At Dubai's newest hotel, an elevator ride is a journey in itself.
The JW Marriott Marquis Dubai officially opened Wednesday as the world's tallest hotel.
Granted the official record from the Guinness Book of World Records, the 72-floor latest icon in Dubai's skyline is made up of two towers standing 355 meters (1,164 feet) tall. Only one tower is currently open; the second is slated to open in 2014.
It's the first of the Marquis brand of JW Marriotts -- “reserved only for the most iconic properties within the Marriott International portfolio,” according to the company -- to be built outside North America.
The hotel adds nine restaurants and five bars and lounges to the dining and nightlife options in the city.