What it’s like to dive into the world’s tallest infinity pool

Settling into a lounge chair, you can admire the scale of the Burj Khalifa record and the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab hotel to the north. The south side overlooks the world’s tallest Ferris wheel, Ain Dubai, and the glamorous skyscrapers of Dubai Marina, as well as Skydive Dubai where daredevils attached to the parachute tumble from planes, unwittingly providing additional entertainment.

The deckchairs are classified by zone. Orange Zone lounge chairs line the wall; in front of them, ‘Green Zone’ loungers surround the swimming pool with stunning views, and VIP Island, at the helm of the tower, offers views to both north and south.

Choosing where to park your beach bag isn’t the only decision you’ll need to make. Reservations are possible for three time slots:

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
(170 AED / 35 £ Orange zone, 200 AED / 41 £ Green zone, 275 AED / 56 £ VIP Island)

3 p.m. until sunset, around 5.30 p.m. in Dubai in winter
(Orange zone 200 AED / 41 £, green zone 250 AED / 51 £, VIP island 325 AED / 67 £)

10am until sunset
(AED 370 / £ 76 Orange Zone, AED 450 / £ 92 Green Zone, AED 600 / £ 123 VIP Island).

Afternoons represent the best value for money and justify the extra cost by offering unparalleled foreground views of Arabian sunsets. Only visible from the sky, this vertiginous pool is at its best during the golden hour, from 5.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. approximately. As the horizon blushes pink, then peach, then lilac, the pool lights up like a sapphire necklace, a fitting visual metaphor for this hidden gem. auraskypool.com

Five more records in Dubai

With over 200 Guinness World Records to its credit, Dubai could even establish itself as the destination with the most world records. Here are five other world famous attractions in the emirate.

Deepest pool

Containing 14 million liters of water, Deep Dive Dubai is much more than a swimming pool. Verified by Guinness World Records as the world’s deepest diving pool, it is equivalent in size to six Olympic swimming pools with a depth of 60 meters. This sunken playground offers snorkeling and scuba diving experiences in ambient sound and mood lighting systems, and the opportunity to explore a maze of different spaces. What appears to be an eerily abandoned streetscape features an underwater apartment and garage, complete with a motorbike. deepdivedubai.com

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