Dubai’s rapid transformation over the past few years means that it is a fascinating destination for architecture students. Pride of place is the Burj Khalifa, a feat of engineering. Equally impressive are other skyscrapers such as the Burj Al Arab and the Al Fattan Tower. The Dubai Marina is the world’s largest man-made marina and features a further six towers.
Dubai is also home to one of the most ambitious developments ever attempted, the Palm Jumeirah. A man made archipelago that is large enough to be seen from space and is being heralded as the 8th wonder of the world.
The building techniques required to construct these major architectural projects mean that a student trip to Dubai has a lot to offer, giving students the chance to see real life examples. They will also be able to see how the modern projects have changed Dubai and explore its history in the Dubai Museum.
Architecture College Trip to Dubai
Dubai has a rich collection of buildings and structures of various architectural styles. Many modern interpretations of Islamic architecture can be found here due to a boom in construction and architectural innovation in the Arab World in general, and in Dubai in particular, supported not only by top Arab or international architectural and engineering design firms such as Al Hashemi and Aedas, but also by top firms of New York and Chicago. As a result of this boom, modern Islamic – and world – architecture has literally been taken to new levels in skyscraper building design and technology.
There is certainly no shortage of sky-high buildings in Dubai. As the Emirati city has become a global hub for commerce, its skyline has swelled exponentially, with new, envelope-pushing buildings constantly being added. Numerous Dubai towers have, at various points in the past 15 years, claimed the title of tallest building in the city; however, this competition has stalled since 2004, with the completion of the famous Burj Khalifa, the current record holder for tallest building in the world. While many of these towers reach above the clouds, we set aside height requirements to select the most structurally interesting edifices on the skyline.