Dubai beat its own record on Sunday as it announced the opening of the world’s new tallest hotel.
The gleaming gold 75-storey Gevora Hotel towers above the Dubai skyline, standing at 1,168 feet (356m), or nearly a quarter of a mile, tall.
The city-state, one of seven sheikhdoms that make up the energy-rich United Arab Emirates, aims to attract 20 million visitors annually by 2020 when it hosts the global trade fair Expo 2020.
Another key attraction is that Gevora hotel has the highest pools overlooking the highest building in the world – the Burj Khalifa.
The hotel, located on the Sheikh Zayed Road near the Dubai International Financial Centre, has 528 guest rooms and suites and four restaurants. The Gevora Hotel has six elevators and a total of 3,859 stairs.