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Top Jaw-Dropping Architectural Wonders in the UAE

No wonder the UAE is full of breathtaking architecture, and we mean that literally. The dizzying heights of the skyscrapers will steal the breath right out of your chest! While you may be awestruck at the grand stadiums of nearby Qatar in the football World Cup 2022, here are a few of the most astonishing feats of engineering in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and other emirates in the Gulf region.

Top Jaw-Dropping Architectural Wonders in the UAE

Burj Khalifa

You can't talk about architecture in the UAE without paying homage to the Burj Khalifa. Towering more than 2,717 feet high, it's the tallest skyscraper in the world and combines a neo-futuristic style with traditional architectural elements of Islam. You might have seen Tom Cruise scaling to the top in an iconic Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol scene.

Burj Khalifa
Burj Khalifa

Emirates Palace

The Emirates Palace is one of the most luxurious hotels on the planet. Costing more than $3 billion to construct, it's outfitted with everything from spas and ballrooms to multiple helicopter landing pads. Suites are made entirely from gold and marble, and there's a penthouse floor for royal guests. You don't even want to know how much it costs to spend a night here.

Burj Al Arab

The Burj Al Arab looks like something out of science fiction, so it makes sense that it was featured in the Hollywood blockbuster Star Trek Beyond. Not only does it boast curved architecture designed to look like a sky-high sail, but it's also decked out with extras like a rooftop helipad. The helipad has been used for everything from car races to the world's highest kite surfing jump.

Cayan Tower

You might need to do a double-take at the Cayan Tower. Formerly known as the Infinity Tower, it twists around in a helix shape that's boggling to the eye, especially considering that it's 1,004 feet tall. It's such a fantastic piece of structural engineering that it's almost an optical illusion!

The Green Planet Dubai

Dubai is known for its shining skyscrapers, but there are places where you can connect with nature, too. One such example is Green Planet Dubai. Housed in a square biodome, it's teeming with lush and vibrant plant life designed to mimic a rainforest, so it's perfect for escaping the city for a while and breathing in the air of somewhere new.

W Abu Dhabi - Yas Island

You've probably seen the W Abu Dhabi even if you've never stepped foot in the UAE: It's featured on tons of postcards. This is because it glows at night with more than 5,389 glass panes connected to colour-changing LED lights! They're part of the hotel's "Grid Shell," a curvilinear bridge made from glass and steel built atop an F1 race circuit. It remains a unique feature of the Abu Dhabi skyline and one of its most iconic landmarks.

Atlantis, The Palm
(Atlantis, The Palm- Image by licensed under CC BY 2.0)

Atlantis, The Palm

Though it looks lovely and grand with two towering wings connected by a bridge, the significant parts of Atlantis, The Palm, are found below ground. It offers some of the world's only underwater hotel rooms and embraces its "lost city" theme with everything from aquariums to water parks. Despite its Western mythology, it still incorporates Arabian elements that make it clear it was built in Dubai.

Etihad Towers

You might recognise the Etihad Towers from Furious 7 when its stars perform a death-defying stunt through its gleaming floors of glass and metal. Even without Hollywood, however, these towers are built to impress. There are five in total, each with a similar but uniquely complementary design, and they rise above the rest of Abu Dhabi like a shimmering mirage in the desert.

Sheikh Zayed Bridge

Known as one of the most ambitious bridges ever built, the Sheikh Zayed Bridge is famous for its "fluid" design that bends the eye and the mind alike. Symmetrical steel arches give way to an almost sinuous pavement for drivers. If that wasn't enough, it's also a staggering 2,762 feet long.

Sheikh Zayed Bridge
Sheikh Zayed Bridge


There's nowhere better than the UAE for jaw-dropping architecture. From underwater hotel suites to skyscrapers that pierce the clouds, it's the best place in the world to celebrate human achievement in engineering. If you're planning to visit, make sure to take your camera.

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