Attractions

Top Choice Notable Building in Yazd

Amir Chakhmaq Mosque Complex

The stunning three-storey facade of this Hosseinieh is one of the largest such structures in Iran. The rows of perfectly proportioned sunken alcoves are at their best and most photogenic in late afternoon, when the …
Top Choice Notable Building in Breakwater

Emirates Palace

What the Burj Khalifa in Dubai is to the vertical, the Emirates Palace is to the horizontal, with audacious domed gatehouses and flying ramps to the foyer, 114 domes and a 1.3km private beach. Built for Dhs11 billio…
Top Choice Architecture in Manama

Bahrain National Theatre

Adjacent to Bahrain National Museum, this stunning architectural showpiece covers nearly 12,000 sq metres. It's the third-largest theatre in the Middle East and it's at its best up close. Seeming to float upon the w…
Notable Building in Chouf Mountains

Beiteddine Palace

Sitting majestically on a hill surrounded by terraced gardens and orchards, Beiteddine Palace is one of the highlights of the Chouf Mountains. This restored 19th-century gem features sumptuous interiors, views over …
Notable Building in Southwestern Shore

Bet Gabriel

Opened in 1993, this lakeside cultural centre – one of Israel’s most beautiful buildings – is known for its art exhibitions, first-run cinema (two screens, with two more set to open in 2019), pop and classical conce…
Architecture in Dubai Marina & Palm Jumeirah

Cayan Tower

Stretching skyward for 307m, it may not be the tallest residential tower in the Dubai Marina, but it's certainly a building with twist: a 90° spiral over the course of its height, to be precise. Aside from looking c…
Architecture in Shahrud

Bezayit Bastami Complex

At the heart of ancient Bastam, now a village-suburb of Shahrud (around 7km from centre), is a collection of mostly 13th-century historical buildings. The main group is set around the relatively simple grave of Baya…
Architecture in Tripoli

Madrasa Al Qartawiyya

Attached to the east side of the Great Mosque is Madrasa Al Qartawiyya, which was built by a Mamluk governor of the same name in the early 1300s, over the baptistery of the old cathedral. Famed for its fine workmans…
Notable Building in Al Zahiyah & Al Maryah Island

Abu Dhabi Global Market Square

Home to more than 40 international companies, this cluster of glass-and-steel office monoliths on Al Maryah Island is the heart of Abu Dhabi's new financial centre. Also cradling the posh Galleria mall and a couple …
Notable Building in Al Mina & Saadiyat Island

UAE Pavilion

Shaped like two parallel sand dunes, smooth and curvaceous on the windward side, steep and rippled on the eroded side, this award-winning building by Sir Norman Foster and partners was designed for the 2010 Shanghai…