Dubai architecture: a breakthrough into the future

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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A few decades ago, Dubai was a desert and a small fishing village. At the moment, the architecture of this city is breathtaking, as if it is part of the distant future. In this city, all architectural structures are defined by the word " the most": the most luxurious, the most expensive, the highest. The structures built so far plunge us into a completely different dimension. In the future, the construction of even more grandiose buildings is planned.

Complex Atlantis Resort

One of the wonders of the world, an artificial island, was built in the gulf flowing in this beautiful emirate. On this island, it was decided to build a giant recreation complex, similar to a separate city.

The hotel became the highlight of this project. In this building, the architects laid oriental motives: arches, towers and spiers. The structure looks like the Jasmine Palace from one of the most famous fairy tales “A Thousand and One Nights”, brought to life.

The hotel's ceremonial premises also respect the traditions of Arab culture. Here, frescoes were created on the walls depicting the Atlanteans - mythological creatures. The design of the aquariums located within the complex is reminiscent of the ruins of the Arabian Peninsula.

The hotel rooms are also decorated in Arabic style. Each of the more than 1000 rooms is decorated with aquariums with living ocean inhabitants, as well as rooms decorated in a marine theme. Each guest of this complex will have the opportunity to go to the loggia, which offers an amazing view of the Arab Gulf and Dubai.

The lucky ones who have settled in VIP-rooms will have the opportunity to live under the water and observe the underwater life of the inhabitants. Lying on your bed and looking through the panoramic windows, you can find solitude with the underwater world and feel like a part of it.

The interior of the hotel is up to par. Every detail fully conveys the entire atmosphere of Arab culture: silk curtains, gilded frames of mirrors and paintings, as well as furniture made from natural materials. The cost of construction was reported to be US$1.5 bn, or 5.5 bn Dirham in Dubai

Burj Al Arab

Another Dubai treasure built on an artificial island is the Burj Al Arab. The hotel is removed from the coast. You need to overcome 300 meters to get there.

The architecture of this structure is striking as it is made in the form of a sail. The sail is made of a special material that reflects the sunlight and because of this it seems as if the color of this building is snow-white.

In the evening, the sail is used as a screen on which tourists and guests of the emirate can watch exciting videos.

Many hotel guests claim that this complex cannot be judged by standard criteria. It needs to be assigned a special status. As its outer part is executed perfectly, so is the inner one. The interior decoration is made of the most expensive materials. Luxury outdoor furniture Dubai allows guests to enjoy the spectacular views from the top floor of the property.

The Opus

This incredible structure was designed by the world famous architect, Zaha Hadid. The skilled craftsman has created an icon of the architectural style.

Inside this extraordinary building there is a shopping and office complex and a luxury hotel.

The building has the shape of a cube and consists of individual towers, which are connected by covered walkways. Inside them you can freely move around the entire complex.

The part that hits your vision is the completely empty space in the center of this building. This decision of the architect was due to the desire to fill this structure with the maximum amount of natural light.

The interior of the building has also been designed for durable use. Downstairs there are retail outlets, and the upper part is given over to private apartments and hotel rooms. Due to the fact that this building is also a private property, the designers thought through every moment and used technologies that minimize noise as much as possible.

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.