Burj Al Arab
Located on a manmade island off Jumeirah Beach, Burj Al Arab In English meaning Tower of the Arabs is a luxurious hotel that is the fourth tallest hotel in the world.
Measuring 321m, the hotel was opened in 1999 and was designed to resemble a ship’s sail. Reportedly the world’s only 7 star hotel, Burj Al Arab offers the ultimate in luxury featuring a 180m tall atrium, a fleet of white Rolls Royce cars, dancing fountains and touches of gold leave everywhere.
Guests access it via a bridge road that is 340m long.
The iconic nature of the building sees it dominate the Dubai skyline and its designer, Tom Wright, has compared it to Sydney’s Opera House and London’s Big Ben.
Although the exterior of the hotel is exceptionally impressive, many visitors can’t help but want to see the inside. Unfortunately the only way to do this is to book one of the very expensive rooms or make a reservation at one of the equally expensive bars and restaurants. The hotel offers 28 two-storey floors with 202 suites, the smallest of which measures 169 sqm while the largest reaches 780m². The Hotel accommodation features elegant white columns and mosaic tile accents in the bathrooms.
The Royal Suite ranks 12 on the list of the world’s 15 most expensive hotel suites at a whopping US$18,716 per night.
The hotel features two restaurants. Al Muntaha which offers excellent views of Dubai and sits 200m above the Persian Gulf.
The second restaurant is Al Mahara which features a large saltwater aquarium and offers entry via a unique simulated submarine voyage.
Burj Al Arab is exceptionally tall, standing at 321m and is 14m taller than the Eiffel Tower and only 60m shorter than the Empire State building.
It sits on a man-made island
The Hotel took five years to build and the Construction began on the iconic landmark in 1994.
It took two years to create the island, and then three years to build the hotel itself.
The hotel has also broken an impressive number of records
In addition to being the tallest all-suite hotel in the world, in 2008 Burj Al Arab also broke the Guinness World Record for the most expensive cocktail, valued at 27,321 AED. It also created the world’s largest tin of caviar in 2016, which contained 17kg of Empress caviar – the world’s only fully-certified organic caviar from native-raised sturgeon.
The 10,000sqm Terrace is the first man-made luxury beach facility of its kind and it features two pools, cabanas and a beach area (for which 1,000 tonnes of white sand were imported).
The Burj is famous for its striking sail-shape design, and the lavish suite, which is one of the most expensive hotel rooms in the world, has an average price tag of $24,000 a night.
Each suite includes an iPad, complimentary WiFi, a 21-inch iMac, and widescreen interactive HD TV. Bose iPhone docking station and media hub is also available.
The Sky View Bar is suspended 200 m above sea level where guests can enjoy afternoon tea and cocktails.
Talise Spa has both ladies and gentlemen’s relaxation areas. Facilities includes separate indoor infinity pools, hot tub and treatment rooms, along with saunas, steam rooms and plunge pools.
It features cabanas, sun loungers.
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