The 321 metres (1,053 feet) high Burj Al Arab in Dubai is one of the most luxurious hotels in the world, it is given seven stars. The Burj Al Arab is built on a man made island 280 metres (920 feet) from Jumerah Beach, it resembles a hoisted sail of a traditional Arabian sailing vessel called dhow. The Burj Al Arab, managed by the Jumeirah Group, opened in 1999.
The Burj Al Arab has 28 double-storey floors which accommodate 202 bedroom suites with the best view over the Arabic Gulf. The smallest suite occupies an area of 169 m2 (1,820 sq ft), the largest covers 780 m2 (8,400 sq ft). This luxury hotel offers the best service in the world, it has a discreet in-suite check-in, private reception desk on every floor and a brigade of highly trained butlers, guests will be assured of the ultimate in personal service throughout their stay. Guests can upgrade their experience at Burj Al Arab with a chauffeur driven Rolls Royce or a personal shopping assistant. Further more the hotel has a full-service spa, private beach and ten restaurants and lounges or bars. The restaurants and bars all have different dishes, scenery and views, for example the Al Mahara ("Oyster"), which features a large 990,000 litres (35,000 cu ft) seawater aquarium or Al Muntaha a restaurant 200 meters (660 feet) above the Arabian Gulf (Persian Gulf) with a breathtaking view of Jumeirah beach, The Palm and The World Islands offering a modern European cuisine.
The hotel with its lavishly appointed banqueting venues, ballroom and full range of professional audio-visual equipment is also the perfect business hotel or conference hotel. The hotel host many prestigious gala dinners, award ceremonies, parties, international forums, business seminars and cultural events. The beautiful Marina Garden and the unique Assawan Amphitheatre on the 18th floor are also attractive venues for formal and informal events like wedding parties.
At night, it offers an unforgettable sight, surrounded by choreographed colour sculptures of water and fire.
Burj Al Arab is a 5-minute walk away from Wild Wadi Park and a 15-minute walk away from Souk Madinat.
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