Everything's bigger in the UAE
We've all heard that the United Arab Emirates has been hard at work constructing the world's tallest building. The Burj Dubai currently stands 159 stories tall, and will include 30,000 homes, 9 hotels, 19 residential towers, and the Dubai Mall. The entire project is estimated to cost $20B, but that's hardly the only thing the UAE likes supersized. Here are a few other records the tiny nation holds:
World's Largest Flag
On UAE National Day, a 50,000 square feet flag flew over Abu Dhabi, forming the largest aerial banner ever flown.
World's Largest Indoor Snow Park
Ski Dubai is 85m high and 85 m wide.
World's Longest and Tallest Bridge
The Sixth Crossing will be 1 mile long at 673 feet high, and is expected to be completed by 2012
World's Largest Mall
Dubai Mall will include the world's largest aquarium.
World's First Revolving Tower
55Âº Time Dubai will be a rotation apartment building that offers its residents 360-degree views across the Dubai cityscape.
World's Tallest and Only 7 Star Hotel
Burj Al Arab is one of the world's most expensive hotels, with the Royal Suite going at $28,000 a night.
World's Largest Manmade Island
The Palm are the three largest man-made islands in the world, which are being built on the coast of Dubai. These islands can be recognized from the moon. There's also The World off the coast of Dubai "“ It's a 300 island archipelago made in the shape of the world map.
World's Largest Man-made Waterfront
Dubai Marina will soon replace California's Marina del Rey as the largest man-made marina in the world. The waterfront will house over 200 high rise buildings as well as some "supertall towers."
World's First Luxury Underwater Hotel
The Hydropolis will be 66 feet below the Persian Gulf.
And of course, World's First Spaceport
The UAE Spaceport in Ras Al-Khaimah, which will offer the world's first suborbital flights.
But that barely scratches the surface. The UAE also has the world's largest indoor pool, the world's largest passenger hub, the world's biggest yacht, the first zero-carbon city in the Gulf emirate of Abu Dhabi, among other achievements.
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