With more than 400 remarkable feats, the UAE holds the highest number of Guinness World Records among other countries across the MENA region. While Dubai has the lion’s share of titles, there are equally remarkable record-breaking attractions to explore in the other emirates. Here, we spotlight a few…
The world’s tallest building
The ultimate symbol of Dubai’s penchant for all things larger than life, Burj Khalifa stands tall at an incredible height of 828 metres, making it the world’s tallest tower. But that’s not the only record it holds. Thanks to its remarkable height, it also boasts the highest number of stories found in a building with more than 160 floors, the highest occupied floor in the world, the tallest service elevator, the elevator with the longest travel distance as well as the highest outdoor observation deck.
The world’s deepest diving pool
When Deep Dive Dubai opened its doors in 2021, it cinched a Guinness World Record for the world’s deepest diving pool. It takes a staggering 14 million litres of water to fill this pool which reaches a depth of 60.02 metres. This adrenaline-fuelled facility features an abandoned sunken city with immersive zones offering experiences catering to diving enthusiasts of all levels. The remarkable structure is shaped like an oyster from the outside as a nod to Dubai’s pearl diving heritage.
The world’s highest 360-degree infinity pool
The newest playground for Dubai’s chic crowd, Aura Skypool raises the bar with its incredibly luxurious lounge offering. The Aura experience is all about taking in Dubai’s magnificent views from this unique vantage point above Palm Jumeirah while taking a dip in the refreshing pool. It is suspended 200 metres in the air and wraps around The Palm Tower, which makes it the highest 360-degree infinity pool in the world.
The world’s fastest roller coaster
Another one for adrenaline enthusiasts, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is home to the world’s fastest roller coaster. The Formula Rossa simulates the rush that a true Scuderia Ferrari champion feels as the ride reaches a heart-pounding speed of 240 kilometres per hour in just 4.9 seconds.
The world’s biggest indoor skydiving flight chamber
Reach new heights with an experience unlike any other at Clymb Abu Dhabi’s indoor skydiving flight chamber. With an unmatched width of 32 feet and a record-breaking height of 104 feet, it’s the largest of its kind in the world. Visitors, however, need not have unlocked expert levels before taking on the challenge. Fliers as young as three years of age can participate, as experiences are suitable for beginners and advanced fliers. Furthermore, skilled trainers are at hand to guide you throughout your flight.
The world’s longest zip line
The UAE’s northernmost emirate of Ras Al Khaimah is an adventure seeker’s paradise, set against the dramatic backdrop of the Al Hajar Mountains. But for the true daredevil, nothing quite compares with Jebel Jais Flight, which holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s longest zip line. Set on Jebel Jais, the UAE’s tallest mountain, it covers a distance of 2.8 kilometres and reaches speeds of up to 160 kilometres per hour at a height of 1,680 metres above sea level.
The world’s largest indoor theme park
A title previously held by IMG Worlds of Adventure in Dubai, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi beat the attraction to become the world’s largest indoor theme park when it opened in July 2018. The park features six state-of-the-art immersive zones based on the film studio’s most popular offerings, including Gotham, Metropolis, Cartoon Junction, Dynamite Gulch, Bedrock and Warner Bros. Plaza. Across these zones, visitors can take on 29 rides and attractions, with something to suit every member of the family, from adrenaline-pumping roller coasters to thrilling obstacle courses, plus gentler options for younger guests.