Clock Tower

Identity|Identity May 2020

Clock Tower
A collaboration between two pioneering architects over fifty years ago led to the birth of Dubai’s iconic Clock Tower roundabout.
CATHERINE BELBIN

Built in the early 1960s, the Clock Tower is one of the UAE’s oldest architectural landmarks. This iconic structure once sat at the crossroads of all traffic going between Deira and Dubai. According to newspaper reports, the idea and concept sketch for the landmark came from Otto Bulard of AST, who was involved with the construction of Zabeel Palace.

Architect Zaki Al-Homsi of Architecture Design Construction (ADC) then developed and built the final design.

The charm of the simple arched structure, also known as Deira Clock Tower, lies in its purity and simplicity.

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Identity May 2020