Podcast: The UAE's architecture and construction world records [2019]

From the world's tallest elevator shaft to the world's largest sand painting and shopping centre, the Emirates has built it all

The world's tallest tower, Burj Khalifa, is only one of the UAE's many record-breaking feats.
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The world's tallest tower, Burj Khalifa, is only one of the UAE's many record-breaking feats.

The UAE recently won another Guinness World Record after a 32m bridge in Ras Al Khaimah overtook a Poland structure as the world's longest arch steel structure, but what are the country's other record-breaking architecture and construction feats? 

In this episode of Construction Week Viewpoint, deputy editor and senior reporter of Construction Week, Oscar Rousseau and Jack Ball, review a range of world records broken by the UAE.

The country has created the largest sand-engraved portrait in the world, with a picture of Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, Emir of Kuwait, that covers 1.58ha of desert land. This record was set to celebrate Kuwait National Day on 25 February, 2019.

Less than a month later, the UAE was back at its record-breaking best, with Ras Al Khaimah's Shammal Bridge overtaking Poland's bridge to become the world's longest arch steel development.

Listen to the latest episode of Construction Week Viewpoint to learn more about the UAE's architectural world records, such as the tallest elevator shaft, and of course, the world's tallest building.

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Past episodes of Construction Week Viewpoint have featured expert guests such as Saeed Al Abbar, managing director of homegrown Emirati engineering consultancy AESG; Rizwan Sajan, founder of Danube Group; and Abdulmajid Karanouh, head of advanced interdisciplinary design and innovation, Drees & Sommer.

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To volunteer yourself or a colleague as a guest speaker on Construction Week Viewpoint, please email oscar.rousseau@itp.com

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