Dubai, one of the 7 emirates of the United Arab Emirates contains a perfect mix of history and innovation. It is not only a multi-layered land with a vision but also the home to several architectural wonders and aesthetic skyscrapers. The architecture of structures has transformed dramatically from traditional styles influenced by culture, desert landscape, and lifestyle to modernist style of exposed glass curtain walls that stand tall and create an identity for the urban environment.

Given below is a list of 15 tallest buildings in Dubai that contribute to the beauty and grandeur of the cityscape.

1. Burj Khalifa – 828m

Located in the vibrant community of Downtown Dubai, The Burj Khalifa is currently the tallest building in the world. The structure is a mixed-use development that features 163 floors. Completed in 2009, the design derives its form from the flower, Spider Lily. Apart from holding the title of the tallest tower in the world, it also holds records for the tallest free-standing structure, the building with most floors, and the world’s highest elevator installation.

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2. Marina 101 – 426m

The second tallest building in Dubai i.e. the Marina 101 is located at the Marina waterfront. The 101-storey structure consists of several visual elements and projections that help break the monotony of the structure. The structure holds the title of the tallest residential tower, surpassing 432 Park Avenue by just 1m.

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3. Princess Tower – 414m

The third tallest building in Dubai is nestled amidst the tall skyscrapers of Dubai Marina and offers spectacular views of the Dubai eye and its coast. It was the tallest residential tower between 2012 – 2015. The building has a postmodern architecture style which can be seen on the discernible sections of the façade. The decorative dome at the crown of the structure is an iconic feature.

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4. 23 Marina – 393m

Completed in 2012, the structure features 92 floors and is located between the Dubai marina and media city. The building tower is designed in an octagonal shape and sits on a podium that features a 6-story entry hall.

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5. Elite Residence – 380m

Located in Dubai Marina, the skyscraper overlooks the man-made Palm Jumeirah Island. After its completion in 2012, the structure had the title of the third tallest residential building in the world. The 87-floor structure hosts several luxury apartments ranging from one-bedroom apartments to four-bedroom penthouses.

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6. The Address Boulevard – 368m

Situated in the heart of downtown Dubai, next to the iconic Burj Khalifa, the Address is one of the most prestigious hotels in UAE. The mixed-use structure has 196 rooms and 532 serviced apartments. The art-deco style interiors and phenomenal views of the Burj and the Dubai Fountain add on to its vibrancy. The vertical fins of the façade create a visual link between the two main facades.

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7. Almas Towers – 363m

Located in the Jumeirah Lake Tower Freezone, the Almas Tower, also known as the diamond tower, is a high-rise office development. The building draws inspiration from the unique shape of diamonds. The two-story podium that houses the Diamond Exchange is a striking feature that consists of eight triangles inspired by the facets of a cut diamond.

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8. Gevora Hotel – 356m

Located on the Sheik Zayed Road, the structure comprises 528 suites and deluxe rooms and other amenities like dining restaurants, pool deck, leisure facilities, and a health club. According to the Guinness world record, it is the tallest hotel in the world. The glass façade of the structure allows the entry of ample natural light into all floors. The gold-tinted elements of the structure add on to its elegance.

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9. JW Marriott Marquis – 355m

The 5-star luxury hotel is located on Business Bay on Sheikh Zayed road. The two towers that make up the hotel have an expressionist style of architecture that draws inspiration from the date palm tree, which is a symbol of Arab culture. The towers are placed on a 7-storey high podium, that houses all the public amenities.

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10. Emirates Office Towers – 354.6m

Completed in the year 2000, the emirates towers were one of the most characteristic skyscrapers to have come upon the Sheikh Zayed road. The two towers have 54 floors and are connected by Boulevard, a two-storey retail complex. The beautiful landscape and winding pathways on the periphery of the complex helps create a distinctive identity in the rigid urban hardscape.

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11. DamacResidenze – 335m

Formerly named Damac Heights and Ocean Heights 2, the 85 storey elliptical-shaped structure is located in Dubai Marina. The second supertall project by Damac properties is the fifth tallest residential building in the world. The elevations of the tower have a unique character that impacts the surrounding urban environment.

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12. Rose Rayhaan – 333m

The Rose Rayhaan, also known as Rose Tower is a 72 storey structure on the Sheikh Zayed Road. It held the title of the world’s tallest hotel from 2009-2012. The two cylindrical forms at the sides of the tower fold into one another and flatten at the top to form a peak of intersecting petals.

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13. The Address Fountain Views Tower 2 – 331.4 m

The 60 storey service apartment complex in Downtown Dubai, houses 786 apartments and a new address hotel. The unique curving west façade creates a dynamic weave pattern with large windows and balconies that allows entry of light as well as maximize views.

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14. The Index – 328m

Situated in Dubai International Finance Center, the 80 storey structure was one of the first to make use of design principles to combat the surrounding environment.

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15. Al Yakoub tower – 328m

The tower was initially designed as a residential complex and drew inspiration from Big Ben. However, concerns raised regarding the distraction the clock might cause led to its removal on top of the 69-floor hotel.

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Arathi Biju
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With a notebook and pen in her bag and an arsenal of questions in her mind, Arathi Biju has always had a keen interest in telling a story. Currently pursuing her degree in architecture, she has always been a strong advocate of expression be it through art, architecture or words.

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