Etisalat Dubai Tower Etisalat Tower, Dubai, United Arab Emiirates Designed 1986 This building is a regional facility in Dubai for Etisalat, the Telecommunication Company of the Emirates. The program was similar to the 1985 Erickson-designed Etisalat Headquarters tower in Abu Dhabi. Arthur Erickson Architects won the international competition organized on behalf of Bechtel International to design these buildings. They are the only two Etisalat towers designed by AEA, although other buildings in the Middle East which borrowed elements of design from these towers are sometimes mistakenly credited to the Erickson firm. The external envelope of the building is made of granite cladding and green tinted mirror glass arranged in a facetted curtain wall. At the top of the building, a large 22 m diameter sphere of Teflon coated material houses a complex array of parabolic dishes and antennas for Etisalat telecommunications needs. This sphere is illuminated at night and became a landmark in Dubai, appearing on postcards of the city. The final tower was built much lower than originally planned, and is now overshadowed by taller buildings.