Burj Al Arab

4747 Words Apr 20th, 2009 19 Pages
Ksenia Kozlova
European University

Burj Al Arab - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Reasons for the choice
I have chosen the Burj al Arab hotel for the following reasons: first of all I have been twice in Dubai, and I have really enjoyed it, then it has been my dream for the last two years to come back to the UAE and to spend at least one night in this wonderful hotel. I hope my dream will come true this year. I am planning to visit this country this September, that’s why I’ve decided to make a small research on the Burj al Arab hotel.
Hotel description
The Burj al-Arab (Arabic "Tower of the Arabs") is a luxury hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. At 321 metres (1,053 feet), it is the tallest building used exclusively
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• Another restaurant, the Al Mahara (Arabic "The Oyster"), which is accessed via a simulated submarine voyage, features a large seawater aquarium, holding roughly 35,000 cubic feet (over one million liters) of water. The tank, made of plexiglass in order to reduce the magnification effect, is about 18 cm (7.5 inches) thick. The restaurant was also voted among the top ten best restaurants of the world by Conde Nast Traveller Magazine
• The building's external lighting scheme can vary from white to multicolored, changing every 30 minutes. Occasionally there is a light show, where colors interchange rapidly. During the period of mourning following the death of Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum in January 2006, the light show and some water features were turned off.
• The Architect and Engineer for the project was Atkins, the UK based multidisciplinary consultancy. The hotel was built by South African construction company Murray & Roberts. It took three years to reclaim the land from the sea, and less than three years to construct the building itself.
• In March 2004, the hotel received publicity when professional golfer Tiger Woods took the time to hit several golf balls from the hotel's helipad into the Persian Gulf.
• In February 2005, professional tennis players Roger Federer and Andre Agassi played an unranked game on the helipad, which was temporarily converted into a grass tennis court, at a height of 211 metres. The helipad had