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Dubai's 'Aladdin City' Looks Like a Chain of Giant Genie Lamps

Dubai has some wild things in the works (an amorphic Zaha tower! Blunt-like twin towers! An amethyst-shaped hotel?!) and it looks the city is officially adding a beckoning "Aladdin City" to the queue. First announced in April 2014, the project is inspired by the legends of Aladdin and Sindbad the Sailor, and appears to feature three golden towers connected by elevated tubes. As Dubai Municipal Chief Hussain Nasser Lootah told Emirates 24/7 this week, the government has secured the funds to finance the project (though the exact budget is still unknown) and will begin construction in 2016.

Slated to rise on the Dubai Creek, the triplet of towers is expected to have about 1,200,000 square feet of floor area for commercial and hotel use, plus 900 parking spaces. The architectural form is heavily symbolic: the towers reference the "oddly-shaped domes suspended in clouds" found in local myths and the bridges take after "exotic marine life such as dragon and snakes." Anyway, assuming the project actually takes shape, the government sure is banking on it to boost tourism. The project is apparently located near an area waiting to gain World Heritage status from UNESCO.

· Dubai's 'Aladdin City' to soon become reality; work to start next year [Emirates 24/7]
· Dubai Tower Officially Crowned World's 'Largest Vertical Maze' [Curbed National]
· World's Tallest, Most Blunt-Like Twin Towers Planned for Dubai [Curbed National]
· All Dubai coverage [Curbed National]