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In Pictures: Man-Made Marvels of the UAE

As Nakheel celebrates its groundbreaking ceremony at the Palma Residences on April 11th, Kipp looks at six of the UAE’s top architectural triumphs.

April 10, 2012 3:34 by

  • It seems only right that we begin this feature with the world’s tallest tower. Standing at more than 828 meters (2,716.5 feet),Dubai’s Burj Khalifa has brought the title of the ‘largest building’ back to the Middle East – for almost four millennia the Great Pyramid of Giza held that record. The Burj Khalifa cost a whopping $ 1.5 billion to build.

  • If you have driven into Abu Dhabi, you have probably seen the flat disc ‘coin’ building. Aldar Headquarters is the first spherical office building in the world – and it was built in a record 30 months. Aldar’s HQ was designed by MZ & Partners, and was voted the "Best Futuristic Design" by The Building Exchange (BEX) Conference held in Valencia, Spain in 2008.

  • Designed to resemble a billowing sail or dhow, the Burj Al Arab is the only seven-star hotel in the world. Oh yes, seven stars – only in the UAE. Costing no less than $650 million, the Burj Al Arab was the world’s tallest hotel when it first opened, with a 24-meter wide helipad,sitting 210 meters above ground.

  • When Nakheel was young and ambitious, the developer had big plans for man made islands. The company planned to use special dredging and land reclamation techniques to create the Palm Jumeirah, the Palm Jebal Ali, the Palm Deira and Dubai World. Costing $14 billion, the Palm Jumeirah is the only successful project to date. It is home to luxury hotel The Atlantis and has several residential options, including the Shoreline Apartments and Nakheel villas.

  • Standing at 414 meters, Princess Towers is the tallest residential tower in the world. The 107-storey tower is home to 763 luxury apartments, including one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom apartments. In December, apartments at Princess Tower were selling for Dh950 per square foot.

  • The Capital Gate is probably Kipp’s favorite piece of architecture in the UAE. The tower, which cost $231 million to build, holds the Guinness Record for the ‘World’s Furthest Leaning Manmade Tower’, slanting 18 degrees westward, 14 degrees more than the Leaning Tower of Pisa.


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