Burj Al Arab is one of the tallest hotels and is considered world’s only 7 star hotel by some critics although its management has never encouraged such rating nor have they used the term in advertising. Its construction began in 1994 and was completed in 1999 with a cost of 5.5 billion dollars.
The hotel rests on an artificial island 280 m from Jumeirah beach and is connected to the mainland by a private bridge. The total height of the architectural structure simulating a sailing ship is 321 m and the top floor stands at 197 m. Despite its size, Burj Al Arab provides only 202 bedroom suites ranging from an area of 169 m2 to 780 m2.
- Al Muntaha is the highest restaurants in the building, located at 200 m above the Persian Gulf and offering an impressive view of Dubai.
- Al Mahara is accessed via a simulated submarine voyage and features a large seawater aquarium.
Visit Burj Al Arab
Apart from hotel guests, Burj Al Arab can be visited by assisting to the Afternoon Tea at the Skyview Bar located at the 27th floor and about 200 m above sea level. Reservations have to be made in advance by phone in order to get access to the private bridge.