The architecture and building style of a place tells a lot of about the city or country’s tradition and culture. How a place adapts to the modern technology and contemporary styles is indicative of their transition to a more modernistic style. Dubai is one such place where art and history mingle with modernism and technology. One such structure that depicts and differentiates the two opposing styles of architecture is the Dubai Frame. From one side, you can take a look into the history of the city with traditional Arabic style buildings and souks whereas, from the other side, you are able to see the beautiful skyline that the city boasts of – including the Burj Khalifa.
Dubai’s Old Town
In the past, with the rising temperatures in the summers, the buildings were constructed in a way that there were natural ventilation and air conditioning between the buildings. Therefore, the buildings were built close to each which had small shaded pathways in the middle so as to provide a small funnel type space for the wind to pass through. This helped in keeping the building cooler during the summer months. A key monument in the old style is the Al Fahidi Fort – once a residence of the ruler but is now converted into a museum of history.
The modern metropolis
On the other side of the town lies the beautiful modern architecture. With the economy of the emirate booming due to the oil and Dubai real estate prices going up, the sheiks helped develop a major part of the city which is now the new town. From the World Trade Centre built in 1978 to the Burj Al-Arab in 1999 to now, the Burj Khalifa built in 2009; the city has seen a transition into more contemporary architecture. The city has one of the most captivating skylines in the world.