Burj Al Arab in Dubai

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Burj Al Arab
Also known as:Island Of Arabia
Also known as:Arabia Tower

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Text by Wayne Lorentz

If there's one thing Dubai excels at it's building magnificent hotels. The Burj Al Arab exemplifies this talent. It is ideally situated to take advantage of the natural beauty of the area by providing spectacular views in nearly every direction. Nature returns the gesture by lighting up its glass exterior with awe-inspiring sunset reflections. Inside, the views are just as spectacular with gold leaf, extravagant art, and sumptuous marble at every turn. Some have criticized the hotel's interior for being too conspicuously glitzy. But when you're spending US$1,000 a night for a room, it better not be decorated by Ikea. As if building a spectacularly beautiful hotel wasn't enough, the Burj Al Arab rests on its own man-made island. The effect is to surround its visitors with the sea, and from a distance to make the building's arched form seem like a sail, allowing the hotel to break away from the land and take voyages through the Arabian Gulf on its own. For those who choose to travel by air, a helipad projects from the building 200 meters off the ground. The people of Dubai are proud of their creation. Proud enough that at one time its image adorned the emirate's license plates.

Quick Facts
  • The atrium is 590 feet / 180 meters tall.
  • One of the restaurants is accessed via submarine.
  • A 79 foot wide / 24 meter wide helipad projects from the building 689 feet / 210 meters above the ground.
  • The building's design is influenced by the profile of an Arabian sailing ship.
  • May, 2006: Model Naomi Campbell causes a stir when she rents out 18 floors of the hotel for a party to celebrate her 36th birthday. The cost of the lavish bash is estimated at US$1,800,000.
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There are 31 comments.

  Absolutely, one of the most beautiful buildings I've ever seen. Visited Dubai 2007

AFTAB WASI - Thursday, November 13th, 2008 @ 2:29pm  

  Simply Brilliant! The architecture is incredible. At present U.A.E. is the home of brilliant master-pieces.

Shree Dash - Sunday, November 2nd, 2008 @ 11:54am  

  it has one of the best infrstructure in all world class hotel and towers.it is mine dream hotel to stay for long time.

himanshu tripathi - Sunday, July 27th, 2008 @ 2:16pm  

  It is very very Amazing architecture.. This is one of the most magnificent buildings i have ever seen.

srithar - Wednesday, July 9th, 2008 @ 1:31am  

  This is one of the most magnificent buildings I have ever seen

Pranjal Srivastava - Friday, May 25th, 2007 @ 4:00am  

  this building is the opening of new era for architecture

moazzubair - Monday, September 18th, 2006 @ 6:37am  

  thats awesome! it looks like a giant sail boat!

Alicia Villarreal - Saturday, August 19th, 2006 @ 3:43pm  

  Classic master-piece and brilliant.

Muralee Pillai - Thursday, August 17th, 2006 @ 2:42am  

  I think that Burj Al Arab is the most spectacular builings. Whilst in Dubai 2 years ago I was amazed at the elagance and scale, it really is a perfect discription of architecture perfection. its so beautiful and insides absolutely glamourous! Highly recommended to be visited!

Kristina - Monday, July 10th, 2006 @ 6:29am  

  Totally amazing...everyone should visit it once...once in a life time opportunity...

Sameeya - Monday, February 27th, 2006 @ 9:55am  

  Well i think this is one of the most magnificent buildings i have ever seen in my entire life. i just got to say i love the architecture it looks like it was done like piece by piece really slowly so they dont mess up. Last tjing is that in all my years that i have visited hotels this is the best by far. Went there in 2004, 2005

Strahinja - Thursday, December 22nd, 2005 @ 10:08pm  

  the building is what i think the best architechtural structure of the century. Every single detail is magnificent and it just says luxury, easily the best hotel in the world

Corey Wilson - Saturday, December 17th, 2005 @ 4:28pm  

  i can say that it is a bravely step from the UAE goverment !!!

Essa - Wednesday, December 14th, 2005 @ 12:05pm  

  Simply Brilliant..!

Zara - Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005 @ 4:21am  

  fantastico muito bom!!!

guilherme martins sa - Monday, November 21st, 2005 @ 12:05pm  

  i just come back from dubai and its just i dont have a word for it its that good

abdul - Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005 @ 5:13am  

  One of the MAgnificient Structures on Earth; comprises of Excellent Human ENgineering -Mind Blowing

Nabeel Ahmed - Saturday, August 13th, 2005 @ 3:27am  

  the best hotel that i have ever staied in and have actually had fun in it. great job

tyrone - Sunday, May 22nd, 2005 @ 11:18am  

  Simply Breath-taking

Kayk - Sunday, May 8th, 2005 @ 4:30am  

  illusion at its best,and it is the best building in terms of ambience,which exactly satisfies the purpose of the building-A HOTEL

nagaraju.mundrai - Friday, May 6th, 2005 @ 9:35am  

  Great imagination, really modern and unique. A jewel in Dubais ever growing crown.

Daniel - Thursday, May 5th, 2005 @ 5:06pm  

  Absolutely, one of the most beautifuly buildings I've ever seen. Visited Dubai in 2002.

B. Enard - Saturday, April 16th, 2005 @ 4:10pm  

  Amazing architecture! Every one should visit this Hotel once.

Hasan Rasheed - Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005 @ 12:26pm  

  almost perfect

raimond - Thursday, February 24th, 2005 @ 4:38pm  

  Amazing architecture !

Shreenath Uchil - Thursday, February 24th, 2005 @ 2:49am  

  i like too much the architecture of this hotel!

diana - Thursday, February 10th, 2005 @ 12:31pm  


joe - Saturday, October 9th, 2004 @ 6:44am  

  This is one of the most magnificent buildings I have ever seen. It's architecture and location make a tremendous statement.

John Cotter - Monday, September 13th, 2004 @ 7:43pm