The Palm Jumeirah & Atlantis The Palm

The Palm Jumeirah Dubai and the opening of Atlantis The Palm 

The Palm Jumeirah is a Palm-shaped artificial island situated off the Jumeirah coast of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. It was entirely created using land reclaimation which will artificially create a total of 520km of beachline. It is also currently the world’s largest man-made island.

The Palm Jumeirah development started in 2001, and since then the concept has been duplicated with another two larger Palm Islands currently under development nearby – The Palm Jebel Ali and The Palm Deira. 

The Palm Jumeirah land reclaimation was started in 2001.

The Palm Jumeirah land reclaimation was started in 2001.

The Palm Jumeirah consists of a trunk, a crown with 17 fronds, and a surrounding crescent island that forms an 11 kilometre long breakwater. The palm island’s total area is larger than 800 football pitches. 

The crown is connected to the mainland by a 300-metre bridge and the crescent is connected to the top of the palm by a sub-sea tunnel.

The Palm Jumeirah in 2007.

The Palm Jumeirah in 2007.

Over the next few years, as the tourism phases develop, The Palm Jumeirah itself is touted to be one of the world’s premier holiday destination. It has also self-declared as the ‘8th Wonder of the World’.

Besides Atlantis, The Trump and Palm Mall are iconic landmarks on Palm Jumeirah.

Besides Atlantis, The Trump and Palm Mall are iconic landmarks on Palm Jumeirah.

The Palm Jumeirah will feature themed boutique hotels, villa homes, resort-themed apartments, beaches, marinas, restaurants, cafés and a variety of retail outlets. Over 30 beachfront hotels will be opened as early as the end of 2009, including:

  • The Trump International Hotel & Tower – 62-storey iconic tower [];
  • Tiara Resort & Residence (to be known as Essque Hotel);
  • The Taj Exotica Resort & Taj Grandeur Residences;
  • Rixos’ Ottoman Palace Resort;
  • Oceana Hotel & Luxury Apartments;
  • Kempinski Emerald Palace & Residences;
  • Radisson SAS Palm Jumeirah;
  • The Kingdom of Sheba & The Fairmont Palm Residence;
  • The Royal Amwaj & Movenpick Palm Jumeirah Resort;
  • Dusit Thani Devarana Resort & Spa –> 7-star resort!; 
  • W Hotel Palm Jumeirah; etc.
The Atlantis on Palm Jumeirah under construction in 2006.

The Atlantis on Palm Jumeirah under construction in 2006.

The Atlantis on Palm Jumeirah in August 2007.

The Atlantis on Palm Jumeirah in August 2007.

Other attractions include:

  • Two F-100 Sabre fighter jets have been stripped and sunk within The Palm Jumeirah to create an artificial reef, intended to encourage marine life.
  • The world’s famous cruise liner Queen Elizabeth II will be rested here and transformed into a floating hotel beginning 2009. The cruise liner is due to arrive at The Palm Jumeirah on 26 November 2008.
The Palm Jumeirah on 1 November 2008_1.

The Palm Jumeirah on 1 November 2008_1.

The Palm Jumeirah on 1 November 2008_1.

The Palm Jumeirah on 1 November 2008_2.

The Palm Jumeirah Monorail is a 5.45km public transportation system currently being built to connect the Palm Jumeirah to the mainland, with a planned connection to Dubai Metro in the future. When open next year, it will be the first monorail in the region.  

The Palm Jumeirah villas and signature homes_1.

The Palm Jumeirah villas and signature homes_1.

The Palm Jumeirah villas and signature homes_2.

The Palm Jumeirah villas and signature homes_2.

The No.1 landmark on The Palm Jumeirah is Atlantis, The Palm. The resort is managed by world renowned Kerzner International and modelled after its flagship resort – Atlantis, Paradise Island in the Bahamas. The resort consists of two towers linked by a bridge, with a total of approximately 1,540 rooms. The 630-acre land taken up by this resort alone is equivalent to 64 Wembley football pitches.

And the cost of one night in the Bridge Suite was reported to be USD$35,000.  

The Atlantis on Palm Jumeirah also includes a large water theme park called “Aquaventure”, a dolphin bay and one of the world’s largest aquarium with 65,000 marine creatures (the world’s largest aquarium tank is in the recently opened The Dubai Mall). The water theme park major attraction is a waterslide called Leap of Faith that spits you out from the top of a faux-Mesopotamian temple called the Ziggurat!

The Palm Jumeirah sub-sea tunnel and The Atlantis, which is still under construction in June 2008.

The Palm Jumeirah sub-sea tunnel and The Atlantis, which is still under construction in June 2008.

The Atlantis was finally completed in September 2008.

The Atlantis was finally completed in September 2008.

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Finally, the Atlantis Palm Jumeirah was officially opened yesterday – 20 November 2008 with a big bang!

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Financial crisis? What crisis?

There was no evidence of the global financial crisis as tycoons and celebrities streamed into Dubai on the night of 20 November for the world’s most expensive private party of 2,500 invited guests.

Having spent £1 billion, the owners of the Atlantis hotel, which they hope will become the new symbol of excess in a region already replete with towering statements of wealth, splashed out £13.5 million on its debut.

One of the most spectacular party in 2008, but least known by common people.

One of the most spectacular party in 2008, but least known by common people.

The opening party was incredibly spectacular. It has been said to have been the world’s biggest firework display, a milion rocket firework display with 100 computer-guided rockets makes it 7 times bigger than the opening of Beijing Olympics, which is the largest firework display till last night.

See it for yourself below:

1. [must watch]



It was also celebrated in the grandest fashion with the presence of Western celebrities, including:

Kylie Minogue, Lindsay Lohan, Michael Jordan, Bob Geldof, Robert De Niro, Janet Jackson, Charlize Theron, Denzil Washington, Chris Tucker, Mary Kate Olsen, Wesley Snipes, Quincy Jones, Natalie Imbruglia, Gerald Butler, Stuart Townsend, Agyness Deyn, Petra Nemcova, Yasmin Le Bon, Lilly Allen, Mischa Barton, Shirley Bassey, Samantha Ronson, Jermaine Dupri, Daisy Lowe, Jade Jagger amongst others.  

The lit up Atlantis on Palm Jumeirah Dubai.

The lit up Atlantis on Palm Jumeirah Dubai.

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan was the luckiest person at the party when he bagged the most exclusive suite stay, while Bollywood girl and former Miss World Priyanka Chopra was named the “Goddess of Atlantis”. 

Also present at the party was HRH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum and the royal family of Dubai, Sarah Ferguson – the Duchess of York, local politicians, local celebrities, billion-dollar tycoons Sol Kerzner and Richard Branson, celebrity chefs and fashion designers.

The Atlantis is Rising! Source:

The greatest fireworks ever was reported to be visible from space. How cool is that?  

The Palm Jumeirah spectacular fireworks launch on 20 November 2008.

The Palm Jumeirah spectacular fireworks launch on 20 November 2008.

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The Dubai Mall



The Dubai Mall :

The Dubai Aquarium & Discovery Centre :

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One of the world’s largest shopping mall has opened in Downtown Dubai despite the global economic gloom.

The Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall

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The Dubai Mall was officially opened on 4 November 2008.

The Dubai Mall was officially opened on 4 November 2008.

More than 600 retail shops were reported to be ready for business when the doors officially opened at 2pm on 4 November.

The Dubai Mall under-construction in September 2008.

The Dubai Mall under-construction in September 2008.

A model of The Dubai Mall... super freaking huge!

A model of The Dubai Mall... super freaking huge!

Sprawling over a total area of 12 million sq ft, THE DUBAI MALL is situated at the foot of Burj Dubai — already the tallest building on the planet at around 700 meters (2,300 feet) and still under construction.

The Dubai Mall interior_1

The Dubai Mall interior_1

With a projected 1,200 retail stores, The Dubai Mall will be the largest shopping centre-cum-entertainment hub in the Middle East.

The Dubai Mall interior_2

The Dubai Mall interior_2

The mall is scheduled to house branches of some of the world’s best known retail chains, such as London’s renowned toy store Hamley’s, French retailer Galeries Lafayette, UK’s luxury supermarket Waitrose; and Bloomingdales, which has never before had stores outside the United States.

Fashion Catwalk Atrium - a new concept of shopping mall centre court.

Fashion Catwalk Atrium - a new concept of shopping mall centre court.

The Gold Souk atrium

The Gold Souk atrium

Attractions within the mall that have opened include:

  • The mall’s main attraction is The Dubai Aquarium, one of the world’s largest aquarium tank plus a 270-degree walkthrough tunnel. The aquarium will eventually house up to 33,000 aquatic animals, including 400 sharks and rays combined.
  • Adjoining with the aquarium is the Discovery Centre, an educational open-air experience with rainforest and oceanic settings. Here you’ll walk on the canopy above a miniature river or see exotic animals like the piranhas and humbolt penguins.   []   
  • The world’s largest Gold Souk (gold marketplace) with 220 retailers.
  • The Middle East’s first Olympic-size ice skating rink.   []
  • The 850,000 sq ft multimedia-enhanced Fashion Catwalk Atrium.
  • 14,000 undercover parking spaces.
The Dubai Aquarium

The Dubai Aquarium

The Dubai Aquarium

The Dubai Aquarium at the official opening.

Other attractions within the mall include:

  • Middle East’s first SEGA Republic indoor theme park covering 76,000 sq ft that will open early 2009. Expect high adrenaline thrills just like in SEGA video games!
  • KidZania, a 80,000 sq ft children’s edu-tainment centre that will open mid 2009.
  • Reel Cinema, a 22-screen cineplex with a total of 3,000 seats, including a 350-seater hall that will be Dubai’s largest, an arthouse cinematic hall and 4 premier class halls. Reel Cinema is a joint venture with Singapore’s Cathay and is due for opening later in 2009.
  • The Grove, a state-of-the-art indoor-outdoor retail concept with fully retractable roof, which will bring in an outdoor community feel with tree-lined walkways, a lifestyle retail mix and a mix of casual dining cafés and restaurants.  
  • Fashion Avenue with 70 flagship stores dedicated to haute couture.
  • Waterfront Atrium, with views of the Burj Dubai and the Dubai Fountain, a musical water fountain spreading over 2 soccer fields that shoot water to heights equivalent to that of a 50-storey building. The fountain is currently under-construction.
  • Oasis Fountain Waterfall.
  • Adjoining The Address Downtown Burj Dubai and The Address Dubai Mall are two 5-star hotels opening in just a few weeks time.
The Grove @ The Dubai Mall

The Grove @ The Dubai Mall

Intereting retail outlets in The Dubai Mall include:

  • Hamley’s, 32,000 sq ft toy megastore that will include London’s Regent Street mini replica, has opened for business.
  • New York’s Bloomingdale’s first overseas branch that will open in 2010.
  • Galeries Lafayette, French departmental store opening in February 2009.
  • Waitrose, British high-end supermarket has opened.
  • Unconfirmed major tenant is Barneys of New York.
  • Other major tenants include Debenhams, Marks & Spencer, Zara (flagship), Forever 21 (megastore), Kinokuniya Bookstore, Dean & Deluca, Crate & Barrell, etc. 
  • Close to 100 fashion stores, this mall is truly a global all-in-one fashion powerhouse – from Armani to Club Monaco, Dolce & Gabanna to Ed Hardy, Fendi to Gucci, Harley Davidson to Jean Paul Gaultier, Karen Millen to Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs to Porsche Design, Ralph Lauren to Salvatore Ferragamo, Ted Baker to Van Cleef & Arpels, Versace to Zilli.
  • Dubai’s largest foodcourt with 40 outlets, plus an organic foodmart, plus another 120 restaurants, fastfoods and cafes.
  • Notable fastfood chains include Charley’s Grilled Subs, Fatburger USA, New York Fries, Taco Bell, Uno Chicago Grill. Cafes are aplenty – from Armani Cafe to Cold Stone Creamery, Espressamente Illy to Krispy Kreme, Le Pain Quotidien to Patchi Chocolates, Starbucks to Whittard of Chelsea.
The Dubai Mall Ice Skating Rink

The Dubai Mall Ice Skating Rink

The funny thing is Dubai has announced that it will build another mall that will be larger than this, to be called the – Mall of Arabia Dubai – that will have a total gross leasable area of 10 million sq ft as compared to The Dubai Mall’s 3.8 million sq ft.

Shop till you drop!

Shop till you drop!

The Dubai Mall expects an estimated 30 million visitors within the first year of opening. Globally, the mall has already won 5 distinctive awards prior to opening.


Dubai, part of the United Arab Emirates, is renowned for grandiose and often extravagant projects, including a series of man-made islands and luxury hotels. In September, it launched the world renowned Atlantis-branded water-themed resort billed as the most unique in the Middle East.

The Atlantis on manmade Palm Jumeirah off Dubai coast was opened in September 2008.

The Atlantis on manmade Palm Jumeirah off Dubai coast was opened in September 2008.

The Race to Build the World’s Tallest

Malaysia City
Published: 23 October 2008

Financial bailouts and credit protection from London to New York to Sydney. We have heard about what might be the worst global economic crisis for half a century.

But wait a minute.

In the midst of worldwide stock markets tumbling as if Isaac Newton’s gravitional ideas were in control, three nations in the Middle East are battling all out to build the future world’s tallest skyscrapers. It sounds like a comic book fantasy to me but when I first saw the architects’ plans posted in an online forum, I was stunned for a moment.

Dubai’s state-owned master developer, Nakheel first unveiled their masterpiece in Cityscape 2008, a global real estate exhibition three weeks ago. Days later, Saudi Arabia’s Prince Al-Waleed unveiled his $27 billion wonderland to be built near Jeddah’s international airport. Kuwait’s ongoing ‘City of Silk’ project was also reportedly going for the challenge.

Ironically now is the best time for many Western architects.

Against all odds, Dubai is expanding its economy by building more and more before its oil runs out in a few years time. All this comes at a great cost: Dubai’s international borrowings were extremely high, given such tight credit market today. 

Statistics showed that Dubai’s oil exports currently account less than 10% of its total revenues, and that tourism, trade and finance were far more important to its growing economy.

No matter how the world thinks about Dubai, Dubai believes in one vision, and it is this vision that inspires this emirate to greater achievements.

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Malaysia City takes a review of some iconic, mind-boggling projects unveiled recently:

Proposed Jumeirah Gardens is near Burj Dubai

Proposed Jumeirah Gardens is near Burj Dubai

1. Three closely bunched inter-connected mega-skyscrapers would shoot in the sky, connected by skybridges and grand arches.

Each tower will be at least 600m/2,000 feet, housing hotels, offices, shops and luxury condominiums. The tallest tower will be at least 850m/2,790 feet making it the second tallest in the world.

Proposed One Dubai, Jumeirah Gardens

Proposed One Dubai, Jumeirah Gardens

The mega-structure would have more than 13 million square feet, making it one of the world’s largest as well as tallest complexes. Besides that, a tower of light would knife into the sky between the buildings. Canal boats would glide underneath. This is One Dubai to be built at the newly proposed US$95 billion Jumeirah Gardens by Dubai-based developer Meraas.

One Dubai in perspective...

One Dubai in perspective...

2. One Park Avenue, another mixed-use tower in Jumeirah Gardens that would rise about 600m/2,000 feet, its undulating form evoking Dubai’s heritage of pearl trading. The project would contain more than 4 million square feet of offices, condominiums, apartments and hotel rooms. Excavation has begun.

Proposed One Park Avenue, Jumeirah Gardens

Proposed One Park Avenue, Jumeirah Gardens

3. Park Gate, which would consist of six midrise towers arranged in facing pairs, creating a shaded garden space (garden hanging at the top upside-down?) comparable to Middle Eastern markets. The mixed-use project would allow energy from one building to be shared with another. Quoting the developer’s statement, foundation work has begun.

4. Park Gate will further be complimented by Meraas Tower, a mixed-use skyscraper of about 550m/1,800 feet tall, combining hotel space, offices and living units.

Proposed Park Gate and Meraas Tower, Jumeirah Gardens

Proposed Park Gate and Meraas Tower, Jumeirah Gardens

5. The Atrium at Madinat Al Arab, Waterfront Dubai will rise as two arching towers, blending together at the 47th level as one to form a sculpted gateway, framing and maximising view to the Gulf and the City. The distinguished design captures the sophisticated essence of the international and dynamic city that is Dubai. Scheduled for completion in 2013, this project is the second by Gold Coast, Australia developer Sunland Group.

The Atrium Tower, Madinat Al Arab, a Waterfront Dubai precinct

The Atrium Tower, Madinat Al Arab, a Waterfront Dubai precinct

[Located on the western shores of Dubai , Waterfront Dubai will transform 1.4 billion square feet of empty desert and sea into an international community – for an estimated population of 1.5 million people – that is twice the size of Hong Kong Island. For more info, click here.]

Crazy? Not just yet.

6. The Anara Tower will stand next to the American University of Dubai, along Sheikh Zayed Road. When completed, the tower will be the third tallest building in the world with about 650m/2,150 feet in height.

Proposed Anara, Sheikh Zayed Road

Proposed Anara, Sheikh Zayed Road

The multi-use building will feature offices including the developer, Tameer’s own global headquarters, retail, a 250 room super-luxury hotel, 300 apartments, penthouses and even a major art gallery with a mixture of auctions and exhibitions of some of the world’s great art – something Dubai has lacked.

Anara is topped by a massive circular void with a huge glass pod in the middle aimed at being the ultimate high-rise restaurants in the world. The restaurant is supported by three legs as if they are blades of a wind turbine.

But this is Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, already home to numerous man-made wonders such as the artificial palm-shaped islands and the current world’s tallest structure, proclaimed even before it is due for completion next year.

The same developer for the Palm and The World islands three weeks ago made public for an even-taller, mixed-use skyscraper, one that that would rise to a height of more than 1,000m or 1km/3,281 feet — easily taller than two Sears Towers (or equivalently two Petronas Towers in Malaysia), or three Empire State Building stacked on end.

7. Nakheel Harbour & Tower will be the most ambitious urban project ever undertaken. It is a new city within the city of Dubai. The exact site for the proposed project is adjacent to Nakheel’s Discovery Gardens.

The man-made artificial inland harbour will be the first of its kind in the world. The masterpiece of the harbour will be the world’s tallest structure – Nakheel Tower – standing more than 1,000m/3,281 feet (the official planned height is a secret but a leaked report mentioned 1,440m or 4,600 feet above ground), and will be surrounded with another 40 towers ranging in height from 20 floors to 90 floors.

Proposed Nakheel Harbour & Nakheel Tower

Proposed Nakheel Harbour & Nakheel Tower

The Nakheel Tower itself is expected to take more than a decade to be built. The single structure is essentially made out of 4 individual towers connected with skybridges at every 25m – an engineering feat! The reason to this is to allow wind to flow through and thus putting a limit to the sway of the supertall tower during windstorms. When completed, it is expected to be home to more than 55,000 people and a work place for more than 45,000 people.

Some staggering facts and figures: 

– 4 towers interconnected – bisected glassy retail podium of 100,000 sqm connecting to a canal – projected 228 floors – 14,000 residential apartments – 14 luxury hotels (within a single building) offering 3,500 rooms – 150 high-speed lifts – 2 million m2 of space – the building will experience 5 different microclimatic conditions due to its height – due to the high-speed shuttle lifts one may be able to see the sunset twice from the bottom and again from the top of the building

A comparison of the tallest towers built (left) and under-construction (right)

A comparison of the tallest towers built (left) and under-construction (right)

8. Ziggurat was unveiled at the recent Cityscape Dubai. It is by far the “funkiest” project ever envisioned. Ziggurat is an environmentally sustainable futuristic city housed inside a pyramid. The city will be entirely self-sufficient in energetic terms and supported by a carbon neutral system producing zero carbon dioxide emissions.

Ziggurat - a sustainable concept under one roof

Ziggurat - a sustainable concept under one roof

The city will employ natural renewable energy resources of solar, wind and steam making it completely self-sustainable. A transport system with vertical and horizontal links connects all parts of the pyramid.

Ziggurat - the future is here

Ziggurat - the future is here

The ginormous pyramid will cover 2.3 square kilometers, will be able to sustain a “community” of up to 1 million and will have plenty of green spaces for recreation and agriculture.

9. Dubai City Tower (aka Dubai Vertical City) is a “visionized” proposal (recent proposal) for a 400-storey skyscraper of 2.4km/1.5 miles in height, almost twice the height of Nakheel Tower mentioned above. No official details are out yet so it remains a mystery.

Dubai City Tower is as good as a vision

Dubai City Tower is as good as a vision

In the past, there has been some futuristic mile-high proposals such as Tokyo’s X-Seed 4000 and Millenium Tower, but none are as real as the above.

Elsewhere in the region, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait is giving Dubai a run for the world’s tallest building title.

10. Kingdom City Tower is a masterminded project of Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal. He was quoted as saying he will build the world’s tallest building in the Saudi city of Jeddah. The building will be more than a kilometer high (1,000m/3,281 ft) high and will be part of a larger urban project that will cost 100 billion Saudi riyals (US$26.7 billion).

Kingdom City was announced shortly after Nakheel Harbour

Kingdom City was announced shortly after Nakheel Harbour

The tower itself will span 23 million square meters (248 million square feet) and will include luxury homes, hotels and offices.

11. The City of Silk is a US$132 billion urban development located 120km from Kuwait City. It is inspired by the historical trade route of Silk Road between Asia and Europe. The new city is hoped to create a new sustainable metropolis that will be home to an estimated one million people. The project also aims to reduce Kuwait’s dependence on revenues from oil.

The City of Silk is Kuwaits vision

The City of Silk is Kuwait's vision

The centre-piece of this city will be Burj Mubarak al-Kabir, a 1,001m tall tower, almost 200 metres taller than the Burj Dubai and twice the height of Taipei 101. Its height is a reference to the classic work of Arabic literature, The One Thousand and One Nights.

The architects have said that three blades will be built near the top of the tower, that will carry a mosque, a church and a synagogue to signify the unity of the three monotheistic religions.

The project also includes the contruction of several artificial islands, a 26km highway, Olympic facilities and an education hub. 

Closer to home, Shanghai has also announced a new supertall that would succeed the recently completed tallest building in China, the Shanghai World Financial Centre. 

12. Shanghai Center is a proposed development adjacent to SWFC and Jin Mao in Pudong district.  The tower will host 9 indoor gardens and a public park. Construction is expected to start pretty soon and scheduled to be completed in 2013, unfortunately after the World Expo in 2010. 

The winning bid for Chinas upcoming tallest tower

The winning bid for China's upcoming tallest tower




References: Skyscrapercity World and UAE; AME Info; The National UAE; Gulf News; Nakheel LLP; Nakheel Harbour & Tower; Meraas Development; Tatweer; Timelinks; CNN; Chicago Tribune; Gensler; Wikipedia

The Dynamic Tower Dubai (Updated)


Have you ever thought of a rotating building?

Now imaging that an entire building is able to move on its own, rotating 360 degrees, not once but infinite times. 

My youthful side tells me this idea is “so COOL…”

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Introducing the latest ambitious project in Dubai, officially the construction will kick off in the next few weeks…

in Dubai, and then Moscow
by Dynamic Architecture

The world media were today (Tuesday) introduced in New York to The World’s First ‘Building In Motion’. Called the “Rotating Tower”, designed by Italian architect David Fisher and British firm Dynamic Architecture, it is expected to be a reality in less than two years (2010) in Dubai and (then) Moscow.

Rotating Tower_1

The Dubai building will reach 80 floors, and will be 420m / 1,380ft tall (almost the height of Petronas Towers in Malaysia) – the top 10 floors will be used for luxury villa style apartments, below which a further 35 floors of residential suites, then the 15 floors below will comprise an extravagant hotel and the lowest 20 floors used as retail space and offices. It will become a new symbol of Dubai.

The Dynamic Tower Dubai_1

The Dynamic Tower Dubai_2

The segmented tower design will have a center concrete core and allow each floor to continuously, slowly rotate independently at different speeds, using voice recognition technology and giving those inside an ever-changing view over the space of 1 to 3 hours. The rotation results in a unique and ever evolving structure that introduces a fourth dimension (4D) to architecture. In Dubai building the voice recognition will be able to interpret such instructions as ‘left’ or ‘right’ in English, Arabic or Italian but any language could be programmed in for further buildings. COOL !!!

Rotating & Car Elevator

The tower will also include a revolutionary car elevator up to the 80th floor!  

“You drive your car into the elevator and it takes you to your floor, where you drive into your suite (park there).” [MCity]

Rotating Tower_Floors

The twisting, twirling tower(s) design uses photovoltaic cells and wind turbine technology to collect enough energy to power itself. The cells which will be placed on the top surface of each floor will be 15% open to the sun’s rays on all 80 floors for the full day helping to power the building.

Rotating Tower_Plans

Fisher added: “Most cities in the world have enough wind to power turbines – we have used German technology and are testing in Italy and it seems we have enough power”. The tower will have 77 wind turbines positioned horizontally between each floors.

Rotating Tower_2_with Singapore skyline

Interestingly, the tower(s) will also be the first skyscraper to be entirely constructed from prefabricated parts put together in a factory in Southern Italy by a team of 600 in the facility and 80 on-site, instead of thousands of workers on a similar size traditional construction site.

“Almost all the construction of the suites are done at the workshop, then stacked up like Lego attached to the core.” [MCity]

The construction will begin in the next few weeks in Italy where the bathrooms, the most complicated part of the design according to Fisher, will be created and it is hoped they will be able to break ground in the next couple of months.

Rotating Tower_3_Gold

While there has been interest from several countries throughout the world Fisher hopes that New York will be the next to pick up on the concept. 

The Dynamic Tower Dubai_3

Since every floor rotates, how would the water systems be? How about sanitary? Maintenance? Fire safety? How many car elevators? What if rotation system jammed? What if everyone wants to be on a particular side, let’s say to watch fireworks etc? Will the building sway?

I can’t imagine how scary could it be if something doesn’t work! [MCity]


VIDEO REPORT: AP | Reuters | GulfNews | DynamicArchi

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55 Time DubaiIn a similar development, the world’s first revolving (entirely) tower will also be in Dubai. 

Called the “55º Time Dubai™” or Time Residences Dubai, it is a precision ‘Timepiece Building’ powered by the sun, turning 360º in 7 days, offering 360° panoramic penthouse views to all apartments providing a new view of the city every day.

It will be the first of 24 Timepiece Buildings to be constructed around the world all turning in complete synchronisation utilising unique rotation technology under licence from 360°Time World. 

360°Time World has announced it will break ground on 8 August 2008.

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Related Posts: The Dubai Section | Dubai Supertall Madness | Dubai June 2008 | Rashid Gardens Dubai | The Apeiron DubaiBurj Dubai

Dubai June 2008


courtesy of Imre-Solt and SSC Dubai forumers

Burj Dubai Downtown, The Old Town, Business Bay, DIFC and Sheikh Zayed Downtown 

Burj Dubai_1

Burj Dubai_2

Burj Dubai_3 Burj Dubai_4


(above) Burj Dubai, The Old Town, The Dubai Mall and part of Business Bay and Sheikh Zayed downtown.

Business Bay

(above) The first phase of Business Bay, adjacent to Burj Dubai. The development will eventually see more than 200 skyscrapers.

Sheikh Zayed_1

(above) Dubai’s present CBD on Sheikh Zayed, adjacent to Burj Dubai.

Sheikh Zayed_2

(above) Skyscrapers lining up along Sheikh Zayed highway.

Sheikh Zayed_3

(above) Photo taken from Burj Dubai, overlooking the massive “The Index” at DIFC.


(above) The Gate at Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).

 Jumeirah Lake, Dubai  

Jumeirah Lake Towers

Jumeirah Lake_2

Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina_1

Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina_2

Dubai Marina_3

Palm Jumeirah

The Atlantis Palm Jumeirah

Palm Jumeirah

Dubai Culture Village @ Dubai Creek

Dubai Culture Village

The Lagoons @ Dubai Creek

The Lagoons

[Acknowledgement / Credit: Photos by Imre-Solt (Dubai Construction Update), Joekwon, Josau, The_King, Dubai_Steve, SSC Dubai Forumers]

Dubai Supertall Madness (Updated2)



Almost the whole world, including economic giants USA, Japan and China, is shivering over skyrocketing oil prices, one country on Earth seems largely unaffected. AND NOW CREDIT CRUNCH?

That is the United Arab Emirates.

The reason to that is simple. The world’s major consumers of petroleum are heavily dependent on the Middle Eastern oil. And oil-rich Dubai being the emirate’s main city and the main entrepot for the region is now flushed with revenues of billions and trillions like never before.

So Dubai is ‘showing off’ its wealth in an unprecedented transformation of its entire city skyline.

At least three so-called Business Districts have been rigourously planned to rise up in the middle of its sand dunes. The city has already become the host to the highest number of skyscrapers and super-high towers in the world. Amongst them are the world’s tallest building Burj Dubai and the completed luxurious Burj Al Arab and Rose Rotana Suites.  

Critics argued what economic sense could be justified by building grandiose record-breaking structures when the current economic condition are unable to support these efforts. 

Although the city is fast becoming an important tourist destination especially to the Europeans, Dubai has a relatively small population in excess of one million. Astonishingly to note that more than two thirds of its population are made up of expatriates (who are not locals), mainly consisting of impecunious people from subcontinental South Asia. Generally, they are employed as labours in Dubai’s booming construction industry.

Nevertheless, many locals believe that their small but affluent population coupled with some cash-rich tourists would not stop their dreams in making Dubai one of the world’s premier financial hubs in the coming decade.

We now take a review of the supertowers planned for this city.

Dubai On-Going Projects of more than 75 storeys:

Burj Dubai

1. Burj Dubai, the world’s tallest building is due for completion end of this year. Currently it has 162 completed floors.

Pentominium Burj Al Alam_1  Burj Al Alam_2

2. The Pentominium – 120 floors – Location: Dubai Marina – Completion: 2011

3. Burj Al Alam – 108 floors – Location: Business Bay – Completion: 2010

Dubai Supertalls

4. Marina 101 – 102 floors – Location: Dubai Marina – Completion: 2010

5. Elite Residence Dubai – 92 floors – Location: Dubai Marina – Completion: 2010

6. Dubai Princess Tower – 101 floors – Location: Dubai Marina – Completion: 2009

7. The Torch Dubai – 84 floors – Location: Dubai Marina – Completion: 2008

8. Ahmed Abdul Rahim Al Attar Tower – 76 floors – Location: Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai Downtown – Completion: 2008

9. Al Yacoub Tower – 72 floors – Location: Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai Downtown – Completion: 2009

23 Marina The Index Ocean Heights

10. 23 Marina – 90 floors – Location: Dubai Marina – Completion: 2009

11. The Index – 86 floors – Location: Dubai International Financial Centre – Completion: 2010

12. Ocean Heights – 82 floors – Location: Dubai Marina – Completion: 2010

D1 Dubai Infinity Dubai Almas Dubai  HHH Tower

13. D1 Tower – 80 floors – Location: Dubai Culture Village – Completion: 2010

14. Infinity Tower Dubai – 80 floors – Location: Dubai Marina – Completion: 2010

15. Almas Tower – 74 floors – Location: Jumeirah Lake – Completion: 2008

16. HHHR Tower – 72 floors – Location: Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai Downtown – Completion: 2009

Lam Tara Emirates Park Dancing Dubai

17. Lam Tara Twin Towers – 70, 60 floors – Location: Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai Downtown – Completion: 2010

18. Emirates Park Towers – twin 77 floors – Location: Business Bay – Completion: 2009

19. Dubai Dancing Towers – 80, 65, 52 floors – Location: Business Bay – Completion: 2011

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Dubai Proposed Projects of more than 75 storeys:

 Dubai Towers  Dubai Wave

20. Proposed The Signature Dubai Towers – 57 to 97 floors – Location: The Lagoons Dubai

21. Proposed Dubai Wave Tower – 92 floors – Location: Waterfront, Dubai

Marina Sky Hard Rock Dubai Damac Heights

22. Proposed Marina Sky Towers – twin 100 floors and annexe 90 floors – Location: Dubai Marina

23. Proposed Hard Rock Hotel Dubai – 91 floors – Location: World Trade Centre, Dubai

24. Proposed Damac Heights – 105 floors – Location: Dubai Marina

Oasis Beach Al Sharq The Lighthouse

25. Proposed Oasis Beach Hotel Tower – 90 floors – Location: Dubai Marina

26. Proposed Al Sharq Tower – 102 floors – Location: Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai Downtown

27. Proposed The Lighthouse Dubai – 66 to 80 floors – Location: Dubai International Financial Centre

The Lotus Palm Jebel Ali Towers

28. Proposed La Residence @ The Lotus – Location: Business Bay

29. Proposed towers on Palm Jebel Ali, offshore Dubai

30. The proposed Al Burj that will be the world’s first ever 1km (in height) man-made structure. 228 floors no kidding !!! Soil testing for this project has begun at its location near Dubai Marina. This project has been redesigned and relocated to a location yet to be known.

Al Burj

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Under Design and What’s Coming Up!

Abraaj Tatweer Twin Towers

31. Abraaj Tatweer Twin Towers – 110 floors twins – Cancelled as announced on 12 May ’08

Asia Asia Hotel Ggicouae Tower  The Skyscraper Dubai  Da Vinci Dubai

32. Asia Asia Hotel – planned to be world’s largest hotel with about 6,500 rooms, sited in DubaiLand

33. “Ggicouae” Tower – 106 floors

34. The Skyscraper Dubai is currently on-hold.  

35. The conceptual twisting Da Vinci Dubai Tower has 68 floors. This project has been made public as “The Dynamic Tower Dubai“.

Al Bawadi

36. The Desert Gate are twin iconic towers that will greet visitors at the entrance of Al Bawadi. Al Bawadi is a string of 54 (not 31 as previously mentioned) themed hotels replicating world’s famous landmarks serving DubaiLand theme park cities. 

37. The proposed Atrium City or “AC Towers” is a cluster of three supertowers rising above 100 floors, to be connected at base with an atrium and with skybridges. TO BE REVEALED in OCTOBER 2008

38. The proposed “EP07 Tower” will rise 125 floors and reflect Dubai’s pearl trading and farming heritage. TO BE REVEALED in OCTOBER 2008

EP07 Tower

39. The lower-rised “EP09 Towers” have open garden spaces with water, creating an oasis surrounding the six towers. TO BE REVEALED in OCTOBER 2008

EP09 Towers

40. The proposed “EP15 Tower” is a soaring tower of light and wind filter. It will have a build-up area of 300,000 square metres and will rise to 101 floors. TO BE REVEALED in OCTOBER 2008 

EP15 Tower

41. and 42. Two spectacular concept towers planned for Mohammed bin Rashid Gardens – the House of Commerce Central Tower and an observation tower behind Sheikh Mohammed Mosque.

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And finally there are many many more buildings under 80 floors constructed and being planned in Dubai.

The reality is that Dubai has “too much” money from black gold 🙂 And every minute, they are digging!

Rashid Gardens Dubai

Yet another mega-project in Dubai.

Dubai has unveiled an ambitious US$55 billion environmentally friendly real estate project stretching over 82 square kilometres, state news agency Wam reported on Friday.

Rashid Gardens_1

The project called Mohammed bin Rashid Gardens, will be made up of four main clusters themed around wisdom, humanity, nature and commerce, with 73% of the total area – roughly 60 square kilometres – to be covered in greenery.

Rashid Gardens_2

The biggest cluster will be the House of Nature. This will include parks, flower gardens, recreational clubs, a zoo, hotels, environmental labs and alternative medicine and herbal healing clinics.

The House of Wisdom will include a library, international universities, history and science colleges and the Sheikh Mohammed Mosque.

The House of Humanity will include the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Establishment, the Museum of Light, the Human Civilisation Museum and other charities such as Unicef.

The House of Commerce will include banks, financial services firms and insurance companies, as well as higher educational institutions that specialise in banking and finance.

Dubai Properties, part of state-owned conglomerate Dubai Holding, will oversee the project, which will be carried out in six stages.

Dubai Holding CEO Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, also UAE minister of cabinet affairs, said the project was aimed at creating a “clean environment free from pollution to safeguard health of coming generations”, quoted Wam.

Wam did not say in its report when construction will begin.

The massive 82-square kilometre project would border Downtown Burj Dubai to the north and Dubailand to the south.

Source: SSC Dubai, Arabian Business, CivicArts Eric Kuhne