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It’s hard to imagine Dubai, and United Arab Emirates in general without their famous architectural landmarks. Burj Khalifa, Al Fahidi Fort, Mall of the Emirates, The Dubai Fountain, and Jumeirah Mosque have shaped the historical and architectural look of Dubai. Let’s take a closer look at them from an uncommon angle – simply fly over the main sights! The supporting video includes a virtual tour to the above mentioned architectural landmarks of Dubai in HD format. Below, we will add the most exciting historical facts regarding every place of interest. The overview map of all iconic landmarks of Dubai can be found at the bottom of the page.

Burj Khalifa, Dubai

» Burj Khalifa is 828 m skyscraper in Dubai, the tallest building in the world. The building has 163 floors, and its shape resembles a stalagmite.
» Burj Khalifa was designed as the city within the city. The total cost of construction is about $1.5 billion.
» The building houses a hotel, apartments, offices and shopping centers. Burj Khalifa has three entrances: the entrance to the hotel, the entrance to the apartment and the entrance to the offices.
» The highest observation deck of Burj Khalifa is located on the 124th floor at a height of 452 meters.
» You can’t get to the top floor directly on any elevator, except technical one. In total, the building has 57 elevators, which can reach speeds up to 12 m/s.
» A special grade of concrete that can withstand temperatures of up to +50°C was developed especially for Burj Khalifa. During construction of building the concrete mix was laid only in night hours, and ice was added to the solution.

Al Fahidi Fort, Dubai

» Al Fahidi Fort is the oldest building in Dubai that has survived to the present day.
» The fortress was built square-shaped with towers on its three corners.
» Once the fortress was used as a protection against the raids of neighboring tribes. Later it was the ruler's palace, a garrison and even a prison.
» In 1971, the ruler of Dubai decided to open a museum within the walls of the fortress. These days it has become a major and one of the most famous museums in the city.
» There are local antique items, and well as artifacts from African and Asian countries in the collection. The museum was founded to represent the traditional way of life in Dubai.

Mall of the Emirates, Dubai

» Mall of the Emirates is one of the largest shopping centers in the world. Its total area is 604,000m2; area of business facilities is 223,000 m2.
» Currently 400 shops, 60 restaurants, hotels, theaters and family clubs are situated there.
» Here are the stores like TopShop, River Island, Next, Debenhams and Carrefour hypermarket (12,000 m2), as well as such well-known brands as Gucci, Burberry and Dolce&Gabbana.
» The mall has the indoor complex Ski Dubai that is the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East. This grand attraction for the whole family takes up to 5,000 people a day.
» About 22,500 square meters of snow zones offer an amazing opportunity to go skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing, or just for playing in the snow in any weather, whether it's +50C in summer or +20C in winter.
» Pleasant temperature for fun (about -1C) is supported all day long by 23 powerful air conditioning and refrigeration units. At night the temperature drops to -8C; 30 tons of snow per night is produced by the complex.

The Dubai Fountain, Dubai

» The Dubai Fountain is one of the largest and highest musical fountain in the world located near Burj Khalifa in downtown of Dubai.
» The length of the fountain is 275 m, and the height of the stream reaches 150 meters, about the height of a 50-storey building.
» The fountain is illuminated with 25 colored and 6,600 point spotlights. Rays of light from the illumination can be seen within a radius of 32 km.
» In 2010, the fountain was upgraded and equipped with the system creating the effect of fire and smoke.
» The musical fountain show starts every day and every 30 minutes from 6.00pm to 11.00pm on weekdays and from 6.00pm to 11.30pm on days off (Thursday, Friday and Saturday).

Jumeirah Mosque, Dubai

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Facts: » Jumeirah Mosque with its two minarets and majestic dome is considered one of the most beautiful and elegant buildings, not only in Dubai, but also in all the UAE. The mosque is especially amazing at night, when it’s lit by backlight.
» It’s said that Jumeirah Mosque is the most photographed mosque in all of Dubai.
» This mosque is one of the few in Dubai that organizes travel tours and excursions, even for non-Muslims.
» This is the only shrine in Dubai that is open to the public 6 days a week (except Friday).
» Excursion to the Jumeirah Mosque begins at 10 am Monday through Thursday and lasts 75 minutes.
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