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Burj Al Arab – World’s Tallest All-Hotel Skyscraper

Posted by Jae on January 14, 2009

Burj Al Arab

Burj Al Arab

The Burj Al Arab is a 1999 completed, 650 million US dollar, 60 floor, 321 m skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. At 321 m, it is the tallest building used exclusively as a hotel. (However, the structure of the never-finished Ryugyong Hotel is nine meters taller than the Burj Al Arab, and the Rose Tower, also in Dubai, which has already topped Burj Al Arab’s height at 333 m, will take away the title upon its opening.) 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, designed to symbolize Dubai’s urban transformation and to mimic the sail of a boat. It is the first 5-star hotel to surpass 305 m (1000 ft) in height. The cost of staying in a suite begins at $1,000 per night; the Royal Suite is the most expensive, at $28,000 per night!

One of its restaurants, Al Muntaha, is located 200 metres above the Persian Gulf, offering a view of Dubai. Another restaurant, the Al Mahara, which is accessed via a simulated submarine voyage, features a large seawater aquarium, holding roughly 35,000 cubic feet (over one million litres) of water. The tank, made of acrylic glass in order to withstand the water pressure, is about 18 centimetres thick. This restaurant was also voted among the top ten best restaurants of the world by Condé Nast Traveler.

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