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Status : Complete
Type : Luxury hotel
Architectural style Structural expressionism
Location Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Coordinates 25.141975°N 55.186147°
E Coordinates : 25.141975°N 55.186147°E
Construction started 1994
Opening December 1999
Cost US$1 billion
Architectural 321 m (1,053 ft)
Top floor 197.5 m (648 ft)
Floor count 56 (3 below ground)
Design and construction
Architect Tom Wright of WKK Architects
Structural engineer Atkins
Main contractor Murray & Roberts / Concor
Number of rooms 202
The Burj Al Arab (Arabic: برج العرب, Tower of the Arabs) is a luxurious 7 star hotel located in the city of 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 beachfront area where Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach Hotel are located was previously called Chicago Beach. The hotel is located on an island of reclaimed land 280 meters offshore of the beach of the former Chicago Beach Hotel.The locale’s name had its origins in the Chicago Bridge & Iron Company which at one time welded giant floating oil storage tanks, known locally as Kazzans on the site
Design and construction
The Burj Al Arab was designed by multidisciplinary consultancy Atkins led by architect Tom Wright. 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.
The hotel’s helipad was designed by Irish architect Rebecca Gernon. The helipad is above the building’s 59th floor, and has been used as a car race track, a boxing ring, a tennis match, and the jumping off point for the highest kite surfing jump in history.
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