Burj Al Arab Hotel
Sight Address : Burj Al Arab Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Rd | P.O Box 74147, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.Edit
Burj Al Arab is a luxury hotel located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. At 321 m (1,053 ft), it is the fourth tallest hotel in the world. Burj Al Arab stands on an artificial island 280 m (920 ft) from Jumeirah beach and is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge. The shape of the structure is designed to mimic the sail of a ship. Sometimes referred to as “the world’s only seven-Star hotel”, its star rating is disputed.
Burj Al Arab was designed by architect Tom Wright of Atkins. The design and construction were managed by Canadian engineer Rick Gregory also of WS Atkins. Construction of the Island 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, London with Big Ben, or Paris with the Eiffel Tower. It needed to be a building that would become synonymous with the name of the country.” The architect and engineering consultant for the project was Atkins. Fletcher Construction from New Zealand was the lead joint venture partner in the initial stages of pre-construction and construction. The hotel was built by South African construction contractor Murray & Roberts and Al Habtoor Engineering.
Best Season to Visit
November to April.
Best Time To Visit
Morning, Afternoon, Evening, Night.
Time Required for Sightseeing
More than 1 hours.
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How to ReachEdit
Taxi : Taxi is also easily available here, Most visitors will opt for public taxis from the airport, which are readily available just outside arrivals, which use the meter and start at AED 25. If you can’t find one otherwise, you can attempt to call a taxi at 04-2080808
BUS : The Government of Dubai operates a network of buses linking Dubai city with the capitals of the other six emirates of the UAE. The buses run under the name Emirates Express and operate from various bus terminals in Dubai. Buses operate every 40 minutes from 6.20am from both Dubai’s Al Ghubaibah bus station and Abu Dhabi’s main bus station. The two-hour journey cost AED 25. Frequent buses run between Dubai and Sharjah. There are several different routes and buses depart from various bus stations in Dubai including Al Karama, Gold Souq, Baniyas Square, Jebel Ali and Al Ittihad Square. Fares are at Dh7 .
Train : Dubai Metro is composed of at-grade elevated Type 1, Type 2 and Type 3 (T1, T2 and T3, respectively) underground stations (U) and underground transfer station types (UT). Type 1 is the regular at-grade concourse station, Type 2 is a regular elevated concourse station, and Type 3 is an elevated special track station with an extra track to hold a non operational train. Underground transfer stations will be accommodating both the Red and Green lines for easy transfers. Besides these differences, there are four themes used in the interiors of the stations: earth, water, fire and air. Earth stations have a tan-brown colour effects; water has blue-white colour effects; fire has orange-red colour effects; and the air has green colour effects. Single tickets range from Dh2-8.50, or double that for use of the “Gold” first class carriage. Train run every 3-5 minutes from 5:50 AM to Midnight every day except Thursday and Friday, when services are extended to 5:50 AM to 1 AM and limited to 1 PM to Midnight, respectively. All stations are air-conditioned and there’s a large network of feeder buses.
Air : Dubai International Airport (DXB), which is located about 2.5 miles southeast of Dubai, links the emirate to over 200 world destinations by 100 airlines operating about 5,600 flights every week. Terminal 1 of Dubai International Airport serves as a base for international flights while Terminal 3 exclusively caters for Emirates. Terminal 2 on the other hand, is mainly used by smaller airlines operating to Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan. India can avail flight services from metropolitan cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Bangalore. Besides Emirates, Jet Airways, Air India, Thai Airways and Indian Airlines are some of the major airlines serving travellers flying to Dubai from India. Most visitors will opt for public taxis from the airport, which are readily available just outside arrivals, which use the meter and start at Dhs 25. Taxis are on the left when you come out of terminal 1.
Airport telephone number: +971 (0) 4 224 5555
Others : By Boat : An easier way of crossing the Dubai Creek is by abra, essentially a small ferry. Abra stations are located along the Creek on both the Bur Dubai and Deira sides, and the system of filling the boats is remarkably efficient. The cross-river trip costs 1 Dirham (AED 1) per passenger, payable to the driver after the boat has left the station, and affords a very picturesque view of the city (not to be missed). Abras set off very regularly, and the service is available round-the-clock.
waterbus : The Waterbus is another option for tourists who want to go by boat but avoid the abra crowd (or the heat). It is a part of Dubai’s public transport system, so again a Red ticket, or any Nol card is required for the journey. Can be purchased at the waterbus station. The waterbus also features a ‘tourist route’ round trip – while it is convenient, it can get quite expensive (Dh50 for an adult, Dh25 for a child).
By Car : There are a countless number of Rent-A-Cars that will provide a mode of transportation for very cheap rates and very little paperwork. An International Driving Permit is not necessarily required, but hire companies may not rent a car without one. Some agencies will hire out cars complete with drivers. Visitors taking advantage of this option will need to make certain that their driver knows his way around as many do not.
Things to CarryEdit
- Guest may carry a valid photo ID, 360 degree may ask for ID before entering.
Safety / WarningEdit
- Never take a photograph with a person not in your travelling party in it without asking for permission first.
- Public drunkenness is strictly prohibited, as is drinking and driving.
- Dubai is in a Muslim country, clothing should be modest in order to respect local customs.
- Police – 999 / 2292222
- Fire Department – 997
- Ambulance – 999