The Middle East has plenty of examples of amazing architecture. One factor for this is the size of the buildings-the Middle East contains some very tall ones indeed! With this in mind, this article will take a look at 5 of the tallest buildings to be found in the Middle East. Each feature in this list will highlight some of the great tourist attractions in the UAE.
1. Abraj Al Bait
This is a government-owned complex which is made up of seven skyscraper hotels, located in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. These buildings came about as part of a project known as the King Abdulaziz Endowment Project which aims to bring modernisation to the city whilst catering to its pilgrims. Now, it is the central hotel building within this complex called the Makkah Royal Clock Tower which is the third tallest building and indeed fifth-tallest freestanding structure in the whole world. Furthermore, to add to this impressive feat, the clock tower contains the world’s largest clock face.
2. Milad Tower
Here we come to the sixth tallest tower in the world and also the 24th tallest freestanding structure in the world. It stands at 435 meters, measuring from the base to the tip of its antenna. The head of the structure consists of a large pod with 12 floors and has a roof of 315 meters. It has an octagonal base which symbolises traditional Iranian architecture. The Milad Tower can be found between Qarb Town and the district of Gisha. It is part of the International Trade and Convention Center of Tehran, which includes a five-star hotel, convention centre, a world trade centre and an IT park.
3. Burj Khalifa
Not only is this the tallest building in the Middle East, but it is also the tallest man-made structure in the world! As tourist attractions in the UAE go, many visitors to the region will want to be visiting this breathtaking construction. The Burj Khalifa stands at a height of 829.8 m (2,722 ft) and has a roof height (not including its antenna) of 828 m (2,717 ft). The building of the Burj Khalifa began in 2004 and the exterior was completed in 2009. The design was created by Adrian Smith, a man whose firm also designed One World Trade Center. To witness a truly amazing view from the top, you can purchase Burj Khalifa at the top tickets for your visit.
4. Princess Tower
The Princess Tower is the 29th tallest building in the world and the third tallest building in Dubai city sightseeing. This is a residential only skyscraper and can be found in the Marina district of Dubai, UAE where you can get Dubai sightseeing packages. It was the tallest residential building in the world from 2012 to 2015 until it lost that particular crown to 432 Park Avenue in New York City. Nonetheless, this is an impressive building that boasts 763 units, 957 underground parking bays over six floors, eight retail outlets and was completed by its developer Tameer Holdings in September of 2012.
5. Al Hamra Tower
Lastly, we come to not only the tallest building in Kuwait but the tallest carved concrete skyscraper in the world. It is also the thirtieth tallest building in the world at 414 m (1, 358 ft). This clever, eye-popping design was created by Skidmore, Owings, Merrill and Ramshir and Callison. The building was created with wrapped glass facades on the east, north and west not just to create its unique style but also to reduce the amount of reflective surface area on the south facade. The south facade contains brushed Jura limestone. The southwest and southeast corners of the core contain flared walls and there is a column-free 24-meter tall lobby. In alist of best inventions of 2011 by Time Magazine the Al Hamra Tower was included.