Which are the Tallest Buildings in Dubai?

Dubai is well-known for having some of the world’s tallest buildings. As of 2018, Dubai was ranked fourth in the world in terms of skyscrapers, with three of the world’s five tallest buildings being constructed in the city. They are well-known for their beautiful architecture and the aesthetic value they bring to the city. Let’s have a look at the top 8 tallest buildings in Dubai.



The renowned Burj Khalifa structure, completed in 2009, is located in the thriving district of Downtown Dubai and is currently the highest in the world. It exceeded the second highest structure in the world, the Shanghai Tower in China, by about 200 meters. The building was constructed in 5 years and has 163 Storey. The architecture of the Burj Khalifa has allusions to Islamic architecture while also representing the current global society. Aside from being the tallest structure in the world, it also holds records for the tallest free-standing structure in the world. 


  1. MARINA 101 – 426 METRES

Marina 101, located in the posh waterfront enclave of Dubai Marina, is the city’s second-highest structure. It was finished in 2016 and has 101 Storey. The structure is the world’s highest residential tower, topping 432 Park Avenue in New York by a single meter. The architects of Marina 101 have integrated several visual components to perforate and spread the building’s facade, embracing a wide spectrum of stylistic influences. During the night, the skyscraper has a gently lighted crown that may be seen from a distance. It has 28 elevators that range in speed from low-speed service elevators to high-speed high-rise elevators.



Princess Tower, located in Dubai Marina, is the city’s third highest structure. The structure provides breathtaking views of Dubai’s beachfront and the Dubai Eye. From 2012 until 2015, it was the highest residential skyscraper in the world, although it was surpassed by 432 Park Avenue in New York and, finally, Marina 101. Princess Tower is lavishly decorated on the outside, with a façade divided into numerous distinguishable portions. The main body of the tower is interrupted by a series of gently bent balconies put into the middle of each wall, with windows aligned at the building’s corners. The outside design on the higher stories is comprised of glass cladding broken up by crosscut vertical and horizontal panels. 


  1. MARINA 23 – 393 METRES  

23 Marina is Dubai’s fourth tallest building, located between Dubai Marina and Dubai Media City. It is the world’s third highest residential structure, having been completed in 2012. Even before construction began, 79 percent of the building’s space was sold out. 23 Marina, which has 92 stories, was erected in six years. The structure is built on a platform and has a six-story entry hall with geometric shapes on the floors and slanted glass walls, as well as a waterfall sculpture behind the concierge desk. On top of the platform is an octagonal-shaped tower structure that provides panoramic views from the apartments. 



Elite Residence, located in Dubai Marina, is the city’s fifth highest structure. It was the world’s third highest residential skyscraper when it was completed in January 2012. The structure, which houses luxury homes ranging from one-bedroom flats to four-bedroom penthouses, has panoramic views of Palm Jumeirah and the Arabian Gulf. Elite Residence, which consists of four basements, a ground floor, and 86 levels, has a modern design with an uncommon combination of Victorian architecture finished in an advanced arrangement. 




The Address The Blvd is the sixth-highest structure in Dubai and one of the tallest buildings in Downtown Dubai. It was finished in 2017 and is positioned near the Burj Khalifa. The Address Hotels & Resorts operates a 196-room hotel in the skyscraper, as well as 530 serviced flats. They provide breathtaking views of the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Fountain, and the Arabian Gulf. The structure is built on a multi-level pedestal, with separate lobbies for the hotel and serviced flats on the top level. The podium foundation acts as a protective wall between the tower and the boulevard and elevated roadway to the north, reducing noise disturbance. The building also has projecting vertical fins that behave as blades cutting through the roof, creating a visual relationship between the two major faces. The building’s facade is made of a high-performance unitized system that gives exceptional solar and thermal efficiency. 



Almas Tower is a multi-tower high-rise construction located in the Jumeirah Lake Towers waterfront complex. It was constructed in 2008 and is Dubai’s sixth-highest tower. The structure is also known as the ‘Diamond Tower,’ because its construction is inspired by the unusual form of diamonds. The Dubai Diamond Exchange is located in Almas Tower, and the two-story level that houses the diamond exchange is among the building’s most strikingly attractive highlights. It has eight triangles protruding from the center that are inspired by the facets of a cut diamond. The structure is made up of two distinct but overlapping conformations that are connected by a single core. This unusual design consists of two diagonally offset ellipses convergent along their east-west sides. 




The JW Marriott Marquis Hotel is made up of two identical towers that stand at the same height and are the ninth highest structures in Dubai. It was completed in 2012 and is located on Sheikh Zayed Road in Business Bay. The 5-star luxury hotel is spread across 66 Storey and features rooms and suites with views of the ocean or the Dubai cityscape. The towers’ design is inspired by the date tree, a symbol of Arab culture. Its architecture is an expressionist example, with the structure resembling a deformed shape. The towers are designed to have the least amount of peak heat load and wind pressure, and they include vertical fins that function as shade devices.

In Dubai, there is surely no shortage of Tall Buildings. As the Emirati city has grown into a worldwide commercial powerhouse, its skyline has expanded dramatically, with new, boundary-pushing structures continuously being built.  

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