Dubai on the Rise
Since the 1970s, the Middle Eastern city has built itself into a center of global commerce and connections — an exhilarating example of mobility. And that building process shows no signs of slowing down.
DUBAI IS A PLACE OF SURPRISES. No matter whether you’re a first-time visitor or someone who visits on a regular basis, it’s impossible not to be astonished by the sense of perpetual renewal and warp-speed development. The last decade has seen a flurry of wildly ambitious building projects, many raising the bar on world records. The 163-story Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest building. The Palm Jumeirah, which stretches more than a mile into the Persian Gulf and houses upscale hotels and resorts on its 17 palm frond-shaped extensions, claims the title of world’s largest artificial archipelago. And the opening of ski Dubai, a 240,000-square-foot ski resort located inside a shopping mall, generated not only a world record, but also a generous amount of jaw-dropping buzz.