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In Dubai, world’s largest indoor theme park opens

It’s already home to the world’s tallest buildings, biggest shopping malls and largest man-made islands. Now, Dubai can claim yet another superlative — the “world’s largest indoor theme park.” IMG Worlds of Adventure, an amusement park that cost more than $1 billion dollars and took three years to build, opened its doors to the public […]

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Maximum bling: Six outrageously opulent Dubai experiences

For the biggest, highest, fastest and most expensive, the Emirati city remains unrivaled in the world of money-no-object luxury. Opulence is everywhere. A McLaren F1 sits casually behind a Ferrari F150 at the stoplight, certain hotels offer guests a 24-carat gold iPad to use during their stay, while gold leaf and marble often seem the […]

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Record-breaking Dubai complex has indoor ski slope and 711-meter tower

If your building project is to make an impact in Dubai, it’d better be big, bold and beat all the rest. Meydan One, the Dubai-based Meydan Group’s extravagant new leisure, retail, residential and hotel complex unveiled on Monday, plans to break not one but five world records by the time construction is finished in 2020. […]

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Shakespeare in the sands: Dubai’s desert drama

As a playwright whose work was once used to lift the spirits of trapped Chilean miners, the power of the spoken word certainly isn’t lost on Alex Broun. Now the man recognized as probably the world’s most prolific writer of 10-minute plays is looking to get his adopted home more acquainted with the magic of […]

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Retro sand safari: Doing Dubai’s deserts in style

“Uncle” Hammad, a local Bedouin camel farmer is staring at me as though I’ve offended him. I’m midway through a luxurious sand safari exploring the deserts of Dubai, and Hammad has been chatting to me over a traditional Emirati breakfast of cardamom-scented crepes slathered in date honey. I’ve asked him how he’s been affected by […]

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World’s tallest hotel opens in Dubai

At Dubai’s newest hotel, an elevator ride is a journey in itself. The JW Marriott Marquis Dubai officially opened Wednesday as the world’s tallest hotel. Granted the official record from the Guinness Book of World Records, the latest icon in Dubai’s skyline is made up of two towers standing 72 stories, 1,164 feet. Only one […]

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From Dubai to Kyoto: How to see in the New Year in style

For many people, New Year’s Eve can be disappointing — there’s so much hype in the lead-up to the event that when it actually comes around, it often falls short of the mark. Madding crowds, endless taxi lines and even longer lines to get to the bathroom — it’s no wonder so many people choose […]

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Dubai with a difference: Travel posters satirize emirate’s expats

Countless tourists have attempted to cram the iconic Burj Al Arab into the perfect snapshot since it appeared on the Dubai skyline 15 years ago. That seemingly mandatory photographic moment in front of the self-proclaimed “most luxurious hotel in the world” hasn’t gone unnoticed by British artist Clare Napper. The Dubai vacation ritual is among […]

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Can Dubai become the world’s happiest city?

Not content with being home to the world’s tallest tower and fastest police car, Dubai has set a challenge for itself to become the world’s happiest city. In its quest to achieve this, the city in the sand is measuring people’s happiness through interactive touchpoints around Dubai, called Happiness Meters. There are three emojis on […]

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