Burj Al Arab

Burj Al Arab

Burj Al Arab –The World’s Most Luxurious Hotel

Dubai is the prosperous star of the United Arab Emirates. It is hailed as one of the fastest growing cities in the world and is home to a culturally diverse, dynamic community. Historically, the city evolved around Dubai Creek and it continues to expand ever outwards with groundbreaking new developments. Now it is one of the world’s top holiday destinations due to the perennial sunshine, a mixture of world-class leisure, first-class hotels and the dramatic mix of rolling desertscapes and dramatic shoreline, where white sands meet the Arabian Gulf. The icon of Dubai, Burj Al Arab rises out of its own man-made island 280 meters from the Jumeirah coast, 15km south of the city and 25km from Dubai International Airport. Visible from almost everywhere in the city, it is linked to the shore by a slender, gently curving causeway.

Structure & Design

A landmark and icon, no expense was spared in realising the dream to create this shining symbol of the city. In 1993, architect Tom Wright of WS Atkins took on the challenge of creating this groundbreaking superstructure. It was to be extravagant and luxurious, a reflection of its Arabic heritage and traditions of hospitality, a beacon to light the city’s future. Construction began in 1994 and Burj Al Arab’s doors officially opened on 1 December 1999. It involved 3 000 companies and contractors, 250 designers from the UK, USA and Dubai and 3 500 workmen were on site at any given time. It took two years to reclaim the island in the shore waters of the Arabian Gulf and a further three years to erect the magnificent landmark. From the very beginning Burj Al Arab was planned and designed to become the icon of Dubai. The aim of the architects and designers was to create a totally unique structure.