Burj Al Arab
Burj Al Arab or Tower of the Arab is the one and only 7-star hotel in the world. It stands on a man-made island next to the Jumeirah beach with a staggering height of 312 m. This iconic structure symbolizes a sailboat. The main purpose of developing a 7-star hotel was to attract tourists and make the city more well known.
The construction of Burj Al Arab began in 1994, and the doors opened on the 1st of December 1999. To finish this construction, it took 2 years to build the structure and 3 years to build the island. Since Burj Al Arab is a man-made island, a 340m long bridge connects it to the mainland. The estimated cost of Burj Al Arab’s construction was a whopping $1 billion.
The architects had many concerns to address during the first three years of building the island’s foundation. Due to the island’s location on the coast, protection from heavy waves was the main concern, as the waves could potentially damage the structure in the future. The architect decided to build the island 7.5m above sea level and to surround it with honeycomb-shaped concrete blocks. These concrete blocks were very unique and they helped reduce the impact of the waves.
The next main concern was a bedrock base which would act as a support for the island and the structure. The workers dug 180m deep into the sand, hoping for a bedrock base but unfortunately, there was no good news. To tackle this problem, the architects and the engineers planned to rely on an effect known as “skin friction”. Skin friction is an effect of resistance which stops two rough surfaces slipping past each other. So the engineers and architects installed 230 piles, 40m long, deep into the sand to avoid friction.
After 3 years, the construction of the island was successful, as the island withstands strong waves as well as remains in position. Now, it was time to build the structure itself. Burj Al Arab was constructed using 70,000 cubic meters of concrete and 9,000 tonnes of steel. The structure consists of reinforced concrete and steel exoskeleton.
Interior And Rooms
Since Burj Al Arab is a 7-star hotel, it has to be unique of its kind. The interior of Burj Al Arab was designed using the most exclusive and fine materials. For example; 1,790 square meters of 24-carat gold leaf, 24,000 square meters of Statuario marble imported from Italy, and more than 28,000 light figures. The hotel also has the tallest atrium in the world, rising 180 meters and featuring the world’s largest Swarovski crystal ceiling.
Although Burj Al Arab is 312 meters in height, it only has 28 double stories, containing only 202 bedroom suites. These 202 bedroom suites include 142 One bedroom Deluxe suites, 28 Two-bedroom Deluxe Suites, 18 Panoramic suites, 6 Diplomatic Suites, 4 Club suites, 2 Presidential suites and lastly 2 Royal suites. Being the only 7-star hotel, it is obvious that the prices will be higher than usual. Burj Al Arab is indeed one of the most expensive hotels, with suites starting at $1,000 and going up to $15,000 per night. Royal suites are the most expensive suites as the price tag for staying per night is valued at $28,000.
Despite being very expensive, Burj Al Arab and their staff make sure that your visit is worth the price. Burj Al Arab has 60 reception desks, 10 restaurants, 3 aquariums, a helipad 210 m above the ground, and its very own luxury man-made beach. The beach offers their guests with 126 beach sunbeds and 32 air-conditioned cabanas on the Terrace. Every welcomed guest gets their own 24-carat gold iPad during their stay as well.
Restaurants in Burj Al Arab
Al Muntaha and Al Mahara are two special restaurants out of ten restaurants. Al Muntaha, which translates to “The Ultimate” or ”The Top” is a restaurant which sits 200 m above the sea on the 27th floor of Burj Al Arab. Al Muntaha is a French cuisine restaurant as well as it offers stunning panoramic views of the Persian Gulf and Dubai. Al Mahara which means “The Oysters shell” is handled by the Michelin-starred British chef Nathan Outlaw. Al Mahara offers their visitors with a unique atmosphere as they get to dine in next to a huge oval-shaped aquarium which holds 990,000 litres of water and various marine species. If you love seafood and marine life, then this is probably one of the best places to dine in.