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Snøhetta show winning Emirates complex

More architectural spectacle in the Gulf: Norwegian architects Snøhetta have released images of their competition-winning design for a new "gateway" building for Ras Al-Khaimah, the new capital city of the United Arab Emirates.

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The 300,000 m2 complex will contain hotels, a congress centre, exhibition halls, and a shopping centre.

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The centre contains a tower that resembles a cobra.

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Last week, plans were unveiled for a major cultural complex in the UAE with buildings designed by Zaha Hadid, Jean Nouvel, Frank Gehry and Tadao Ando.

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