Burj Al Arab, renowned as the Tower of the Arabs, has become an iconic or symbolic statement for Dubai. It is considered UAE’s most luxurious hotel and has a distinctive sail-shaped silhouette, which really makes the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah so extraordinary.
It is ‘the world’s only 7 star Hotel’ and is the third tallest hotel in the world. It is a complex with 28 double-story floors that accommodate 202 bedroom suites. Near the top of the tower is a helicopter-landing pad.
The Burj Al Arab hotel sits on an artificial island and is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge that leads to Jumeirah beach.
The hotel was designed by Tom Wright of WKK Architects. Construction started in 1994 and completed in 1999. Cost of the build was USD $ 650 million. Today, it is managed by the Jumeirah Group, a Dubai-based international luxury hotel chain and part of Dubai Holding.
Lately, a mini Burj al Arab has been spotted in India. A small replica of the Burj al Arab, in fact, has been seen in Punjab in northwest India. Photos of the structure have been circulated on social media sites in recent weeks and have recent attracted the attention of Dubai’s Jumeirah Group; having been made aware of the situation, it plans to take legal action against the Indian homeowner who did not seek approval before the house was built. Gerald Lawless, president and CEO of Jumeirah Group says the group owns the copyright to the landmark’s architectural design of the Burj Al Arab and the Indian homeowner built it without first seeking permission from the luxury hotelier.
The look-alike at Punjab in northwest India appears situated next to an old farmhouse in the outskirts of the town. Unlike the miniaturized counterpart in India, the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai reflects the finest that the world has to offer for hospitality.
The original Burj Al Arab in the emirate truly reflects the heritage and culture of the Arabian region as seen inside and out of the structure. The accommodation with rooms and bedroom suites, not to forget the helipad or atrium that dominates the interior of the hotel and fountain that creates a “three-dimensional Islamic star pattern” found inside the lobby sets the Dubai composition apart from any other structured likeness in the world.