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Superlative Dubai

Superlative Dubai http://www.visitdubai.com/en/articles/superlative-dubai 20140718T135657 20160313T161222:635934823423256859 This dynamic metropolis is a city of superlatives. If you didn’t hear the bangs yourself, you probably heard the ohhhs and ahhhs when the world’s largest-ever firework display rang in the 2014 New Year. Some of the 500,000 rockets were launched off the world’s tallest man made structure, the 160-story Burj Khalifa. Those are just two of the more than 100 records Dubai holds in the 2014 edition of the Guinness World Records.

See why Dubai is in the record books. Dubai is on the move, and this dynamic metropolis is a city of superlatives. It holds the most world records in the region — over a hundred in the 2014 edition of the Guinness World Records — including the world's tallest building, biggest mall, and largest fireworks display.

Dubai rang in 2014 with a record-breaking 500,000 rockets, easily beating Kuwait’s previous record of 70,000. The New Year's Eve show was launched from the city’s top landmarks, including Palm Jumeirah, World Islands, and Burj Khalifa, culminating in an artificial sunrise along the seafront.
When the UK-based Guinness World Records was choosing the city for its first Middle East office in 2013, Dubai must have seemed the natural choice.
Just this April, two French daredevils set a new Guinness World Record for Highest Base Jump from the spire of the Burj Khalifa. For UAE National Day 2014, the city added another feather in its cap: world’s largest flower flag. Additionally, here are a few other records to be wowed by.
• At more than 1.1 million square metres, The Dubai Mall is the world’s largest mall.
• Emirates Financial Towers automated car park is the largest on earth — it can store 1,191 cars.
• The Dubai Metro is the longest driverless metro network, with two lines totalling almost 75 kilometres.
• The Dubai Mall's Aquarium and Discovery Centre holds the world's largest acrylic panel (32.88 metres wide, 8.3 metres high, 750 millimetres thick), weighing in at 245,614 kilograms.
• Also at The Dubai Mall, Candylicious is the world’s largest sweet shop, spanning over almost 1,000 square metres of sugary delight.
• The Dubai Fountain is the world’s largest choreographed fountain system, set on the 30-acre manmade Burj Khalifa Lake.
• The world's biggest gold ring, weighing in at 63.856 kilograms, is on display at the Deira Gold Souq. The 21-carat yellow gold ring has 615 Swarovski stones embedded in it and took some 55 workers over 24,000 man-hours to make this piece — and takes a giant to wear it.
• In March 2013, Dubai hosted the longest club DJ session relay ever — lasting four hours and 16 minutes — when 119 DJs consecutively mixed one record each.

When it comes to superlatives, Dubai isn't only famous for breaking the biggest records. It's a leader in constructing tall towers. In fact, it’s home to the tallest building in the world, the 828-metre Burj Khalifa. The world’s tallest free-standing structure, it utilizes elevators with the world’s longest travel distance, and has the most floors in the world (160), with the highest occupied floor and highest outdoor observation deck. At.mosphere, located on level 122, is the highest restaurant in the world.
Additionally Dubai is home to the world’s tallest hotel, the 77-story JW Marriott Marquis. Here are some of the emirate’s other cloud-piercing buildings:
• Princess Tower – 101 floors, 414 metres
• 23 Marina – 89 floors, 395 metres
• Elite Residence - 91 floors, 380 metres
• Almas Tower – 68 floors, 363 metres
• Emirates Towers – 54 floors, 355 metres
• The Torch – 80 floors, 345 metres
• Rose Rayhaan by Rotana – 72 floors, 333 metres
• Al Yaquob Tower – 72 floors, 330 metres



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