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Explore Dubai’s Skyline on World Skyscraper Day

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Dubai, the thriving Emirati metropolis, has become synonymous with architectural excellence and innovation. Over the past decade, the city has seen a monumental transformation, showcasing a series of jaw-dropping skyscrapers soaring skyward. As the world celebrates World Skyscraper Day on September 3, we bring you a list of architectural marvels that define the city’s skyline. (Image: Reuters)


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1. Burj Khalifa: At the heart of Dubai’s architectural marvels is the Burj Khalifa, a global icon that embodies remarkable engineering prowess. This monumental structure rises to an astonishing height of 828 meters, making it the tallest building in the world. Located next to the Dubai Mall, the Burj Khalifa has been captivating tourists since it opened in 2010. Visitors are treated to unparalleled perspectives from not one, but two vantage points: the two-story ‘At the Top’ observatory on the 124 and 125 floors, as well as the highest observation deck on the planet at the 148 floor, located 555 meters above the ground. (Image: William D’Souza)


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2. Cayan Tower: Dubai Marina has another architectural gem: the Cayan Tower. Formerly known as Infinity Tower, this 73-story wonder showcases a modern design, with a distinctive 90-degree spiral that sets it apart as the tallest twisted building in the world. The tower’s unique architecture features 495 lavish apartments, with each floor designed to rotate 1.2 degrees from the previous one, creating a captivating spiral effect. Whether admired on foot or from a dhow, the Cayan Tower defies conventional architectural norms, leaving visitors in awe of its innovative design. (Image: Shutterstock)


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3. Princess Tower: Rising in Dubai Marina, Princess Tower is a sophisticated and luxurious 107-storey residential tower reaching a height of 414 meters and offers a total of 763 residential units, ranging from one bedroom to exclusive penthouses and duplexes. The tower is a visual marvel in one of Dubai’s most prestigious neighborhoods, offering residents and investors a taste of elegance and opulence against the backdrop of the city’s skyline. (Image: Reuters)


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4. Emirates Towers: Emirates Towers, a pair of sleek skyscrapers comprising the Emirates Office Tower and the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel, adorn the Dubai skyline with their elegance. Connected by the Emirates Towers Promenade, this welcoming square is home to cafes and retail outlets that cater to the needs of the bustling business district. With its designer boutiques and bright two-storey promenade, the Emirates Towers has been a fixture since its opening in 2000, overlooking major financial and commercial hubs. (Image: Reuters)


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5. 23 Marina Tower: Dominating the landscape with 88 stories and a height of 392.8 meters, 23 Marina Tower demonstrates Dubai’s commitment to pushing architectural boundaries. Ranked fourth tallest building in Dubai and sixth tallest residential building in the world, it offers a unique feature: 57 swimming pools, one for each duplex apartment. The tower’s striking design, made of concrete and blue-tinted glass, offers sweeping views of the marina and Palm Jumeirah. Located in Dubai Marina, 23 Marina Tower offers spacious two- and three-bedroom apartments and duplexes with contemporary interiors, high-end finishes and fully-equipped kitchens, inviting residents to experience luxury living at its finest. . (Image: Reuters)


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The Dubai World Trade Centre: This 82-storey skyscraper is home to the Dubai World Trade Centre, one of the largest trade fair complexes in the world. (Image: Reuters)


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Other skyscrapers in Dubai include DIFC Tower, Al Bahar Towers, Jumeirah Emirates Towers and Rose Tower. (Image: Reuters)


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