The Burj Al Arab is a luxury hotel, iconic or symbolic statement for Dubai. Burj Al Arab characterizes itself as the world’s only “7-star” property, a designation considered by travel professionals to be hyperbole. All major travel guides and hotel rating systems have a 5-star maximum. The hotel is located off the coast of the stunning Jumerah beach, only 15 kilometres from Dubai’s City Centre.
While the exterior of the Burj Al Arab is expressed in terms of ultra-modern sculptural design, the interior guest space is a compilation of lavish and luxurious architectural styles from both the east and the west.
The hotel is lavishly decorated. It will simply leave you breathless. Golden decors on the walls, simulated submarine entrance in one of the restaurants and panoramic elevators are just part of the hotel’s attractive features.
One of the unique restaurant in the hotel is the Al Mahara (which on Arabic means “The Oyster”), which is accessed via a simulated submarine voyage, features a large seawater aquarium, holding roughly 990,000 litres of water.
The rooms in this hotel are what you would expect from the height of Arabian luxury – velvet, marble and gold everywhere. Despite its size, the Burj Al Arab holds only 28 double-story floors which accommodate 202 bedroom suites. The smallest suite occupies an area of 169 square meters (1,819 square ft), the largest covers 780 square meters (8,396 square ft). It is one of the most expensive hotels in the world. The cost of staying in a suite begins at $1,000 per night and increases to over $15,000 per night; the Royal Suite is the most expensive, at $28,000 per night, along with it comes a gorgeous view of the Arabian Sea and an indulgent stay of a lifetime.