The debt crisis in Dubai has caused it to become the focus of world attention. This Middle East city used to be an unremarkable one some ten years ago, while now it is called a "mirage city" which has attracted the world's sight.
Dubai has always claimed to have the "biggest this" and "largest that". However, it isn't satisfied with these accomplishments and continues to create miracles. Here are the 10 architecture miracles in Dubai.
10. Dubai Old Town
9. Dubai Metro
The unpiloted Dubai Metro is a fully automatic metro system which will become the longest of its kind in the world.
8. Dubai Marina
Dubai Marina is the world's biggest artificial wharf which was started in 1998. The inspiration comes from the traditional Venice Waterfront.
7. "Madinat Al Arab"
6. Falcon City of Wonders
5. Dubai Land Snow Dome
In fact, it's a large-scale indoor ski slope which is one section of the super tourist project Dubai theme park. The project will cost one billion U.S. dollars.
4. Dancing Tower
The tower is planned to be constructed in the development zone of Dubai Business Bay.
3. Arabian Blade
This is a multi-functional tower which was designed by Claudio Catalano. The inspiration behind the building comes from plants. Arabian Blade will consist of several residential areas, one hotel and a business center.
2. 0-14 Tower
The tower was specially designed for Dubai Business Bay by Reiser + Umemoto Company and Dubai's real estate developer Shahab Lutfi. The 22 floor high tower has two walls, the outside one is made from porous concrete which is specially designed for cooling.
1. Super tall skyscraper: Burj Dubai
The tower, which has cost 80 billion U.S. dollars, is 818 meters high with 162 floors and is 310 meters higher than the 101 tower in Taipei. It started to construct in 2004 and will be finished before the end of December this year.