- The Design
- Burj Al Arab Hotel
- Staying at Burj Al Arab
- Restaurants in Burj Al Arab
- Kid’s Club
- Burj Al Arab Helipad
- Burj Al Arab Terrace
- Beach Sports
Burj Al Arab with its sailboat-shaped silhouette is one of Dubai’s most famous landmarks. The unique design is not the only defining thing about this iconic building. Promising visitors an unbeatable combination of beauty, art and breathtaking, upscale experiences, Burj Al Arab has successfully lived up to its reputation as the most luxurious hotel in the world. Amongst the many glamorous and shimmering skyscrapers in the city, this structure stands out for its elegance and marvellous design.
All about the Burj Al Arab
Representing the splendour of Dubai, Burj Al Arab was designed to resemble the sail of a dhow cruise. Hence, it became a distinguishable architectural marvel and the face of modern Dubai. Of course, it is also one of the tallest hotels in the world. Located on its own artificial island, Burj Al Arab on Jumeirah Street has won numerous awards for its service and hospitality.
Burj Al Arab is instantly recognisable due to its unique design even by those who haven’t visited Dubai even once. The architect behind this grand structure was Tom Wright, who created the outline of the building, inspired by the Uruguayan architect Carlos Tot and the Vasco da Gama Tower located in Portugal. Standing 321 meters (1,053 feet) tall, the hotel has almost 250 concrete columns that go at least 45 metres under the sea. As surprising as it sounds, Burj Al Arab is built on sand, not rocks.
The construction of the hotel started in 1994. It is estimated that over 2,000 workers were engaged in the project at most times. Over 250 designers from the United Kingdom, USA and Dubai took an active part in the project. It took two years to give the hotel a stable base and the last three years were spent building this incredible structure.
At the time of its launch, it was the world’s third tallest hotel. Interestingly, it is 14 metres taller than the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Since the hotel is located around 280 metres offshore from Jumeirah Beach, a curving bridge connects it to the mainland.
Burj Al Arab Hotel
Burj Al Arab is the world’s only self-styled 7-star hotel and its lavish interior certainly matches the grandeur of the exterior.
Custom made rugs and carpets were imported from India and South Africa.
The Statuario marble used in walls and flooring is the rarest and the most precious you’d find in the Apuan Alps of Carrara, Italy.
If you’re still not blown away by the sheer luxury of the iconic building, you’d be impressed to know that 24-carat gold leaf was used for the opulent interior decoration.
Flowers shipped from Holland, Kenya, South Africa and Thailand are used to create flower arrangements in the lobby.
The building has 28-double storey floors and 202 bedroom suites. All duplex suites boast stunning views of the Arabian Gulf.
There are a total of 142 one-bedroom Deluxe Suites, 28 two-bedroom Luxurious Suites, four Club Suites, two Royal and two Presidential Suites.
The Royal Suite has a cinema room, two master bathrooms, a full-size Jacuzzi and a library.
Each Royal Suite measures approximately 8,400 sq. ft and the smallest room in Burj Al Arab is around 1,800 sq. ft.
The spacious bathrooms are decorated with mosaics and come with a big Jacuzzi. There are 17 types of pillows available to guests on the pillow menu.
Staying at Burj Al Arab Jumeirah
Staying at the Burj Al Arab is like a dream come true. This is luxury living at its finest. Regardless of the type of room, you end up booking, the experience here will be incredible. Beside the extravagant rooms, you will have access to the world-class gyms and spas.
Not to forget, this hotel is the perfect spot for yoga and paddleboarding. Another popular retreat for your mind and body is the Talise Spa on the 18th floor in Burj Al Arab, which is also one of the best spas in Dubai. You can get a lot of treatments done, spend time in the indoor infinity pool and Jacuzzi. The treatment rooms here, unlike other spas, have large windows overlooking the ocean.
An interesting thing to note here is that all guests get free access to the Wild Wadi Waterpark. If you are feeling up for some adventure, you can head to the Wild Wadi Waterpark where there are some truly exhilarating rides.
As for the suite rates, expect to pay AED 4,500 to AED 10,000 according to booking dates and days. Lucky customers also find amazing discount deals on the official website.
Restaurants in Burj Al Arab
Bars and restaurants in Burj Al Arab are known globally for their splendour and world-class service. The legendary Al Mahara meaning the“Oyster Shell” in Arabic is an underwater restaurant which brings you the richest flavours of the sea. As you dine on some delectable food, you can also observe some magical creatures through the floor-to-ceiling gigantic blue aquarium.
Then there is Al Iwan that serves a traditional Arabic buffet. Al Muntaha on the 27th floor is a French restaurant known for site elegant decor and excellent dishes.
Bab Al Yam’s brick kitchen, open terrace, and swish lounges will take straight to the cobbled streets of Europe. This is the place to find truly authentic European cuisine. To try Pan Asian food, head to Junsui. With 8 live cooking stations, it has something different for you. You’d be surprised to know that the Junsui ceiling is adorned with 21,000 Swarovski crystals.
At Shan Eddar, you get to listen to wonderful classical music and enjoy international cuisine. Gold on 27 and Scape Lounge are restaurant cum bars. Both offer some sensational drinks and sumptuous meals.
The Skyview Bar and Restaurant is perhaps one of the most popular restaurants in Burj Al Arab, known for its incredible views. Located 200m above sea level, you can enjoy the glorious view of the Dubai Skyline.
Whichever Burj Al Arab restaurant you may choose, the food, the service and the overall experience is likely to be outstanding.
Burj Al Arab Kids Club
Burj Al Arab’s Kids Club is located on the 18th floor of the hotel. Experienced carers are employed here and the service is complimentary for inhouse guests and spa members. You could leave your children aged 1 to 12 years at the club where they can enjoy:
- Delicious and nutritious cuisine
- Spacious playroom
- Soft toys
- Bean bags
- Large plasma screen that features the children’s TV channels
- Computer games
- Drawing and creative activities
- Board games
Burj Al Arab Helipad
Did you know you could arrive at the Burj Al Arab Hotel in Hollywood-style glamour on a helicopter? The helipad is 212 m above the sea level, so the view is mesmerising.
Burj Al Arab Terrace
Two stunning pools, a bar, one top restaurant, cabanas and access to the private beach with sunbeds, what more can one ask for? Take a dip in the ocean, have a scrumptious meal, sit under the sun and enjoy cocktail drinks, for the perfect day out at the Burj Al Arab Terrace. It is the first man-made luxury beach facility of its kind with 10 million gold and azure mosaic tiles.
Water sports activities on offer at Burj Al Arab Beach include:
- Banana boat and kneeboard rides
- Deep-sea fishing
- Hobie Cat Sailing
- Indoor and outdoor swimming pools
- Luxury yacht cruises
- Scuba diving courses
- Yacht charter
For Burj Al Arab bookings, you can visit the official website or call +971-4-301-7777. There is little doubt that Burj Al Arab is one of the most fascinating places in Dubai. The range of activities in Burj Al Arab, the quality of service and the prestige, make it an unforgettable experience.