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Burj al Arab: IXS
The Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai is the only 7-Star hotel in the world. It is a place where imagination becomes reality. Soaring 321 metres above the Arabian Gulf, Burj Al Arab is the world's tallest and most architecturally advanced hotel in the world.
Built in the shape of an Arabian dhow sail and dominating the Dubai coastline, this is one of the world's most spectacular and incomparably luxurious hotels. It is surrounded by choreographed colour sculptures of water and fire. This all-suite hotel reflects the finest that the world has to offer. The Burj Al Arab offers unparalleled standards of comfort and service in a unique and unforgettably lavish setting.
It is a stricking 28-story All-Suite Hotel housed in unique sail-shaped building overlooking Jumeira Beach. It charges from 1,000 US dollars per night for a one-bedroom Deluxe Suite to 10,000 US dollars for a Royal Suite. It has enjoyed growing popularity and 90 per cent occupancy rate six years after it opened in Dubai.
The hotel boasts of offering the world’s best service, and continues to attract guests from all over the world despite the emergence of more luxurious hotels, like the three-billion-US dollar Emirates Palace which opened in March, also in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Burj Al Arab does not have rooms; it has 202 suites, each one arranged over two floors. Ranging from a capacious 169 sq. mts to an astonishing 780 sq. mts in size, the floor to ceiling glass windows offer simply breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf.
Decorated with lavish textures and exuberant colours, each suite features a sumptuous living and dining area, state of the art entertainment system and office facilities. Their sheer opulence in every tiny detail is underpinned with technology that does everything from controlling the 42 inch Plasma screen TV to closing the curtains.
Offering the highest levels of personalised service in the most luxurious surroundings imaginable, your private butler will ensure that every little need is met. Designed to provide maximum comfort, our unique service levels mean that even your check in will be in the privacy of your suite.
Its Deluxe suite having 1 Bedroom is ideal for life. With beautiful views of the Arabian Gulf, the Deluxe Suite features a handsome spiral staircase that leads you from one floor to the next, perfectly separating the entertainment and living spaces. Area - 169 sq. mts Lower level - Living room with large lounge, dining table for 4, private bar counter, guest washroom Upper level - Dressing room, bedroom with king size or twin bed, luxury bathroom with Jacuzzi Occupancy - 2 Adults and 2 Children below the age of 12, or 3 Adults. Chauffeur driven Rolls Royce or BMW available at a charge.
Burj al Arab is full of Leisure Facilities. Assawan Spa & Health Club situated on the 18th floor with magnificent views over the Gulf. Treatment rooms, hydrotherapy baths, oriental massage, stand-up solarium, sauna, steam rooms and jacuzzi, two swimming pools, squash court, two fully equipped fitness studios and an aerobics floor. It also provides Unlimited access to Wild Wadi Water Park.
The wonderful Royal Suite of this only 7 Star Hotel in Dubai is located on the 25th floor. It is indeed the last word in luxury, with its lavishly appointed interiors, majestic colour scheme and sumptuous furnishings. The Exclusive privileges include private elevator and private cinema. Its special features are Marble and gold staircase, leopard print tufted carpets, Carrarra marble flooring and mahogany furniture. Lower level - Dining area, Arabic majlis (reception) style lounge and library Upper level - Master bedroom with rotating four-poster canopy bed and second bedroom, each with adjoining marble bathrooms with spa bath, walk-in shower, fine porcelain fittings and full sized Hermes 24 - Faubourg fragrances and body products Occupancy - 4 Adults and 2 Children below the age of 12, or 5 Adults (only). Chauffeur driven Rolls Royce or BMW are also available at surcharge.
The world's most luxurious hotel has its very own helipad 200m above ground, but it appears unlikely any helicopters will be landing.
Burj Al Arab ties to provide an international atmosphere to make guests from all nationalities feel comfortable. Its staff come from many countries and speaks 15 languages.
A Heritage Of Hospitality, A Vision Of The Future : Burj Al Arab is a Monument Worthy Of A New Millennium. The Arabian Experience, its Influence and achievements, can all be found in this true reflection of a culture of hospitality.
For more information about Burj al Arab visit: http://united-arab-emirates.ixs.net/hotels/burj-al-arab/index.aspx
About the Author: Jackie Gates spent her childhood on the prairies of Wisconsin. Jackie however was fascinated by the distant deserts of the Middle East and the Arabian Nights. She pursued Arabic and Near Eastern Studies at Columbia and headed to the middle east in 1992. Jackie has travelled extensively throughout the region and resides in Dubai. While not teaching English or smoking Sheesha, she writes for united-arab-emirates.ixs.net