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The Burj Al Alam (English: "World Tower") is a 108-story, 510 m (1,670 ft) hyperboloid skyscraper under construction in the Business Bay area of Dubai,United Arab Emirates. It is designed to resemble a crystal flower. It is to become one of the world's tallest buildings. The tower is being built by the Fortune Group which also has a number of other projects in Dubai such as the Fortune Bay (Dubai) and Fortune Tower.
It will contain 74 floors of office space, a retail area at the base, and a high-end hotel and serviced apartments in the top 27 floors. A luxury 5-star hotel section is to contain the highest hotel rooms in the world. The building will also feature a 6-storey crown that will contain a Turkish bath, sky garden, and other club facilities. Ground breaking occurred on 12 November 2006. The structure is expected to be completed in 2012, after much delay in payments from investors.The tower was under going piling works as the tower's foundations are being constructed. However it went on hold again shortly after. A total of 30 elevators will be installed, out of which 19 will be double decker.


Burj Khalifa (Arabicبرج خليفة‎ "Khalifa Tower"),known as Burj Dubai prior to its inauguration, is a skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and is currently the tallest structure in the world, at 828 m (2,717 ft).Construction began on 21 September 2004, with the exterior of the structure completed on 1 October 2009. The building officially opened on 4 January 2010,and is part of the new 2 km2 (490-acre) flagship development called Downtown Dubai at the 'First Interchange' along Sheikh Zayed Road, near Dubai's main business district. The tower's architecture and engineering were performed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill of Chicago, with Adrian Smith as chief architect, and Bill Baker as chief structural engineer.The primary contractor was Samsung C&T of South Korea.The total cost for the project was about US$1.5 billion; and for the entire "Downtown Dubai" development, US$20 billion.In March 2009, Mohamed Ali Alabbar, chairman of the project's developer, Emaar Properties, said office space pricing at Burj Khalifa reached US$4,000 per sq ft (over US$43,000 per m²) and the Armani Residences, also in Burj Khalifa, sold for US$3,500 per sq ft (over US$37,500 per m²).

The Dubai Fountain is a record-setting choreographed fountain system set on the 30-acre manmade Burj Khalifa Lake, at the center of the Downtown Dubai development in Dubai,United Arab Emirates. It was designed by WET Design, the California-based company responsible for the fountains at the Bellagio Hotel Lake in Las Vegas. Illuminated by 6,600 lights and 25 colored projectors, it is 275 m (902 ft) long and shoots water 150 m (490 ft) into the air (equivalent to a 50-story building), accompanied by a range of classical to contemporary Arabic and world music.[1] It was built at a cost of AED 800 million (USD 218 million). The Dubai Fountain can spray 22,000 gallons (83,000 liters) of water in the air at any moment. More than 6,600 lights and 25 colour projectors have been installed. During the end of 2010 the fountain had got a new element, fire, which outlines the fountains (the fire is temporary for the season).[4] The Dubai Fountains project water in the air in many different combinations and patterns. The beam of light from the fountain can be seen from over 20 miles away.

The Dubai Opera House is the cultural centre of the proposed Lagoons district of DubaiUnited Arab Emirates with preparatory work underway in anticipation of groundbreaking.[2] This development will accommodate an opera house with a 2,500 seating capacity, an 800-seat playhouse, a 5,000-square-metre (54,000 sq ft) arts gallery, a performing arts school, and a '6-star' themed hotel on a purpose-built island in Dubai Creek.It is also said that it will feature two libraries, an outdoor theatre, and a marina.

Dubai Towers Dubai is a four tower complex to be built in the city of DubaiUnited Arab Emirates. The developer, Sama Dubai, intends this to form the centrepiece of The Lagoons, amegaproject located on Dubai Creek which will consist of seven islands. The towers have between 57 to 94 stories and although the heights are not known, it is believed the tallest will top 400 metres (1,310 ft) while two others will rise beyond 300 metres (980 ft). Sama ECH was the Project Management company in charge of the project. Due to downturn in Dubai the project has been put on hold.

The Pentominium is a supertall skyscraper currently under construction in the city of DubaiUnited Arab Emirates. When completed, the residential tower will be 516 m (1,693 ft) tall, with 122 floors above ground. It was designed by architects Aedas and funded by Trident International Holdings. The AED 1.46 billion (US$400 million) construction contract was awarded to Arabian Construction Company (ACC). The Pentominium has one of the deepest excavations done in the world, performed by Swissboring Overseas Piling Corp.
Construction commenced on 26 July 2009 and the building is expected to be completed in 2013.As of May 2011, 22 floors have been completed. When completed, Pentominium will become the second tallest building in Dubai after Burj Khalifa, and one of the tallest buildings in the world.


The Wave Tower is a proposed 92 floor supertall skyscraper for the Madinat Al Arab district of Dubai Waterfront in DubaiUnited Arab Emirates designed by the Spanish architecture firm A-cero. It is planned to be 370 meters (1,214 ft) tall and is designed to be a green energy building. It is planned to begin construction in late 2009.
It tries to create a dynamic way while a geometric shape rises and twists, like a wave, like the use in the bottom of the form of the pointed arch that extends as evoking waves of the sea, hence its name. It is covered with a double glass skin to control sunlight and with a white silk screened glass facade.

The Burj Al Arab (Arabicبرج العرب‎,Tower of the Arabs) is a 7-star rated luxury hotel located in DubaiUnited Arab Emirates. At 321 m (1,053 ft), it is the fourth tallest hotel in the world. The Burj Al Arab stands on an artificial island 280 m (920 ft) out from Jumeirah beach, and is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge. It is an iconic structure whose shape mimics the sail of a ship.Construction of Burj Al Arab began in 1994. It was built to resemble the sail of a dhow, a type of Arabian vessel. Two "wings" spread in a V to form a vast "mast", while the space between them is enclosed in a massive atrium. The architectTom Wright[8] said "The client wanted a building that would become an iconic or symbolic statement for Dubai; this is very similar to Sydney with its Opera House, or Paris with the Eiffel Tower. The architect and engineering consultant for the project was AtkinsFletcher Construction from New Zealand was the lead joint venture partner in the initial stages of pre-construction and construction.The hotel was built by South Africanconstruction contractor Murray & Roberts.The building opened in December 1999.

The Hydropolis Underwater Hotel and Resort was a proposed hotel, designed by Prof. Roland Dieterle that would be the world's first underwater luxury resort. It was planned to be situated 66-foot (20 m) below the surface of the Persian Gulf, just off Jumeira Beach in Dubai, and projected to cost $300 million to construct. The underwater hotel would have been one of the most expensive hotels on the earth. The hotel was conceived in 2006, was delayed in 2008, and as of June 2010 no construction or planned construction has occurred.


The Jumeirah Lake Towers (also known as JLT) (Arabicابراج بحيرة الجميرا‎) is a huge development in DubaiUnited Arab Emirates which consists of a 79 towers being constructed along the edges of four artificial lakes (Lake Almas West, Lake Almas East, Lake Elucio, and Lake Allure) as well as the JLT Embankment of 8 tower facing Jumeirah Islands. The lakes (which are about 3 metres (9.8 ft) deep) will be completely filled by end of 2009.The total area covered by the lakes, waterways and landscaping will be 730,000-square-metre (7,900,000 sq ft). The towers will range from having 35 floors to having 45, except for the centerpiece, which is 66 floors. The tallest tower and the centerpiece of the entire complex is Almas Tower which will be situated on its own island between Lake Almas West and Lake Almas East. All residential towers will be placed in clusters of three. This therefore makes the areas easier to navigate when mail is distributed.
The completion of Saba Tower in December 2006 marked the first tower to be completed in Jumeirah Lake Towers. The final tower is expected to be completed in 2011. The majority of construction will take place in 2008. By April 2011, over 80 per cent of the towers in JLT have been completed. While the entire development is expected to be completed in 2012.

The Trump International Hotel & Tower was a proposed skyscraper hotel at the trunk of the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai. It was a joint venture between the Trump Organization and Dubai-basedNakheel, a government-owned company, and was announced on October 5, 2005. The hotel was expected to be a 300-room hotel. Construction work was suspended indefinitely on this and other prestigious building projects throughout Dubai in late 2008, largely as a result of the global credit crunch. It became officially cancelled by Nakheel in February 2011, and will probably be replaced by a shopping mall on Palm Jumeirah Island. The original design featured a circular tower surrounded by four golden petals attached to the sides.

Mall of Arabia was a shopping mall planned to be built as part of the City of Arabia in the Dubailand theme park premises in Dubai. Original announcements said it would be completed in 2008.[1] Following the collapse of the Dubai real-estate market, the first phase will not open until 2013.The mall would have housed fast-food restaurants such as McDonald'sBurger King,KFCTaco BellDomino's PizzaDunkin' DonutsTGI Friday'sPizza HutSubwayKrispy KremeCosta Coffee and Caffé NeroIt was announced by the Ilyas and Mustafa Galadari Group and was to include leisure and entertainment facilities, a theatre stage, and feature an ancient Middle Eastern exterior. Its planned Phase 1 has a gross leasable area of 6,000,000 sq ft (560,000 m2); however, if all phases are completed, it might have a final gross leasable area of 50,000,000 sq ft (4,600,000 m2), which would surpass the South China Mall in DongguanChina, and the SM Mall of Asia in ManilaPhilippines as the world's largest shopping mall.[2] Its plans show five levels of retail and entertainment, rooftop hotels and numerous leisure facilities. The plans call for 15,000 covered car park spaces in its first phase. 


Dubailand is an entertainment complex being built in DubaiUnited Arab Emirates, which is owned by Tatweer (which belongs to Dubai Holding). When announced in 2003 it was one of the most ambitious leisure developments ever proposed anywhere in the world, but development has been severely impacted by global recession and Dubai's financial crisis. The development was put on hold in 2008; however in May 2011, it was announced that a revised master plan for the mega-project will be announced by the end of 2011. The project is now expected to be scaled down in design to meet the Dubai's battered real estate sector. The construction will be resumed by the end of 2011.
Although the complex is far from completion, three attractions are currently open, but not complete.

City of Arabia is a 20,000,000-square-foot (1,860,000 m2) development in DubailandDubaiUAE. It is currently under construction and will have a phased opening starting towards the end of 2011. There will be four components of the small city: Mall of ArabiaRestless Planet, Wadi Walk, and the Elite Towers. It will also include schools, offices, and other necessities. Ilyas and Mustafa Galadari Group, the developer, plans to link the development with the Dubai Metro. The Mall of Arabia is expected to be one of the largest shopping mall in the world upon opening.

The Dubai Sports City is a $4 billion, 50,000,000 square feet (4,600,000 m2) mixed-use sports city currently being constructed in DubaiUnited Arab Emirates.The city will consist of apartment buildings as well as several sports facilities. The first structures opened in late 2007. Many people believed it was going to be used in Dubai's possible bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, but Dubai never submitted a bid. Dubai Properties is master developer of this project for infrastructure. The project is expected to be complete in 2011.
Dubai Sports City will contain the following sporting complexes:
  • The main sports structure will be the 60,000 seat, multi-purpose outdoor stadium. This stadium will be used for athleticscricket and football.
  • A 25,000 seat cricket ground
  • A 10,000 seat indoor arena
  • A 5,000 seat field hockey stadium. The stadium will provide a base to the UAE Hockey Committee and the WorldHockey Academy. The Hockey Stadium is situated at the Dubai Sports City Academy's Campus and provides world-class facilities for international athletes and local enthusiasts. The WorldHockey Academy is the first facility of its kind anywhere in the world. Through a partnership between Dubai Sports City and the International Hockey Federation, the WorldHockey Academy will provide coaching at the highest professional level from seasoned hockey coaches, many of whom have represented their countries in the international arena.

The Dubai Metro (in Arabic: مترو دبي) is a driverless, fully automated metro network in the United Arab Emirates city of Dubai. The Red Line is almost fully operational, the Green Line is under construction with trials commenced in October 2010, and 3 further lines are planned. These first two lines run underground in the city centre and on elevated viaducts elsewhere (Elevated railway). All trains and stations are air conditioned with platform edge doors to make this possible. The first section of the Red Line, covering 10 stations, was ceremonially inaugurated at 9:09:09 PM on September 9, 2009, by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai,  with the line opening to the public at 6 AM on September 10.The Dubai Metro is the first urban train network in the Arabian Peninsula.[5] More than 110,000 people, which is nearly 10 per cent of Dubai’s population, used the Metro in its first two days of operation.The Dubai Metro carried 10 million passengers from launch on 9 September 2009 to 9 February 2010 with 11 stations operational on the Red Line.Once the 20 km Green line opens, the Dubai Metro will overtake the title of longest fully automated metro network from the Vancouver Skytrain, surpassing it by 1 km.

The Palm Islands are an artificial archipelago in DubaiUnited Arab Emirates on which major commercial and residential infrastructures will be constructed. They are being constructed by Nakheel Properties, a property developer in theUnited Arab Emirates, who hired Belgian and Dutch dredging and marine contractor Jan De Nul and Van Oord, some of the world's specialists in land reclamation. The islands are the Palm Jumeirah, the Palm Jebel Ali and the Palm DeiraEach settlement will be in the shape of a palm tree, topped with a crescent, and will have a large number of residential, leisure and entertainment centers. The Palm Islands are located off the coast of The United Arab Emirates in the Persian Gulf and will add 520 kilometres of beaches to the city of DubaiThe 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. Among 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. The Palm Deira, which is planned to have a surface area of 46.35 square kilometres, was announced for development in October 2004. Construction was originally planned to take 10–15 years, but that was before the impact of the global credit crunch hit Dubai.

The Universe is a planned artificial archipelago in the shape of the Milky Way and Solar System, that would be built off the coast of DubaiUnited Arab Emirates. The project was announced in January 2008 by the developer Nakheel, which also built the Palm Islands and The World archipelago. It was stated to be completed sometime between 2023 and 2028, but as of 2009, the project has been placed on hold. The dredging companies Van Oord and Jan de Nul, the same companies used for the Palm Islands and The World, will create up to 3,000 hectares of land.

The Dubai Waterfront (now known as Waterfront) is expected to become the largest waterfront and largest man-made development in the world. The project is a conglomeration of canals andartificial archipelago; it will occupy the last remaining Persian Gulf coastline of Dubai, the most populous emirate of the United Arab Emirates. It will consist of a series of zones with mixed use including commercial, residential, resort, and amenity areas. The vision of the project is "to create a world-class destination for residents, visitors and businesses in the world's fastest growing city". Waterfront is being developed by Nakheel, one of the world’s largest privately held real estate developers. The artificial islands will be formed to resemble the most widely recognized symbol of Islam, the star and crescent. This will produce a shelter around the Palm Jebel Ali, one of the three Palm Islands, the largest artificial islands (shaped like palm trees) in the world also being constructed byNakheelWaterfront will add more than 70 kilometres to Dubai's coastline. It will encompass an area of 1.4 billion square feet of water and land developments. It is expected to house an estimated population of 1.5 million people.

The World or World Islands is an artificial archipelago of various small islands constructed in the rough shape of a world map, located 4.0 kilometres (2.5 mi) off the coast of DubaiUnited Arab Emirates. The World islands are composed mainly of sand dredged from Dubai's shallow coastal waters, and are one of several artificial island developments in Dubai. The World's developer is Nakheel Properties, and the project was originally conceived by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai. Islands in the archipelago range from 14,000 to 42,000 square metres (150,000 to 450,000 sq ft) in area. Distances between islands average 100 metres (330 ft); they are constructed from 321 million cubic metres of sand and 31 million tons of rock. The entire development is an area that covers 6 by 9 kilometres (3.7 by 5.6 mi) and is surrounded by an oval-shaped breakwater island. Roughly 232 km (144 mi) of shoreline was created. The World's overall development costs were estimated at $14 billion USD in 2005. 

Dubai Marina (Arabicمرسى دبي‎, also called Dubai Marina Arabicدبي مرينا‎) is a district in the heart of what has become known as "new Dubai" in DubaiUnited Arab Emirates. Dubai Marina is a canal city, carved along a two mile (3 km) stretch of Persian Gulf shoreline. When the entire development is complete, it will accommodate more than 120,000 people in residential towers and villas. It is located at 25°4′52.86″N 55°8′38.67″E on Interchange 5 between Jebel Ali Port and the area which hosts Dubai Internet CityDubai Media City, and the American University in Dubai. The first phase of this project has been completed. Dubai Marina was inspired by and designed to model the highly successful Concord Pacific Place development along False Creek in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Business Bay (Arabicالخليج التجاري‎) is a central business district under construction in DubaiUnited Arab Emirates. The project features numerous skyscrapers located in an area whereDubai Creek will be dredged and extended. Business Bay will have upwards of 240 buildings, comprising commercial and residential developments. The infrastructure of Business Bay has been completed in 2008, and the entire development is expected to be completed between 2012-2015. Business Bay is part of the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashed Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister, Minister of Defence, and Ruler of Dubai. Business Bay will be a new 'city' within the city of Dubai and is being built as a commercial, residential and business cluster along a new extension of Dubai Creek extending from Ras Al Khor to Sheikh Zayed Road. Covering an area of 64,000,000 square feet (5,900,000 m2), once completed it will comprise office and residential towers set in landscaped gardens with a network of roads, pathways and canals. It will become the region's business capital as well as a freehold city. The entire development covers an area of 46,900,000 sq ft (4,360,000 m2), and the gross leasable area is 78,500,000 sq ft (7,290,000 m2). The projected population of the entire development is more than 191,000, and the estimated population of employers and others is 110,000, making the total population more than 300,000.[1] Commercial development will comprise 2,653,244 sq ft (246,494.4 m2), which is 18.5 percent of the entire development; mixed use development will comprise 8,520,368 sq ft (59.4 percent); and residential development will cover 3,163,628 sq ft (22.1 percent). Business Bay will cost AED 110 billion (USD 30 billion).

Atlantis, the Palm is a resort at Palm Jumeirah in DubaiUnited Arab Emirates. It is a joint venture between Kerzner International Limited and Istithmar PSJC and was opened on 24 September 2008. The resort is modelled after the Atlantis, Paradise Island resort in Nassau, Bahamas. Almost everything in it is underwater themed. The six star resort also includes a water Aquaventure theme park (160,000 square meters), a conference center, and 20,000 square feet (1,900 m2) of retail space. The resort also has a Dolphin Bay (45,000 square meters) in which guests can swim and interact with dolphins at Atlantis. The Palm Jumeirah itself is one part of a trilogy including the larger Palms Jebel Ali and Deira, which are still under construction. The Resort kept a young female whaleshark (Sammy) in its 11-million litre aquarium. Sammy gained public attention when gulfnews published her story, which started campaigns to have Sammy released back into the ocean. Experts pointed to various signs which showed that Sammy was vulnerable in the aquarium. She was released in March 2010. Cost around $16M.

The Falconcity of Wonders, announced in 2005, is a project being built in Dubai that will feature life-size replicas of the seven wonders of the world such as the Egyptian pyramids, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, and other famous monuments such as the Eiffel Tower, the Taj Mahal and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It is a part of Dubailand, covering an area of 100 acres (400,000 m2) with an estimated cost of $1.5-billion[clarification needed]. The project is led by Falconcity of Wonders Company, owned by local businessman Mr. Salem Al Moosa. FCW was designed to resemble the UAE national emblem, the falcon. The project was supposed to be spread over an area more than 40,000,000 square feet (3,700,000 m2) and would combine various commercial, residential, educational and leisure amenities with entertainment facilities, apartments, villas, shopping malls, hotels, restaurants, health clubs and spas, and schools and parks. In addition, there are plans for a theme park that would cover an area of more than four million square feet. The original concept was developed by an American architect and thought for Fujairah. Meanwhile, this development, among many others, was stopped in April 2009 due to the economic crisis.

Ski Dubai is an indoor ski resort with 22,500 square metres of indoor ski area. It is a part of the Mall of the Emirates, one of the largest shopping malls in the world, located in DubaiUnited Arab Emirates. It was developed by Majid Al Futtaim Properties, which also operates the Mall of the Emirates.Opened in November 2005, the indoor resort features an 60-meter high indoor mountain with 5 slopes of varying steepness and difficulty, including a 400-metre-long run, the world's first indoor black run, and a 90-metre-long quarter pipe for snowboarders. A quad lift and a tow lift carry skiers and snowboarders up the mountain. Adjoining the slopes is a 3,000-square-metre Snow Park play area comprising sled and toboggan runs, an icy body slide, climbing towers, a snowball shooting gallery, an ice cave and a 3D theatre. Other attractions include a mirror maze and a snowman-making area. Winter clothing, ski and snowboard equipment are included in the price of admission.

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