Image copyright AFP Image caption The new resort and swimming pool are part of Aquaventure theme park
Image copyright AFP Image caption The pool uses an array of tubes to provide a 360-degree viewing platform
Dubai has unveiled the world’s largest and longest infinity swimming pool.
Designed by Italian architect Domenico Gaudi, the new pool in the city-state is more than twice the size of the Las Vegas strip.
It has a height of 370 metres and supports a viewing platform which spans 1,350 metres in all directions.
Two passes can be bought at the AQUAVENTURE theme park.
Image copyright AFP Image caption The pool stretches for 1,350 metres in all directions
Pass 1,000 can see the 360-degree views from every step of the pool, while pass 2,000 can go just as far on the viewing platform.
“The infinity pool has become one of the largest and most exciting attractions in AQUAVENTURE,” said Rola Saleh, general manager of AQUAVENTURE.
It has been built in a pavilion on an artificial island in the marina of Dubai’s Burj Al Arab hotel.
Inspired by the seascape of the Mediterranean Sea, the art deco-inspired structure rises 53 metres above the water and is a mix of glass and metal.
It is also linked to a new hotel, which has been designed by British architect Norman Foster.
Image copyright AFP Image caption London’s National Gallery – which normally faces Hyde Park, was transformed into a view of the world’s longest infinity pool
The luxury resort also includes a hotel restaurant, apartment and spa, so guests can view the view from any of those rooms.
A private room inside the hotel costs about 1,000 euros ($1,125) a night.
The pool was built alongside a number of other attractions.
London’s Royal Garden Hotel, built in 1852, has been transformed into a view of the world’s longest infinity pool, extending 1,250 metres into the sky.
Image copyright AFP Image caption The 1,650m long river yacht is thought to be the world’s largest
The Rolling Stones’ private 1,650-tonne river yacht, named the Ulloa, is also docked near Burj Al Arab – which was designed by Antoni Gaudi – and South Africa’s famous Kruger National Park.
It is capable of ferrying five dozen people at the push of a button.
Image copyright AFP Image caption There are no seats on board, but the boat can fit up to 600
Image copyright AFP Image caption The boat can pick up 600 guests at a time
There are also four high-speed water-seeding machines – fitted with spring-assisted jetpacks – which spray artificial nutrients into the neighbouring waters to keep the vegetation thriving.
Image copyright AFP Image caption The machine sprays artificial nutrients into the neighbouring waters to keep the vegetation thriving
Image copyright AFP Image caption AQUAVENTURE is the UK’s newest theme park
Other attractions include a 420m-long zipwire that can link six European countries – Croatia, Poland, Germany, Italy, France and Spain – from in front of the Burj Al Arab.
Image copyright AFP Image caption Passes for the landside attractions run from £27.95
Image copyright AFP Image caption There are also other landside attractions in the main park
Britain’s last remaining natural semi-desert area, Newquay in Cornwall, has also been changed by AQUAVENTURE – opening a shopping centre-style complex next to the theme park.
Image copyright AFP Image caption Passes for the retail centre cost £27.95
AQUAVENTURE was named the UK’s newest theme park at the annual UK Theme Park Awards.