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Visit Dubai for record-breaking architecture

Visit Dubai for record-breaking architecture

Famous for the Burj Khalifa, Dubai has some of the most modern architecture in the world.

Soaring 830 metres in the air, this wondrous building still holds the record for the tallest building in the world, beating its nearest competitor - the Shanghai Tower - by a good 200 metres.

If you're visiting this city, it's a must see from both the ground and from within it. Book to take a trip up right to the observation deck at level 148, where there is a Sky Lounge to enjoy refreshments whilst looking out at the wonderful view of the city below.

As soon as you step into the building, it is impressive. There is a modern art installation in the lobby of The Residence at Burj Khalifa. The sculpture created by Jaume Plensa is called 'World Voices' and features 196 cymbals. As water drops from the ceiling, it causes the cymbals to quietly chime, which represents the voices of people worldwide.

Impressively, the Burj Khalifa used 330,000 cubic metres, 103,000 square metres of glass and took the equivalent of 22 million hours to build during its construction.

An architectural masterpiece itself, the nearby Dubai Mall is home to 1200 shops, the Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, an indoor theme park and a 22-screen cinema.

It holds a number of records including the largest mall in the world with total area - a whopping 1,124,000 m² and the world's fifteenth largest mall with Gross Leasable Area of 350,000 metres squared. The aquarium also breaks its own records as it is home to the world's largest acrylic panel, which is 32.88m wide x 8.3m high x 750 mm thick. It weighs a huge 245 tons.

So if you want to see record-breaking architecture, visit Dubai where it sits at every turn.

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