Dubai is the most populated city in the United Arab Emirates with more than 1.5 million inhabitants. However, in 1975 this number was much smaller, something around 183,200. Seen by the whole world as a futuristic and modern city, t's in constantly change, Dubai has invested heavily in architecture, hiring some of the most famoust architects to project its skyline.

The question I ask as an architect is: Is that the architecture of the future? Will Dubai be a reference for the world architecture?

Dubai in 1990
Dubai 1990

Dubai in 2003
Dubai 2003

In 2005 the real state sector contributed with 22,6% of the Emirates economy. On the other hand, the oil contributed with less than 6%. Another very interesting fact is that right now between 15% to 25% of the tower cranes in the world are in Dubai.

Take a look at some of the most unusual projects that I've selected and let me know what you think.

Rem Koolhas OMA

Deathstar
Deathstar
Deathstar
Deathstar
Deathstar

The Dubai Renaissance
The Dubai Renaissance
The Dubai Renaissance

Porsche Towers
Porsche Towers

Jebel al Jais Mountain Resort
Jebel al Jais Mountain Resort

Zaha Hadid

Dancing Towers
Dancing Towers
Dancing Towers

Abu Dhabi's Performing Arts Centre
Abu Dhabi's Performing Arts Centre

Opus
Opus
Opus
Opus

David Fincher

The Rotation Tower
The Rotation Tower

Jean Nouvel

Dubai Opera House
Dubai Opera House

Louvre Abu Dhabi
Louvre Abu Dhabi

Light Architecture

The Pixel Tower
The Pixel Tower

The REEM Media Building
The REEM Media Building

Atkins Architects

Anara Tower
Anara Tower
Anara Tower
Anara Tower

The Oval Tower
The Oval Tower

The Lighthouse
The Lighthouse

Iris Bay
Iris Bay

Burj Al Arab - Tower of the Arabs
Burj Al Arab - Tower of the Arabs
Burj Al Arab - Tower of the Arabs

Trump International Hotel and Tower
Trump International Hotel and Tower

Skidmore, Owings and Merrill

The Infinity Tower
The Infinity Tower

The Al Sharq Tower
The Al Sharq Tower

Nadim Karam

The Cloud
The Cloud

Joachim Hauser

Hydropolis Underwater Hotel
Hydropolis Underwater Hotel

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Abduzeedo is a blog about design. There are all sorts of articles for those who want to look for inspiration. Also you will find very useful tutorials for the most used applications out there, with a special selection of Photoshop Tutorials and Illustrator Tutorials. Of course there are other softwares conteplated like Pixelmator, Fireworks, and web design tutorials.