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Burj Al Arab

The Burj Al Arab is one of the most iconic and luxurious hotels in the world and a symbol of Dubai’s opulence and extravagance. With its distinctive sail-shaped design and breathtaking views, it’s no wonder that the Burj Al Arab has become a must-visit destination for travelers from all around the world.

But the Burj Al Arab is more than just a hotel. It’s a destination that offers a range of experiences and activities that cater to all kinds of visitors, from thrill-seekers to foodies to culture enthusiasts. In short, the Burj Al Arab is a destination that offers the ultimate in luxury and extravagance. With its world-class dining options, cultural experiences, and thrilling activities, it’s an experience that you won’t want to miss when visiting Dubai.


Since its completion in 1999, the Burj Al Arab has hosted an impressive roster of A-list celebrities and dignitaries from across the world, raising Dubai’s profile as a destination for high-end travelers. The sail-shaped edifice, which stands 321 meters tall and is situated on its own island, offers spectacular views of the Arabian Gulf from each of the hotel’s guest rooms.

The edifice was inaugurated on the first day of December in the year 1999. The helipad of the hotel was conceptualized by Rebecca Gernon, an architect hailing from Ireland. The helipad, situated on the 59th floor of the building, has served as a venue for diverse activities such as car racing, boxing, tennis, and the record-breaking highest kite surfing jump.

The Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, a hotel and resort that has been called “the seventh wonder of the world,” is unquestionably one of the most well-known monuments and tourist attractions in Dubai. The world’s largest private hotel terrace, the Burj Al Arab Terrace, is located within this premium, record-breaking all-suite hotel.

The Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, along with many other five-star hotels in Dubai, is widely regarded as among the greatest locations to stay because of its gilded interiors, luxurious suites, and proximity to some of the city’s top restaurants. Guests will see firsthand why this establishment is sometimes referred to as a “seven-star hotel” throughout their stay. Guests are treated to a breathtaking send-off in the newly remodeled Exit Lobby, where a spiral chandelier made just for the space dazzles with its 210 crystal tubes and 450-pound weight.

Design and Construction

The Burj Al Arab was conceptualized and executed by the multidisciplinary consultancy firm, Atkins, under the leadership of architect Tom Wright. The management of the design and construction was overseen by Rick Gregory, a Canadian engineer affiliated with WS Atkins. The inception of the island’s construction dates back to 1994 and entailed the employment of a maximum of 2,000 construction laborers during the period of highest construction activity. 

Further, the structure was constructed in a manner that emulates the undulating spinnaker sail of a J-class yacht. The architectural structure features two wings extending in a V-shape to create a substantial mast, with a sizable atrium encompassing the space between them. The location of a tall building on soil with high saturation levels, coupled with the innovative nature of the project, necessitated a pioneering approach to dynamic analysis and design. This approach took into account the interaction between the soil and structure, the impact of water, strong winds, and the presence of a helipad, among other factors. The ultimate goal of this approach was to finalize the design and facilitate the commencement of construction.

The construction of the hotel was carried out by Murray & Roberts, a South African contracting firm that has since been rebranded as Concor, in collaboration with Al Habtoor Engineering. The interior designs were spearheaded and crafted by Khuan Chew and John Coralan, both of whom are affiliated with KCA International. The project was executed by Depa Group, a company based in the United Arab Emirates.

Services at Burj Al Arab

  • Shuttle Service

The hotel’s shuttle service has a fleet of high-end automobiles, including Rolls-Royces and Lamborghinis, among others. To help visitors get to and from the beach, the hotel provides golf carts. Guests may ride the carts between the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Al Naseem, Jumeirah Al Qasr, and Jumeirah Souk Madinat, all located on Jumeirah beach.

  • Ballrooms for Events Organization

The hotel’s ballroom, Al Falak, is also a popular venue for events organized by the hotel’s Burj Al Arab event team. High-end events like this often require between fifty and seventy workers, depending on their scale. The staff also hosts award ceremonies, weddings, cocktail receptions, and other events in the outdoor event space known as the Marina Garden.

  • Helipad Service for Guests

The hotel provides a helipad and helicopter service for its guests. The helipad is used for a variety of events, including Art Maze.

  • Outdoor Area

The Burj Al Arab Terrace boasts 10,000 square meters of outdoor area, perfect for lazing by the pool. From the hotel’s ground level, sunbathers have 100 meters of deck space to enjoy the sensation of floating above the water.

  • Restaurants

Both SAL, a poolside restaurant, and Ristorante L’Olivo, an underwater restaurant, and aquarium, at Al Mahara provide spectacular vistas to complement their menus. There is also a helipad and a fleet of Rolls-Royces in the driveway. Notable guests have included Tiger Woods, Anthony Joshua, and Roger Federer.

Facts About Burj Al Arab

  • The 18th-Tallest Building in Dubai

The actual height of Burj Al Arab is 321 meters, making it taller than both the Chrysler Tower in New York City and the highest observation deck at the Empire State Building. However, its roof is barely over 200 feet, and beyond that is nothing but a framework and a spire. The Burj Al Arab is the 18th highest structure in Dubai.

  • The Tallest Hotel in the World

The Burj Al Arab, formerly the tallest hotel in the world, has been surpassed in height by three other Dubai hotel towers: the Rose Tower, the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, and the Al Attar Tower, which is now the fourth-largest hotel building in the world (not including mixed-use towers).

  • Constructed on a Manmade Island

In the Persian Gulf, 280 meters (920 feet) from Jumeirah beach, lies the Burj Al Arab, the world’s first skyscraper built on an artificial island, connected to the mainland by a private, curved bridge.

The location of the structure was deliberate so as not to cast a shadow on the beach. It took three years to create the reclaimed land, and less than that to construct the structure. This is undeniably one of the most fascinating aspects of it.

  • Contains More Than 200 Rooms

Suites range in size from 169 square meters (1,820 square feet) for the smallest to 780 square meters (8,400 square feet) for the biggest, therefore even though the hotel is rather vast, it can only hold 202 suites.

The Royal Suite at The Burj Al Arab is one of the world’s most luxurious hotel suites, and it costs US$28,000 a night to stay there. Other suites at The Burj start at US$1,000 per night. This is undoubtedly intriguing, given this suite is among the priciest ever offered by a hotel. The Royal Suite is so lavish that it is off-limits to all but the highest-ranking guests. Wow, that’s mind-boggling.

  • An Undersea Restaurant in the Hotel

In addition to the restaurant in the sky, there is also a restaurant beneath the sea called Al Mahara (“Oyster”), accessible by a simulated underwater trip; within, diners will find a massive aquarium holding around 990,000 L (260,000 gal) of water. Acrylic glass around 18 cm (7.1 in) thick is used for the tank’s walls so that they can resist the high water pressure within. According to Condé Nast Traveller, the eatery is one of the world’s best.

Must Try Activities at Burj Al Arab

  • A Must Visit to the Helipad at the Burj Al Arab

It is an unforgettable experience that will leave you speechless. The helipad, which is located on the roof of the famous sail-shaped hotel, provides breathtaking views of the cityscape of Dubai as well as the breathtaking Arabian Gulf. When you step onto the helipad, a surge of exhilaration will run through your body as you experience the sensation of the wind on your face and take in the breathtaking panorama. You will have the impression that you are on top of the world when you see the city’s skyscrapers extending out before you and when you see the enormous ocean stretching towards the horizon. The helipad is not only a platform for helicopter flights, but it also accommodates a range of special events and private parties, which makes it a place that is sought after by the most affluent people in the world. A trip to the helipad of the Burj Al Arab is an absolute must for anybody who is in Dubai, regardless of whether they have a passion for airplanes or are just looking for an experience they will never forget. You won’t find better views anywhere else, and the excitement of being atop one of the most famous hotels in the world is yours to experience when you come to enjoy the high life here.

  • Do Your Workouts At Talise Fitness

Everyone can find something to do at Burj Al Arab because there are so many different options. In addition to the luxurious spa, Burj Al Arab features a state-of-the-art fitness center that caters to both male and female guests and provides them with a variety of different workout sessions. The facility, which is known as Talise Fitness, is open on a daily basis. Group sessions at Talise Fitness feature a variety of different types of workouts, such as yoga, cardio, strength training, and circuit training. Talise Fitness is the place to go if you want to reach your fitness objectives in a luxurious environment.

  • Visit A Private Beach

Guests of the Burj Al Arab are drawn to the beach by the azure seas of the Arabian Gulf. If you’re a sunbather who values seclusion and peace, this beach has all you need. The beach is a great place to enjoy the summer sun, swim to your heart’s content, or just kick back and relax on your loungers while watching the waves crash on the coast. Then as the sun dips below the horizon, soak in the stunning sunset with its blazing orange and fading blue tones.

  • Visit the Burj Al-Arabi’s, Stunning Terrace

The Terrace of the Burj Al Arab is a great place to unwind after enjoying one of the many available attractions. The Burj Al Arab Terrace, which blends into the water, was designed with high-end seaside recreation in mind. It has two beautiful pools, a first-rate restaurant and bar, private beach access with plush sun loungers and a butler service. Relax by the pool while eating tasty treats and drinking your favorite drinks.

  • Try Watersports

Of course, the private beach has a lot more to offer than just the usual things. At the Burj Al Arab beach, guests can also do water sports. It might be the most interesting thing you can do in Burj Al Arab, Dubai.
There is something for everyone, whether you like to sail on a fancy boat or paddle a kayak out into the open sea. Some of the water games you can do in Burj Al Arab are the following.

  • Kneeboard and banana boat rides
  • Going out to sea
  • Diving
  • Hobie Cat Sailing
  • Indoor and outdoor swimming pools
  • Kayaks
  • Cruises on luxury yachts
  • Courses for scuba diving
  • Waterskiing
  • Windsurfing
  • Yacht charter

Why Must You Visit Burj Al Arab?

It’s high time we take a break. But have you ever fantasized of unwinding at a hotel that showers you in luxury the moment you step through the door, providing you with nothing but the best in service? In such a case, you’re looking at the Burj Al Arab. The hotel’s location, on a man-made island barely 280 meters from Jumeirah beach, is a fitting metaphor for the hotel’s unattainable level of luxury. The hotel’s infinity pool on the terrace and the man-made beach it shelters are just two examples of the cutting-edge technology and architectural creativity that draw visitors to the Burj Al Arab. Read on to learn about tours of the interior of this iconic attraction.

Tickets For the Burj Al Arab

Booking a stay at the Burj Al Arab is necessary to really experience the hotel, but what if there was a way to get a glimpse inside without breaking the bank? You may see the hotel’s most exclusive spaces, including the 25th story, with the Inside Burj Al Arab tour tickets. Reserve your spot on the tour right away and experience the warm hospitality that the United Arab Emirates is famous for.

Burj Al Arab Hours

Since the hotel is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, there is never a bad time to enjoy the luxury and comfort of the Burj Al Arab. Before, the only way to get into the hotel was to have a ticket at one of their restaurants or to be a guest. You could book a meal or go for something lighter, like afternoon tea on the 27th floor with a view of the coast. But now you can visit by taking the Inside Burj Al Arab trip, which runs every day from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

How to Reach Burj Al Arab Hotel?

The following modes of public transportation will bring you to Burj Al Arab:

The Burj Al Arab is not readily accessible from any stop on the Dubai Metro. The Red Line of the subway, as well as buses and trams, may be used to get guests to the hotel. If you are traveling from Dubai Marina or farther south, you may transfer to the tram bound for Al Sufouh at the Sobha Realty Metro Station. You may get to the Burj Al Arab Hotel 2 stop on the bus by walking to the nearest bus depot. Keep in mind that Equity is one of the closest metro stations to the hotel and that you might get out at this stop and take a cab to the hotel.

Burj Al Arab is easily accessible through bus routes 8, X28, 81, and 88. The Burj Al Arab Hotel 2 or Wild Wadi 1 stops on these lines are just a short walk away from the hotel. Take the subway to the Mall of the Emirates, and then transfer to bus #88 to reach Burj Al Arab from a centrally located attraction like Jumeirah Emirates Towers.

Restaurants Inside the Burj Al Arab

  • Al Iwan
  • Sal
  • Terrace Burj Al Arab
  • Ristorante L’ Olivo At Al Mahara
  • Skyview Bar 

Tips Burj Al Arab 

  • Don’t worry if you are planning a trip with kids, there is a little something for them too. Your children will also have a great time with things like LEGO, board games, entry to Sindbad’s Kids Club, and more.
  • There are also places inside and outside the hotel where you can hold events. If you stay at the hotel, you can go to the Wild Wadi Waterpark and the Summersalt Beach Club as much as you want.
  • Even your sleep is taken care of at the Burj Al Arab. The hotel has 17 different kinds of pillows for you to choose from.

Frequently Asked Questions

The top grade of 5 stars has been given to Burj Al Arab, which is one of the most luxurious hotels in the world. Many people call Burj Al Arab a “7-star hotel.” If you want to be treated like royalty, this is the place to go.

Pets are not allowed inside the Burj Al Arab to keep everyone safe and comfortable.

Tom Wright and Dubai’s master at the time, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, wanted to build a hotel that would be known for its high standards and feel like an exclusive club.

During the walk, you can only bring small bags inside. But if you have bags with you, you can store them safely in the bins in the ticketing room.

During the walk, you can’t bring in food or drinks from outside. If you get hungry, you can go to any of the clubs or restaurants to get something to eat.

Yes, there are horses at the hotel that will take you to and from different parts of the hotel.

Yes, you can take pictures, but you can’t use a flash or take pictures with a professional camera.


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