[ticket_dXb] organizes and operates architectural tours, subject-related programs and lectures in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The agency was established by the German architects Dominic Wanders and Hannes Werner and is a member of the international network of Guiding Architects (www.guiding-architects.net).
An emerging metropolis in the Middle East and synonymous with swift and almost boundless development Dubai, the small emirate on the shores of the Gulf, has become the city of superlatives. The tallest tower, the largest shopping-mall, the most exclusive hotels and the largest man-made island are among the many fascinating attractions of this mind bending city. Despite the global financial crisis, massive developments are moving forward, realized with Asian manpower and European know-how.
Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, is the heart of the Emirates' oil wealth. It is no surprise that construction here is booming as well, with extravagant architecture quickly changing its skyline. Saadiyat Island cultural district soon will feature the Gulfâ€™s biggest group of blockbuster museums: Louvre Abu Dhabi, designed by Jean Nouvel; Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, designed by Frank O. Gehry; the Maritime Museum, designed by Tadao Ando; Zaha Hadidâ€™s Performing Arts Centre and the Biennale Park.