Dubai has seen change in the past decade that’s just mind blowing. Here is a picture of Dubai in 1990 prior to the investment and building work that’s featured further down in this post.

Here is a picture of the same Dubai street in 2003

Here is a Dubai picture take last year. It is said that Dubai has approximately 25% of the world cranes!

Dubai Waterfront
The Dubai Waterfront (now known as Waterfront) is expected to become the largest waterfront and largest man-made development in the world. The project is a cool combination of canals and artificial islands and will occupy the last remaining Persian Gulf coastline of Dubai.

It will consist of a series of zones with mixed use including commercial, residential, resort, and amenity areas….if you have played Sim City on your computer then you will get the idea!

The vision of the project is “to create a world-class destination for residents, visitors and businesses in the world’s fastest growing city. Waterfront will add more than 70 kilometres to Dubai’s coastline. It will encompass an area of 1.4 billion square feet of water and land developments. It is expected to house an estimated population of 1.5 million people.

Burj Dubai
Construction began on the Burj Dubai in 2005 and to date is still not finished (end of 2009 expected). 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.

Check out this video on top of Burj Dubai…scary!

The total budget for the Burj Dubai project is about US$4.1 billion, and for the entire new “Downtown Dubai”, US$20 billion. Mohamed Ali Alabbar, the CEO of Emaar Properties, speaking at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat 8th World Congress, said that the price of office space at Burj Dubai had reached US$4,000 per sq ft (over US$43,000 per m2) and that the Armani Residences, also in Burj Dubai, were selling for US$3,500 per sq ft (over US$37,500 per m2)

However, not sure a stay in the Burj Dubai during a lightening strike is recommended as couple of pictures show!

Here is the most recent photo of the Burj Dubai, pictured in August 2009

Dubai, The World
Dubai, The World, is a stunning feat of man made engineering. Built on an epic scale, with over 300 islands, 386 million tons of rock, with a 232 kilometres of coastline is a world unlike any of us have known.

The World, Dubai offers a boating paradise with it’s combination of water taxis and public and private marinas. Four major hubs provide convenient shopping amenities and facilities within minutes meaning you only have to leave The World when you choose to.

Envisioned and created by Dubai based Nakheel, one of the world’s largest property developers the final stone was laid on 10th January 2008 signalling the completion of the first phase of development.

The world has literally risen from the sea and sand to meet the sky. Terraforming allows a completely unique configuration of private beaches, harbours, coves, and marinas unlike anywhere else on earth.

The World Dubai Video

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. 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.

Dubailand Video

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Dubai Mall
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
Ski Dubai is claimed to be one of the largest indoor ski resorts in the world, with 22,500-square metres of indoor ski area. It is a part of the Mall of the Emirates, which is one of the largest shopping malls in the world.

An extremely efficient insulation system is the key to maintain the temperature of -1 degrees Celsius during the day and -6 degrees during the night when the snow is produced. Ski Dubai has 5 runs of varying difficulties, the longest being 400m.

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Dubai Sports City
The Dubai Sports City is a $4 billion, 50,000,000 square feet (4,600,000 m2) mixed-use sports city currently being constructed in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The city will consist of apartment buildings as well as several sports facilities. The first structures opened in late 2007. Many people believed it was going to be used in Dubai’s possible bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, but Dubai never submitted a bid. Dubai Properties is master developer of this project for infrastructure .

Dubai Sports City is expected to be complete in 2011. Visit the website at

Dubai Marina
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.

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