The Burj Al Arab is one of the most famous symbols of Dubai, an icon of luxury and splendor of the Emirates, and an excellence in hospitality.
The Burj Al Arab is probably the most famous hotel in the world and without a doubt one of the most luxurious. Its unmistakable shape attracts visitors from all over the globe who admire it from the nearby coast of Jumeirah Beach or from the square in front of the entrance gate, while its rooms and its interiors are reserved for only a few lucky people.
The high level of service, the luxury and prestige of its rooms, the fine materials of its fittings and its excellent restaurants have earned the Burj Al Arab the title of “7-star hotel” that has made it famous in the world.
What makes Burj Al Arab a 7-star hotel?
Burj Al Arab was the first symbol of Dubai’s modern development
The Burj Al Arab is not just a hotel, the Burj Al Arab is an icon. And its history is closely linked to the history of the United Arab Emirates.
In the early 90s the Emirates were in the midst of their economic development and slowly became a paradise for wealthy people from Europe and Asia. But they were very far from today’s reality.
In fact, the UAE were practically unknown to most at the time, nothing more than a small nation on the maps of the Middle East.
Dubai in the early 90s was far from being the global capital of today. Tourism was practically absent and the economy was heavily driven by the oil business. Until the late 90s, the tallest building in the Emirates remained the World Trade Center with its 149 meters high, just 38 floors.
The government’s desire was to differentiate the economy, attract tourists, and turn Dubai into a destination for wealthy and powerful people.
In 1993 the British architecture firm Atkins was approached by the Government of Dubai to design a building that would “create an identifiable link for people around the world with the UAE”. In other words: find a way to make the Emirates known to the world.
This is how Burj Al Arab becomes reality, designed by British architect Tom Wright.
The works ended in 1999, the year in which Burj Al Arab opened its doors to its prestigious customers. The project of the iconic building, which in the wishes of the ruler should “to provide the UAE with the powerful visual symbol of the same significance Sydney’s Opera House is to Australia or Paris’ Tour Eiffel is to France” was carried out with great confidentiality.
Burj Al Arab has a unique location along the wonderful Jumeirah Beach
Burj Al Arab stands on a man-made island at 280 m (920 ft) from Jumeirah Beach and is connected to the mainland by a private bridge. The whole complex offers exceptional privacy: only guests and those who have a reservation for one of its restaurants can approach the island. The entrance avenue is separated from the city by a gate with a checkpoint controlled by private guards.
The area around Burj Al Arab is an Arab-style neighborhood occupied by luxury homes and prestigious villas and nearby there is one of the most beautiful beaches in Dubai, Jumeirah Beach.
The shape of the Burj Al Arab resemble the sail of a ship. At the top there is a private heliport, at a height of 210 m (689 ft) above ground (where Roger Federer and Andre Agassi once enjoyed a round of tennis).
At Burj Al Arab guests arrive by helicopter or Rolls Royce and there are 8 staff members for each guest
Guests can arrive at the hotel with a private helicopter or are picked up at the airport by a butler and accompanied to the hotel with a luxurious Rolls Royce. Burj Al Arab owns one of the largest Rolls Royce fleets in the world.
Burj Al Arab guests can choose one of the luxurious suites worthy of hosting a royal family: up to 780 sqm, double Jacuzzi, personal lift, personal office in the room, private bar, private cinema in the room.
Those with simpler needs can choose one of the most affordable suites: starting from a minimum of 170 sqm with all the comforts, possibility to choose the fabric of the blankets and sheets and the type of pillow (among 9 different types), private office in the room, jacuzzi and bathroom set by Hermès.
Each suite occupies two floors connected internally by a royal staircase or a private elevator. The beds and furnishings are of the best quality: the mattresses cost around $ 15,000 each.
An interesting fact about the service is that the guest/staff ratio is 1:8. The guests of the most prestigious suites have an entire staff of butlers at their disposal.
Each floor has a team of butlers ready to take care of your every wish. When you approach your room, the butlers stand up and greet you by name.
In Burj Al Arab there are 10 prestigious restaurants and bars that also serve golden cocktails
Burj Al Arab offers its guests two magnificent pools overlooking the ocean, a selection of 10 restaurants and bars serving dishes made by award-winning chefs, unlimited access to the Wild Wadi Waterpark, an extraordinary water park located near Burj Al Arab.
Its bars serve the best cocktails in Dubai and here you can also find a cocktail that has pure 24 carat gold among its ingredients, its name is Element 79, like the atomic number of gold.
At Burj Al Arab you can dine watching fish swim in the depths of the ocean
In the Burj Al Arab Al Mahara restaurant there is a large seawater aquarium which also houses rare species of sharks.
The feeling you get when you enter the restaurant is that of being in a mysterious ancient city located in the depths of the ocean. The dishes are elaborated by chef Kim Joinie-Maurin (3 Michelin stars).
In Burj Al Arab you can find luxury boutiques, jewelers and gold everywhere
The lobby of Burj Al Arab is immense: there is a large aquarium, an incredible waterfall and a spectacular glance: if you look up you can see the internal balconies of all floors up to the roof.
The chromatic effect is remarkable: the whole Burj Al Arab was designed using colors and patterns that recall the Arab tradition.
But what makes the Burj Al Arab hall truly unique is the presence of high-end clothing and accessories boutiques. There is also no shortage of jewelers who sell precious jewels and diamonds.
In truth, gold is everywhere in Burj Al Arab: even the walls, the elevators, the finishes of furniture and rooms are lined with gold leaves.
How many stars does Burj Al Arab officially have?
Officially the Burj Al Arab is classified as a 5-star hotel, which is the highest ranking of the official classifications.
The name of a 7-star hotel derives from the fact that the newspapers have repeatedly described that 5 stars are few for such a luxurious hotel.
What’s the price of a room at Burj Al Arab?
To stay in the luxury of one of the spectacular suites of the Burj Al Arab you spend from $ 1300 per night for the smallest type of suite, with standard treatment and without any special request.
To stay in the Royal Suite you spend from $14,000 to over $20,000 per night depending on the period.
Is it possible to visit Burj Al Arab?
Burj Al Arab attracts thousands of visitors every day, but most of them have to be content with seeing it from afar.
The only way to visit Burj Al Arab (if you are not staying in one of its suites) is to have a reservation in one of its restaurants or bars.
Those who want to live an unforgettable experience (without spending a fortune) can decide to spend a day as a guest of Burj Al Arab, relaxing on the wonderful terrace overlooking the ocean, swimming in the breathtaking infinite pools and having lunch in one of the hotel’s gourmet restaurants. It is the perfect experience if you are a couple.
What are the best experiences and tours to do at Burj Al Arab?
Take a tea overlooking the Dubai skyline at the Skyview Bar on the 27th floor of Burj Al Arab
Most people choose to visit Burj Al Arab by booking an experience at the Skyview Bar, the incredible bar that sits atop Burj Al Arab.
This experience allows you to visit Burj Al Arab for an affordable price and enjoy a moment of relaxation with the afternoon high tea ritual that locals love. In reality it is not a simple tea: you will be served a series of delicious sweet and savory specialties, including salmon, caviar and champagne!
Enjoy an evening cocktail at Burj Al Arab’s Skyview Bar
If you want to spend a special evening, then book for a drink at the Skyview Bar.
Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Dubai skyline and taste one of the artisan cocktails prepared by the talented bartenders of Burj Al Arab. The cocktails they make here are said to be the best in Dubai!
A fine dining experience in the best restaurants of Burj Al Arab
This experience allows you to make an unforgettable gastronomic journey: you will have dinner in the 4 best restaurants of Burj Al Arab and you will enjoy a 7-course menu prepared by the award-winning chefs.
If you prefer something more intimate, book a 7-course lunch or dinner at the wonderful Al Mahara submarine restaurant and you will have a truly unique experience.
The prices of Burj Al Arab restaurants are similar to those of any starred restaurant in Europe: what you pay for is the experience you are living, the place where you are living it and the uniqueness of the moment.
In my opinion it is an experience that deserves to be lived at least once in a lifetime.
How to get to Burj Al Arab
There are no metro stations near Burj Al Arab, however buses 8, 81, 88 and X28 stop nearby and can be taken near the metro stations of Mall of the Emirates, Ibn Battuta or Dubai Internet City.
Reaching it by taxi is very easy since any taxi driver knows it and there is a taxi rank right in front of the main gate.
Burj Al Arab and Wild Wadi Waterpark are located along one of the Hop On Hop Off double-decker bus routes, if you have a pass for these buses or have one of the Dubai City Cards (GoDubai or iVenture Card) it will be super easy to reach the Burj Al Arab.