Monday, February 2, 2015

Few interesting facts about Burj Al Arab Hotel, The Icon of Dubai, UAE

Burj Al Arab is a luxury 5 Star hotel located in DubaiUnited Arab Emirates. It has been called "The world's only 7 star Hotel" and is the third tallest hotel in the world.  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.

Construction of the Island began in 1994. To secure the foundation, the builders drove 230 forty-meter-long (130 ft) concrete piles into the sand. It built to resemble the sail of a dhow, a type of Arabian vessel. Two "wings" spread in a V to form a vast "mast", while the space between them is enclosed in a massive atrium. 

The diagonal trusses on the side of the building are as long as a football pitch and weigh as much as 20 double-decker busses.

The icon of Dubai was designed by Tom Wright of WS Atkins PLC. During the designing stage, the world was told that it was built to resemble a sail, but critics are claiming that Wright designed a cross after he had a dream to have a Christian influence in a Muslim country.

 The hotel is managed by the Jumeirah Group. Despite its size, Burj Al Arab holds only 28 double-story floors which accommodate 202 bedroom suites. The smallest suite occupies an area of 169 m2 (1,820 sq ft), the largest - 780 m2 (8,400 sq ft). The Royal Suite, billed around US$18 000 per night, is one of the 15 most expensive hotel suites in the world.

In March 2004, professional golfer Tiger Woods made a few strokes and sent balls into the ocean from the helicopter platform on top of the hotel.

In February 2005, the professional tennis players Roger Federer and Andre Agassi played a friendly match at the height of 211 meters to the helicopter platform, especially for the match turned into a tennis court. The platform had no limitations or fence around the edges.

There are 29 000 Swarovski crystals in the ceiling of Junsui Lounge, designed in the shape of the Milky Way.

Approximately 1,790 square meters of 24-carat gold leaf was used to embellish the interior.

No doubt the hotel is an extraordinary place. I wish for all of you to visit it soon as possible.


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