Burj Al Arab, Dubai
Whether you want it or not, you'll see it anyway because in Dubai all roads lead to Burj - at least until other architectural wonders like Palm Island, Hydropolis, Burj Dubai or World are completed :)
On the out side it looks really amazing, whether you are looking at it on bright, sunny day or at night, because colorful lights are very nice. But, inside, it's totally different story.
I know that we all have different taste and style, and I'm sorry I have to say this but, inside Burj Al Arab looks like it was designed by schizoid. Where ever you look, you can see all colors in spectrum at once, which is a bit tiring. My advice is - stay outside and stay amazed!
This is an symbol of Dubai you cannot miss. One of the landmarks of the city.
It should normally be on Accomodation Tips but in my particular case the budget allows me to put it on Sights only :)
It was completed in 1999 and it sits on an artificial island some 300 m. off the shore on Jumeirah Road Umm Suqeim.
It has the shape of a sail and none less than 60 floors. It even has its own helipad so you can land in style here !
The lobby of the hotel can be visited but you have to dress properly, meaning no visits when coming from the beach and it costs some 20 GBP, which is quite expensive bearing in mind that you cannot take photos !!
I was tempted to visit it but decided not to do it in the end. Maybe if you do you can write to tell me if I am missing something good!!
I have read that whatever looks like gold is actually gold ! how luxury....
Go for lunch, go for dinner, if you cannot afford to stay there overnight.
It is really somthing "to write home about"!
This 7 star hotel is unique. You will not see anything like it.
It is built on a little island just off the beach, it is a masterpiece.
This is the first seven-star hotel in the world. Having all the first class facilities, Burj Al Arab becomes one of the famous landmark of Dubai. In the evening (usually starts at 7 PM), Burj Al Arab starts to display a beautiful colorful lights.
Burj Al Arab in Arabic means "Tower of Arabs". Its Dubai's most expensive and luxurious hotel where minimum per night rates start from $1000. If you are in Dubai then do try to see this hotel. They would charge you AED 120 ( $35 appox) per person as entry fee. This fee is refundable at any of restaurants in the hotel . You are supposed to wear formal clothes and no entry is allowed to any one wearing shorts, sneakers, sandals or other casual clothes. You would need to deposit your cameras at reception as photography inside hotel is not allowed.
The hotel has sail shaped structure which is 321 meters above Arabian gulf. It has been built on man made island 280 meters off shore. There are 202 suites in the hotel. Jumeirah beach hotel and Wild Wadi water park are located just next to it.
Each suite has its own reception, living area , dinning area and office desk. with laptop, scanners, printers, multimedia systems, fax and copier. Guests have their own dedicated butlers available 24 hours. Each suite has 14 telephones for use of guests. Bath rooms are on ground floor of each suite. They are not less then a wonderland.
The sail structure outside gives rainbow colors at night. 22K Gold is used alot in walls, pillars and domes throughout. Hotel's helipad is located on the 28th floor. The central fountain, called The Volcano, is centre stage for stunning displays. You can enjoy dancing water works there.
People of Dubai are very proud of Burj Al Arab. That is why you would see all cars number plates in Dubai with Burj Al Arab logo. Let me tell you that money you pay at Burj Al Arab is worth what you see and experience. This hotel is also said to be world's only seven star hotel. So plan for Burj Al Arab when you are in Dubai next time!
The Burj al Arab is the world's only 7* hotel.
Being slightly beyond my budget, and with a strict dress code even to visit the hotel bar, I had to settle for a glimpse from the outside.
It is certainly an impressive structure, shaped like the sail of a dhow, and currently the world's tallest hotel.
The hotel has its own fleet of Rolls Royces to transfer guests to and from the airport, and all guests benefit from the services of their own 24-hour on-call service staff.
The Burj al Arab is perhaps Dubai's most recognisable landmark - for the time being at least, before it is surpassed by forthcoming developments.
It is the best hotel in the world. Not a fairy tale but a reality..
If you happen to visit Dubai do not miss the chance of visiting this 7 stared hotel..So georgeous and attractive and it leaves remarkable memories in your visit..
I think I can never afford to pay to stay in this hotel, however I had the chance to visit the hotel and drink coffee in the Lobby.. We have visited the main attractions and also one room.
You need to wear Casual clothes to enter the hotel. No short or Jeans are accepted. In order to visit the hotel you need to pay some fee. As well as I remember it was nearly 20,- USD per person.. As this is a special thing, it worths to pay..
On the Entrance you will see a nice lobby where there are lifts carrying you to the second floor.. Stay some while and watch the watergame.. And look up to the roof.. All double 27 floors (54in total) makes the highest hotel in the world.
On the second floor you may have achance to rest and drink something. Also see the shops.. When you walk to the end of the corridor, you will see the elevators with wonderful doors. If you have a considerable budget, you may enjoy eating at the mediterranean restaurant , 200 meters above the sea level. Or the seafod restaurant that you pass inside a huge aquarium..
The rooms could drive you crazy, approx 325 meter square, it is way bigger than my house.. All rooms have double floor, with the living room and working room below and two sleeping rooms above.. The office room, the living room and the bedrooms have alot to say but bathrooms are quiet hard to explain..
When you are touring the rooms, they do not let you take pictures, So all those wonderful things has to stay somewhere in your memories.
This hotel was the first (and only?) seven star hotel in the world and I have to admit that it an amazing building. They also say that it is the tallest hotel in the world with its 321 meters. Built on an artificial island you can access the hotel by a bridge out to the hotel (or by landing with a helicopter on top of the hotel of course :-). It is possible to get a short tour of the hotel and you have to “pay” 100 Dhs (about 30€) for this. I put pay in quotation marks because you get a voucher that you can use inside the hotel. We went up to the hotel bar on the 27th floor where we enjoyed some expensive drinks (45/55 Dhs) while looking over Dubai. Note that everything that is golden in the hotel is actually covered with real gold. According to a Norwegian TV program the hotel has to be fully booked for 400 years just to break even!
Located offshore and reached via a private causeway, this icon hotel it´s the only world seven star hotel. It´s 321 m taller than Paris Eiffel tower.
This opulent 7-star Hotel is built upon an artificial island off the Jumeirah Beach, Dubai. It's shape was inspired from the sails of a dhow. Photo courtesy: Tuc Ahmad.