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The Burj Al Arab is a luxury hotel located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is the seventh tallest hotel in the world, although 39% of its total height is made up of non-occupiable space.
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Key Facts & Information
DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION
- The Burj Al Arab stands on an artificial island 280 m. (920 ft.) from Jumeirah Beach and is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge. The shape of the structure is designed to resemble the sail of a ship. It has a helipad near the roof at a height of 210 m. (689 ft.) above ground.
- It was designed by the multidisciplinary consultancy WS Atkins, led by architect Tom Wright, who has since become co-founder of WKK Architects. The design and construction were managed by Canadian engineer Rick Gregory, also of WS Atkins.
- The construction of the island began in 1994 which involved up to 2,000 construction workers during its peak construction.
- It was built to resemble the billowing spinnaker sail of a J-class yacht. Two “wings” spread in a vee to form a vast “mast,” while the space between them is enclosed in a massive atrium.
- Burj Al Arab’s doors officially opened on 1 December 1999.
- The shape of the structure is designed to mimic the sail of a ship.
- The finest and most exclusive materials were sourced for finishing the interiors of Burj Al Arab.
- Amongst the fine items brought in to create the magical interiors were custom-made carpets and rugs from South Africa and India, marble from Brazil and Italy, wooden doors from Dubai, and chandeliers from the UK.
- Approximately 1,790 square meters (19,270 square feet) of 24-carat gold leaf was used to embellish the interior.
- Burj Al Arab holds only 28 double-story floors which accommodate 202 bedroom suites.
- The smallest suite occupies an area of 169 square meters (1,820 square feet), the largest covers 780 square meters (8,400 square feet).
- There are 142 one-bedroom deluxe suites, 28 two-bedroom deluxe suites, 18 panoramic suites, 4 club suites, 6 diplomatic suites, 2 presidential suites and 2 royal suites.
- The palatial 780 square meters (8,400 square feet) royal suite is fit for a maharaja, with an exquisite majlis style lounge, library and cinema room, along with two master bathrooms, each with full-size jacuzzis and separate five-head rain showers.
- Al Muntaha (“The Ultimate”) is located 200 m (660 ft) above the Persian Gulf, offering a view of Dubai. It is supported by a full cantilever that extends 27 m (89 ft) from either side of the mast, and is accessed by a panoramic elevator.
- Al Mahara (“Oyster”), which is accessed via a simulated submarine voyage, features a large seawater aquarium, holding roughly 990,000 L (260,000 US gal) of water. The wall of the tank, made of acrylic glass in order to withstand the water pressure, is about 18 cm (7.1 in) thick.
- The Burj Al Arab is a five-star hotel, the highest official ranking. While the hotel is sometimes erroneously described as “the world’s only seven-star hotel,” the hotel management claims never to have done that themselves.
- In the words of a Jumeirah Group spokesperson: “There’s not a lot we can do to stop it. We’re not encouraging the use of the term. We’ve never used it in our advertising.”
- There are 60 reception desks, one per floor. Every female member of the front office and greeting desk team wears bespoke gold earrings and necklace pendants, in the shape of Burj Al Arab logo.
- Every guest gets their own 24-carat gold iPad during their stay.
- It will take you 1,080 steps to reach the 27th floor of the hotel.
- It takes one full month, 19 people, plus the rope access team, to clean the windows of the whole building.
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