Dubai is undoubtedly one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Over the past decade and a half, Dubai has undergone an incredible transformation which was aimed at making Dubai the most popular tourist destination in the world. When you look at Dubai now i.e. the sky crappers, hotels, man-made islands, indoor ski parks e.t.c., it is accurate to say that Dubai has succeeded in its efforts. Dubai is home to the tallest skyscraper and hotel in the world. Dubai is also home to the largest man-made island and indoor ski park in the world.
Dubai is in fact synonymous with luxury and the best things in life. Many super rich people from all over the world flock Dubai every year for holiday. Considering Dubai was a desert a few decades ago, the transformation is spectacular. The total cost of transforming Dubai into what it is today is estimated to be a few hundred billion dollars. Considering many projects are still incomplete or underway, we can only guess how spectacular Dubai will be in the next 10 years.
Our focus in this article will be some of the most super expensive awesome things in Dubai. From the above information, it is obvious Dubai has some of the tallest most beautiful and unique buildings in the world. This article will focus on Dubai’s most outstanding buildings among other things that make Dubai stand out i.e. man-made islands, the largest indoor ski park, the largest man-made marina e.t.c. If you are interested in finding out Dubai's most awesome super expensive things, below is a list of 10 super expensive awesome things that Dubai has.
10 Dubai Creek Tower (Cost: $51 million)
Number 10 on this list of 10 super expensive awesome things Dubai has is the Dubai Creek Tower. Constructed at a cost of $51 million in the late 1990’s the tower definitely deserves to be in this list considering its breathtaking views of the magnificent Dubai Creek. The tower is among the first modern magnificent buildings to be built in Dubai. It is therefore credited for having paved way for the construction boom in Dubai. This is precisely why this building makes it to this list on top of offering the best views of the Dubai Creek. Today it is estimated to be worth over $100 million.
9 The Twisted Tower (Cost: $272 million)
As the name suggests, the twisted tower is actually a twisted skyscraper in Dubai. The skyscraper cost $272 million to build. The tower showcases outstanding architecture which is why it makes it to this list. The tower is the tallest twisted tower in the world standing 307 metres tall. The tower has 75 storeys and houses 495 apartments. Nothing more needs to be said about this tower. It is super expensive and awesome.
8 Indoor Ski Park (Cost: $400 million)
The indoor ski park in Dubai stands out from other indoor ski parks in the world because of its size. The park covers a staggering 22,500 square metres. The park costs $400 million to build. It took 5 good years for the park to be finished i.e. from 2005 to 2010. Some of the most awesome features of the indoor ski park apart from the size and cost include; a 60 metre mountain with 5 slopes with varying difficulty. The park also features the world’s 1st indoor black run as well as a handful of rails and kickers. The park also features a climbing tower and a snow park with sled & toboggan runs. It can’t get better than this. From the above information, it is clear why the indoor ski park is in this list.
7 JW Marriott Marquis Hotel (Cost: $490 million)
Number 7 on this list is the world’s tallest hotel; the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel. This hotel makes it to this list because it is the tallest and also because it costs a lot of money to build ($490 million). The hotel features extravagance with its white crowned lights which resemble sparkling diamonds. Other awesome features of the hotel is its capacity i.e. 1,608 rooms. It is worth noting that the hotel is approximately 100ft taller than the Eiffel tower. You couldn’t ask for a more awesome super expensive hotel in Dubai when you can go to the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel.
6 Burj Al Arab (Total cost of building: $650 million)
You can’t talk about the most awesome hotels in Dubai and the world at large without mentioning Burj Al Arab. This hotel stands 321 meters high making it the 4th tallest hotel worldwide. The Burj Al Arab was built at a total cost of $650 million. The hotel opened its doors to the world in December 1999. The hotel has 60 floors served by 18 lifts. This hotel is definitely among the most luxurious hotels in the world. It features the shape of a traditional sailing vessel which is one of its most awesome features. Also, the building is built on an artificial island. It doesn’t get more awesome and expensive than the Burj Al Arab when taking about the best hotels in the world.
5 The Dubai Mall (Cost: 700 million)
The Dubai Mall is undoubtedly the biggest most expensive shopping mall in the world. With an estimated cost of $700 million, the mall has everything you could ask for and more in the world’s biggest most expensive mall. In regards to space, the mall covers 5.6 million square feet. A total of 3.6 million square feet is for lease. There are a total of 1,400 shops and 160,000 parking spaces in the Dubai mall. There is no refuting that the Dubai Mall is the world’s largest retail development. Some of the most notable features in the mall include an Olympic size ice skating arena, one of the largest Aquariums in the world, exotic marine life and so much more. The Dubai Mall clearly deserves to be in this list.
4 Burj Khalifa (Cost: $1.5 billion)
Burj Khalifa makes it to this list because of being the tallest skyscraper/manmade structure in the world. Burj Khalifa stands 829.84 metres tall. The skyscraper cost a record $1.5 billion to build. The building was officially opened to the public in January 2010 after taking 6 years to be constructed. Burj Khalifa has a record 208 floors. The skyscraper is home to some of the best dining, shopping and entertainment complexes in Dubai and the world at large. It doesn't get more expensive and awesome than Burj Khalifa when talking about the tallest skyscrapers in the world.
3 Dubai Marina (Cost: $10 billion)
The Dubai Marina makes it to this list because it is the largest manmade marina in the world. Phase one of the Dubai Marina alone cost $333 million. The entire project will cost a record $10 billion once it is complete considering it will feature a brand new city and 4.5 kilometres of artificial navigation. Once complete, the Marina is expected to home to 120,000 people comfortably. The Dubai Marina features, towers, apartment buildings, shopping malls/complexes, restaurants, cafes, bars e.t.c. It doesn’t get better than the Dubai Marina when talking about the best/largest Marinas in the world.
2 Palm Island (Cost: $12.3 billion)
The Palm Island in Dubai is undoubtedly one of the most ambitious real estate developments in the planet. No wonder the development has been dubbed one of the wonders of the world. The fact that the development can be seen clearly from space alongside major landmarks such as the Great Wall of China is what makes the Palm Island so awesome. When you combine that with the cost of constructing the island ($12.3 billion), you understand why the Palm Island makes it to the top three spot in this list. The island features some of the best themed hotels, apartment buildings, villas, marinas, beaches, restaurants and retail outlets in the world. The most popular hotel in Dubai; Hotel Atlantis is located on the island. Nothing more needs to be said.
1 Private Islands (The World) (Cost: $14 billion)
If you thought the Palm Island is the most expensive awesome thing Dubai has, think again. Dubai goes a notch higher with the private islands which resemble the world from an aerial view hence the name; The World. The total development cost of the 300 private islands of Dubai was $14 billion. Land reclamation alone cost $2 billion. The private islands reinvent the world offering ultimate exclusivity and privacy. You couldn’t ask for a better private address in the world if you had the opportunity to own one of the 300 private islands. No wonder The World makes it to the number one slot in this list.
Each island measures between 250,000 and 900,000 square feet in size which represents approximately 9 km in length and 6 km in width. The only mode of transport from one island to another is air or marine transport. Most islands have been sold. The most notable purchase is by Richard Branson who purchased the Island which represents Great Britain. Islands cost between $7 million and $1.8 billion. The World definitely deserves the top spot of the most awesome super expensive things Dubai has. The cost, exclusivity and privacy are unmatched. I rest my case.