-The Esquire 100 - Ahmad Bukhash
As the Director of Urban Planning at the Dubai Creative Clusters Authority, Ahmad Bukhash is responsible for reviewing and regulating iconic master plans such as the Dubai Design District.
Here are his favourite UAE landmarks:
The true lifeline of Dubai. The first settlements in the UAE were built around the creek as it was used as a trading hub with neighbouring countries. Today it has regenerated itself as a tourist spot relying on traditional abras traversing it.
Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood
The oldest residential area within Dubai, it actually dates back to the 1890s, when it consisted of 60 buildings that were significant due to their unique windtower design. The traditional design ensured that the houses were clustered closely together to allow for wind to flow from the creek through the narrow alleyways.
Louvre Abu Dhabi
This landmark museum is a clear indication of the UAE’s commitment to and investment in design and culture. The Louvre was designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel and, at 24,155sqm in size it’s the largest art museum in the Gulf.
Dubai Trade Centre
Dubai’s first skyscraper was first erected in 1979. Designed by John R. Harris, the purpose-built complex is still regarded by the architectural community as one of the most sustainable buildings of its time in terms of the double-skin façade, which reduces the solar gain through ornate fames cladding its external glazing.
Dubai Municipality Headquarters
Another early architecture-led landmark. Completed in 1979, the building explores the concept of creating a meydan (Arabic for “plaza”) surrounding a water body, so visitors could meet while being shaded from the harsh sun in a comfortable microclimate.