The 5 Tallest Buildings in Dubai
Just half a century ago, Dubai was a large but modest emirate in the United Arab Emirates. It began booming when it started to build up with revenue from the region’s plentiful oil supplies. Today, there’s a lot of development, with nearly 90 buildings that can be considered skyscrapers. Here’s a list of the 5 tallest buildings in Dubai, and what can be found inside them.
5. Almas Tower
Almas, or Diamond Tower was completed in 2009, and stands at 1,181 feet tall. It actually sits on its own artificial island in the Jumeirah Lake Towers area of Dubai, which is one of the reasons that this skyscraper took 4 years to complete. This is Dubai’s tallest offices-only building, with the chief tenant being the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre, the emirate’s chief dealer in precious gemstones. It was Dubai’s tallest building for 2 years between 2008-2010.
4. Elite Residence
Standing at 1,250 feet tall, and taking 6 years to finish, the Elite Residence tower is the 3rd tallest residential building in the world, with the other two also appearing later in this countdown. 76 of this building’s 91 floors house just under 700 luxury apartments, which residents can reach by using a few of this building’s 12 elevators. The other 15 floors have amenities such as a fitness center, a swimming pool, and even 4 floors of parking.
3. 23 Marina
This residential skyscraper stands at 1,289 feet, and units were in such high demand when this was announced in late 2005, that by the time construction began nearly four-fifths of its duplexes were already sold. The rest were sold in the 6 years it took to complete this building, which sits on the edge of the Dubai marina, and has several swimming pools. Each of the duplexes has its own elevator to get residents up and down, whichever they wish.
2. Princess Tower
Number two is the tallest residential tower in the world, standing at 1,358 feet tall. This building took 6 years to complete, and has 101 floors above ground, as well as 6 below ground. The below-ground floors make up an enormous parking garage with 957 spaces, while the above-ground floors have 763 luxury apartments, as well as several retail-outlets for the residents to shop in. But even this building is dwarfed by the tallest among the tallest buildings in Dubai.
1. The Burj Khalifa
The tallest building in Dubai is also the tallest building in the world today. Standing proudly at 2,720 feet tall, this enormous tower took 6 years to complete, and is named for the Emir of nearby Abu Dhabi, and UAE President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, for his support in the project. This 163-story building is a mixed-purpose building, including 10 floors used by the Armani hotel, 77 used for apartments, 35 floors of corporate suites, the world’s highest nightclub, the world’s highest restaurant, and the second highest swimming pool. Truly this is one of the world’s modern wonders.
With so much development still proceeding in Dubai, this list could be out of date in just a few years, so check out some of the incredible Dubai all inclusive hotels to stay at while you visit these remarkable skyscrapers. Enjoy Dubai!