Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 3 - إمارة دبيّ, United Arab Emirates
GPS: 25.141201343845, 55.185306584746
Opened in 1999 and self-proclaimed a 7-star hotel, the Burj Al Arab is located on the edge of downtown Dubai (United Arab Emirates) on Jumeirah Road. Meaning “Tower of the Arabs” in Arabic, this high standard complex claims the honorary title of the most luxurious hotel in the world and the best hotel in the Middle East. Since its inauguration, this monument has won numerous international awards and catapulted Dubai to the forefront of the world tourism scene.
Construction of the Burj Al Arab began in the mid-1990s at the initiative of the international luxury hotel chain Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts. Orchestrated by the British architect Tom Wright, it required the development of an artificial island on the edge of Jumeirah Beach. The foundations of the skyscraper rest on a system of 230 concrete piers, solidly anchored in the sand and resistant to the hazards of the sea. The structure of the atrium building (the central part of the building) is made of fibreglass. It is designed to be protected from the effects of the sand winds of the Rub’ al Khali desert. Exclusively accessible to guests of the hotel or its 9 fine restaurants and bars, the Burj Al Arab has 202 sumptuous duplex suites with oriental decoration (they measure between 170 and 780 m²). A reference in the luxury market, the hotel is composed of 27 floors accessible by a network of 18 lifts. Its princely services are structured around a host of staff who take great care of its sumptuous visitors or distinguished guests.
From the top of its overhang made of artificial beach, the magnificent silhouette of the Burj Al Arab in the shape of a boat sail rises to a height of 321 metres (210 metres without counting the building’s antenna). Considered now as an iconic landmark, it reflects the emirate’s maritime heritage and the architectural ingenuity of the modern city of Dubai. The Burj Al Arab is linked to the mainland by a 280-metre-long private bridge, offering guests a fantastic panoramic view of the Persian Gulf.