Dubai’s Unofficial Obsession: Twin Towers

You’ve heard about Dubai’s many superlative achievements. But there’s one pleasant architectural aspect of Dubai which has, surprisingly, been under-marketed.

Twin towers.

Dubai has lots of them, probably more than any other city in the world. Except maybe Istanbul, but the twin towers of Istanbul are not located in the Sultanahmet-Old City region anyway, so most tourists probably wouldn’t take notice.

In Dubai, however, it’s scattered in the main touristic areas (especially along the famous Sheikh Zayed Road), so you cannot help but notice, and then go on a photo frenzy. The awesome thing is, these twin towers are not boring squarish buildings. They are legitimately interesting structures which look like they are lifted directly from the 1980s sci-fi movies.

Emirates Towers, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Emirates Towers is perhaps Dubai’s most noticeable twin tower, as you’ll definitely encounter it on your way to Burj Khalifa (which can be seen on the above picture). Standing at the height of 355m and 309m from the ground, with a unique slant instead of direct mirror image, Emirates Towers is just the world’s third tallest twin towers.

JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

If Petronas Twin Towers is the reigning twin, then who’s the runner-up? JW Marriott Marquis Dubai is, with the height of 395m… which is, like, the tallest hotel in the world. Not content with being #2 and #3, Dubai announced in 2014 that they’re building the world’s tallest twin towers soon. Good luck holding on to that crown, Petronas.

Al Kazim Towers, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Two more Dubai twin towers sit at the Top 10 Tallest. The Chrysler Building-like Al Kazim Towers (pictured above) stands at #6. Then there’s Angsana Hotel & Suites at #10, which is located on Sheikh Zayed Road, but unfortunately I didn’t manage to take a photo of it.

Mesk Tower and Murjan Tower, Marina 1, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

If you prefer Dubai Marina area to the hustle-and-bustle of Sheikh Zayed Road, then you’ll be equally impressed with Mesk Tower and Murjan Tower at Marina 1. At 185m each, this twin tower alone is taller than 99% of Istanbul’s countless twin towers.

Park Towers at DIFC, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Park Towers at DIFC‘s 180m is probably nowhere close to the top of any height competition, but its brilliant egg shapes is not any less impressive.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

This one is not a twin per se (more like a-mother-and-a-daughter), and I don’t even know the name of the buildings! But I’m including it here because it’s so gorgeous. I love the complex Arabian-styled crowns at the top of these towers.

There are more Dubai twin towers which unfortunately I didn’t have photos on, but I hope you enjoy what you saw in this post.

What are your favorite twin towers in the world?


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