Stereotypes are terrible. They form a definite picture of the world in our heads, and it is not so easy to change. Take, for instance, the concept of skyscraper: imagination of 90% people immediately provoke skyline of American cities, familiar from movies and TV. It is quite logical, but nowadays panorama of the best luxury skyscrapers is in other direction – keep moving to the East. For Arab structures may outdo Western ones in all respects.
Just a few decades ago, almost all the territory of modern Arab Emirates was mainly a desert. Today, it has changed beyond recognition – oasis of glass and concrete sprang up in the endless sands. In an attempt to stand out among the mates, Sheikhs are trying to build taller and more expensive constructions, and this race has led to the fact that it is in the East where you can see the most luxurious skyscrapers in the world. Admittedly, the most majestic of them is Burj Khalifa or Dubai Tower.
Its striking characteristics are: height of 828 meters, 163 floors, and a budget of half a billion dollars. This miracle was being erected for five and a half years; the height of the tower was kept in secret until its very opening. The project was developed in such a way that if someone announced the construction of a rival skyscraper, the architects immediately could increase the number of floors... The creators won the game, and today the Burj Khalifa remains the tallest building in the world. But Dubai Tower has many other less notable advantages. For instance, it has its own specially designed cement with ice, which copes with the Arab heat. Skyscraper walls contain cooling membranes and air fresheners with unique fragrance. And elevators lift up visitors to their destinations with velocity of 18 meters per second – as quickly as nowhere else.
In Kuwait they also used to throw money on skyscrapers. Al Hamra Tower looks like golden bullion extended up to 414 meters, as though hinting that it cost a fortune. This unusual design was devised not only for architectural reasons, though to have the most beautiful views of the Arabian Gulf. Generally, Al Hamra Tower is a city inside a city. In addition to offices, there are cinemas, cafes, fitness centers. Only a parking takes as much as 11 floors, not to mention the amount of entertainments! Every day thousands of people visit the building to enjoy themselves. To the visitors’ delight, high-riser hosts the giant observation deck and unique insulation system that conquers 50-degree heat. It is worthy to add that the Kuwaiti authorities are not going to be limited to this very skyscraper...
However, Saudi Arabia was the first to launch a challenge in architecturalrace against the West. Back in the 90s they started to grow glass skyscrapers there. One of the relatively old projects is the skyscraper Burj Al-Mamlaka or Kingdom Centre. Opened in 2002, it won many awards for its amazing design. Externally the structure resembles a piece of jewelry, but the main advantage of its stuffing is an observatory which is located at an altitude of 297 meters. Nothing like that you can find in any other part of the Globe.
Next Arabic record breaker is only a project so far. Supporting the trend for height, Saudi Arabia has ambitions to grow a high-rise building of 1001 meters. Such a giant should surpass all existing ones, including Burj Khalifa. Construction budget is 20 billion USD, it also includes the creation of a satellite town. Kingdom Tower (that’s the name of potential giant) is promised to see the world in 2019. In the meantime, the king of the Arabian desert can only be imagined, like hero of the Arabian Nights.
Ancient cities with their monuments, architecture, traditions and atmosphere are a desired destination for tourists, since visiting them one can learn and understand a country and its inhabitants. However, there are travellers who are fans of urbanism and modern urban planning. To delight them we prepared this article devoted to the newest cities that have sprung up recently around the world.
Georgia, which a little more than ten years ago hit the path of serious reforms, has changed much, not only becoming more democratic and more successful, but the state has also updated its look. Architects from around the world successfully worked here creating over all the territory a number of important and unique objects symbolizing country rebirth.
Seoul of South Korea that blisteringly turned from an ancient city of a poor country into a prospering capital of an advanced state over 20th century, definitely deserves respect; as much esteem is earned by those municipal officials and patriots who, in times of explosive industrialization, managed to preserve glorious heritage of the past – royal palaces of Joseon dynasty.
Today OUTLOOK is strolling along the main street of the economic capital of Saudi Arabia, the country second largest city Jeddah, venerated by shoppers and pilgrims. Cutting through the middle of the city, Tahlia Street is a vivid evidence how Arab culture is infused by modern Western trends that introduce dissonance into this place...
Should we have a look at notes of those who plan their trips to Spain, next to the darling of all hearts, Barcelona, Montserrat is bound to rank second. Also, the mountain of the abbey is a must-visit spot for local dwellers, too – they believe it necessary to visit Catalonia’s religious heart at least once a year.
On the threshold of a new academic year we simply couldn’t but inspire both current and future students with most impressive university and institute campuses. Those who have already received degree will probably get filled with admiration, too, and start thinking whether or not to get another one because in such places one hits the books especially fruitfully.
Approximately 53% of the world's population lives in cities, which in contrast to villages where highways are almost the same, consist of many routs: long and short, wide and narrow, beautiful and plain. There are no criteria: someone admires Rio slums more than Broadway Avenue. We will not judge what is best or worst, but just focus on data.
As practice proves, even the most utilitarian items can be made a work of art. Using some imagination and without “killing” creativity, everything becomes extraordinary: bridges, for instance. Logically, principal purpose of such constructions is to connect two banks therefore main thing about them is security. Yet sometimes people follow other criteria.
Sometimes it happens that you look at a postcard with a picture of a city and instantly realize that this is Kyiv, or Moscow, or Rome or your native village. And it isn’t courtesy of your geography teacher but back-breaking efforts of artisans with whose hands commonly familiar architecture masterpieces were created. Today we recall Italian conqueror of marble Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
There’s hardly anything that compares to bright-starred sky and silence. It is the stars that OUTLOOK want to tell you about or more precisely about the places with the best view on them. In Europe it is recommended to go stargazing not to some place but to… Slovenia. Point is, this small country is one of the cleanest in the world and consequently isn’t that polluted with smog.
Where to look for Clementin, the narrowest hotel in Czech Republic merely 3.28 meters wide, how to chose between Pilsner Urquel, Krušovice and Gambrinus, when to feed gold-colored carps and why tram 91 has no peer? Elvira Matrosova learned about these and more. And despite the fact that this city stands on Vltava (Wilth-ahwa – literally means Wild water), it is aristocratic, consistent and calm yet far from Puritanism. Aroma of hop, buns and coffee all around is an unmistakable sign of Prague being glad to indulge all touristic weaknesses of yours – so get ready!
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has adopted a powerful stance in empowering women, setting new standards based on a unique model drawn from the vision of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founding father of the UAE. This approach perpetuates in the current leadership’s vision for the future, whereby women stand as active partners and contributors in the country’s development process and play a vital role in raising future generations.
American Detroit was until recently known as the automotive capital. But nowadays it is more often than not mentioned in the context of decline and population outflow. Outlook decided to figure out why ghost cities emerge.
More than fifteen hundred years ago Romans were awe struck when they caught the very first sight of the Sistine Chapel. After that masters of painting were born and dead as well as whole pictural art styles. And contemporaries of you and me gape on the distinguished temple. However, while admiring another line intricacy and allusive painting theme, bear in mind that beneath the plot of glossy surface, as per usual, stand painfully familiar disputes with an impatient client, unpleasant surprises from nature and damaged health of painters-executants.
They become the place for the coolest parties, source of extraordinary ideas and unpredictable discoveries. Nowadays whole houses, temples, gardens, pools and stadiums reach peaks of their popularity – all of them on tops of buildings.
"A small territory with a great mission" is the motto under which on February 11, 1929 Lateran Treaty between the Kingdom of Italy and the Holy See recognized Vatican as a sovereign territory. It was an agreement which opened doors for curious patrons who for centuries had been trading gossip about "What is kept inside Vatican castles?". Evil tongues grumbled that the walled enclave protected magic books of how to seize the world, the castle’s cellars hide torture chambers for sinners, and after liturgies alchemists are busy inventing the Philosopher's Stone. But when museums welcomed visitors, both guests and the Romans gasped with delight. Collectors estimated that the cost of all the works of art featured by almost the smallest country in the world, is 150 times more than the world's GDP.
He made up his name to be one of a kind. Riot of his selfhood became the basis for enormous artistic heritage while architecture demonstrated the possibility to combine ecological compatibility with modern technologies.
In Kyiv on the 5-th of February Culture Days of Kuwait started. They are dedicated to the 25-th anniversary of diplomatic relations between our countries. All the events will go under the support of the Embassy of Kuwait to Ukraine and personally Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Mr Rashid Hammad Al Advani.
The Embassy of Palestine in Ukraine and personally Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Mohammed Al-Assad organized a trip for journalists to Palestine. OUTLOOK team was among them. We launch a series of videos about this country and start with Bethlehem!
Throughout the year, the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Ukraine, in cooperation with charitable foundations, holds kindness events. Today, for Kyiv schoolchildren from Special School I-II degrees No. 12, Head of the Political, Economic and Information Department of the Embassy Najla Al-Rais, with the support of the Charity Foundation of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, have prepared special gifts!