Burj al Arab – inside the sail hotel

Well it is not often one gets the oppurtunity to go inside such an opulent hotel as this. But the interior of the Burj al Arab is quite simply unlike any building interior I have ever seen. I went for afternoon tea in the Sky View Bar, located on the very top of the hotel. As you can imagine I took quite alot of photos, some with spectacular views over the currently under construction Palm Island, some over the recently completed Madinat Jumeirah, and more over the Jumeirah Beach Hotel. It is also much taller than I expected, at over 321 metres tall. Here are some more facts about the Burj:

Construction of this architectural and engineering marvel commenced in 1994. Piling goes 40 meters deep into the seabed.

At 321 meters high, Burj Al Arab is taller than the Eiffel Tower and only 60 meters shorter than the Empire State Building.

Burj Al Arab is the world’s tallest hotel building. With its helipad on the 28th floor and a restaurant seemingly suspended in mid air, this hotel has already become a landmark and icon on the Dubai skyline.

The sail façade represented an astonishing technical challenge, featuring a double-skinned Teflon-coated woven glass fiber screen. It is the first time such technology has been used vertically in such form and extent in any building worldwide.

It is dazzling white by day and used as a canvas for a rainbow of spectacular light displays at night, providing a brilliant entrance to the marvels that await the guest inside.
Combining the latest technology with a long-standing reputation of Arabian hospitality, Burj Al Arab symbolizes the very essence of Dubai, embracing the best of the new alongside traditions of the past.

SUITES

An all-suite hotel standing 28 double-height storeys high, Burj Al Arab comprises 202 duplex suites. Convenience, luxury and a highly personalized service are available for every traveler, enhanced by private reception desks on every floor. In-suite check-in, a brigade of exclusive butlers that provides around the clock assistance to each and every guest, and unrivalled attention will charm the visitor.

Reaching new heights of luxury and service levels, the hotel offers a choice of:

142 Deluxe Suites (One Bedroom)
18 Panoramic Suites (One Bedroom)
4 Club Suites (One Bedroom)
28 2-Bedroom Suites
6 3-Bedroom Suites
2 Presidential Suites
2 Royal Suites

They all feature floor to ceiling windows, offering a breathtaking view of the sea, and range from 170 sq. m to 780 sq. m in floor area. All are equipped with the latest technology, laptop computers and Internet access.

The TV and its remote control manage numerous services and functions. The ability to view any visitor to the suite and give access without leaving the comfort of your armchair is only one of them!

Topping all other suites are the two Royal Suites spread over the 25th floor. Palatial surroundings reach unsurpassed peaks of luxury, including a private elevator, private cinema, rotating beds, majlis (Arabic meeting room) and even dressing rooms larger than the average hotel bedroom.

The finest materials have been sourced from around the globe, coming together in exquisitely designed and crafted interiors.

AL MUNTAHA – SKYVIEW RESTAURANT

In Arabic, the “ultimateâ€?, or “highestâ€?, Al Muntaha instantly matches expectations with its location suspended 200 meters above the Arabian Gulf, offering unrivalled views of Dubai and the coastline shimmering in the distance.

Reached by an express panoramic lift traveling six meters per second, the restaurant features seating for about 140 guests who can enjoy delicious Mediterranean cuisine in a sophisticated setting with scenic windows to the world. The incorporated cocktail area is a stylish and exclusive venue for pre- and post-dinner drinks.

20 thoughts on “Burj al Arab – inside the sail hotel”

  1. Im amazed by these facts you said about your experienced at this hotel…wish i can enjoy
    its beauty…lol…

  2. I Am Really Doubting this is going to work, But I sure Hope so.
    I am doing a project on this Building and it sounds so cool. Were is it anyways?
    Sweet. Te He.

  3. You are very lucky to have been able to see that wonder and to enjoy it from the inside.

    I am doing an art project where I must build a model of the Burj Al Arab hotel. Could it be possible to get access to your pictures of the building ? There are some architecrutal details that I have not been able to identify from the pictures that are available over the internet.

    Cheers,
    Frédéric
    Montréal, Canada

  4. You are very lucky to have been able to see that wonder and to enjoy it from the inside.

    I am doing an art project where I must build a model of the Burj Al Arab hotel. Could it be possible to get access to your pictures of the building ? There are some architecrutal details that I have not been able to identify from the pictures that are available over the internet.

    Cheers,
    Frédéric
    Montréal, Canada

  5. I live and work in Dubai at the terminal 3 site, I have been caughting a girl and wanted to make an impression with her, so I booked a night in the hanging bar as I call it in the Burj, 2 bottles of bubbly that cost a lot of money, and enjoyed the hotel facilities, we got very drunk and enjoyed the night, to say the least it did impress her, and me too, its a pretty amazing structure inside and out, hope you save a few $ to try it out though, cheers gary

  6. Hi!
    I live in Dubai and the hotel is pretty amazing. Just to gain entry to see the place costs about $40 which can be offset against food at a restaurant.
    Please tell me, do you know how much it cost to build?

  7. I am staying at the Burj right now, and I’m answering this forum from the tv in my suite on the 7th floor… guys its all they say it is… Wish i could stay here longer though..

  8. i am not staying at the burj hotel. but i like it very much, bcoz .. there r so many reasons to like it. basically iam civil engineering student. i like it very much of building structure & shape.i want to full construction details about this hotel( burj al arab hotel ).very beautifull locations & comfortable & luxary rooms.
    i can’t express my feelings in words & letters.

  9. I have booked a table in the skyview restaurant for my honeymoon in June. Does anyone know what sort of cost the food is?

  10. I am visiting Dubai (for the 4th time) in October 2005 in party of 6 and we would all absolutely love to have afternoon tea at the Burg Al Arab as long as it is not way too expensive. Does anyone have any idea how much it costs and how we go about booking it before we leave the UK.

    Regards

    Trish Wilson

  11. I am also going with my family in about two weeks for a few days on a stopover to Kenya. I do really want an opportunity to check this place this out. What are some common charges for meals and as Trish asked, tea?

  12. Sunday night we where at the Sky View Bar for drinks and it was very very dissapointing. The Burj is better seen from the outside, dont waste your time or money (very expensive) on going inside.

    Lee

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