For us, the Burj Al Arab is next to the Burj Khalifa the most beautiful building in Dubai and a unique and beautiful hotel with a breathtaking architecture. But it is not so easy to look at the hotel up close and take pictures. In our travelogue we tell you how we got into the hotel and what the most beautiful photo spots are for the Burj Al Arab.
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The Luxury Hotel Burj Al Arab
Things to know & intersting facts about the Hotel
The Burj al Arab has been one of the most luxurious and expensive hotels in the world since its opening in 1999 and, together with the Burj Khalifa, the landmark of Dubai.
Due to the stunning sail-shaped architecture and the exposed location on an artificial island, the building is distinctive and easily rectable in photos. With its 321 meters, the luxury hotel is 14 meters higher than the Eiffel Tower and only 60 meters lower than the Empire State Building. The design of the tower in the form of a sail is complemented by the helipad mounted on the 28th floor to the land side and the restaurant protruding at a height of 200 meters to the sea side.
Construction of the hotel began in 1994. Originally it was planned to build the hotel directly on the coast. However, this plan was rejected because the building would have cast too large a shadow on the beach. The excavation of the island, located 280 meters away from the coast of Dubai, took two years, the subsequent construction of the hotel itself took another three years.
The Burj al Arab has 202 rooms, 60 floors, 18 elevators, numerous world-class restaurants and a luxurious beach terrace (“Burj al Arab Terrace”) with two swimming pools. For the construction of the hotel, in addition to 43,000 square meters of glass, 70,000 cubic meters of concrete and 9,000 tons of steel, 13,000 square meters of Carrara marble, 12,000 square meters of granite, 32,000 square meters of Italian mosaic and 10,000 square meters of gold leaf were used. The Burj Al Arab has suites exclusively, with the smallest suite still 169 square meters in size and the largest suite 780 square meters. The operator is the internationally operating Jumeirah Group, which is owned by the ruling family of the Emirate of Dubai.
Officially, the Burj al Arab is “only” a 5-star hotel, although it is often called a seven-star hotel due to its luxurious facilities. The official hotel classification only goes up to 5 stars.
How to get to the Burj Al Arab?
As a tourist, you unfortunately have (almost) no way to get closer to the Hotel Burj Al Arab, let alone to see it from the inside. The entrance to the hotel leads via a guarded gate to a 340-meter-long private bridge that connects the hotel to the mainland. If you are interested in the prices for the cheapest suite, you are welcome to take a look at Booking.com. The cheapest price (we could find) in a 170 m² Deluxe Suite Marina is €1,100 per night incl. breakfast. 🙂
One of the few ways to enter the hotel as a “non-guest” is to book an afternoon tea or cocktail at the Skyview Bar or make a table reservation to eat at one of the hotel’s restaurants.
We had opted for a tea time at 4.30pm at the Skyview Bar. In 2012, this Team Time cost us AED 425 per person (around 95 Euros). In the meantime, however, the price has probably risen to over AED 600 (130 Euros). So this is not a cheap pleasure for an afternoon tea 😉
The Atrium & the Hotel Lobby
We took a taxi to the Burj Al Arab and had to show our booking of tea time at the hotel gate. This allowed us access to the private hotel grounds and allowed us to continue by taxi to the hotel entrance.
From here we went directly into the atrium of the hotel, which with its approximately 180 meters ceiling height is the largest atrium in the world. Here you will find gold leaf columns, a staircase-like fountain, a huge aquarium along the escalator, shops, the reception and the elevators to the Skyview Bar.
Tea Time at the Skyview Bar
The Skyview Bar is located at an altitude of 200 meters on the 27th floor of the Burj Al Arab. The bar is quite modern and offers magnificent views of the city.
We were welcomed with a glass of champagne and then spoiled at the table with a cup of tea or coffee and all kinds of goodies (finger sandwiches, soft buns, mini patisseries, home-made scones, hand dipped chocolates and mignardines). Overall, we spent a good 2.5 hours in the Skyview Bar and enjoyed the fantastic view of Dubai ❤
The illuminated hotel in the evening
When we left the hotel around 7pm, it was already dark. So we were able to take some nice photos of the illuminated Burj Al Arab.
The most beautiful photo spots for the Burj Al Arab
We described above, as a tourist it is not possible to get to the Hotel Burj Al Arab for photos. But there are still a few nice photo spots outside the premises to photograph the extraordinary hotel.
The view from the Souk Madinat
A great view of the Burj Al Arab you definitely have from the Souk Madinat. The most beautiful photo spots we found from the bridge at the entrance (location in Google Maps)and from the many viewing terraces outside the souk.
Alternatively, you can also take a boat tour(Burj View Abra Tour)for AED 50 along the souk. We ourselves have not done these. But we think that you also get a very good view of the hotel here.
The view from a helicopter
Certainly the best view of the hotel and the entire area is from a bird’s eye view. For this you can book a helicopter flight, where you can also see the Burj Khalifa, the Palm Jumeirah, the Hotel Atlantis and the beaches of Dubai.
The view from Jumeirah Beach
The beach section directly opposite the Burj Al Arab belongs to the sister hotel Jumeirah Beach and is unfortunately not open to the public. But if you have a guest of the hotel, then you can enjoy a direct and unobstructed view of the Burj Al Arab.
The view from um Suqeim Beach
Completely free, however, is the view from the slightly further north um Suqeim Beach (location in Google Maps). This beach is open to the public.
The view from the Palm Island
Also from the palm island you have a view of the Burj Al Arab. We were able to.B take a photo of the Aquaventure water park in the Hotel Atlantis the Palm.
The Souk Madinat
South of Hotel Burj Al Arab is the Souk Madinat. The Souk Madinat is the modern replica of a traditional Arab market and part of Dubai’s luxurious Madinat Jumeirah Resort.
Here you will find 75 small shops, which mainly offer antiques, handicrafts, textiles, jewelry, oriental food and spices or souvenirs. In addition, there are 25 cafés, bars and restaurants around the artificial lagoon. The shops are open from 10:00 to 23:00, the cafes and restaurants usually from 08:00 to 02:00.
A map with all attractions in DubaiOn Google MyMaps we have marked all important sights and attractions in Dubai.
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The Swissôtel Al Murooj & our first long-haul flight with baby
Burj Al Arab – Photo Spots & Tea Time in the Skyview Bar
Das Hotel Atlantis the Palm, Lost Chambers Aquarium & Aquaventure Waterpark
Dubai Miracle Garden & the Dubai Butterfly Garden
The Pointe – The Palm Fountain at Palm Jumeirah
Al Seef Dubai, Dubai Museum, Spice Souk & Gold Souk
Dubai Marina – JBR, The Walk, The Beach & Ain Dubai
Dubai Frame in Zabeel Park & Dubai Garden Glow
La Mer – Beach, Shopping & Boardwalk in Jumeirah
Dubai Creek Harbour – The new harbour district in Dubai
Dubai Mall, Dubai Aquarium & the Underwater Zoo
Burj Khalifa – The most beautiful Instagram photo spots
Burj Khalifa – Things to know, At the Top & Dubai Fountain