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Throughout the years Dubai has amazed the world with its rapid development, shortly becoming one of the world’s most architecturally innovative cities. Daring to go to great lengths (and heights, literally), Dubai continues its pursuit of intensive urban expansion. In recent years, some of the most iconic – and tall – buildings in the world have sprung up in Dubai, but several iconic structures around the city are a truly alluring draw. Read this list for your guide to the must-see show-stoppers and inspirational historical buildings around the city.
Amongst one of Dubai’s first multi-story buildings, the Dubai World Trade Centre tower was originally built in 1978 and stands at 149 meters tall. Today, the DWTC complex is complete with office and residential towers as well as dining options and entertainment arenas.
Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Rd, Dubai, U.A.E. +971 4 332 1000
Another symbol for the city, the two towers are situated along The Boulevard, a complex of shopping and dining destinations. The two towers are separated into the 355 meter-tall Emirates Office Tower and the 305 meter-tall Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel.Known for their unique triangular shape, the towers are easy to access for guests and visitors. For one of the best views of the towers, head over to the Dubai International Financial Centre district.
Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Rd, Dubai, U.A.E. +971 4 330 0000
The UAE’s leading telecommunications company, Etisalat, was the first (and for a long time, the only) service company. With the company’s growth and significance, the office buildings spread throughout the Emirates share the same distinctive globe-shaped antenna feature. The latest addition was built in 2007 and stands at 185 meters tall at the World Trade Centre Roundabout, separating the old and new parts of the city.
Opened in 2013, the Cayan Tower’s unique ‘twisted’ design has brought it international fame. Situated in the Dubai Marina, the 306 meter residential tower has quickly become a photographer’s favorite and an icon in Dubai’s skyline.