Fastest, highest, longest: Five records set by UAE


United Arab Emirates is a worldwide tourist destination and travelers flocked throughout the year due to its premium attraction. Today, UAE turns 50 and here are some records that UAE is holding.

Tallest Building

Dubai is the most luxurious 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, inaugurated 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, opened in October 2021.

Ain Dubai (“Dubai Eye”) rises over the Bluewaters artificial island at a height of 250 metres (820 feet) from the ground to the top of its rim.

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Each of the 48 carriages can accommodate 40 people, and a full rotation takes 38 minutes.

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 mock sunken city, and navigate caves.

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 opened 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).

Fastest Rollercoaster

Abu Dhabi, the capital of UAE, is home to a number of world records, including the world’s fastest rollercoaster.

Formula Rossa, which simulates driving a Formula One car at speeds of up to 240 kilometres per hour (150 miles per hour), introduced in November 2010 at the Ferrari World theme park.

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