anymore…simply astounding! So even if you have planned an off-season trip, there are places where you can cheat Dubai’s heat and have a great time.