Dubai’s Tallest And Most Impressive Buildings
Many believe that Dubai is the most incredible city on Earth, and for good reason, since this superb metropolis is known to be a synonym for wealth, luxury and beauty. The rapid growth of this brilliant cosmopolitan metropolis can be largely attributed to the oil business, but Dubai’s present revenues also come from aviation, tourism and real estate. Dubai’s record shattering buildings also contributed to its ongoing fame, since most of them are actually unmatched in size or appearance to this day. We decided to have a closer look at some of the tallest and most expensive buildings in Dubai, and we invite you to join us as we explore this wonderful city piece by piece.
35. Jumeirah Beach Residence
The Jumeirah Beach Residence is a 1.1-mile long waterfront community that is a part of the Dubai Marina. The community is officially known as the world’s biggest single-phase residential development, probably because it includes no less than 40 towers. The six residential blocks of the Jumeirah Beach Residence are called Murjan, Sadaf, Bahar, Rimal, Amwaj and Shams. The Sadaf 8 tower is definitely one of the most impressive buildings in the community, since it flaunts no less than 590 feet in height as well as 45 floors.
34. Mazaya Business Avenue 1, 2 and 3
The Mazaya Business Avenue skyscrapers were completed in 2011. Also known as the AA1, BB2 and CC3, these towers feature the same height of 590 feet, and they were built as a part of the Jumeirah Lake Towers development. Boasting a height of 590 feet as well as 45 stories each, the towers house numerous office spaces, business centers and supermarkets. The buildings are owned by Al Mazaya Real Estate Development Co.
33. Bay Central 2
The three Bay Central towers were built in 2013 in the Dubai Marina district of Dubai. While the Bay Central 1 and Bay Central 3 towers feature no more than 42 floors each, the Bay Central 2 skyscraper boasts 50 floors as well as a height of 590 feet.
32. Tiffany Towers
The Tiffany Towers skyscraper is a part of the Jumeirah Lakes Towers development, and it was built specifically for commercial purposes. Consequently, Tiffany Towers boasts 38 commercial floors as well as a restaurant on its 42nd floor. Other highlights include a gymnasium, a sauna, a Jacuzzi, a steam room and stunning views of the lake. Built in 2009, Tiffany Towers flaunts a height of 597 feet as well as 45 floors.
31. Marina Terrace
The Marina Terrace was constructed in 2006, and even though it “only” has 38 floors, it actually features a total height of 600 feet. The building is meant to provide luxury accommodations for wealthy individuals who have acquired a taste for the finer things in life, which is why it was placed in close proximity to several luxury beachside resorts. The Dubai International Marine Club and the Emirates Golf Course are also just a stone’s throw away.
30. Jumeirah Beach Residence Sadaf 6 and Murjan 1
The Sadaf 6 building that is part of the massive Jumeriah Beach Residence Complex features a height of 604 feet as well as 4 floors. The 4-star hotel is easily accessible from the airport and its accommodations are definitely some of the most exceptional in the city. Murjan 1 features the same height and floor count, and it houses exceptional residential apartments that are available for rent or for purchase.
29. Dubai World Trade Centre
Commissioned by H.H. Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum himself, the Dubai World Trade Centre was built in 1979, and it is still one of the most impressive and tallest buildings in Dubai presently. With a height of 604 feet and 39 floors, the building houses the Dubai International Convention Centre as well as 8 presentation halls and numerous apartments. The Dubai World Trade Centre is so important and impressive that it is featured on the 100-dirham bill.
28. Capricorn Tower
The Capricorn Tower was built in 2003, and it features a height of 607 feet as well as 48 floors. The tower serves multiple purposes, since the first 19 of its floors are used commercially, while the upper floors are used to house residential apartments. The 45th floor features a swimming pool and a gymnasium. The Capricorn Tower is owned by the Seddiqi family, whose members also own the nearby Rolex Tower.
27. Etisalat Tower 2
With a height of 607 feet, the Etisalat Tower 2 was built in 2007 and flaunts 33 floors. Unlike most of the towers on our list, the Etisalat Tower 2 is somewhat special because it features a spherical motif on its top that resembles a golf ball. As a matter of fact, all Etisalat buildings feature the same spherical structure as a trademark of sorts.
26. Mesk Tower
The Mesk Tower is also a part of the Marina 1 complex, and just like the Murjan Tower, it features 607 feet in height as well as 40 floors. When they were completed in 2003, the Murjan Tower and the Mesk Tower were the absolute tallest buildings in the area, and they are still some of the tallest in Dubai to this day.
25. Murjan Tower
Out of the 6 residential buildings in the Marina 1 cluster, the Murjan Tower is one of the tallest along with the Mesk Tower. With a height of 607 feet and 40 floors, this superb building was complete in 2003, and it provides breathtaking views of the marina from its highest floors.
24. Sama Tower
The Sama Tower was originally supposed to be a supertall skyscraper of 1,083 feet that boasted a remarkable spiraling design, but the project was eventually shrunken to 636 feet following certain concerns expressed by the Department of Civil Aviation in Dubai. The Sama Tower was completed in 2009 at a total cost of $140 million.
23. Rolex Tower
The Rolex Tower is a jewel of Dubai! This exquisite skyscraper was designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill – the same firm that was responsible for the layout of the Burj Khalifa. The tower boasts over 60 floors and features a height of 771 feet, but one of its most impressive design elements involves a stunning glass facade that allows it to stand out effortlessly. The Rolex Tower features 25 floors of lavish apartments, 31 floors of office space, 2 superb penthouses and a ground floor that is occupied with high-end retail establishments.
22. The Tower
Placed conveniently on the Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai, The Tower is a 797-foot tall skyscraper that boasts 54 stories. The tower flaunts a floor area of 9,700 square feet and was sketched out by Khatib & Alami and Norr Group Consultants. Even though it was completed in 2002, The Tower is still one of the most amazing buildings in Dubai from both a practical and an aesthetical point of view.
21. Chelsea Tower
Also boasting 820 feet in height is the Chelsea Tower, which was completed and opened in 2005 after being under construction for 3 years. The skyscraper includes 49 floors and was the fifth tallest building in Dubai when it was unveiled for the first time. Nowadays, the building is still one of the tallest and the most impressive in this exquisite city, but now it stands out mostly due to its outstanding design elements and intricate lighting systems. With a floor area of 709,557, the Chelsea Tower is used mostly for residential purposes because it contains a hotel as well as numerous individual suites.
20. Angsana Hotel & Suites
Next on our list are the Angsana Hotel and Angsana Suites towers that form a magnificent duo on Dubai’s Sheikh Zayed Road. Both of the buildings flaunt a height of 820 feet and feature 49 floors, but the Suites tower was completed one year earlier (2007) than its Hotel sibling. The architect in charge of designing these fabulous landmarks is named Adnan Z Saffarini, and he made sure that the complex would be a fitting addition to Dubai’s skyline.
19. Conrad Dubai
The Conrad Dubai is a luxurious hotel that is located within the city’s commercial centre. The building features 51 floors as well as a height of 837 feet, and it is widely regarded as one of the most exquisite hotels in the world. Opened officially in 2013, Conrad Dubai offers exquisite accommodation options in 555 lavishly appointed rooms and suites, all featuring high-end amenities such as surround sound systems, flat screen TVs and iPod docking stations. The hotel itself also impresses with a wide array of facilities including a fitness center, a spa and 6 dining venues.
18. Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites
Built in 2007, the Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites can be found in Dubai Marina. This sumptuous hotel is the very embodiment of luxury, flaunting a total of 261 lavish suites spread across its 59 floors. The skyscraper was sketched out by Khatib & Alami Architecture & Planning and boasts a height of 840 feet. Even though it was originally named Emirates Marina Hotel & Residence, the establishment was reportedly renamed in 2008 because too many Dubai buildings included the word “Marina” in their name.
17. Vision Tower
The Vision Tower is a 67 storey commercial skyscraper that was developed by Dubai Properties and built in 2011. The tower is not only impressive from an aesthetic point of view, but it is also one of the most important commercial buildings in Dubai since it houses numerous modern offices. As it was built right in the middle of Dubai’s commercial district, the Vision Tower is without a doubt a very important part of the city’s economy. Its height? “Just” 853 feet.
16. Emirates Crown
It’s definitely impressive that such a magnificent tower as the Emirates Crown could be completed in just 3 years. Built in 2008 and developed by Bin Shafar Holding, this exquisite residential building flaunts a height of 971 feet as well as 63 floors. To give you a better idea regarding the Emirates Crown’s beauty and height, we can tell you that it was officially the 6th tallest building in the city of Dubai at the time of its completion.
15. Address Downtown Dubai
The 991-foot tall Address Downtown Dubai skyscraper flaunts 63 stories and was finalized in 2008. Nestled within the city’s Burj Dubai Development Area, the skyscraper houses 196 hotel rooms as well as 626 residential apartments. As one of the tallest buildings in the city, the Address Downtown Dubai features a fantastic postmodern design that has the potential to impress at a glance.
14. Cayan Tower
The Cayan Tower is one of Dubai’s newest residential towers, which means that it is also one of the most beautiful and modern architectural masterpieces in the city. Boasting a breathtaking design that mimics a twisting motion as well as a height of 1,004 feet, the Cayan tower is officially known as the tallest twisting tower in the world. The initial name of the building was supposed to be Infinity Tower but its developers decided to go with Cayan Tower instead for originality purposes.
13. Ocean Heights
Built in 2010 on a prime location within the Dubai Marina complex, the Ocean Heights skyscraper boasts a height of 1,017 feet. Even though Dubai flaunts many gorgeous skyscrapers, the Ocean Heights stands out with a very original exterior design that involves sleek curves and a twisting shape. Built for residential purposes, the tower comprises 519 condominiums, and it is presently the fifth tallest residential building in the world.
12. HHHR Tower
The HHHR Tower boasts a height of 1,040 feet and was built in Dubai in 2010. All of its 72 floors were designed to be used in residential purposes by an architect called Al Hashemi, but the building is also used commercially to a certain degree. Boasting 454 residential apartments, the HHHR Tower was developed by Dubai International Real Estate.
11. Burj Al Arab
As one of the most recognizable symbols of Dubai, the Burj Al Arab is now the fourth tallest hotel in the world with a height of 1,056 feet. When it was built in 1999, the Burj Al Arab was officially the tallest hotel in the world, but what made it stand out was the fact that it was built on its own artificial island just 920 feet away from Jumeirah beach. Even though it is often referred to as a 7-star hotel, many experts regard this statement with skepticism. Nonetheless, the Burj Al Arab’s accommodations bring a completely new meaning to the term “luxury”.
10. The Index
With a height of 1,076 feet, The Index is also one of the tallest towers to adorn the skyline of Dubai. The tower was built for mixed purposes, since about 25 of its 80 floors were designed to be used as office spaces while the rest house apartments for residential use. What makes this particular tower special is that it was designed with energy efficiency and thermal comfort in mind, which is why its internal temperature never rises above 82.4 degrees Fahrenheit. Naturally, the residents of this wonderful tower would have to use air conditioning in order to achieve a desirable temperature within their homes, but the energy costs would be considerably lower when compared to other apartments found in other towers within the city.
9. Rose Tower
Dubai’s Rose tower is a remarkable addition to the city’s skyline, not only because of its enormous height but also because it houses one of the most appreciated alcohol-free hotel brands in Dubai. Built in 2007, the Rose Rayhaan by Rotana was officially inaugurated in 2009, and it features a floor area of 544,320 square feet in addition to a height of 1,093 feet. Moreover, the Rose Tower was known worldwide as the tallest hotel in the world until 2012 when it was surpassed by the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai.
8. The Torch
Also known as the Marina Torch, The Torch is a remarkable skyscraper that was built in Dubai’s Marina complex in 2011. Thanks to its height of 1,105 feet, this tower officially became the world’s tallest at the moment of its completion. Sketched out by a Dubai-based firm called Khatib & Alami, the tower now features 79 floors, but since its foundation was still being constructed in 2007, it was not finished completely until 2011 – 3 years after its expected completion date.
7. Emirates Office Tower
You might know the Emirates Office Tower as the Emirates Tower One. Built in 1999, this huge office building flaunts 54 floors as well as a height of 1,163 feet, which means that it is actually the world’s 23rd tallest building. Another interesting aspect regarding this stunning tower is that it shares a link with the neighboring Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel through a special retail avenue.
6. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai Hotel
When you find out that the world’s tallest hotel is found in Dubai, are you even surprised? The JW Marriott Marquis Dubai Hotel actually consists of 2 twin skyscrapers, and it flaunts a height of 1,165 feet. The construction project of this magnificent landmark was spearheaded by The Emirates Group, which invested approximately $490 million in its creation. The hotel now boasts 1608 rooms as well as 72 stories, but the amenities and facilities contained within are also very impressive. Conveniences include a health club, a gymnasium, a banquet hall, numerous meeting rooms, a business center, rooftop bars and many more.
5. Almas Tower
The Almas Tower is currently the 5th tallest building in Dubai as well as the 25th tallest in the world. It was developed by the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre and was built in 2008. Measuring 1,180 feet in height, the Almas Tower can be found in Dubai’s Jumeirah Lake Towers Free Zone, and it contains mostly commercial offices. Otherwise known as the Diamond Tower, this fabulous building boasts 68 floors as well as 5 underground floors.
4. Elite Residence
The Elite Residence can be found just 30 minutes away from Dubai’s International Airport and just a 55-minute drive away from Abu Dhabi. Its height of 1,248 feet makes it Dubai’s 4th tallest building, which means that it can easily accommodate 87 floors. The skyscraper was developed by Tameer Holding Investment LLC, while its construction process was completed in 2012. All of the building’s apartments and common areas benefit from a constant supply of chilled water thanks to a special chiller plant.
3. 23 Marina
The 23 Marina is another superb residential building that can be found in Dubai. Due to its enormous height of 1,289 feet, this building used to be the world’s tallest residential building before the completion of the Princess Tower in 2012. Completed in 2011, the 23 Marina is currently the 3rd tallest building in Dubai and the 17th tallest in the world.
2. Princess Tower
With a breathtaking height of 1,358 feet, the Princess Tower was recognized by the Guinness World Records as the tallest residential building in the world. Featuring 101 stories and a floor area of 1,842,512 square feet, this majestic tower can be found in Dubai’s Marina District, and it was developed by Tameer Holdings, whose experts completed it in 2012.
1. Burj Khalifa
The Burj Khalifa is the pride of Dubai and the tallest structure made by man in the world presently, flaunting a staggering height of 2,722 feet. The building process of this fabulous landmark started in 2004 and was completed in 2009, while its official unveiling took place in 2010. The construction of the Burj Khalifa required $1.5 billion, and the development process itself was carried out by Emaar Properties.