New 550m high tower Burj Jumeira to become another icon of Dubai’s skyline

A new architectural marvel in the form of a550m high tower known as Burj Jumeira is coming up in Dubai. Its design has been inspired by the United Arab Emirate’s sand dunes, while the base of the building has been designed in the outline of the fingerprint of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai.

The tower will be strategically located opposite Sheikh Zayed Road in Al Sufouh. Its design is inspired by the harmonious ripples of the UAE’s desert sand dunes and its flowing oases. The tower’s façade will be covered with digital displays that can be utilized for various occasions and celebrations, further reinforcing the tower’s role at the heart of Dubai’s community activities. It will feature homes, hotel units and office space. State-owned investment firm Dubai Holdings will construct the new tower.

Burj Jumeira's design is inspired by the harmonious ripples of the UAE’s desert sand dunes and its flowing oases. Photo courtesy: Dubai Holdings
Burj Jumeira's design is inspired by the harmonious ripples of the UAE’s desert sand dunes and its flowing oases. Photo courtesy: Dubai Holdings

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, recently inaugurated Burj Jumeira. He was accompanied by His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai International Marine Club, and His Excellency Abdulla Al Habbai, Chairman of Dubai Holding. His Highness reviewed plans for the unique tower and surrounding area, which will be known as Downtown Jumeira.

The Crown

At Burj Jumeira’s summit is the crown, which has the inherent flexibility to host a variety of different events. At 450 metres high, it is capable of expanding to accommodate varying capacities and uses, with the sky-lounge and interconnected sky-restaurant providing an opportunity to host larger scale events. The state-of-the-art technologies deployed inside the crown enable its inner surfaces to be transformed into fully immersive and interactive displays.

Observation Decks

Burj Jumeira will be comprised of multiple observation decks, giving visitors 360-degree panoramic views of Dubai. With its interactive experiences, it goes beyond the traditional concept of observation decks.

Burj Jumeira will be comprised of multiple observation decks, giving visitors 360 degree panoramic views of Dubai.
Burj Jumeira will be comprised of multiple observation decks, giving visitors 360 degree panoramic views of Dubai. Photo courtesy: Dubai Holdings

The main viewing platform is accessible via lifts with modern digital screens that carry the visitor through a distinctive experience until they reach the desired platform. The platform will become a major destination to witness fireworks and other events which take place in Dubai throughout the year, as well as giving visitors an opportunity to take part in extreme sports.

Base of Burj Jumeira

The base of the tower is designed in the outline of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed’s fingerprint, and is planned to accommodate various social, cultural and artistic events and activities. It will also be home to numerous entertainment options, including water fountains, a terraced outdoor amphitheatre, and is designed to host interactive lighting and fireworks displays. Surrounding the base of Burj Jumeira will be a fully integrated and vibrant retail component.

Downtown Jumeira

Burj Jumeira will be the centrepiece of Downtown Jumeira, a pedestrian-friendly mixed-use urban destination. Upon completion, it will be home to both residential and commercial towers and hotels, as well unique F&B concepts, and world-class restaurants. The area will be underpinned by a comprehensive infrastructure that embraces the latest sustainability solutions and smart technologies. 

 Burj Jumeira will feature homes, hotel units and office space. Photo courtesy: Dubai Holdings
Burj Jumeira will feature homes, hotel units and office space. Photo courtesy: Dubai Holdings

Downtown Jumeira, with a covered pathway connecting the nearby Sharaf DG Metro Station to Burj Jumeira, and all the way through the entire development to Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. Lush neighbourhood parks, large open spaces and shaded streets are key characteristics of the development.

13 supertall buildings (defined as 300m and above in height) are currently under construction in Dubai, meaning that the city has the most supertall buildings under construction of any city in the world, according to Global Tall Building Database.

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Ashraf Jamal
Ashraf Jamal – Senior Writer

Ashraf Jamal brings a rare depth to writing equipped with a degree in journalism, a postgraduate degree in political science, and a degree in law from the Allahabad University. His experience includes editing and publishing the Northern India Patrika and writing for Times of India for almost a decade covering just about any topic under the sun including NRIs and Indian diaspora.

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