Designing Dubai: The Integration of Culture and Necessity

Designing DubaiMultinational corporations are as common as local establishments in Dubai. It is common to see foreigners alongside locals on the streets and in the malls. This does not mean, however, that the country’s culture is disintegrating. In fact, their pride in their identity is evident in the everyday things. The incorporation of culture into local designs is particularly interesting.

Dubai, in particular, is home to unparalleled designs that incorporate functionality and the country’s distinct cultural heritage. Here is a look into their designs — from functional yet fashionable clothing to record-breaking skyscrapers.

Functional Fashion

The Islamic country is a renowned fashion hub, so their street style is quite liberal. You cannot miss its traditional identity incorporated on locally-made clothes, though. You’ll see brands such as EPIPHANY take on women’s clothing with distinctly Islamic designs and patterns.

For example, dresses and tunics are a go-to fashion item for the ladies because of the hot and humid temperature. Local brands have reimagined traditional clothing, such as the abaya and the kaftan, and incorporated a modern spin to it. Furthermore, local brands are finding ways to stylize hijabs — an Islamic custom that also serves to protect its wearer from the Middle Eastern sun.

Record-breaking Skyscrapers

Perhaps something more particularly ‘Dubai’ is the impressive lineup of record-breaking skyscrapers in the city. The skyscrapers showcase designs that define exactly how the country is: modern, distinct, and unafraid to show it.

The luxurious Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, for example, takes on a sail-shaped silhouette symbolic of the country and inadvertently promotes tourism. Meanwhile, apart from being the second tallest residential tower in the world, the Princess Tower boasts of postmodern architecture that the Dubai cityscape pulls off effortlessly. Of course, the Burj Khalifa is worth mentioning as the tallest structure in the world at 828 meters high. Once completed, however, the Tower at Dubai Creek will replace it as the tallest in the world.

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Whether it is fashion or architecture, Dubai manages to surprise the world in very distinct ways. This is manageable because of the country’s awareness of its traditional culture and its ability to adapt to the ever-changing trends of the world.