DUBAI: Gulf metropolis Dubai, on its never-ending quest to break records, announced the opening of the “world’s new tallest hotel” on Sunday (February 11), pipping another towering landmark in the city for the title.
The gleaming gold 75-storey Gevora Hotel towers above the Dubai skyline, standing at 356 metres (1,168 feet). The hotel has 528 rooms and an open-air pool deck. It is 32 metres taller than the Eiffel Tower, to put things into perspective.
Apart from hotels, Dubai is also home to the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, which pierces the city skyline at 828 metres high.
The city-state, one of seven sheikhdoms aims to attract 20 million visitors annually by 2020 when it hosts the global trade fair Expo 2020.
The desert emirate boasts opulent shopping malls, numerous luxury resorts and even an indoor ski resort.
A major transit hub situated on transcontinental air routes, Dubai airport was the world’s busiest for international passengers in 2017 for the fourth year running, with 88.2 million travellers.