Madinat Jumeirah: World’s largest infinity pool opens in Dubai

A group of architects have recreated the Milky Way through water

A group of architects and designers have opened the world’s tallest infinity pool in Dubai, featuring a view of the glittering city from 2,800m (8,000ft).

Designed by Italy’s Melo and Barbieri and created with Qatar-based philanthropist Saleh al-Mayouf’s Madinat Jumeirah, the pool comes with two helipads and two 360-degree screens offering 360-degree views.

It also boasts seven pools, massage and spa rooms, a guest house, a restaurant and a bar.

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Featuring 270,000 square metres of floor space and supported by four pillars, the infinity pool is comprised of 38,000 cubic metres of water.

The two infinity screens were designed to resemble the galaxy’s ring of stars.

A city amid the desert

The infinity pool dominates Madinat Jumeirah’s strip of apartments and offices spread over 35 million square feet (2.4 million square metres).

The development by Aldar Properties, a subsidiary of Dubai’s Tourism and Commerce Marketing, aims to change the way people live and work in the desert city.

Madinat Jumeirah is said to symbolise “the rising sun” and references three of the seven city states that make up the UAE, home to some 2.3 million people.

It was first opened in 1976, replacing the previous office block.

Since then it has undergone several major additions, including Hotel Jumeirah, a sprawling building that brings luxury living and lifestyle to the traditional residential district.

Interiors include high-end shopping and a tea house.

The interior of Hotel Jumeirah in Dubai

The feeling of space at Hotel Jumeirah

The indoor pool, designed by DR Architectural Centre in Italy, reflects the desert’s geometries.

Interior gardens echo the colour spectrum in the UAE

The hotel’s bars, restaurants and bars

Suites at Hotel Jumeirah

The resort is named after the Arab city of Madinat Jumeirah, which occupies a large part of the seventh emirate and was recently given UNESCO World Heritage status.

A quick aerial tour of the site

Madinat Jumeirah marks Dubai’s second hotel within a year after Al Dahra Gardens.

The retreat also includes five restaurants, 10 bars and 27 offices.

One of the town’s first buildings, Madinat Jumeirah, was opened in 1977 by the then leader of Dubai, Sheik Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who died in 1996.

Al Dahra was built in 2006.

The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan lived at Madinat Jumeirah for a number of years.

The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and his family built Madinat Jumeirah as a retreat in the desert.

The Sheikh Sultan Qaboos Building at Al Dahra

Al Dahra Gardens also contains family-friendly facilities, such as swimming pools, gardens and day-care centres

The dunes of the Gulf are still visible at Madinat Jumeirah, a place to relax after working up a sweat

Madinat Jumeirah is now home to hundreds of office, retail and residential tenants

The Al Dahra headquarters as seen from the Dubai Marina, opposite the Grand Hyatt Hotel.

The exterior and courtyard of the Al Dahra Gardens hotel

A panoramic view of Dubai from Al Dahra Gardens hotel

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