Burj Al Arab is a luxury hotel in Dubai, UAE.
It’s the world’s tallest man-made structure and the centerpiece of the Dubai Marina, where it welcomes its guests with a 270-degree view of the city, but also with a huge aquarium that is home to more than 1,200 marine species. The hotel itself has 628 rooms and suites on 22 floors and two underground levels, as well as 40 restaurants and lounges on its second floor. It also has an indoor ski slope and an infinity pool with a retractable roof that can be opened when it snows.
In addition to being a tourist attraction in its own right, it also offers luxurious accommodations that can accommodate large groups of visitors regularly. Some of these visitors include CEOs who are conducting business meetings in the Middle East; Hollywood celebrities on their way to film movies; fashion designers who want to show off their latest collections; and CEOs who come to have meetings about business issues but prefer not to stay in the city during their time there.
Burj Al Arab is known for its service. At 321 m (1,053 ft), it is the third tallest hotel in the world; however, 39% of its total height is made up of non-occupiable space. Burj Al Arab stands on an artificial island 280 m (920 ft) from Jumeirah beach and is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge. The shape of the structure is designed to mimic the sail of a ship. It has a helipad near the roof at a height of 210 m (689 ft) above ground.
The beachfront area where Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach Hotel are located was previously called Chicago Beach. The hotel is located on an island of reclaimed land 280 meters offshore of the beach of the former Chicago Beach Hotel. The locales name had its origins in the Chicago Bridge & Iron Company which at one time welded giant floating oil storage tankers on the site. The old name persisted after the old Hotel was demolished in 1997.