Burj al Arab the region's most iconic building

Dubai's sail hotel and Zaha Hadid top popularity polls

The world's tallest building is only the region's second most iconic.
The world's tallest building is only the region's second most iconic.

The Burj al Arab has been named the region's most iconic landmark, Zaha Hadid the Middle East’s most influential architect or designer, and the Le Corbusier LC4 lounge chair its all-time favourite piece of furniture.

In spite of being the tallest building in the world, the Burj Dubai ranked second in the list of most iconic buildings, with 29% of the vote (Burj Al Arab scooped 34%) in a survey or 3,000 designers conducted by INDEX ahead of the interiors trade show taking place in Dubai between November 14 and 17.  

“Our main aim in conducting the survey was to highlight the inspirational design we have here the Middle East and to celebrate local talent,” said INDEX event director Lu Buchanan.

“At INDEX our focus is firmly on design, with a longer term goal of expanding INDEX so that it becomes part of a brand new Dubai Festival of Interior Design, which will promote design as a vital part of Dubai’s economy.”

The Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi ranked third on the list of iconic buildings, followed by Bahrain World Trade Centre fourth, Qatar’s Museum of Islamic Art, The Kingdom Centre in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait Towers.

The Burj al Arab was also named designers’ favourite hotel, although The Address was also popular, as were W Hotel in Qatar and The Banyan Tree in Bahrain. 

When it came to the most influential architect or designer, Iraqi-born Hadid ran away with 35% of the votes, while Jean Nouvel and Frank Gehry – designers of Abu Dhabi’s Louvre and Guggenheim respectively – took 17% each. 

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