Burj Al Arab, Dubai

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Visit Burj Al Arab to experience a symbol of the city's modern affluence and opulence. Constructed on an artificial island 280 m (920 ft) from the mainland, the iconic luxury hotel and resort opened in 1999 and has gained a reputation as one of the most luxurious hotels in the world. Enjoy high tea among extensive views of the coastline and city, and sample the decadence of the onsite spa, offering a range of treatments and massages. Admire the structure's exterior, and snap photos of its crisp, sail-shaped form against the impressive coastal backdrop. With our world travel planner, Dubai attractions like Burj Al Arab can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • August 18, 2017
    A Well worthwhile place to go to for all on your trip to Dubai. We found it a little confusing finding our way through the shopping mall to the entrance, and the queue quite long, even though we had b...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Along with burj kalifa, is the symbol of Dubai and its shape resembles a sail. Striking his view from the beach!
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  • August 17, 2017
    The fame of this attraction is worth it. You have to see it to believe it, a mindblowing architecture  more »
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  • August 15, 2017
    Once in a lifetime experience. Everything was just perfect. They treated us like a royalty. They gave us a complimentary birthday cake for our daughter.We had a high afternoon tea. It was just amazing!
  • July 27, 2017
    Super luxury hotel on a man made island!! We been there for a dinner and it was an outstanding buffet. Staff is really polite and helpful. Entrance of the hotel makes you feel exciting and definetly will love the atmosphere there. One of the best places to have an romantic dinner for sure. They have nice swimming pools, restaurants as well as a helipad on top of the hotel. In my point of view the price you pay here is totally worth it.
  • June 7, 2017
    We had no idea what to expect, as our travel agent booked this "because it's my favourite hotel in Dubai". We were wondering if it was too isolated given the 30 minutes or so it took from the airport and arriving at night, it seemed like we were in the middle of nowhere. What a delightful surprise the next morning to open our curtains to the beautiful ocean views. The room and the public areas of the hotel are absolutely palatial. The restaurants are a delight and the package included a lunch or dinner every day, plus breakfast, so all in all really good value. We used the free meal passes to dine at the Burj Al Arab, which is a sister hotel and experience the feel of this (world first) 7 star hotel as well. Also included is a courtesy bus to take guests to the Emirates shopping centre and a couple of other attractions but taxi travel is fairly cheap anyway.
  • June 14, 2017
    I went for the World Cup Horse Race and was blown away by the level of service. I see why it has 7 stars. 24 hour butler service. The suites are like a gorgeous NYC apt. It was an experience to remember. If you ahve the chance I say GO, SEE DO!!!
  • June 19, 2017
    Twenty years ago with my first visit to Dubai, the iconic Burj Al Arab was the landmark of Dubai which has now been overtaken by others and now the Burj Khalifa. Unfortunately like the many others that thronged at the entrance gate, I did not have a reservation at either the hotel or restaurants so could not go inside. But the view from outside and faraway is just as stunning as being up close to this architectural marvel. From far it looks like the wind blowing a sail. Next time will get my friends to book and then I can get an opportunity to see the amazing workmanship from inside. And someday when my budget allows, to actually have a stay there.

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