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Published by admin updated on March 6, 2014

Dubai Building Development, Information, UAE Architecture Design


Key Dubai Buildings
UAE Residential Developments: Properties, Designs, Architects
Dubai Building Development
UAE Architecture
Dubai architecture is extremely dynamic. Dubai hotels, Dubai shopping centres, Dubai urban residential
developments, and other public buildings in Dubai push design boundaries and themes. If you wish to
familiarise yourself with iconic Dubai architecture, here are some of the key Dubai buildings and projects.

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The first and the most important example of revolutionary Dubai architecture is Dubai Palm Island. A
breathtaking architectural achievement by RMJM architects, it is recognised as the Eighth Wonder of the World.
Dubai Palm Island is an artificial island made with approximately 94 million cubic meters of sand and roughly 7
million tons of rocks and stones.
Dubai Palm Island comprises three islands Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Deira, which house
Luxury spas, themed boutique hotels, shoreline apartment buildings, lavish holiday accommodations, beaches,
restaurants, cafes, dive sites, theatres and several other exciting tourist attractions.
Another prominent example of Dubai architecture is Burj al Arab. Designed by Atkins, this building resembling
a giant sail has become a symbol of Dubai, like Statue of Liberty in New York. Burj Al Arab is built on sand,
unlike most tall buildings which are founded on rock. Further, the Burj al Arab is supported on 250 1.5M
diameter columns that go 45 meters under the sea.
The Lighthouse Tower by Atkins in Dubai is another important building in Dubai. Its uniqueness does not lie in
its 400 m tall height, but in meeting sustainability targets. The low-carbon high rise commercial tower illustrates
that high-rise buildings also have the significant potential to be designed and constructed to meet sustainability
targets. The 64-storey building incorporates ingenious mechanical and electrical systems to reduce energy needs
of the building. It uses active chilled beams and photo-voltaic panels to reduce total energy consumption by up
to 40%.
Other important buildings and projects in Dubai architecture include 21st Century Tower, Millennium Tower,
Beach Front Hotel, Burj Dubai, Dubai International convention centre, Dubai Signature Towers, and Burj
Khalifa Tower.
If you wish to know in detail about Dubai Palm islands, or other buildings and architectural projects, completed
and proposed, in Dubai, you may visit www.e-architect.co.uk. The website provides Dubai architecture news
and information of high quality projects that are of interest to architecture students, architects, engineers, and
designers.

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Architects are a rare blend of creativity and practicality. You must have the ability to dream big,
but also possess the skills and mindset needed to walk onto a job site and pour over the nuts
and bolts of a project with its construction manager. In this way, architects are far from one-trick
ponies; instead, they possess some proficiency in designing, engineering, managing, supervising
and coordinating with clients and builders. Communication skills are especially important.
Architects must effectively convey their unique vision for a project and interact with professionals
from many fields. And architects find themselves delving into a wide variety of projects. They use
cities, parks, neighborhoods and college campuses as their canvases, building structures big and
small, wide and narrow, glass and steel. All the places you visit in a single day coffee shops,
libraries, train stations, office buildings, restaurants, grocery stores, city parks and so on are
the brainchild of at least one architect. To ensure these creations are aesthetically stunning while
also practical and safe, architects are heavily involved in each stage of the construction process,
from the initial planning session to the ribbon-cutting ceremony. In the morning an architect could
be meeting with a prospective client in business attire in his or her office, and by afternoon he or
she could be donning a hard hat for a walk-through at the job site. For architects, versatility is the
name of the game.
The economic recovery is especially good news for architects. During the recession, the industry
was hit hard as new construction projects, including homes, health care facilities and office
buildings, declined severely. With the economy on the mend, both commercial and residential
construction is climbing toward prerecession levels, which should prove to be a major boon for
an industry that shed thousands of jobs during the downturn. According to data from the Bureau
of Labor Statistics, the industry lost an average of approximately 9,150 jobs annually from 2009
to 2011. But in the past year, job losses have leveled off considerably to about 1 percent, or 870
total positions cut, and the BLS has predicted 17.3 percent employment growth between 2012
and 2022. Combine these projections with a low unemployment rate, just 6 percent, and the job
outlook for architects appears to be very solid.
Salary
The BLS reports the median annual wage for architects dipped slightly in 2012 to $73,090. The
best-paid 10 percent in the profession made approximately $118,230, while the bottom 10
percent made approximately $44,600. To earn a salary on the higher end of this spectrum, you
should consider Beaumont, Texas, Santa Cruz, Calif., and Bridgeport, Conn., which are the three
metropolitan areas where the highest-paid in the profession work.