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Dubai: big is beautiful


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Dubai: big is beautiful

Dubai is set to beat a new set of world records, as the city embarks on its latest supersized development.

(Full list and figures at the bottom of this article.)

The project was unveiled by Meydan Group and will incorporate residential housing, sports and entertainment venues and a hotel.

The first phase is expected to be completed in time for the 2020 Universal EXPO. That is the Dubai Tower One, featuring a new indoor skiing slope – the world’s longest – and a series of “dancing” fountains that will feature a 100m vertical laser light-colour array choreographed with a digital screen.

The residential tower, 711 meters high will exceed the current biggest residential tower in the world located in India. The tower will be mixed use, with 885 apartments, 5-star hotels, a conference centre, an observation deck at 655m, various restaurants and a yacht club. The project includes 100 beds in the marina and a 4 kilometre water channel.

The ski slope will exceed the world record of ‘only’ 400 meters, built in 2005 also in Dubai, which is open all year despite that average summer temperatures are around 45°.

The 1.2 km piste is part of a slope covering 3.67 million square meters, the equivalent of 565 football fields. Already having the biggest mall in the world is not enough: Dubai will build a larger one close to the indoor ski slope.

The Meydan One Mall will have a 150 × 80 meter retractable roof, but will open in winter months only. The shopping centre will house more than 300 restaurants, coffee shops and kiosks. Next to this, tourists will have direct access to a new water park through a 300 meter long beach.

Main aspects / Key points:

Dubai One Tower – 711M high (world’s tallest residential tower)
Indoor ski slope – 1.2km long (world’s longest indoor ski slope)
Indoor gym – 25,000m (world’s largest gym)
Fountains – 420m x 100m (world’s largest fountain)
Resident population – 78,300
Boardwalk – 9km
Navigable canal – 4km
Bike trail – 9km
Beach – 300m
Plaza and events space capacity – 60,000 people
Mall parking and park-and-ride capacity – 18,000 Cars

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