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Dubai is the most populous city of the United Arab Emirates. It has 41 buildings that stand taller than 180 meters (591 ft). The tallest building in Dubai is the 68-storey Almas Tower, which rises 363 meters (1,191 ft) in height. It is currently topped out, and is scheduled to be completed in late 2008. The tallest completed building in Dubai is the Emirates Office Tower, which rises 54 stories and 355 meters (1,163 ft) along Sheikh Zayed Road. It is currently the 15th-tallest building in the world. Another notable Dubai skyscraper is the Burj Al Arab, which stands as the fourth-tallest building in the city and the tallest all-hotel building in the world. The skyscrapers of Dubai are, for the most part, clustered in two different locations. The land along Sheikh Zayed Road was the first to develop, followed by the Dubai Marina neighborhood.

The history of skyscrapers in Dubai began with the construction of the 149-metre (489 ft) Dubai World Trade Centre in 1979, which is regarded to be the first skyscraper in the city. At the time of its completion, it also stood as the tallest building in the Middle East. Since 1999, and especially from 2005 onwards, Dubai has been on an extremely large skyscraper building boom, with all 28 of its buildings over 200 meters (656 ft) tall completed after 1999. Dubai currently has 390 completed high-rises, but that number will increase greatly in the near future. With 313 high-rises currently under construction, and 445 approved high-rises, Dubai's skyline is rapidly growing. In addition, Dubai is expected to be the site of more buildings with 100 floors or more than any other city in the world by 2015.

The largest and most famous construction project currently taking place in Dubai is the Burj Dubai, which began construction in 2004. The building, set to rise at least 162 stories and 818 meters (2,684 ft), became the tallest free-standing structure on land in the world in September 2007, surpassing the 553-metre (1,815 ft) CN Tower in Toronto, Canada. The building also surpassed the height of Taipei 101, the current tallest building in the world, in July 2007. However, as only completed structures are measured as buildings, Burj Dubai will not officially gain the title of tallest building in the world until its completion in 2009. In April 2008, Burj Dubai became the tallest man-made structure in the world, surpassing the KVLY-TV mast in Blanchard, North Dakota, United States. On May 19, 2008 it surpassed the height of the now-destroyed Warsaw radio mast in Konstantynów, Gąbin, Poland, becoming the tallest man-made structure in history at 649.7 meters (2,131 ft). The proposed Nakheel Tower is another extremely tall development planned for construction in Dubai. Set to rise at least 1,400 meters (4,593 ft) in height, this building would surpass the Burj Dubai to become the tallest structure in the world if constructed.

My favorite building that is currently under construction is the Dubai Towers Dubai. Dubai Towers Dubai is a four tower complex proposed in the city of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The developer, Sama Dubai, intends this to form the centerpiece of The Lagoons, a megaproject located on Dubai Creek which will consist of seven islands. The towers have between 57 to 94 stories and although the heights are not known, it is believed the tallest will top 400 meters (1,310 ft) while two others will rise beyond 300 meters (980 ft).

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  1. Dubai truly is an unforgettable city, where the wealth of the Arab nations meets the commercialism of the West, providing visitors with access to some of the most luxurious hotels, shops and restaurants in the world.

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