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It is the beauty, grandeur and special significance of landmarks and monuments that continue to withstand the ravages of time – characteristics which make them timeless in appeal and transform them into global icons.
Not to be missed are the socio-cultural impact and economic benefits of having them in a place, city or country. After all, their building or restoration spurs economic activity and leads to some form of socio-cultural revitalisation.
Every great city has a symbolic architectural icon which helps define either the history, vision, cultural values or characteristics of the people that inhabit it, whether it is the Statue of Liberty in New York, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, The Shard in London, The Sydney Opera House or even the St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow. They are all symbolic of the cultures that they uniquely represent.
Dubai’s dynamic, ever-changing landscape, a constant in the continuously developing emirate, is a characteristic of the city known the world over.
From the opulent halls of the Burj Al Arab and the graceful fronds of the Palm Jumeirah, to the tallest skyscraper that is Burj Khalifa, the architectural and engineering feats Dubai is famous for seem to have no limits. Areas which were once all desert and sand are now teeming with people, businesses and tourists.
Such achievements in the field of architecture and engineering prove how important property development is to real estate and to the general economy.
Several respected real estate developers in the UAE have contributed to making Dubai into what it is today.
They have delivered a range of established communities that have played a significant role in establishing the bedrock for supporting the lifestyle that Dubai offers today.
They have also created lifestyle destinations that have reshaped Dubai’s skyline forever.
And that skyline is about to change significantly again with the recent announcement of the construction of a stunning new architectural icon which will simply be known as The Tower.
Its design was chosen by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, a design which draws inspiration from the lily and evokes the image of a minaret, a common feature and distinctive aspect of Islamic culture and architecture.
The location of The Tower is an important reminder of Dubai’s past as it will be constructed along the Dubai Creek, the cradle of the emirate’s history and culture.
This astute choice of location will mark the origin of Dubai and remind all of the humble beginnings of what has now become a remarkable story of vision and growth, amply demonstrated by six square kilometres of world-class master-planned development that will have the project as its centerpiece.
Not only is the site historically significant, it is also located near Ras Al Khor National Wildlife Sanctuary, protected under the Unesco Ramsar Convention and home to many bird species.
As with all great icons, The Tower is envisioned to be of symbolic significance not only to Dubai and the UAE but also to global visitors from across the world.
Once it is finished and unveiled in time for Expo 2020, it is envisioned to become another global landmark surpassing boundaries, time and culture.
As an iconic structure, it will provide a clear and bold symbol of a people’s culture, aspirations and ambitions.
It will be representative of a vision of progress that has global relevance and benefits demonstrated through innovation, growth and development.