Considered ‘The World’s Only 7-Star Hotel’, the Burj Al Arab in Dubai is the third tallest luxury hotel in the world. The hotel is situated on an artificial island 280 m (920 ft) from Jumeirah Beach and is connected to the mainland via private curving bridge. The structure is designed in shape to mimic the sail of a ship. The island on which the Burj Al Arab is located is reclaimed land 280 meters offshore of the beach of the former Dubai Chicago Beach Hotel. The origins of the locale’s name lie in the Chicago Bridge & Iron Company which previously welded giant oil tankers on the site. The design of the Burj Al Arab is credited to architect Tom Wright of WKK Architects. Construction of the island began in 1994. Wright said the client wanted a building that would become an iconic statement for Dubai. The hotel building opened in 1999. 
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Some of the hotel’s features required complex engineering feats to be achieved. To secure a foundation on the artificial island on the which the building rests, the builders drove 230 concrete piles into the sand, each about 130 feet long. A ground/surface layer of rocks was created by engineers, circled with a concrete honeycomb pattern, serving to protect the foundation from the effects of erosion. While it took three years for the land to be reclaimed for the sea, it took fewer than three years for the building to be constructed. The building contains over 9,000 tons of steel and 92,000 cu. yards of concrete. Inside the building, there is an atrium that is 590 ft. tall. 

The Jumeirah Group, a Dubai-based international luxury hotel chain that is part of Dubai Holding, manages the hotel. The Jumeirah Group’s portfolio have won numerous awards for travel and tourism. The Burj Al Arab holds 28 double-story floors, accommodating 202 bedroom suites. The suites range in size area from 1,820 sq. ft. to 8,400 sq. ft. Suites feature designs that capture a juxtaposition of east and west. Great influence is shown through white columns and mosaic tile patterns accent bathrooms. The Royal Suite, which is billed at $18,716 per night, is listed at twelfth on CNN Go’s list of the World’s 15 Most Expensive Hotel Suites, compiled in 2012. The hotel is very popular with the Chinese market, which accounted for 25 percent of all bookings at the Burj Al Arab in 2011 and 2012. 

Restaurants are another grand feature of the Burj Al Arab hotel. There is Al Muntaha (Arabic for “ultimate”), which is located 600 ft. above the Persian Gulf, offering a great view of Dubai. A full cantilever that extends 89 ft. from either side of the mast supports the restaurant, and it is accessed to a panoramic elevator. Al Mahara (Arabic for “Oyster”) is accessed through a simulated submarine voyage, featuring a large seawater aquarium, holding approximately 260,000 gallons of water. The wall of the tank is made of acrylic glass, 7.1 inches thick and built to withstand the water pressure. 

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