Saturday, December 27, 2008

Burj Al Arab

The Burj Al Arab is the most luxurious hotel, the only one in the world which holds 7 stars. It´s located in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum wanted it to be the symbol of Dubai. The designer was the British Architect, Tom Wright. He took the inspiration from the sail of a boat. That´s why it´s located in the sea on an artificial island 280 metres (919 ft) out of the Jumeirah beach. It became the symbol of Dubai. Nowadays, I think that the Burj Dubai, The Palm Islands and The World islands are also symbols of Dubai.

The designers and engineers behind Burj Al Arab were Atkins. The interior of the building was designed by the chinese designer Khuan Chew.

It is actually the highest building used exclusively as hotel which is 321 meters (1,053 ft) tall. But when Rose Tower, 333 meters (1,093 ft) tall in Dubai and Ryuyong Hotel 330 meters (1,083 ft) tall in Pyongyang, North Korea will open their doors, it will become the third tallest hotel.

It has got 202 bedrooms, all of them suites, between 169 square meters (1,819 sq ft) and 780 square meters (8,396 sq ft). It also has two really special restaurants. The first one, Al Mahara (Arabic meaning "The Oyster") is a simulated submarine restaurant with a very big aquarium. The second one, Al Muntaha (Arabic meaning "Highest" or "Ultimate") is located 200 metres (660 ft) above the Persian Gulf.

Its construction began on 1994 and was inagurated on the 1st of December of 1999.

There are 5 videos that teach us how the Burj Al Arab was constructed.

Burj Al Arab - Megastructures 1/5

Burj Al Arab - Megastructures 2/5

Burj Al Arab - Megastructures 3/5

Burj Al Arab - Megastructures 4/5

Burj Al Arab - Megastructures 5/5

From: youtube and wikipedia


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