Everything's bigger in the UAE

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We've all heard that the United Arab Emirates has been hard at work constructing the world's tallest building. The Burj Dubai currently stands 159 stories tall, and will include 30,000 homes, 9 hotels, 19 residential towers, and the Dubai Mall. The entire project is estimated to cost $20B, but that's hardly the only thing the UAE likes supersized. Here are a few other records the tiny nation holds:

World's Largest Flag

On UAE National Day, a 50,000 square feet flag flew over Abu Dhabi, forming the largest aerial banner ever flown.

World's Largest Indoor Snow Park

Picture 125.pngSki Dubai is 85m high and 85 m wide.

World's Longest and Tallest Bridge

Picture 137.pngThe Sixth Crossing will be 1 mile long at 673 feet high, and is expected to be completed by 2012

World's Largest Mall

Picture 145.pngDubai Mall will include the world's largest aquarium.

World's First Revolving Tower

Picture 154.png55º Time Dubai will be a rotation apartment building that offers its residents 360-degree views across the Dubai cityscape.

World's Tallest and Only 7 Star Hotel

Picture 166.pngBurj Al Arab is one of the world's most expensive hotels, with the Royal Suite going at $28,000 a night.

World's Largest Manmade Island

Picture 173.pngThe Palm are the three largest man-made islands in the world, which are being built on the coast of Dubai. These islands can be recognized from the moon. There's also The World off the coast of Dubai "“ It's a 300 island archipelago made in the shape of the world map.

World's Largest Man-made Waterfront

Picture 186.pngDubai Marina will soon replace California's Marina del Rey as the largest man-made marina in the world. The waterfront will house over 200 high rise buildings as well as some "supertall towers."

World's First Luxury Underwater Hotel

Picture 194.pngThe Hydropolis will be 66 feet below the Persian Gulf.

And of course, World's First Spaceport

Picture 203.pngThe UAE Spaceport in Ras Al-Khaimah, which will offer the world's first suborbital flights.
But that barely scratches the surface. The UAE also has the world's largest indoor pool, the world's largest passenger hub, the world's biggest yacht, the first zero-carbon city in the Gulf emirate of Abu Dhabi, among other achievements.

Be sure to read more of what Diana learned today here.

August 29, 2008 - 4:45am
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