The Burj Al Arab hotel
Evening view of Burj Al Arab

The Burj Al Arab hotel is one of the most amazing physical structures ever created by man! Standing proud off the coast of Dubai is the most incredible buildings on the planet Earth.  At height of 321 metres, it remains one of the tallest hotels and building on Earth as it soars higher than many other Towers. It is one of the top ten tallest hotels on Earth and holds the title of the most luxurious hotels on the planet Earth – in the world. The name Burj Al Arab means the Arabian Tower.

Burj al arab hotel

Here we bring you details about the Burj Al Arab, a structure designed to amaze.  A building that was once described as the tallest building on EARTH as can be heard described in the short video below. The creating is 21st century icon. I was an epic struggle that pushed everyone involved to the limit. Although, now, scientific advancement has further given man insight into creating magnificent and wonderful structures that outshine and outwit one another, we now have Burj Khalifa as the tallest building on Earth as it stands at 829 meters above sea level.

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In November 1994 construction began of the then world’s tallest and most luxurious hotel. The pressure was on from day one and with the eyes of the world watching closely no one on the project wants to disappoint this particular tide. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the then crown prince was the visionary leader behind this amazing building called the Burj Al Arab (he equally oversaw the construction of Burj Khalifa). The project was one of his giant and tremendous response to economic time bomb his country(Dubai) would confront in no distant time, for he understands the fact that Dubai Emirate province has little or limited quantity of crude oil that cannot sustain his people far enough.  So, he has to look for alternative means of sustaining the economy and livelihood of his people.  His action and foresight birthed the Burj Al Arab, Burj Khalifa and other megastructures in Dubai Emirate. As a visionary leader, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum knew that if he didn’t take any action that in no distant time the limited oil would dry up, and the country would start borrowing or surviving on aids from richer countries which would seem embarrassing.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, The Burj Khalifa, The Burj Al Arab
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Indeed, Burj Al Arab, a.k.a the Arabian Tower has redefined what is possible in the design and engineering of supertall buildings. By combining cutting-edge technologies and cultural influences, the building serves as a global icon that is both a model for future urban centers and speaks to the global movement towards compact, livable urban areas. The Tower and its surrounding neighborhoods are more centralized than any other new development in Dubai. At the center of a new downtown neighborhood, Burj Khalifa’s mixed-use program focuses the area’s development density and provides direct connections to mass transit systems.

How the sleeping giant in the Dubai ruling class was awaken: Barely 60 years ago, Dubai was a dusty backward home to poor divers, coastal traders, and fishermen. Then in 1960s, oil prospectors discovered crude oil but in a limited quantity. The sudden injections of billions of petrol Dollars transformed the Dubai Emirate tremendously. However, the geologists predicted that the oil boom would be over by 2016, and that the good life could just end as quickly as it began when the oil wells ran dry. The answer to Dubai economic survival lay in a struggle field. This time the emirate less than twice the size of London is in the remote part of Arabian Gulf. Dubai had three untapped natural assets which are sun, sand, and the sea which could be crucial for tourism. And eventually, they considered these free 3 gifts of nature during the building of tourism oriented mega projects that followed that eventually transformed Dubai into one of the most infrastructurally developed ultra-modern cities in the world. In addition, this move made Dubai one of the tourism based economies in the world. 

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Facing a crucial financial melt down,  Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the then crowned prince made a crucial decision. He decided to use the proceeds from the sales of the limited quantity of the crude oil deposit to turn Dubai into one of the most exclusive holiday destinations in the world, a playground for the rich on the Arabian gulf coast. The Sheikh needed a luxurious masterpiece/centerpiece to lunch his country on the path of global recognition via tourists attraction billion dollar mega structures. Then he set to the construction of the then tallest and most luxurious hotel in the world(burj Al Arab), with a unique seven stars reputation. The Burj Al Arab was borne out of his foresight. The construction of Burj Al Arab was carried out by a radical team of young engineers and architects  from Britain. They were led by chief architect Tom Wright. This engineering team were handed the project contract for they have renowned reputation for innovative engineering.

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Taking up the challenge to build an iconic structure lies in the creativity power of human mind. Wright knew this, and he delivered by chosen to erect the building from an island base rising from the sea. But, there is no island on the golf so he has to device a means of building an artificial island from where the building foundation would pin from.  This move further added to the cost and made the  Burj Al Arab a Masterpiece to behold.

In summary: The Burj Al Arab is a hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It has a height of 321 meters (1,053 feet), and this means that it is one of the tallest hotels in the world. It stands on an artificial island 280 meters (920 feet) from Jumeirah beach and is connected to the mainland by a private curving  steel bridge. The building opened in December 1999.