Published: August 15, 2016
On Saturday, we had a very special evening program. We talked about the architecture of the Arab World. We learned about some of the most famous buildings in the Middle East, from ancient time to the present day. Two of the most iconic Arab buildings are in Dubai, the Burj Al-Arab and the Burj Khalifa. The Burj Al-Arab is an extravagant hotel built on an artificial island off the coast of Dubai. It has been called a 7 star hotel buy some critiques. Another part of the Dubai skyline is the Burj Khalifa. This tower is currently the tallest building in the world. We also learned about classic Arab architecture, especially mosques. Villagers discovered the different structures that all mosques require, then drew and painted their own Islamic skyline. Minarets are tall towers along the side of the mosque that allow the call to prayer to be broadcast a great distance. Domes, while not an essential part of a mosque, were extremely popular during the height of Islamic architecture. In addition to religion architecture students also simulated military architecture buy building a pillow fort.