The Emirates Towers are made up of the Emirates Office Tower and the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel. The Emirate Towers are yet another example of Dubai's majestic architecture. Emirates Towers provides much more than simply ultra-luxurious accommodations; it also offers fantastic shopping and sightseeing options. Visitors can choose from more than 30 restaurants to have a meal at. Or, if they prefer, they can bring their own food and eat it in one of the many cafés on site.
The two towers are connected by an underground mall that features several high-end shops and restaurants. There is also a cinema complex called TCL City Center located within the mall. The complex has 9 screens with around 500 seats each. It is owned by TCL, which is one of the largest television manufacturer in China.
Emirates Towers was built as a demonstration project for the city of Dubai. It was originally intended to be just a skyscraper but later on became a hotel as well. The building was designed by Zaha Hadid before she died in 2016. The main architect of the office tower portion of Emirates Towers is Jean Nouvel. He was also responsible for the design of the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building.
Emirates Office Tower stands at a height of 528 meters (1,722 ft) and contains 134 floors.
Apparently, Dubai is widely praised for its various skyscrapers, and most importantly, they all reflect the brilliance of design, construction, architecture, and technology, which are utilized to construct Dubai's highest structures. The world has never seen anything like it before - especially since these buildings are not only tall, but they are also densely populated as well.
The first skyscraper in Dubai was built in 1971, and since then, they have never stopped building them. There are currently more than 70 completed buildings over 200 meters (656 ft) high, with another 80 under construction. The tallest building in Dubai is now Burj Khalifa at 2132 m (6912 ft), which was officially opened in 2009.
The reason why there are so many towers in Dubai is quite simple - money. Or rather, the lack thereof. It is believed that the government of Dubai encourages this type of development because it finds profit in new projects. No matter how big or small they may be, all towers get paid by DBS Group, which operates under the name of Dubai Properties. The company also owns some famous hotels in Dubai, including Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Ritz-Carlton Dubai.
Other reasons include tourism and trade. Since 2004, Dubai has been trying to increase its tourism industry, and building towers is one way to do it.
The following is a list of the tallest buildings in the United Arab Emirates.
Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, is noted for its spectacular, freshly constructed monuments such as the Burj Khalifa, the Palm Jumeirah, and the Dubai Mall. In barely over two decades, the city has gone from being a desert backwater port to a booming metropolis with the world's third-most skyscrapers.
Although it is still early in the development of Dubai's real estate market, there are signs that another huge project will add to the city's list of famous buildings. The project, called "The World," will be a giant mall of shops, restaurants, and hotels built on an artificial island connected to the main land by a bridge. It is expected to open in late 2009 or early 2010.
Many people believe that Dubai's economy is based too heavily on tourism. If this were to change, then it is possible that one of these other ambitious projects could fall through first. But despite the fact that tourism accounts for nearly half of Dubai's economy, it is not likely to cause the city to collapse anytime soon.
Dubai has more than 500 skyscrapers, including three that are already the highest in the world: the Burj Khalifa (2128 m), the Torch (2093 m), and the Trust (2046 m).
The world's highest structures
|1||Burj Khalifa||United Arab Emirates|
|3||Abraj Al-Bait Clock Tower||Saudi Arabia|
The Burj al Arab, located in Dubai, is more worse in this regard, with 39 percent of the total structure inoperable. In fact, five structures in Dubai are designated as the highest buildings at "vanity height"—an useless height for the sake of being tall. Across these five, about 31% of total space is utterly wasted. There are also several other high-rise buildings in Dubai that are completely empty.
The reason behind this wasteful construction practice is the high cost of building materials in Dubai. For example, one concrete beam costs as much as $40,000 alone—four times the national average salary. These prices add up quickly when you're building large structures. In addition, the government allows some flexibility in building regulations, so many developers use this opportunity to make designs that maximize profits without considering energy efficiency or practical usage.
But even though they are empty, these buildings still cost money to rent out. The higher up they are, the less likely it is that anyone will want to live there. So most owners choose not to repair damage or make other changes to their facilities while they wait for the market to change or lose interest.
As long as real estate prices remain high, we can expect to see more empty buildings in Dubai and around the world.