Burj Al Arab Facts; 13 of the most popular questions

by Danni B
View across Dubai with Burj Al Arab at the front

The Burj Al Arab is one of the most iconic structures in the world, standing tall as a symbol of modern luxury and engineering prowess. It has been featured in countless films and television shows with its unique design drawing in people from around the globe.

So what do we really know about this magnificent structure? How was it built? What purpose does it serve? In this article, we will answer these questions and more as we explore some fascinating facts about the Burj Al Arab.

As a Dubai resident for 1 decade now, shush don’t tell anyone I’m that old, I’ll give you all the inside information about this spectacular building. Plus a few tips that only Dubai residents can tell you!

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What is Burj Al Arab?

The Burj Al Arab from the sea and looking towards Umm Suqeim in Dubai

The Burj Al Arab is an iconic all-suite luxury hotel. The building’s sail-shaped silhouette has made it one of the most recognizable structures in the world and a symbol for modern Dubai.

Designed by architect Tom Wright, who previously working for Atkins. The Burj Al Arab stands at 321 meters (1053 ft) high and features 199 luxurious suites.

Each suite features their own private jacuzzi, floor-to-ceiling windows and a minimum size of 169 sqm (1820 sqft).

Guests staying in the hotel will experience a world of highly personalised services and lavish amenities, including some of the Dubai’s top restaurants with a view of the sea and one of the world’s most expensive bars.

The hotel also has a helipad on the top and a temperature-controlled infinity saltwater pool at the back.

Burj Al Arab offers a truly unique experience for those with enough money to stay there and how it earnt it’s reputation as the only ‘7 star’ hotel in the world.

When was Burj Al Arab built?

The Burj Al Arab construction started in July 1994 and opened to the public on the 1st of December 1999.

The construction of the hotel came with a hefty price tag, costing an estimated $1 billion USD.

As one of the world’s most luxurious hotels, it is no surprise that so much investment went into making it a reality. With its soaring height, intricate design, gold fixtures and extravagant facilities.

What is special about Burj Al Arab?

The Burj Al Arab is famous because of its unique sail shape design, luxurious amenities and impeccable service.

The hotel was so luxurious it earnt the title of the first “7 star” hotel in the world. As it is made entirely of large suite being and everything is fitted out with the finest materials.

Guests staying in the hotel can enjoy a range of facilities and activities such as private beach access, helicopter tours, and fine dining.

The hotel’s reputation made it the perfect place to stay for celebrities, politicians and wealthy guests from around the world. Everyone from royalty to prominent businessmen have stayed in the Burj Al Arab.

Unique features of the hotel:

  • Salt water infinity pool
  • Roof top helicopter pad
  • Man made luxury beach on its 10,000 sqm terrace with sand imported from Saudi Arabia
  • 24,000 sqm of Statuario marble
  • World’s 4th tallest hotel
  • Located on its own artificial island
  • The hotel has approximately 1,790sqm of 24-carat gold leaf used in its interiors
  • Uses rare Eiderdown duvets from Icelandic Eider ducks
  • Pillow menu that features 17 different pillows
  • There is a staff ratio of 6 per 1 guest

Where is Burj Al Arab?

The Burj Al Arab is located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It can be found on the Jumeirah Beach Road in an area called Umm Suqeim, which is not far from Palm Jumeirah.

It is next to Wild Wadi Water Park and Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Its iconic silhouette sits alone out at sea from the beach, making it easy to spot from miles away.

How to go to Burj Al Arab by metro

The closest metro station to Burj Al Arab is the Mall of the Emirates, which is approximately 4.5km away. From there, you will take the air conditioned tunnel to the side of AlSufouh 1, then a short taxi ride (costing approx 20-25 AED / $5 – $7 USD) or bus to get to Jumeirah Beach Hotel.

The bus from Mall of Emirates metro to Jumeirah Beach Hotel is number 81, takes approximately 25 minutes and costs 3 AED ($0.82 USD). You’ll then need to walk the rest of the way to Burj Al Arab unless you are doing a tour.

The map above also includes a pin to show where the metro station is.

How to go to Burj Al Arab by bus

If you plan to visit Burj Al Arab via public transport, the bus is the best option. As the metro is further away.

There are a number of buses that will take you close to the Burj Al Arab, including the 8, 81 and X28. These all run along Jumeirah Beach Road and drop you outside Wild Wadi and Jumeirah Beach Hotel (which is also built with an architectural sea theme).

If you’re going to the Burj Al Arab tour then you will need to go to Jumeirah Beach Hotel rather than directly to Burj Al Arab.

From there you can walk to the gated entrance of Burj Al Arab or to Umm Suqeim public beach to get a nice photo of the Burj Al Arab. It’s really nice to go just before sunset.

You can see on the map above the closest bus stops labelled “Wild Wadi 1 & 2.”

How to go to Burj Al Arab by car or taxi

If you plan to drive to the Burj Al Arab, it is a relatively easy journey from most parts of Dubai. Simply follow the Jumeirah Beach Road and keep an eye out for the iconic hotel.

You’ll see a white gate with a small security office leading onto a bridge that accesses the Burj Al Arab. You can drive over the bridge and arrive directly outside the Burj Al Arab lobby where staff will be waiting to open your car door.

Valet service is free for those visiting.

Who is the owner of Burj Al Arab?

The Burj Al Arab is owned by the Jumeirah Group, an international hospitality company and a subsidiary of Dubai Holding. The Jumeirah Group oversees a number of special hotels and resorts around the world, including the Burj Al Arab, located in Dubai.

How much is the Burj Al Arab worth?

Inside the fully gold bar called Gilt in Burj Al Arab with a bar tender making a cocktail in a gold cocktail shaker
Photo from Jumeirah Group

The Burj Al Arab’s hotel group of Jumeirah has yearly profits of $1.72 billion (2019) and the Burj Al Arab is said to bring in $120 million of revenue each year.

The hotel is estimated to be worth around $1.5 billion, making it one of the most expensive hotels in the world.

The incredible value is due to its unique design, gold leaf interiors, vast Italian marble and luxurious facilities. As well as its strategic location on the Dubai coastline on its own artificial island.

It is a symbol of wealth and opulence in Dubai.

How many rooms in Burj Al Arab?

Inside the lobby looking up towards the higher floors and rooms inside the Burj Al Arab with columns covered in gold leaf and blue painted ceilings of the communal areas

The Burj Al Arab has 199 rooms in total and all are suites. Each of these suites is luxuriously fitted out with luxury amenities, making it one of the most grandeur hotels in Dubai.

The suites also come with stunning views either towards Dubai’s skylines or out onto the Arabian Gulf Sea.

How much is Burj Al Arab per night?

The cost of staying at the Burj Al Arab depends on the type of room and time of year you are visiting.

In summer, the lowest priced suite can start from around $1,055 USD (3877 AED) per night and can cost over $10,000 USD per night for an extravagant three-bedroom diplomatic suite during the winter months.

For those who are looking for the ultimate luxury experience, booking a stay at the Burj Al Arab is definitely worth it.

How to visit Burj Al Arab

Inside the Burj Al Arab lobby, looking over the unique water fountain with luxury shops inside and the corridor that leads to the restaurants at the back

The most affordable way to visit the Burj Al Arab is to do a tour, you’ll also get to see parts of the hotel that those dining at the hotel don’t get to see. Along with learning about the history and construction.

The best way to visit the Burj Al Arab is by staying there and fully experiencing the hotel. As the world’s most luxurious hotel, it offers an unforgettable experience with top-notch service and amenities.

Alternatively, you can also enjoy a meal at one of the many Burj Al Arab restaurants onsite. Most have a minimum spend of 200 AED which is around $54 USD.

If you just want to admire its magnificence from afar, you can always take a stroll along the nearby beachfront for stunning views of the hotel that are completely free!

Is Burj Al Arab the only 7 star hotel in the world?

While there is no such thing as an official 7-star rating, the Burj Al Arab has earned its reputation as one of the most luxurious hotels in the world and is widely considered to be a 7 star hotel due to its impeccable service.

In recent times, the Internationally agreed 5-star hotel rating has become somewhat problematic in the luxury travel industry as there can be a very wide range between a low-end five-star hotel and a much higher-end luxury 5 star.

So how did the Burj Al Arab get it’s 7 star nickname? It was due to a British writer who when staying at the property published an article calling the Burj Al Arab a “7 star hotel” as she felt 5 stars weren’t good enough to describe the experience and thus the accolade stuck despite there being no official certification of 7 stars existing anywhere in the hotel industry.


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Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, or simply want to experience the ultimate in luxury, the Burj Al Arab is sure to exceed all expectations.

Visitors can explore the hotel’s incredible amenities by taking advantage of their unique range of experiences, from private helicopter guest arrivals to exclusive dining experiences.

The Burj Al Arab is truly a one-of-a-kind destination that’s worth every penny.

If you want just a taste of that luxury without spending a fortune then a Burj Al Arab tour is the perfect way to see inside! With various options available, depending on if you wish to also enjoy a drink or food with your tour.

Before you go, check out some of these other articles you might be interested in:

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