Top 5 Dubai Landmarks That Are World’s Record Breakers
Dubai is the world’s leading tourist destination that attracts people from all across the globe. Millions of people annually visit the city with their families, and some even decide to relocate permanently. In the following blog entry, we will cover the most popular tourist landmarks of Dubai among visitors.
We will tell you more about the most crucial and important sightseeing spots that attract people from all around the world. But first, let’s give a little overview of Dubai, what kind of a city it is, and why it became a major tourist destination in the Middle East and the world.
We will start from scratch. Dubai is the capital of The United Arab Emirates. It is the biggest city in the country by size and population. Dubai is a trading hub, business center, and a major trading post in the region of Persian Gulf. Dubai is ranked #4 city in the world by quality of life. The UAE in general, and Dubai in particular, is a modern miracle of city planning, attracting more than 18 million visitors annually.
In the past 20 years, Dubai evolved from a relatively small city of regional importance to a world-class tourist destination. There are couple interesting things that explain this. First of all, Dubai always had a master development plan. It is now codenamed Dubai 2040. Then, Dubai allows non-residents to purchase real estate. Foreigners who come to Dubai can get a residency permit upon buying real estate.
The best beaches and hotel resorts on the whole Arabian Peninsula are located in Dubai. Perfect weather, clean pristine waters, and exclusive beach resorts are situated in Dubai. Finally, the UAE’s government took a course of diversifying its economy. Instead of depending mostly on oil and gas industries, it made tourism and real estate development the main sources of profits. Unlike, for example, Iran, which depends mostly on oil exports (and is not a popular tourist destination), The UAE's smart economy planning definitely worked, attracting countless investors from all across the globe.
The world’s tallest building and a record-breaker - Burj Khalifa, Dubai’s main cultural landmark and an astonishing architectural masterpiece. Burj Khalifa is 828 meters high and has 140 floors. Burj Khalifa also holds a couple of other records - the world’s longest-running elevator and the title of the highest man-made object.
The cost of the development of Burj Khalifa is 1,5 billion dollars. The construction took 6 years, from 2004 to 2010. The primary contractor was Samsung.
The tip of the sphere of Burj Khalifa can be seen from a distance of 95 kilometers. Burj Khalifa symbolizes New Dubai, not the small fishing village it once was but an ultra-innovative megapolis with incredible infrastructure and iconic landmarks. Dubai itself is a cultural landmark. People who visit come to look with their own eyes at what is capable of achieving with concrete, steel, and human hands.
Dubai’s opera is one of the most sophisticated and complex architectural landmarks in Dubai. It has 2000 seats and was opened in 2016. It is shaped like a boat, referencing Dubai’s origins because Dubai was initially a fishing village.
Another record-breaker is Dubai’s Fountains, the largest system of fountains in the world with sound and lights. Made by the renowned WET Design, responsible for the famous Bellagio Hotel Fountains in Las Vegas.
Dubai Fountain works every 30 minutes from 6pm Wednesday through Sunday. Do not leave Dubai until you had a chance to look at this miracle personally and take your friends, relatives, and close ones to take memorable photos.
The biggest shopping center in the world, Dubai Mall, opened in 2008. Its total area is 5,9 million square feet. 80,000,000 people visit this huge entertainment complex every year.
All kinds of brand outlets, shops, food & beverage stores, restaurants, and entertainment facilities can be found in Dubai’s Mall. The number of shops is roughly 1200, and there are more than 200 food and beverage facilities. If you can’t find something in Dubai Mall, you should probably check whether it exists, since you can find literally anything in this facility. Pay a visit but don’t get lost.
And a final record-breaker is Palm Jumeirah, the world’s biggest artificial island. It’s a manmade miracle developed by Nakheel Properties. Palm Jumeirah consists of the trunk, the crescent, and 16 branches. More than 10,000 live in private gated communities that are situated here. Public transport accessible on the island includes The Palm Monorail, which connects The Atlantis Hotel and The Twin Towers.
Palm Jumeirah is a part of the bigger development project codenamed The Plam Island. The second Palm, named Palm Jebel Ali, bigger than its predecessor, is currently being developed with premium villa communities already sold out. The starting price of them is 15 million dollars, and even Hollywood celebrities choose this project because of a very limited offer. When they started to sell villas, in just less than 24 hours both villa collections were completely sold out. And brokers booked reservations in advance in long lines. It is planned that the project will be completed in the next 5 years.
All in all, it is a fact that Dubai’s tourist destinations attract people from all around the world. The government of the country made tourism, not the oil industry, its main source of profit. All sightseeing spots covered in this article were made by humans, and almost all of them are record-breakers. Visit Dubai and connect with us for an exclusive tour with one of our top real estate experts if you want to find properties situated near some of the most titular Dubai landmarks we have covered above.