although its formal rating is 5 Star Deluxe. the highest the international rating system offers. . The world's tallest hotel (321 meters) is also popularly described as the world's only 7-Star hotel .INTRODUCTION  Dubai's iconic building is a construction of superlatives.

) Also extending from the top floor is the Skyview Bar.Built on its own artificial island. and a golf green for Tiger Woods. with sunset views over the Gulf. . including the artificial Palm Jumeirah island and The World archipelago. the hotel can be reached by causeway (in one of its courtesy white Rolls Royce's) or by helicopter. straight to its heliport cantilevered out from its top floor. (The heliport has also served as a grass tennis court for Andre Agassi and Roger Federer.

steel 'X' trusses. the superlatives mostly translate into extreme gaudiness. unencumbered by structural support. The front (shore-facing) facade is constructed of two tiers of huge. There is little subtlety in the decor of the communal entrance areas. Below these. full-width windows provide panoramic views from two levels of entrance lobby. .Inside. with the exception of the dramatic larger-thanlife aquaria lining the escalators (topright picture). with gold leaf applied more for quantity than design.

A. United Arab Emirate  Architect : Tom Wright of Atkins and Said khalil of Mitchelsson group  No.Hotel facts Location : Dubai.E  Status : Complete  Constructed : 1994-1999  Use : Hotel . of rooms : 202  Location : Dubai U.Restaurant  .

HEIGHT ANTENNA/SPIRE : 321m(1.053 ft)  ROOF : 210m (689 ft)  TOP FLOOR : 200m (656ft)  FLOOR COUNT : 60  .

The hotel was built by South African construction contractor Murray & Roberts. a type of Arabian vessel. The architect Tom Wright said "The client wanted a building that would become an iconic or symbolic statement for Dubai. Two "wings" spread in a V to form a vast "mast". the UK's largest multidisciplinary consultancy.M0RE ABOUT CONSTRUCTION   Construction of Burj Al Arab began in 1994. The hotel cost $650 million to build. or Paris with the Eiffel Tower. It was built to resemble the sail of a dhow. It needed to be a building that would become synonymous with the name of the country. . while the space between them is enclosed in a massive atrium." The architect and engineering consultant for the project was Atkins. this is very similar to Sydney with its Opera House.

Inside the building. and blast a 1 meter cold air pocket down the inside of the sail. the building was cooled by one degree per day over 6 months. The hotel rests on an artificial island constructed 280 meters offshore. the atrium is 180 meters (590 ft) tall. It is the world's tallest structure with a membrane facade and the world's tallest hotel (not including buildings with mixed use) and was the first 5-star hotel to surpass 1. During the construction phase. " This task was accomplished by several cold air nozzles. This was to prevent large amounts of "condensation or in fact even a rain cloud from forming in the hotel during the period of construction.SOME MORE FEATURES      Several features of the hotel required complex engineering feats to achieve. To secure a foundation. to lower the interior temperature. Burj Al Arab characterizes itself as the world's only "7-star" property. Yet according to the Burj Al Arab's official site. It took three years to reclaim the land from the sea. which point down from the top of the ceiling. This creates a buffer zone. a designation considered by travel professionals to be hyperbole. but less than three years to construct the building itself. which is circled with a concrete honey-comb pattern. Engineers created a surface layer of large rocks. which serves to protect the foundation from erosion. the builders drove 230 40-meter long concrete piles into the sand. which controls the interior temperature without massive energy costs. All major travel guides and hotel rating systems have a 5-star maximum. .000 ft (305 m) in height. the hotel is a "5-star deluxe hotel". which some hotels attempt to out-do by ascribing themselves "6-star" status.

at 180 meters (590 ft). at 38 stories. a fountain creates a "three-dimensional Islamic star pattern.000 square meters of 22-carat gold leaf and 24. The Burj Al Arab features the tallest atrium lobby in the world. In the mezzanine lobby. and takes up over one-third of interior space. . Other projects by Khuan Chew include the Sultan of Brunei's palace. The hotel boasts 8. Jumeirah Beach Resort Development. found in one of the hotel·s three restaurants. corridors between guest rooms. It can accommodate the Dubai World Trade Center building. and at the top of the atrium recall a classic Arabian architectural design form. Design Principal of KCA International. Dubai International Airport. which. Madinat Resort and much more. was the tallest building in Dubai from the late 1970s to the mid-1990s. the interior guest space is a compilation of lavish and luxurious architectural styles from both the east and the west. The atrium dominates the interior of the hotel." Pointed arches throughout.INTERIOR    The interior was designed by Khuan Chew. While the exterior of the Burj Al Arab is expressed in terms of ultra-modern sculptural design. The [atrium] is formed between the building's V-shaped span.000 square meters of 30 different types of marble.

Suites feature design details that juxtapose east and west. the Royal Suite is the most expensive. . Spalike bathrooms are accented by mosaic tile patterns on the floors and walls.000 per night. with Arabian-influenced geometries.000 per night. White Tuscan columns and a spiral staircase covered in marble with a wrought-iron gold leaf railing show influence from classicism and art nouveau.ROOMS AND PRICES   The cost of staying in a suite begins at $1. at $28. which are also found elsewhere in the building.







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