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Located on the south east of the Persian Gulf, Dubai is an unexpected and wonderful place to go on university trips that focus on architecture. As one of the best-known Emirates in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai is the second largest after Abu Dhabi. Dubai was mentioned back in 1095, but has only been a recorded settlement since 1799 and was formally established by Sheikh Maktoum bin Buti al Maktoum in 1833. After being known as an oil city in the mid 1900s, today Dubai is a global business hub, which forms its economy similarly to other Western nations. University trips to Dubai will show students that in its growth spurt the city has not neglected the architectural ingenuity that it is known for today. While in the city you can visit some of the structures that are symbolic of the city itself.
Burj Al-Arab
The Burj Al-Arab is one of the best-known buildings in Dubai. The Burj Al-Arab is a luxury hotel that is the fourth tallest in the world and is often referred to as "the world's only seven star hotel". If you visit the Burj Al-Arab on your university trips, you will discover that the hotel itself is built on an island of reclaimed land located 280 metres offshore of the stunning beach. Designed by architect Tom Wright, the Burj Al-Arab was built to resemble the sail of a traditional Arabian sailing boat, a dhow. To secure the hotel's structure to the man-made island, the builders drove 230, 40 metre piles into the ground to secure it. Despite its size, the hotel only has 28 double story floors which house 202 rooms and suites, the largest of which is 8,400 square feet. Inside the atrium, the open space above spans upwards for 180 metres.
Burj Dubai / Burj Khalifa
On university trips to Dubai, students who want to explore the architecture of the city cannot help but see the tallest man-made structure in the world: the Burj Dubai. Prior to its inauguration in 2009, the world's largest free-standing structure (at 829.84 metres) was known as the Burj Dubai. But since its opening ceremony its name has been changed to be the Burj Khalifa, in honour of the president of neighbouring Emirate Abu Dhabi. The Burj Khalifa was built as the centrepiece of a large-scale, mixed-use development that incorporated 30,000 homes, nine hotels, the Dubai Mall, parklands, 19 residential towers and a 30-acre man-made lake. The tower itself was designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and uses a bundled tube design that incorporates elements of the patterns found in Islamic art and architecture. The building is set on a central core, which is stabilised using the new system called the buttressed core, whose "Y" shape keeps the structure secure at such a height. The building is composed of 4,000 tonnes of steel and over 1,528,000 square feet of reflective glazing. Inside, there are several restaurants, hotels, and two sky lobbies with swimming pools.
Robert Emdur works for Equity Student Travel, the UK's leading specialist in group travel for students in higher and further education. We can organise university trips to destinations around the world covering a wide range of subjects, as well as conference & event-focused trips.

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