The Burj Al Arab (Arabic: برج العرب, Tower of the Arabs) is a luxury hotel located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
One of the tallest hotels in the world, it is the seventh tallest, although 39% of its total height is made up of non-occupiable space.
Burj Al Arab stands on an artificial island 280 m (920 ft) from Jumeirah Beach and is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge. The shape of the structure is designed to resemble the sail of a ship. It has a helipad near the roof at a height of 210 m (689 ft) above ground.
The Burj Al Arab was designed by multidisciplinary consultancy Atkins led by architect Tom Wright, the conceptual design of the building was originally from Uruguayan architect Carlos Ott. It is very similar to the Vasco da Gama Tower located in Lisbon, Portugal.
The design and construction were managed by Canadian engineer Rick Gregory also of WS Atkins. Construction of the island began in 1994 and involved up to 2,000 construction workers during peak construction. It was built to resemble the billowing spinnaker sail of a J-class yacht. Two “wings” spread in a V to form a vast “mast”, while the space between them is enclosed in a massive atrium.
The hotel was built by South African construction contractor Murray & Roberts / now renamed Concor and Al Habtoor Engineering and the interior works were delivered by UAE based Depa.
The building opened in December 1999.