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Dubai’s latest skyscraper is going for a new world record

And it's an unusual record.
  • Dubai is already home to the world’s tallest building
  • The latest building, comprising two skyscrapers, wants to set a totally different record
  • Among other things, it features a wellness hotel, penthouses and Michelin restaurants

Published on Feb 13, 2024 at 1:25PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on Feb 14, 2024 at 1:29PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

Standing at 828 meters (2,717 ft) tall, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the world’s tallest building.

And it has been since 2010, when it was unveiled to the world.

Now, however, Dubai wants to set another another record, and for a totally different reason.

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Dubbed One Za’abeel, this is the world’s Longest Cantilevered Building, which is also going to be a Guinness World Record.

The newly-opened structure comprises two skyscrapers standing at 235 meters and 305 meters respectively.

These two skyscrapers are connected by a unique horizontal bridge called ‘The Link’, floating 100 meters above ground.

This is the part that’s aiming to set the Guinness World Record, because no one had ever attempted to build something like that at 100 meters above ground, until now.

The bridge alone weighs a whopping 8,500 tonnes.

The Link looks brilliant, but it also serves an important function.

Nikken Sekkei, the company that built it, said that The Link enhances safety and mitigates wind-driven sway, which is a constant headache when it comes to tall buildings.

Not an inch of the bridge has been wasted, though.

Among other things, the cantilever connection features restaurants, lounge areas, an infinity swimming pool and, of course, an amazing view of some of the most amazing constructions in Dubai, including the Burj Khalifa.

As it’s often the case with similar buildings, the One Za’abeel is a vertical city.

It offers suites, wellness facilities including spas, gyms and swimming pools, Michelin-starred restaurants, gala ballrooms, meeting rooms and the list goes on.

It also has penthouses with mind-blowing views.

Perhaps one of these abodes may break the existing record for the most expensive penthouse sold in Dubai.

Speaking of accommodation, the One Za’abeel is also home to ‘Siro’, a fitness and recovery hotel.

The fitness hotel will, among other things, offer treatments like dry needling, electro-muscle stimulation and cold plunges.

The hotel opened its doors on February 12.

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