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Burj Al Arab, Dubai

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Architectural Building Tourist Spot
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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  • came out cool pics from the hotel in the background:-) to stay I was not because the road:-) Beach wide:-) very hot)
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  • Our flight changed and we opted for an earlier one which then made us overnight at the Burj Al Arab. This was by far the nicest hotel I've ever stayed in. This property is as most would expect, over t...  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Stunning modern design and such an array of cocktails on offer! The service was wonderful, but dare I say that I almost preferred seeing the building as a whole from outside, especially lit up in the evenings, to being inside? It's the whole luxury atmosphere, the number of staff hovering discreetly everywhere and the array of luxury cars outside, coupled with the opulence and the lights, that make you feel you've entered a different world.
  • Stunning modern design and such an array of cocktails on offer! The service was wonderful, but dare I say that I almost preferred seeing the building as a whole from outside, especially lit up in the evenings, to being inside? It's the whole luxury atmosphere, the number of staff hovering discreetly everywhere and the array of luxury cars outside, coupled with the opulence and the lights, that make you feel you've entered a different world.
  • 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!!!

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Dubai is a city of hotels, with most of the world's leading chains represented. Rooms remain expensive and luxurious, as most establishments cater to visitors with deeper pockets. You can still save money on accommodations if you look hard enough. Move away from the coast for more affordable backpacker hostels and self-service apartments, as well as less expensive hotel rooms where a lack of luxurious amenities and less appealing views keep rates suited to budget travelers.
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