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When it comes to cities, Dubai is quite extra––and I mean that in the most wanderlusty, positive way. You can zipline through skyscrapers, visit the tallest building in the world, or take in the world-class shopping malls, all in one day. And now there’s a new supertall skyscraper, the Burj Jumeira, which, once completed, will sprout from a fingerprint-shaped lake.

That’s right: A fingerprint-shaped lake is what anchors this design––and not just any fingerprint. This lake is inspired by the unique print of the Emirates ruler, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Standing at 1,804 feet tall, the tower itself will host digital screens and a design inspired by the surrounding desert scenes. And like most other skyscrapers in Dubai, the Burj Jumeira will be home to a community center of sorts: there will also be shops, restaurants, water fountains, and an outdoor amphitheater topped with a terrace.

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill are the designers behind the project. The new building will be the heart of the upcoming Downtown Jumeira district, perfectly placed on the coast with access to beaches.

The best part of any skyscraper holds true in this new design: the view. There will be a number of observation decks located around the building, including one that will give guests a view of the split form more than halfway up the building. From here, visitors will have 360-degree views of the surrounding city. For daredevils, there are also plans to include a skydiving deck at this attraction.

Ground broke on this project on January 31 and––if all goes according to plan––you can start adding the Burj Jumeira to your itineraries sometime in 2023.


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