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A famous building: Burj Al Arab

The Burj Al Arab (Tower of the Arabs, also known as "Arab Sail") is a hotel located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and is the only 7 star hotel. At 321 m it is the second tallest building in the world that is used exclusively as a hotel. The Burj Al Arab stands on an artificial island 280 m out from Jumeirah beach, and is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge. It is an iconic structure to mimic the sail of a ship.

The beachfront area where the Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach Hotel are located was previously called Chicago Beach. he hotel is located on an island of reclaimed land offshore of the beach of the former Chicago Beach Hotel.

Construction of Burj Al Arab began in 1994. It was 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 architect Tom Wright said "The client wanted a building that would become an iconic or symbolic statement for Dubai; this is very similar to Sydney with its Opera House, or Paris with the Eiffel Tower. It needed to be a building that would become synonymous with the name of the country." The hotel is managed by the Jumeirah Group. Despite its size, the Burj Al Arab holds only 28 double-storey floors which accommodate 202 bedroom suites. The smallest suite occupies an area of 169 m2 the largest covers 780 m2.

in an expression of wealth for the mainstream. is about 18 cm The Burj Al Arab has attracted criticism as well as praise. Edah Semaj Leachim. after all. "This extraordinary investment in state-of-the-art construction technology stretches the limits of the ambitious urban imagination in an exercise that is largely due to the power of excessive wealth. the Al Mahara which is accessed via a simulated submarine voyage. made of acrylic glass in order to withstand the water pressure." The contradiction here seems to be related to the hotel¶s decor. The tank. described as "a contradiction of sorts.000 cu ft) of water. . a theater of opulence is created in Burj Al Arab.000 litres (35. is located 200 m above the Persian Gulf. Both elevate style over substance. It is supported by a full cantilever that extends 27 m from either side of the mast. and is accessed to a panoramic elevator. offering a view of Dubai. in accordance with the Burj Al Arab hotel Another restaurant.One of its restaurants. are monuments to the triumph of money over practicality." Another critic includes negative critiques for the city of Dubai as well: "both the hotel and the city. Al Muntaha (Arabic for "Highest" or "Ultimate"). was awarded Chef of the Year 2006 and also owns the restaurant. features a large seawater aquarium. The main chef there. holding roughly 990." Yet another: "Emulating the quality of palatial interiors. considering how well-designed and impressive the construction ultimately proves to be.