Coral, mud brick, dry stone, wood, and thatch were the traditional building materials in the UAE. Palm-frond or barasti dwellings were often constructed on a timber frame constructed of mangrove poles, split palm trunks, or any other available wood. The walls would be plastered with a lime mortar to give them color and protect them from the sun and rain.
With the advancement of technology, today's buildings are now also made of concrete, steel, and glass. However, they still typically include some type of roofing material such as tile, shingle, or metal. Some modern buildings do not have any roof at all! They are enclosed within walls or fences on all sides except for one open entrance.
In conclusion, houses in the UAE are made of various materials including concrete, steel, and glass. They often include some type of roofing material such as tile, shingle, or metal. They can be found in urban and rural areas alike.
Traditionally, most Arab buildings were made with local materials, such as brick, mud brick, or stone. Wood was often in low supply. Traditionally, Arab dwellings have been built to be cool and well-shaded in the heat. To reduce humidity, vaulted ceilings were frequently used. Windows and doors would usually be left open all day long to let in air flow.
In more recent years, due to increased availability of wood and other materials, many modern buildings have been constructed with these commodities. The construction industry has also become more sophisticated over time, using building techniques such as insulated concrete forms (ICFs) and monolithic slab foundations.
The typical house in the Middle East is a single story structure with an enclosed central courtyard. There may only be one door into the house, which is usually on the side facing away from the street. All the rooms in the house will have access to the outside environment through this one entrance/exit point. The household's possessions are kept in storage areas called "trunkas" or "magazines", depending on their size. These might be under the floorboards of the living room or even in large jars placed outside. In larger households, there could be separate magazines for each member of the family.
Most houses have flat roofs covered in tiles or asphalt shingles. Some newer homes now have foam insulation between the roof and the ceiling to save on heating and cooling costs.
In recent years, architectural styles in Dubai have shifted dramatically. Initially conventional in style, Dubai's present modernist architecture boasts revolutionary exposed-glass walls, stepped rising spirals, and designs with subtle allusions to classic Arabic patterns.
Modern architecture is by no means unique to Dubai; it has been adopted throughout the world for both commercial and residential purposes. What makes Dubai different is its size: only about 50 miles long by 40 miles wide. There are more than 500 buildings over 10 stories high, and many more under construction.
The city was originally built around seven large islands connected by bridges. Today, its core is a single vast island called Dubai Mall which covers more than 44 acres!
Most of Dubai's skyscrapers are located in the downtown area near the creek that runs through the center of the city. But many more are being built all over the country. The city has more than 5 million people, and it is expected to reach 8 million by 2020. So there will be even more need for housing.
Each building is designed by a different architect, so you will find some famous names including Zaha Hadid, Jean Nouvel, and Rem Koolhaas. But most are not yet known outside of Dubai.
The Palm Jumeirah is a man-made offshore island in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where luxury houses and hotels may be found. From above, the archipelago looks like a stylised palm tree within a circle. Dubai's palm Jumeirah was developed in the early twenty-first century and was primarily funded by the city-enormous state's petroleum revenue. It consists of two main islands and several smaller ones including BurJuman (or Bridge City). The total area covered by the development is about 2 km2 (0.8 sq mi), equivalent to about 20 football fields.
Palm Jumeirah was conceived by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. He wanted to create a new type of community that combined the benefits of city life with those of a quiet rural village. There are more than 500 luxury homes on the island which are mostly owned by Emirati citizens. However, many expatriates also live there as well - especially people working in the nearby financial district of Dubai-the largest concentration of foreigners in the emirate.
The idea for Palm Jumeirah came after the failure of another major project called Desert Palm Island. This previous attempt at building an island in the desert failed because it could not generate enough revenue to pay for itself. So, Palm Jumeirah was designed to be both an island and a man-made archipelago.
Arish homes, also known as Barasti, were created by first erecting timber frames made of mangrove poles, split-palm trunks, or any other suitable wood. The frames were then covered with mud bricks or daubed with a lime and clay mixture. A thatched roof was usually added later.
The walls of the house were about 1.5 meters high and made of mud bricks that were kept together with a lime-based mortar. There were no windows in ancient Egyptian houses; light came in through the door or a small hole above it. The floor was made of beaten earth.
Arish houses had only one room, which served as living quarters and factory. A fire was always burning inside to heat the pottery workshop located next to it. The owner of the house went there daily to load his wares onto donkeys for transportation to far-away markets.
Householders used arish as a storage space for grain, vegetables, and fruits. There were two large bins for storing food inside the house. One was placed under the bed and the other one under the floor. Every month the owner of the house would go with his servants to fill these bins with fresh produce.
In addition to eating food grown at home, Egyptians also enjoyed meals at restaurants.
It was constructed by slaves. They are currently constructing it. There are three Dubais, all of which are spinning around each other. Every evening, hundreds of thousands of young men are bused from their construction sites to a large concrete wasteland an hour outside of town, where they are quarantined. Any man who tests positive for HIV is denied employment in Dubai and sent home.
There are no hospitals in Dubai. If you need medical care, you must go to one of the few Western countries that do business with Dubai - Britain, America, or Israel. The only reason any Dubaian has ever seen a doctor is if he is employed by a company that has a contract with a national hospital system.
Slaves are required to work 14 hours a day, seven days a week. When they call out sick, there are never any sick days saved up. A healthy slave will work until he dies at 50 years old. Slaves are not paid, but they do receive food and shelter. The higher up on the corporate ladder you are, the better your life here: five-star hotels, electronics, cars... everything is provided for you. Just don't ask questions.
The people who live in Dubai come from all over the world. There are Filipino maids, Indonesian cooks, Nigerian drivers... everyone works long hours for little money. The average age of a slave is 22.