Crazy, Crazy Dubai

So why Dubai for seeing into the future and investing in itself? Because Dubai’s oil reserves have reduced over the past decade and are now expected to be exhausted within 20 years.The OPEC purposely keeps limits on oil production, therefore creating an inflated price, which then just simply makes them more and more rich. Opec’s member states are Algeria, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela.

Luckily (or unlucky) for us, the day is not far when we will drive a solar energy driven car to places. This is the reason the Crown Prince of U.A.E. H.H. Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has decided to convert Dubai into a Tourism Retreat, a Sports Metropolitan and a Global Business Centre by 2020, investing almost whole of his wealth for creating alternative ways of supporting Dubai’s economy after 2020. As architects, we can of course enjoy the crazy rampage of wild developments unleashed by the crown prince in Dubai.

Dubai is said to currently have 25% of the worlds cranes.

The Dubai Waterfront: When completed it will become the largest waterfront development in the world, bigger than its predecessor by 15 times…

All of this was built in the last 5 years, including that island that looks like a palm tree.

In the Palm Islands in Dubai, a new Dutch dredging technology was used to create these massive man made islands. They are the largest artificial islands in the world and can be seen from space. Three of these Palms will be made with the last one being the largest of them all.

Upon completion, the resort will have 2,000 villas, 40 luxury hotels, shopping centers, movie theaters, and many other facilities. It is expected to support a population of approximately 500,000 people. It is advertised as being visible from the moon.

The World Islands. 300 artificially created islands in the shape of the world. Each island will have an estimated cost of $25-30 million.


The Burj al-Arab hotel in Dubai is the worlds tallest hotel. It is considered as the only ‘7 star’ hotel and the most luxurious hotel in the world. It stands on an artificial island in the sea.

Hydropolis, the world’s first underwater hotel. Entirely built in Germany and then assembled in Dubai, it is scheduled to be completed by 2009 after many delays.

The Burj Dubai. Construction began in 2005 and is expected to be complete by 2008. At an estimated height of over 800 meters, it will easily be world’s tallest building when finished. It will be almost 40% taller than the the current tallest building, the Taipei 101.

This is what downtown Dubai will look like around 2008-2009. More than 140 stories of the Burj Dubai have already been completed. It is already the worlds tallest man made structure and it is still not scheduled to be completed for at least another year.

The Al Burj. This will be the centerpiece of the Dubai Waterfront. Once completed it will take over the title of the tallest structure in the world from the Burj Dubai.

Recently it was announced that the final height of this tower will be 1200 meters. That would make it more than 30% taller than the Burj Dubai and three times as tall as the Empire State Building.

The Burj al Alam, or The World Tower. Upon completion it will rank as the world’s highest hotel. It is expected to be finished by 2009. At 480 meters it will only be 28 meters shorter than the Taipei 101.

The Trump International Hotel & Tower, which will be the centerpiece of one of the palm islands, The Palm Jumeirah.

Dubailand. Currently, the largest amusement park collection in the world is Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, which is also the largest single-site employer in the United states with 58,000 employees. Dubailand will be twice the size.

Dubailand will be built on 3 billion square feet (107 miles^2) at an estimated $20 billion price tag. The site will include a purported 45 mega projects and 200 hundred other smaller projects.

Dubai Sports City. A huge collection of sports arenas located in Dubailand.



Currently, the Walt Disney World Resort is the #1 tourist destination in the world. Once fully completed, Dubailand will easily take over that title since it is expected to attract 200,000 visitors daily.

The Dubai Marina is an entirely man made development that will contain over 200 highrise buildings when finished. It will be home to some of the tallest residential structures in the world. The completed
first phase of the project is shown. Most of the other high rise buildings will be finished by 2009-2010.

The Dubai Mall will be the largest shopping mall in the world with over 9 million square feet of shopping and around 1000 stores. It will be completed in 2008.

Ski Dubai, which is already open, is the largest indoor skiing facility in the world.This is a rendered image of another future indoor skiing facility that is being planned.

Some of the tallest buildings in the world, such as Ocean Heights and The Princess Tower, which will be the largest residential building in the world at over a 100 stories, will line the Dubai Marina.

The UAE Spaceport would be the first spaceport in the world if construction ever gets under way.I’m not joking…

Some more crazy things:

  • The Dubai Metro system, once completed, will become the largest fully automated rail system in the world.
  • The Dubai World Central International Airport will become the largest airport in size when it is completed. It will also eventually become the busiest airport in the world, based on passenger volume.
  • There are more construction workers in Dubai than there are actual citizens.

A pic of dubai today:

A pic from city in star wars movie:

So, where is Dubai heading… you judge yourself.

Reader Interactions


  1. Rohit says

    OMG…..this makes me
    OMG…..this makes me mad…although it looks very eye-catching and sparkling….but isn’t this going far too away form naturality (the ultimate reality)….?

    Just try to compare a small village of north-east India to these… I think Dubai has been over-done..far more than what it should have been..

    Anyways…It was really a great post..

    kudos to you man..

  2. adiwall says

    Dubai had very limited
    Dubai had very limited waterfront area, almost one-third of Mumbai…

    They increased their waterfront by bringing the water inwards (by creating huge canal channelization systems within the city; there are underwater pump systems; have a look at the last pic carefully) and reclaiming new land outwards (by creating three palm islands, island of burj al arab and the world island in the sea)… and still they are facing shortage of waterfront area… amazing…

  3. Anonymous says

    Someone told me that this is
    Someone told me that this is a popular saying in the Arab world: my father’s father rode a camel, my father drove a car, I fly a plane and my son will ride a camel

  4. Anonymous says

    what level of earth quake
    what level of earth quake would it take to level or erase all of the islands or buildings that were created so far?

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