By 2010 –the year Dubai’s known oil reserves will most likely be tapped out–, prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum is expecting to attract 15 million tourists. Here’s how.
1Burj Dubai: world’s tallest building
The Burj Dubai will be the world’s tallest building when it opens in 2009. The building is part of a 2 km2 (0.8 sq mi) development called ‘Downtown Dubai’ and is located at the “First Interchange” along Sheikh Zayed Road at Doha Street. The building was designed by Adrian Smith before he left Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP (SOM) of Chicago to start his own independent practice, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture in October 2006. SOM continues to lead the architectural, structural engineering and mechanical engineering of the Burj Dubai. The total budget for the Burj Dubai project is about $4 billion US dollars and for the entire new ‘Downtown Dubai’, $20 billion US Dollars.
Its shape is inspired by the indigenous desert flowers that often appear as decorative patterns in Islamic architecture, but it also has an engineering purpose: The swirl shape ensures that the mass of the structure lessens as it reaches the top, making the structure steadier. A mixed-use building developed by Dubai’s Emaar Properties, the Burj Dubai will house shops, offices, residences, and entertainment venues.
2Palm Islands: palm-shaped man-made island
The first two islands will comprise approximately 100 million cubic meters of rock and sand. Palm Deira will be composed of approximately 1 billion cubic meters of rock and sand. All materials will be quarried in the UAE. Between the three islands there will be over 100 luxury hotels, exclusive residential beach side villas and apartments, marinas, water theme parks, restaurants, shopping malls, sports facilities and health spas.The creation of The Palm Jumeirah began in June 2001. Shortly after, The Palm Jebel Ali was announced and reclamation work began. In 2004, The Palm Deira, which will be almost as large in size as Paris, was announced. Palm Jumeirah is currently open for development. Construction will be completed over the next 10-15 years.
3Dubailand: world’s largest amusement park
- Attractions & Experience World 13 km2 (5.2 mile2)
- Universal Studios Dubai
- Tiger Woods Dubai
- Global Village
- Kids City
- Giants World
- Water Parks
- Dubai Snowdome, an indoor ski resort.
- Retail and Entertainment World 4 km2 (1.6 mile2)
- Flea Market
- World Trade Park
- Auction World
- Factory Outlets
- Sports and Outdoor World 19 km2 (7.4 mile2)
- Dubai Sports City
- Emerat Sports World
- Plantation Equestrian and Polo Club
- Dubai Autodrome
- Dubai Golf City
- Themed Leisure and Vacation World 29 km2 (11.2 mile2)
- Women’s World
- Destination Dubai
- Desert Kingdom
- Andalusian Resort and Spa
- Eco-Tourism World 75 km2 (28.9 mile2)
- Al Sahra Desert Resort
- Sand Dune Hotel
- Al Kaheel
- Downtown 1.8 km2 (0.7 mile2)
- Mall of Arabia, which will be the world’s largest shopping mall
- City Walk
- The Great Dubai Wheel, which will be the world’s 2nd largest observation wheel after Shanghai Kiss
- Virtual Game World
4Hydropolis: world’s first underwater luxury resort
5The World Islands: man-made islands in the form of a world map
6Dubai Mall: largest mall in the world
Featured attractions include the world’s largest gold souk; the 850,000 ft2 Fashion Island; one of the world’s largest aquariums; an Olympic-sized ice skating rink; Oasis Fountain Waterfall; WaterFront Atrium; a view of the (soon to be completed) world’s tallest building, Burj Dubai. The mall has already won five awards. It won two awards at the Retail Future Project Awards at MAPIC, Cannes, in 2004, for Best Retail Development Scheme (Large), Best Use of Lighting in a Retail Environment. And the Dubai Mall brochure has won three awards at the Summit Creative Awards 2005, in Portland, Oregon; Gold award for Best Art Direction / Graphic Design, Silver award for Best 4-colour B2B Brochure, and Judges Special Recognition award. The mall is being built by a Joint Venture of Dutco Balfour Beatty and AGCCC for client Emaar Properties and was scheduled to be completed in 2006, claiming to be the size of 50 “international-sized football(soccer) pitches”. It is now expected to be completed in 2008.
7Ski Dubai: largest indoor ski resorts in the world
An extremely efficient insulation system is the key to maintain the temperature of -1 degrees Celsius during the day and -6 degrees during the night when the snow is produced.