Photos: Skyscrapers around the world

loading photos...
  1. Burj Khalifa

    Dubai's Burj Khalifa was debuted and renamed on Monday, Jan. 4, 2010. Burj Khalifa is the world's tallest building (2,717 feet), features the highest observation deck and was renamed after Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the ruler of neighboring Abu Dhabi who came to the aid of Dubai during the financial meltdown. (Matthias Seifert / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Two International Finance Center

    Hong Kong's Two ifc, designed by world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli, is 88 stories high. The massive tower was completed in 1998. (Richard A. Brooks / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Taipei 101

    Taiwan's Taipai 101 Tower stands 1,667 feet in height, and has more than 2.3 million square feet of office space, nearly 800,000 square feet of retail space, nearly 900,000 square feet of parking space and more than 1,800 vehicles. (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Petronas Towers

    The Petronas Towers, also designed by Cesar Pelli, were completed in 1998. Two 88-story towers highlight the skyline of Kuala Lumur, Malaysia. The floors of the towers are shaped like eight-pointed stars, and a flexible bridge connects the spires at the 42nd floor. (Andrea Pistolesi / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Jin Mao Tower

    Shanghai's Jin Mao Tower is one of the tallest buildings in China.At 1,381 feet high, the building's design revolves around the number eight (considered to be one of the luckiest numbers in Chinese culture). Jin Mao Tower stands 88 stories, and its address is 88 Century Boulevard. (Andrew Wong / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Willis Tower

    Perhaps better known as the Sears Tower, this Chicago building was renamed in 2009. The massive structure is the tallest building in North America, stands 110 stories high and features a famed Skydeck observatory that offers a view of the Windy City at 1,353 feet. (Tim Sloan / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Shanghai World Financial Center

    The trapezoid opening high atop the 1,614-foot-tall Shanghai World Financial Center certainly makes the building memorable. In a nod to Chinese symbolism and to reduce wind pressure, the opening was originally going to be circular. Some protested the design, claiming it resembled the rising sun on Japan's flag, and the design was ultimately changed. Other notable buildings in China include the Nanjing Greenland Financial Center in Nanjing, China (1,476 feet) and Guangzhou West Tower in Guanzhou, China (1,435 feet). (James Leynse / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Guangzhou TV & Sightseeing Tower

    The TV tower, currently under construction but set to be complete and fully operational for the 2010 Asian Games, will be the world's tallest TV tower. When finished, the Guangzhou TV & Sightseeing Tower will reach a height of about 2,000 feet. (China Photos via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Empire State Building

    More than 100 million visitors have taken in the awe-inspiring views from the Empire State Building's observation deck on the 86th floor since it opened to the public 79 years ago. The building is one of the most notable pieces of the Big Apple's skyline, and has the backdrop for several movies, including "King Kong," "An Affair to Remember" and "Sleepless in Seattle." (Rob Loud / Getty Images for Gotham Organization) Back to slideshow navigation
  1. Editor's note:
    This image contains graphic content that some viewers may find disturbing.

    Click to view the image, or use the buttons above to navigate away.

  2. Editor's note:
    This image contains graphic content that some viewers may find disturbing.

    Click to view the image, or use the buttons above to navigate away.

  3. Editor's note:
    This image contains graphic content that some viewers may find disturbing.

    Click to view the image, or use the buttons above to navigate away.

  4. Editor's note:
    This image contains graphic content that some viewers may find disturbing.

    Click to view the image, or use the buttons above to navigate away.

updated 1/5/2010 8:59:07 AM ET 2010-01-05T13:59:07

Book by: ASAP

Travel by: Select dates through March 24

The deal: With the world’s tallest building, lavish hotels, intricate man-made islands, and electrifying attractions such as an indoor ski resort, it’s no surprise that Dubai, located in the United Arab Emirates, is quickly becoming the place to visit. But vacationing there doesn’t have to put your bank account in the red.

Gate1Travel.com is offering a stellar deal to this desert destination for select dates through March 24 from just $1,099. This package includes round-trip airfare from New York City (airfare is usually around $900), as well as a 5-night stay at Ibis World Trade Centre with daily breakfast (rates are normally $123/night).

  1. Don't miss these Travel stories
    1. Lords of the gourd compete for Punkin Chunkin honors

      With teams using more than 100 unique apparatuses to launch globular projectiles a half-mile or more, the 27th annual World Championship Punkin Chunkin event is our pick as November’s Weird Festival of the Month.

    2. Airports, airlines work hard to return your lost items
    3. Expert: Tourist hordes threaten Sistine Chapel's art
    4. MGM Grand wants Las Vegas guests to Stay Well
    5. Report: Airlines collecting $36.1B in fees this year

You can use the money you’re saving on this trip — about $800 per couple — to sign up for an optional desert safari, dinner cruise, or tours of Dubai, Fort of Sharjah, and others. These optional excursions start from just $37 per person.

About Dubai: Resting on the shores of the Persian Gulf, Dubai is fast creating a name for itself in the travel industry. Within the last 25 years it has undergone a dramatic transformation from a city of sand to a city of soaring skyscrapers.

Dubai contains notable attractions such as Burj Dubai (the world’s tallest building), as well as Dubailand, which, once opened, will be like Walt Disney World on steroids. Dubai’s weather can range from sweltering during the months of July and August to comfortable temperatures (low- to mid-70s) in January and February.

The dollars
Rates are based on double occupancy. Taxes and fees are additional.

The catch
Dubai is a playground for the well-to-do, and, as of 2008, it ranked the No. 1 most expensive place in the world to dine out.

ShermansTravel is a guide to top travel deals and destinations. Sign up for Sherman's Top 25 e-newsletter which features the best editor-screened deals from hundreds of travel providers and is delivered to over 4 million subscribers, free, each week. ShermansTravel also publishes travel guides and trip ideas to inspire, guide, and go.

Discuss:

Discussion comments

,

Most active discussions

  1. votes comments
  2. votes comments
  3. votes comments
  4. votes comments