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World's tallest hotel opens in Dubai

Feb. 26, 2013 at 5:43 PM

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- JW Marriott has opened the doors to what it calls the tallest hotel in the world, the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

At 355 meters or 1,164 feet from sidewalk to rooftop, the 77-story hotel has been certified as the tallest crash pad in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records, Gulf News reported Tuesday.

The building is 26 meters shorter than the Empire State Building in New York City, which is 1,250 feet tall.

"Dubai is an important destination for Marriott International as one of the world's most exciting cities offering world-class facilities and infrastructure, central location in the region and future growth potential," said Marriott International President and Chief Executive Officer Arne Sorenson, who was in Dubai for the grand opening for the first JW Marriott Marquis that is not in North America.

The new hotel is the company's 59th Marriott Marquis brand of luxury hotels.

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