Plans have been unveiled for a new development in Dubai that will break not one, or two, but three record-breaking structures.
Meydan One will, according to plans made public on August 3 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, cover a total of 3.5million square metres. It will feature, among other eye-catching monuments, the longest indoor ski slope (1.2km), the largest dancing fountain (420m) and the tallest residential tower in the world (Dubai One Tower standing at 711m), complete with 360-degree observation deck (655m) and world's highest restaurant.
Plans for a waterpark, five-star hotels, 100-berth marina, indoor sports facility, concert arena and 60,000-capacity outdoor space were also shown off. As with almost any developments in the region, a shopping mall, spanning over 540,000 sqm, will be at the centre of things.
The whole area will be serviced by a public transport system - most likely an extension of the Dubai Metro, and cycle track.
According to official information made available at the launch, Phase 1 of the project, located between Al Khail Road at the Meydan Racecourse, will be completed by 2020, with construction already underway.
Of course many of the records set to be broken are held in Dubai. Marina 101, which hit the headlines last month when it was scaled by a group of daredevils, will be the then tallest residential tower in the world when completed within the next few months. The new observation deck at Meydan One will surpass the record of Burj Khalifa's At The Top Sky by a full 100 metres.
“We have committed to developing a multi-use destination which goes beyond expectations and will cater to every kind of person living and working here, as well as those who travel from around the world to visit," Meydan chairman Saeed Al Tayer said. "This development is a forward thinking, interactive enterprise geared towards the Dubai of tomorrow. The encouragement and support we have received in the past from our trusted partners will now help the Meydan One development come to life.”