Last modified on 30th March 2023. Dubai Real Estate Blog

By Ward Mohammad


Looking at Dubai, it's hard to believe that this city was once a small fishing village. Over the years, it has undergone a transformation like no other, with towering skyscrapers, luxury hotels, and extravagant shopping malls now dotting its skyline. And at the heart of this city of superlatives are its famous buildings. From the world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa, to the iconic Burj Al Arab, Dubai is home to some of the most impressive architecture and luxury properties in the world.

In this blog post, we'll take a look at 10 of the most famous buildings in Dubai, both old and new. So whether you're planning a visit to this fascinating city or just want to marvel at its architecture from afar, read on for our guide to the top 10 famous buildings in Dubai.

List of Top Famous buildings in Dubai

  • Burj Khalifa
  • Burj Al Arab
  • Museum of the Future
  • Jumeirah Beach Hotel
  • Dubai World Trade Centre
  • Cayan Tower
  • Jumeirah Emirates Towers
  • JW Marriott Marquis Dubai
  • Atlantis The Palm
  • The Dubai Mall

Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world, with a height of 829.8 meters (2,722 feet). The building has 163 floors and was completed in 2010 after five years of construction. It costs an estimated 1.5 billion dollars to build it. So what can you do at the top of the Burj Khalifa? There's actually a lot to do! There's an observation deck that gives you 360-degree views of Dubai, a restaurant, and even a hotel. You can also rent one of the many apartments or condos in the building.

Burj Al Arab

Burj Al Arab is the second tallest hotel in the world, with a height of 321 meters (1,053 feet). The building has 60 floors and was completed in 1999. known as 'the Only 7-star Hotel on Earth', located at Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 3, Dubai.

Museum of the Future

Dubai is known for its ultramodern architecture, and the museum of the future is no exception. This cutting-edge museum was designed by world-renowned architect Santiago Calatrava. The museum is located in the heart of Dubai's Business Bay district and showcases the latest innovations in science and technology. 

The museum of the future is a truly unique experience, with interactive exhibits that allow visitors to interact with the latest advancements in artificial intelligence, robotics, and other cutting-edge technologies. In addition, there is a library and research center on-site, making it the perfect place to learn about the latest breakthroughs in science and technology. 

With its innovative design and cutting-edge exhibits, the museum of the future is sure to be one of Dubai's most popular tourist attractions. So if you're planning a trip to Dubai, add this incredible museum to your itinerary.

Jumeirah Beach Hotel

Jumeirah Beach Hotel is one of the most famous buildings in Dubai. It is located on Jumeirah Beach Road and is one of the tallest hotels in the world, standing at 1,053 feet (321 meters). The hotel was opened in 1999 and was designed by Australian architect Aedas. It has 56 floors and contains 658 rooms and suites. The hotel is known for its unique wave-shaped design and its spectacular views of the Arabian Gulf.

Dubai World Trade Centre

The Dubai World Trade Centre is the tallest in the world, with a height of 354 meters (1,165 feet). The building has 76 floors and was completed in 1979. Situated parallel to the city's main artery – Sheikh Zayed Road – the community lies in the heart of the central business and financial district where similar developments such as Downtown Dubai, Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), and Business Bay exist.

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Cayan Tower

The Cayan Tower is the tallest residential building in the world, with a height of 306 meters (1,004 feet). The building has 73 floors and was completed in 2013. The tower is located in Dubai Marina.

Jumeirah Emirates Towers

The Jumeirah Emirates Towers is the tallest office building in the world, with a height of 309 meters (1,014 feet). The building has 56 floors and was completed in 2000. The building is located along Sheikh Zayed Road in the city of Dubai.

JW Marriott Marquis Dubai

Standing 1,164 feet tall, the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai is the world's tallest hotel. The hotel has 77 floors and 1,608 guest rooms, making it one of the largest hotels in the world. The JW Marriott Marquis Dubai is located in the Business Bay district of Dubai and is part of a complex that includes two other skyscrapers, the Office Tower and the retail Boulevard.

The JW Marriott Marquis Dubai was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP and opened in 2012. The hotel is home to 15 restaurants and bars, a spa, and a fitness center.

Atlantis The Palm

Located on Palm Jumeirah, Atlantis The Palm is one of Dubai's most iconic hotels. The hotel has 1,537 rooms, suites, and 18 restaurants and bars. In addition, Atlantis The Palm is home to Aquaventure Waterpark, which features over 20 rides and attractions. Other facilities at Atlantis The Palm include a luxury spa, dolphin encounters, and a marine habitat with over 65,000 marine animals. 

The resort was developed by Kerzner International Holdings Limited and opened in 2008. Atlantis The Palm was designed by Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo (now WATG) and features Moorish architecture. In 2010, Atlantis The Palm was named "Best Hotel Architecture" at the World Architecture Festival.

The Dubai Mall

The world's largest shopping mall by total area, The Dubai Mall is located in Downtown Dubai. The mall has over 1,200 stores, an aquarium, an ice rink, a cinema complex, and a Souk (traditional market). The Dubai Mall also houses the world's largest gold refinery, which can be found on the mall's lower level near the Gold Souk. 

The mall was developed by Emaar Properties and opened in 2008. Designed by CallisonRTKL (now Callison), The Dubai Mall has a gross leasable area of 5 million square feet (464 thousand square meters). In 2012, The Dubai Mall was named "World's Leading Shopping Destination" at the World Travel Awards.

These 10 most beautiful buildings in Dubai are just a tiny sampling of the fantastic architecture that can be found in this vibrant city. Keep an eye on Driven Properties for more similar posts about upcoming significant buildings in Dubai and the rest of the UAE.

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