Dubai Skyline at night

Why Dubai?

CTBUH Returns After 10 Years

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is one of the most prolific centers of tall building construction anywhere in the world, and its population continues to skyrocket, driving the need for still more activity. With more than 175 buildings over 150 meters, and 43 more under construction, the city has the world’s third-largest number of such buildings. When the CTBUH International Conference last came to Dubai 10 years ago in 2008, the population was only 1.6 million – it is now 2.6 million. Almost 60% of the 150-meter-plus buildings now standing had not been completed in 2008. Ten years is thus an eon in this context. Considering the global recession that ensued after 2008, Dubai’s resilience is all the more remarkable.

Dubai skyline rises above the cloud

Just as important as the march of individual buildings being constructed, entire new districts – the “centers” of this polycentric city – are springing up from the desert, and even from the Arabian Gulf itself. The major property developers in the Emirate are fashioning new mixed-use districts with waterways, ski slopes and shopping malls with areas rivalling entire cities. Connected by vast roads and the growing Metro network, these are typically anchored by one or more signature tall buildings. Even the Burj Khalifa had not been completed when CTBUH last came to Dubai. To maximize your understanding, there is no substitute for visiting an urban phenomenon like this. Join CTBUH in Dubai this October for an unforgettable experience!

Why Jeddah?

The World’s Future Tallest Building

Jeddah Tower, the World’s Future Tallest Building, currently under construction

Jeddah is located along the coast of the Red Sea and is considered the economic and tourism capital of Saudi Arabia. Shortly, it will be home to the world’s tallest building, the 1,000-meter-plus Jeddah Tower, which is now under construction and approaching mid-height. The tower is the centerpiece of the $20 billion Jeddah Economic City, an entirely new 520-hectare mixed-use district, situated between the seaside resorts and the international airport.

The gateway city to the Islamic Hajj pilgrimage sites of Mecca and Medina, Jeddah is accustomed to welcoming travelers from around the world. Its famous Corniche, a meandering seaside avenue featuring recreation areas, pavilions, and large-scale civic sculptures, already draws substantial crowds. It is expected that Jeddah Economic City and other such developments will add to the city’s cosmopolitan credentials.

With a youthful population and a committed policy toward technological advancement and diversification away from fossil-fuel revenue, Saudi Arabia is experiencing a quantum leap into the future. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see the dynamism of its Red Sea coastline firsthand.

Traveling to the Middle East

Dubai benefits from a globally central location and Jeddah is just 2.5 hours away from Dubai by air.