This tour will take you on the Dubai Metro Red Line between Ibn Battuta Mall station #39 and Khalid Bin Al Waleed station #19. This are... more »a could very well be the highest concentration of bizarre skyscrapers in the entire world. This is “New Dubai.”
Beginning in the 1980s, developers and architects were in a mad rush to outdo each other with the most outlandish skyscraper designs. This resulted in an ultimately weird skyline for the area known as “New Dubai.” Slicing through the middle of these monsters is the Sheikh Zayed Road (SZR). This portion of the Dubai Metro Red Line runs snuggly next to SZR providing a captivating view of these magnificent giants and the surrounding areas.
Take special notice of the unique “hats” each structure proudly wears. They are the building’s signature. Because building signage is not plentiful, and because Dubai has yet to implement a comprehensive street naming and numbering system, many buildings are called by their nick name especially when giving directions. For example, turn left at the Swiss cheese building . . . after passing the twin Chrysler towers . . . next to the golf ball building...
Skyscrapers are not the only thing punctuating the Dubai skyline. You will see many tower construction cranes marking buildings still to come. You will also see many beautiful mosque minarets that are testament to being in a Muslim country.
Along the tour are “Good places to visit.” You may want to get off and explore. If there is not direct access to the site, there should be feeder buses to take you to the site which is only a short distance away. The bus cost is included in your Metro ticket less «