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World’s largest poster
Displayed beside the runways of Dubai Airport, the poster was 20,000 sq m in size and measured 200m by 100m. It was designed by Sorouh, a real estate firm, to advertise a corporate citizenship campaign to collect one million images of faces to place on the poster. For every photo gathered, Sorouh donated US$1 to the UAE Red Crescent, totalling a donation of US$1million (Dhs3.67million).

World’s tallest pyramid of Airwick air fresheners
A 4.4m tower was built at Lulu Supermarket last October.

World’s largest traditional Yolah dance
221 men completed five minutes of rifle spinning and rhythmic stepping as ‘a musical dedication to the UAE’s Prince Fazza’ in February 2008.

World’s largest dessert buffet
The tasty treat was created by the Emirates Culinary Guild on May 1, 2009, with 2,232 dessert delicacies on offer. Mmm...

World’s largest shopping trolley
Measuring 6.3m by 2.5m and rising to a height of 9m, the huge trolley was constructed by Century Mall as part of the Dubai Shopping Festival in 2004. The frame weighs more than two tonnes and has four pick-up tyres, each weighing three tonnes.

Largest school bag in the world
The huge bag, measuring 3m high by 2m wide, was unveiled at The Dubai Mall last October by cartoon character Lulu Caty.

World’s most expensive magazine issue
Kohl’s one-off issue last year was priced at US$10,000 (Dhs58,854), and hand-made with 91g of gold and 622 diamonds. Gold leaf was applied as part of an 86-hour process.

World’s largest coin-like medallion
Set by Damas, the medallion is made from silver and plated with 22-carat gold. It measures 1m in diameter, is 2.3cm thick and weighs 185.88kg.

Largest gathering of people sharing the same name
Between 1,500 and 2,000 ‘Mohammeds’ assembled in Dubai Creek Park in February 2005.

The impressive

Building with the largest floor area
Dubai Airport Terminal 3 (1.5million sq m).

World’s longest fully automated driverless rail system
Dubai Metro, with more than 70km of magnetic tracks.

World’s tallest building used exclusively as a hotel
The Rotana’s 333m-high Rose Rayhaan hotel was set to open on Sheikh Zayed Road two days after the Burj Khalifa.

World’s largest candy shop
Candylicious, (spanning more than 93 sq m).

World’s largest mall (by area)
The Dubai Mall (1.12million sq m), complete with the world’s largest gold souk, featuring 220 retailers.

The flashy

The world’s most expensive cocktail
Offered at Skyview Bar at the Burj Al Arab for Dhs27,321, the cocktail was introduced in 2008. It contains 55-year-old Macallan single-malt Scotch whisky.

The world’s fastest growing city!

The world’s only seven-star hotel
The Burj Al Arab. (But can hotels ever be officially seven star?)

Global Village Pavilion

Last year, Global Village introduced the world’s first (of course) world-record pavilion, inviting visitors to break records. In 102 days, visitors managed to break 60, including.

1 Loudest shout: 121.7db

2 Loudest scream: 129db

3 Loudest whistle: 125db

4 Loudest clap: 113db

5 Loudest family: 116db

6 Most amount of sand moved in 30 seconds: 194ml

7 Most clothes pegs held in one hand: 40

8 Most CDs flipped in one minute: 56

9 Fastest time to sort a set number of M&Ms using chopsticks: 31.5 seconds

10 Fastest bead threading: 29 in one minute

11 Most bank notes counted in 30 seconds: 171

12 Fastest number of socks sorted in one minute: 16

13 Fastest time taken to send a set text message: 41.05 seconds

And finally...

The world’s tallest building
The 828m Burj Khalifa was inaugurated on January 4, surpassing Taiwan’s Taipei 101 (508m), which had held the title since 2004. But did you know the Burj broke a bunch of other records too?

Tallest man-made structure in the world, surpassing the KVLY-TV mast in the US, which stands at 628.8m.

World’s safest construction site, with 23 million hours worked without injury.

Largest number of storeys in the world, with more than 160.

Tallest free-standing structure in the world, breaking the CN Tower’s 31-year-old record of 553.33m.

Highest occupied floor in the world: level 160.

Highest outdoor observation deck in the world: level 124.

World record for vertical concrete pumping: more than 600m (who knew?!).

Tallest service elevator in the world at 504m: almost one-and-a-half times that of the Empire State Building in New York (381m).

Highest installation of an aluminium and glass façade.

World’s highest swimming pool on level 76 (more than 260m up in the air).

Yui offers diners dozens of options ranging from Evian to Solan De Cabras

You'll still need to fork out a lot of dirhams to catch the beauty talk

Blue and white walkways have been installed in more places

Prepare for a 5km and 13km course at Dubai’s Jebel Ali Racecourse next month

HiU messenger is available for download for Etisalat customers

Get deals at restaurants including Zheng He’s and Palace Downtown


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