Completed in 1979, it ruled the city’s skyline as a towering statement of intent; a symbol of Dubai’s ambitions as a regional financial center and rising economic force. Thirty-nine stories and 489 feet high, at the time it was the tallest building between Mumbai and Athens, according to the centre’s former director and first employee Guy Guillemard.
Watch the video above to learn about the skyscraper that started it all for Dubai.
To discover more about the rise of one of this century’s defining cities, scroll through the timeline below.
Timeline: designed by Sarah-Grace Mankarious, developed by Marco Chacon, produced by Tom Page.