Dubai is the most wealthy of the UAE’s seven emirates, and its crowning achievement is the world’s tallest building, the needle-shaped Burj Khalifa.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates:
The United Arab Emirates, which turns 50 on Thursday, has a penchant for breaking records, from the world’s tallest building to the world’s deepest diving pool.
Here are five of the Gulf state’s world-record-breaking achievements:
Dubai is the most opulent of the UAE’s seven emirates, and its crowning achievement is the world’s tallest building, the needle-shaped Burj Khalifa.
The skyscraper, which stands at 828 metres (2,717 ft) and is made of gleaming glass and steel, debuted in the downtown area in 2010.
Before its inauguration, it was known as Burj Dubai, but it was renamed Burj Khalifa in honour of UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Biggest Ferris wheel
Ain Dubai, the world’s largest Ferris wheel, will open in October 2021.
Ain Dubai (“Dubai Eye”) rises over the Bluewaters artificial island at the height of 250 metres (820 feet) from the ground to the top of its rim.
Each of the 48 carriages can accommodate 40 people, and a full rotation takes 38 minutes.
The world’s longest zipline
Ras Al-Khaimah has the world’s longest zipline, and Dubai isn’t the only emirate with world-record-breaking constructions.
The 2,831.88-meter Jebel Jais Flight, which debuted in January 2018, is the longest in the world (9,290 feet).
Through the Hajar mountain range, riders can reach speeds of up to 150 kilometres per hour (93 miles per hour).
Deepest diving pool
In June, Dubai added to its list of world records by opening the world’s deepest diving pool.
Deep Dive Dubai, an indoor scuba diving facility, is 60 metres deep (196 feet). Divers can play chess, explore a faux sunken metropolis, and navigate caves.
Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, is home to a number of world records, including the world’s fastest rollercoaster.
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