Home to the world’s tallest building, Dubai faced criticism on building the very first skyscraper – The World Trade Centre in 1979

The Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has reviewed 2013 as the second most successful year on record for skyscraper construction, up 318 percent since 2000.
Dubai’s skyline continues to grow, with the 72-storey JW Marriott Marquis Hotel last year becoming the world’s tallest hotel and the 823-m Burj Khalifa (163 floors) retaining the top spot globally. Of the 73 buildings completed in 2013, 16 percent entered the list of 100 Tallest Buildings in the World. Three of the five tallest buildings completed are in the United Arab Emirates, for the second year in a row.

While the country continues to create history globally, there was a time when the same world looked at it with skepticism when the very first skyscraper -The World Trade Centre was opened in 1979 surrounded by miles of empty desert. It was the tallest building in Dubai & in whole of UAE. It was the first skyscraper along the Sheikh Zayed Road.
Watch out for this short documentary created by BBC that takes you down the memory lane and symbolizing great progress Dubai and UAE has gained in a very short span of time.

Dept. Of Marketing and Communication, Expotrade Middle East

Source : BBC , CTBUH

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