Dubai Architecture: Burj Al Arab Hotel

Posted: July 21, 2008 in Misc.
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Dubai Architecture Series
Burj Al Arab Hotel

The Burj Al Arab Hotel is the tallest hotel in the world which stands on an artificial island. It was built to resemble the sail of a dhow, a type of Arabian Vessel. It is covered with a white fabric which lets in a wash of light during the day. If the walls were just windows it would heat up tremendously in the hotel as well as create tons of amount of sun light and glares. At night they light up the exterior of the hotel with light washes. Near the top of the hotel is a suspended helipad supported by a cantilever. Inside the building is the atrium that is 590 feet tall, the tallest atrium in the world. The interior has 8000 square meters of 22-caret gold leaf. Despite the huge size, it has only 202 rooms and is quite expensive (ranging from lowest of $1000 to highest of $28,000). The Hotel also has very nice restaurants. One is perched 660 feet above the Persian Gulf and the other is called “The Oyster” and is reached via a simulated submarine ride and you eat under “the ocean” (an massive aquarium).

Some Pictures

Hotel Burj Al Arab Perched in the Persian Gulf

The tallest Atrium in the World! I’m getting a little queasy just looking at it!

The Helipad Suspended at the top of the hotel

The Burj Al Arab Hotel at Night

See Part One in my Dubai Architecture Series, Dubai Dynamic Tower. Also check back soon for another installment in my Dubai Architecture Series.

All photos from Here

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