5 most impressive landmarks in Dubai
With an interesting mix of high-rise architecture, minarets, wind towers and domed mosques, Dubai is a fascinating blend of ancient and modern. Here are some of the city’s most eye-catching landmarks you cannot miss while staying at any of Millennium Hotels and Resorts’ four hotels in Dubai.
Hailed as the Eighth Wonder of the World, the man-made Palm Islands is a pioneering real estate project on a series of artificial islands just a short walk from the Grand Millennium Dubai.
The Palm Islands project has 1000 luxury homes on the waterfront along with 4000 villas, water parks, restaurants and shopping malls. Visible from space, the incredible Palm Jumeirah is the only Palm Island open to the public and has to be seen to be truly appreciated.
By far the most iconic religious landmark in Dubai, the Jumeirah Mosque is an elaborate white-stone building with a large dome and soaring twin minarets. It is one of the few mosques that allows access to non-Muslims, and informative tours of the mosque are offered daily by the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, excluding Friday.
Deira Clocktower sits on a traffic roundabout at the intersection of Umm Hurair Road and Al Maktoum Road. Close to the Copthorne Hotel Dubai, it marks access to the Maktoum Bridge over Dubai Creek, connecting Deira with the historic district of Bur Dubai. Dating back to 1965, this modernist concrete clock tower straddles a water fountain and predates Dubai’s recent expansion. Listed by The Telegraph as one of the most beautiful clock towers in the world, the four-sided Deira Clocktower is near the Al-Rigga Metro Station on the Red Line.
Al Bastakiya is the compact remains of the 19th century Old Town centred around the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. This pretty landmark building features open towers on each corner that function as wind towers (barjeels), an early form of air conditioning in Dubai. You’ll find many more historic landmarks in Al Bastakiya as you explore the narrow labyrinthine streets of restored merchant homes, now containing art galleries and cafes.
Dubai’s Union House is the birthplace of the United Arab Emirates, where the signing of the federation treaty took place in 1971. This significant landmark is easy to spot with its huge UAE flag flying from the 123-metre high flagpole, one of the tallest in the world. Currently under construction, the Union Museum Building Project adjoining Union House will complement this historic landmark with a collection of exhibits celebrating Dubai’s history and heritage.
There’s far more to Dubai than shopping and sunshine, as these diverse landmarks prove.
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