Burj Al Arab
The Burj Al Arab, a wonder of Dubai, is one of the world’s tallest hotels. It is visible from almost every spot in Dubai. It stands on a man-made island, which is situated some distance away from the shoreline.
1. The hotel is taller than it looks, the building is 321 meters by total height, that’s even taller than Chrysler Building in New York City.
2. Burj Al Arab was once the tallest hotel in the world, now it had been surpassed by other hotel buildings.
3. Burj Al Arab is the world’s only skyscraper that built on an artificial island. The building stands on an artificial island on the Persian Gulf that is 280 m from Jumeirah beach and is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge.
4. The hotel was designed by Atkins, a multidisciplinary consultancy, and led by architect Tom Wright. The shape of the building is designed to resemble the sail of a ship.
5. The atrium in the hotel is 180 m high and it’s the highest atrium in the world.
6. Despite the building’s large scale, it only accommodates 202 suits, as the suits are all designed very spacious.
7. The Royal suite is one of the most expensive hotel suites in the world, billed at US$28,000 per night, the cost of other suites starts at $1000 per night.
8. One of the iconic features of the hotel is that cantilevered platform near the roof, the platform is hovering at a height of 210 m above ground and is being used as a helipad.
9. Near the roof of the building, there’s another cantilever structure that houses a restaurant.
10. Aside from the restaurant hovering in the sky, there’s also a restaurant under the sea, which is named Al Mahara (“Oyster”).
This superstructure is world-famous and one of the most recognizable attractions in the city. It is also one of the most luxurious and expensive hotels today and referred to as the only seven-star hotel in the world.
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