Saturday, May 26, 2007

Dubai focuses on low-rises too

Taking a look at the Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai, one can find a number of skyscrapers and huge crowds. This increase in the number of high-rise buildings is because they save space, providing the residents with strong views of their surroundings. They also reveal the effort and talent of an architect, allowing cities to construct impressive skylines.

Dubai is well known for its skyscrapers, such as Burj Dubai and Burj Al Arab. However, not all are in favour of the high-rises. It has more or less distinguished itself with the skyscrapers. The Emirates Towers represent the symbol of this city, rather than the charming wind towers.

For a few, the lifestyle in a high-rise could seem very crowded or very isolated. Also certain medical conditions could prevent some from going in for the high-rise living. Also, a few others love to live with their own independent garden free from the regular city hassles. Such people need something different.

Now there is a realization that Dubai needs other kind of property developments too. Off late, Dubai has begun concentrating on low-rise developments. The suburb of Midriff is a typical example. Even Downtown Burj Dubai, though dominated by its flagship tower, has various low-rise properties. Ultimately, the extent to which it caters the needs of the citizen, is what really matters, rather than the accomplishments of the city in terms of its skyline.

Skyscrapers, sure, is a symbol of high life, both for the residents of the city, and the city by itself. However, recently Dubai has begun laying emphasis on properties that are more human-scale, demonstrating that not all value this kind of life style.

By looking on the other side for once, Dubai again proves its greatness.

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