Modern architecture United Arab Emirates

City of DUBAI

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The Deira Clock Tower
The Deira Clock Tower roundabout was designed by engineer Otto Bulard in 1964 next to Al Maktoum Bridge (the first bridge over the creek constructed in 1962 by Overseas AST Co. LLC).

Riviera Hotel at Dubai Creek
The Riviera Hotel at Baniyas Road in Deira was built 1962 and is one of the first buildings with balconies. Back then Deira was a booming business district with dhow wharfts and the center of the oil support industry: Supply boat operations and the base of offshore manufacturing companies like J. Ray McDermott.

Citibank building
The pre-fab concrete building of the First National City Bank of New York was designed 1963 by architects Tony Irving and Gordon Jones. The opening of the branch at the waterfront of the Souq Al Kabeer was part of an oil concession agreement with the United States of America.

Emirates Post Office
Concrete wings on this Emirates Post building in Googie-Style.

Commercial Bank of Dubai
The Commercial Bank of Dubai was founded in 1969 as a joint venture of Commerzbank, Chase Manhattan, the Commercial Bank of Kuwait and Emirates businessmen.

Galadari Plaza
The Galadari Plaza building was established in the 70's as headquarters of the Galadari Brothers Group. These pioneers of the Emirates business revolution started in the 1960's with ice cream, refrigeration and air-conditioning, opened a cinema, an american car and truck dealership and a hotel in the 1970's, established the daily english newspaper Khaleej Times in 1978, then a travel agency, more hotels...

Dubai's Airport DXB
Dubai's Airport Terminal building opened in 1971 and was designed by architects Page & Broughton. The modern roof construction, made of white glass-reinforced plastic umbrellas, is supported by steel frames. International Aeradio IAL provided aviation service management for more than 200,000 passengers and over 3,500 tonnes of freight in the first year of operation.

Dubai's Plaza Cinema
Dubai's Plaza Cinema with more than 1600 seats opened 1972 in Shindagha across the public transportation hub Inter Emirates Taxi and Bus Terminal. Bollywood and Hollywood movies.
Plaza Cinema in Dubai

Infrastructure Construction

Pedestrian underpass
The pedestrian underpass between Deira's Gold Souq area of and the Heritage Village in Al Shindagha opened in 1975 and was built by William Halcrow. Crossing the creek by foot and underwater is a 700 meter long convenient connection from Bur Dubai to the other side if one doesn't want to use the Metro.

WTC Dubai World Trade Centre
Construction of Dubai's World Trade Centre started in 1974 at Zayed Road after the ruler H.H. Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum had visited New York and saw the iconic WTC towers under construction. The building was designed by John Harris who also did the first master plan of the city. The 39-storey office tower is featured on 100 Dirham banknotes and after a redevelopment still the busy center of the local exhibition and convention spaces.

Serviced Apartments in Dubai
Along with Dubai's WTC Tower architect John Harris built the DWTC Serviced Apartments from pre-fab concrete modules for short and long term stay tenants, providing restaurants, a lounge club and sports facilities to the ex-patriates community.
Serviced Apartment building

Toyota building
The massive concrete block of the Toyota Building is a famous landmark since the Seventies when it was built at the Defense Roundabout of Sheikh Sayed Road to house government workers.

Sheikh Rashid Building
Across the street from the Toyota tower another 1970's structure 17-storey building with concrete pre-fab element roof.

Wilson Building
The 10-storey Wilson Building 1977 by architects Peddle Thorp Chapman & Taylor from the United Kingdom constructed of in-situ concrete with 180 flats, shops and indoor carpark.

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British Bank of the Middle-East
Panorama along the creek with the 1974 British Bank of the Middle-East building today known as Bank of Barunda.