Dubai is the most populous and second largest emirate of the United Arab Emirates after Abu Dhabi. Dubai is distinct from other members of the UAE in that revenues from oil account for only 6% of its gross domestic product. A majority of the emirate's revenues are from the Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZ) and, increasingly, from tourism.
With enormous construction and development in various industries, Dubai has attracted world-wide attention through innovative real estate projects, sports events, conferences and Guinness records. However, this increased attention, coinciding with its emergence as a world business hub, has also highlighted potential human rights issues concerning its largely immigrant workforce.
The Burj al-Arab is a luxury hotel in Dubai, the second largest city of the United Arab Emirates, and was briefly marketed as "the world's first seven-star hotel". It was designed by Tom Wright of WS Atkins PLC. At 321 m (1053 feet), it is the tallest building used exclusively as a hotel. It stands on an artificial island 280 m (919 feet) out from Jumeirah beach, and is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge. It is an iconic structure, designed to symbolize Dubai's urban transformation.
The Burj Dubai is a skyscraper currently under construction in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The lead architect is Adrian Smith of the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. Its final height is officially being kept a secret due to competition; however, figures released by a contractor on the project have suggested a height of around 808 meters (2651 feet). Based on this height, the total number of habitable floors is expected to be around 162. However, on the project's official website, an interior graphic of an elevator panel shows floor numbers up to 195. A more recent article by building subcontractor Persian Gulf Extrusions states a final height "over 940 meters" or at least 3084 feet, but this has not yet been confirmed by Emaar. This new figure is 24 meters higher than the final height rumored on the official website.
The Emirates Towers complex contains the Emirates Office Tower and Emirates Towers Hotel skyscrapers, respectively the 12th (355m) and the 27th (309m) tallest currently-standing structures in the world, and a 9,000 m² (96,875 ft²) two story retail complex known as The Boulevard connecting the two towers. The complex is located on the Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The sister towers are a symbol of Dubai City. A curiosity of the design is that the towers have a similar number of floors (Office Tower: 54 floors, Hotel: 56 floors); the individual floor heights of the office tower are greater than that of the hotel. Emirates Towers is set in over 570,000 m² (42 acres) of gardens, complete with lakes, waterfalls, public seating areas and with parking space for up to 1800 cars.
The Palm Jebel Ali is the middle-sized island of the three Palm Islands (Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Deira). It is located on the Jebel Ali coastal area of the emirate of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The unique man-made palm-shaped island will consist of a trunk, a crown with 17 fronds, and a surrounding crescent island that will form a water-breaker. The Jebel Ali Palm is more of an entertainment destination for both adults and children, which caters to both residents and tourists. The island will also be 50% larger than the Palm Jumeirah, and will include six marinas, a 'Sea Village', a water theme park and water homes built on stilts between the fronds and the crescent. Construction began on the Palm Jebel Ali in October 2002.
The Palm Deira is the largest of the three Palm Islands (Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Deira). It is located on the Deirah coastal area of the emirate of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The unique man-made palm-shaped island will consist of a trunk, a crown with 41 fronds, and a surrounding crescent island that will form a water-breaker. The Deira Palm island was not initially intended to be developed, but on October 2004, the annoucement of its development was issued. The Palm Deira will cover 14 kilometers (8.7 miles) in length and 8.5 kilometers (5.3 miles) in width and have an area of 80 square kilometers (861 million square feet). It will consist of residential property, marinas, shopping malls, sports facilities, and clubs. The residential area will be located on the fronds and will contain 8,000 two-storey town houses in three distinct styles - Premier Villas, Grand Villas and Vista Town Homes.
The Palm Jumeirah is the smallest of the three Palm Islands (Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Deira). It is located on the Jumeirah coastal area of the emirate of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The unique man-made island is built in the shape of a date palm tree and consists of a trunk, a crown with 17 fronds, and a surrounding crescent island that will form a water-breaker. The Jumeirah Palm island is primarily a retreat and residential area for living, relaxation, and leisure. It will contain themed boutique hotels, three types of villas (Signature Villas, Garden Homes, and Canal Cove Town Homes), shoreline apartment buildings, beaches, marinas, restaurants, cafes and a variety of retail outlets.
The World Islands, which is sometimes mistakenly referred to as the Palm World or Globe Islands, are a collection of man-made islands shaped into the continents of the world, located off the coast of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. It will consist of 300 small private artificial islands divided into four categories - private homes, estate homes, dream resorts, and community islands. The World Islands will be located 4 kilometers off the shore of Jumeirah, close to the Palm Jumeirah, between Burj Al Arab and Port Rashid at approximately 25°13 North and 55°10 East. The AED 6.6 billion (US$ 1.8 billion) project will cover a total area of 9 kilometers (5.4 miles) in length and 6 kilometers (3.6 miles) in width, surrounded by an oval shaped breakwater. The only means of transportation between the islands will be by marine or air transport and boat transportation from the mainland will be from the umm suqeim and jumeirah fishing harbours.
Wild Wadi Waterpark is a water theme park located in the city of Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) that covers an area of 12 acres and comprises of 24 adrenaline-pumping state-of-the-art rides and slides. Wild Wadi is located on located in the rural area of Dubai, known as Jumairah, along the Jumeirah Beach Road. It is situated next to the Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Burj Al Arab hotel, approximately a 20 minutes drive from the center of city. This water park was designed like an Arabian wadi (oasis) with characteristics from Arabian folklore and has rides and attractions, many of which interconnect. Once you enter the Wild Wadi water theme park, you will be given access to all the water rides, as well as the use of rubber rings, lifejackets and body boards. The water park has 90 lifeguards on duty, keeping you safe while you are having fun. Wild Wadi's variety of rides suit kids of all ages, make it a favourite water sports area in Dubai.
The Palm Trump International Hotel and Tower will be a 48-storey mixed-use condo-hotel and residence with a 300 room five-star hotel and 360 freehold residential apartments. Some of the amentities include exclusive access to a private beach and yacht club with tennis courts, gymnasium and fitness centre, stylized pools and gardens. The AED 2.2 billion (US$ 600 million) development will be the first joint venture between Al Nakheel and The Trump Organization, who's president and chairman is Donald Trump.
The Fairmont Palm Residence will be located on the trunk of the Palm Jumeirah, and will contain 558 deluxe apartments, townhouses, and penthouses, directly linked to the five-star Fairmont Palm Hotel and Resort. The apartment units will contain 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 bedrooms from 1,508 to 11,638 square feet. Residents will have access to an extensive range of services provided by the hotel, including is beach and health club, private beach, swimming pool, children's playground, restaurants and cafes, housekeeping and maintenance, maid and childcare services, as well as the nearby boutiques and restaurants of The Palm Golden Mile. The Fairmont Palm Residence has North and South Wing apartment buildings and are being developed by IFA Hotels & Resorts.
Atlantis Hotel will be two towers with a total of 2,000 rooms, with two monorail stations linking it to the main stalk of the Palm Jumeirah. The first tower (28-storeys), The Royal Tower, will contain 1,200 rooms targeting luxury travelers, and the second tower (18-storeys) will contain 800 rooms targeting other travelers. The resort was designed based on the mythical lost continent of Atlantis, along with traditional Arabic design themes. It also maintains the icon of the Royal Towers in Atlantis, Paradise Island located in the Bahamas. The premises will include a 40 acre (162 thousand square meter) water-theme park, various water attractions, 86 thousand square foot (8 thousand square meter) two-storey conference center, 20 thousand square feet (1.85 thousand square meter) of retail space, an archeological attraction entitled The Dig. It is a joint venture between Kerzner International Limited and Istithmar PSJC and expected to be completed in late 2007.
Palm Springs will be located on the lower-west corner of the cresent of the man-made Palm Jebel Ali island. The 25-storey building will offer 1, 2, and 3 bedroom freehold apartments, each with sea or water scape views. All of the apartments will have their own balcony, and a number of the 2 and 3 bedroom apartment will contain maid's quarters. Amenitities at the Palm Springs will contain include a private beach, health club, water park, dedicated marina, children's play area, restaurants, five-star management, house keeping, retail outlets, tailor and laundry, room service, 24-hour security, and transport services.
The Burj al Alam (World Constelation in English) is a planned 108 story, 484m skyscraper in the Business Bay area of Dubai, UAE designed to resemble a crystal flower. It is to become one of the world's tallest buildings, only 28 metres below the current tallest, Taipei 101. The tower is to be built by the Fortune Group which also have a number of other projects in Dubai such as the Fortune Bay and Fortune Tower. It will contain 74 floors of office space, a retail area at the base, and a high-end hotel and serviced apartments in the top 27 floors. The hotel section is to contain the highest hotel rooms in the world. The building will also feature a 6-storey crown that will contain a Turkish bath, sky garden and other club facilities. Ground breaking occured on November 12th 2006, the stucture is expected to be completed by 2010.
Dubai unveiled plans for a $27 billion resort complex including the world's biggest hotel on Monday, the latest in a series of huge projects intended to establish the booming Gulf Emirate as a regional tourism hub. Dubai, one of seven semi-autonomous states in the oil-rich United Arab Emirates, is hoping to draw 10 million tourists a year over the next decade. It said the Bawadi project outside Dubai city will have more than 29,000 hotel rooms, including the 6,500-room "Asia Asia" hotel which it said would be the largest in the world, and was expected to accommodate more than 3 million tourists by 2016. "The (reason) for this is the fact that tourism plays a very large role in Dubai's economy," said Saeed al-Muntafiq, chief executive of Tatweer, the Dubai government-owned developer of the project. "We need to expand our capacity to accommodate tourists."He said that Dubai would need an additional 70,000 to 80,000 hotel rooms to achieve its target of 10 million visitors a year over. The first phase of the project, which includes the Asia Asia hotel, will be operational by 2010. Tatweer will put up 40 percent of the project's total cost and the rest will come from investors.