The Dubai skyline is an oasis unto itself, with its gleaming skyscrapers, luxury hotels, and opulent residences silhouetted against the miles of open sky and desert. Like New York City, Dubai is known as a city of skyscrapers, with 56 reaching higher than 656 feet (200 meters) and 14 above 984 feet (300 meters)—the latter category is more than any other city in the world. By comparison, Hong Kong and Chicago trail with six apiece.
The best-known building is Burj Khalifa, which stands at 2,717 feet and is the tallest in the world, bypassing both Taipei 101 and Toronto’s CN Tower. Burj Khalifa soars into the sky above the rest of the city, comprising 160 floors. It has a hotel on the first 37 floors, residences and offices on floors 38 through 123, and the observatory with its sweeping panoramic views on the 124th floor.
Visitors are whisked along the interior of the building on one of the fastest elevators in the world. At the 124th floor, the view from Burj Khalifa takes guests on a visual trip across the horizon from the Persian Gulf to the Arabian Desert. Retail shops, telescopes, interactive exhibits and an outdoor observatory provide observers a bird’s eye view of the Dubai skyline and the downtown area of the city along Sheikh Zayed Road. The observatory is the perfect place for taking pictures of the city and its surroundings.
Along the 8-lane Sheikh Zayed Road, which runs through the exotic and upscale downtown area, tourists will see several luxury hotels, office buildings, and corporate and residential skyscrapers. These include the prestigious Rose Tower Hotel, Park Place, and the 21st Century Tower residential and corporate building. Also along Sheikh Zayed Road is a noticeable feature of the Dubai skyline: the Emirates Office Tower, which is the fifth-tallest building in Dubai and is connected by a retail boulevard to the Jumeirah Emirates Tower Hotel.
One of the newest additions to the Dubai skyline is the luxury five-star hotel known as The Address Downtown Dubai. Overlooking the Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa, the hotel lavishes its guest in the lap of luxury in rooms and residential suites. The Address Downtown Dubai has seven restaurants, 24-hour fitness center, spa, and a refreshing chilled pool. It is within walking distance of the mall and Dubai’s International Airport is only a fifteen-minute drive from the hotel.
Dubai is a young city when it comes to skyscrapers, and one of its most unique features is the beauty of the old country combined with examples of high-tech innovations and modern technology. It is truly unique among cities both in the Middle East and around the world. Illuminating the city’s growth, the Dubai skyline at night is the perfect example.
Visitors to the downtown area can take stunning pictures of the Dubai skyline at night from the Dubai Mall (which is one of the city’s biggest attractions in its own right), as well as lovely pictures of the sunset casting its golden glow across the downtown skyline. Another feature of the mall that provides dazzling pictures of the Dubai skyline at night is the dancing Dubai Fountain. The fountain is set on Burj Khalifa Lake, at the center of downtown, and was designed by the same company who created the Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas. The sight of the water soaring against a colorful backdrop of neon lights and the glass and chrome buildings is one you won’t soon forget.