World's tallest hotel opens in Dubai

Record-hungry Dubai is adding another landmark to its collection.

At an astonishing 1,164 feet from sidewalk to roof, the JW Marriott Marquis in Dubai officially opened as the world's tallest hotel.  To give you an idea just how big that is, that is just 85 feet shorter than the Empire State Building in New York City.

The hotel, which has snagged the Guinness Book of World Records title from the 1,093 feet Dubai's Rose Tower, will span two towers each with 804 rooms, when complete. Right now only one tower is open. It also has nine restaurants, four other bars, a 32 yard swimming pool, a spa that features a hammam Turkish bath, a health club, and a meeting space that holds up to 1000 people at one time.

If you're thinking about booking a room, rates for one person per night start at $326.

The Marriott Marquis is fittingly near other record breaking landmarks in Dubai like the Dubai Mall, world's largest shopping center, and the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building.

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The UAE city also holds the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest automated parking facility in the world and the world's largest acrylic panel at the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo. Is is also trying for a new record in the category of “largest convoy of off-road vehicles.” It is so obsessed with breaking records that the Guinness World Records just announced it is setting up its Middle East operations in Dubai.