Dubai's Burj Al Arab Set for stunning makeover

Posted: 21-Jan-16 10:02

A new development looks set to redefine one of the UAE's most iconic landmarks later this year as Dubai's Burj Al Arab hotel prepares to open a 10,000sq metre "North Deck" to guests in the spring.

Dubai's Burj Al Arab Set for stunning makeover

Those who have visited the UAE in person, or merely viewed some of its world-renowned holiday resorts in travel brochures, will no doubt be familiar with the famous Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai.

Standing on its own artificial island, the unmistakable development became an emblem for design innovation in the Middle East when it first opened to the public in 1999, with its curved façade – resembling the sail of a dhow ship – radically altering the Dubai coastline facing the Persian Gulf.

Now, however, the already striking hotel is set to be redeveloped, with the addition of a 10,000sq metre "North Deck" extending the property some 100 metres into the Mediterranean Sea. Made from steel and weighing over 5,000 tonnes, the state-of-the-art deck area was forged in a shipyard in Finland and is currently being transported piece by piece to Dubai for its grand opening this spring.

Unrivalled Luxury

This immense new addition to the Burj Al Arab will accommodate two luxurious curved swimming pools – one fresh water, one salt water – 32 cabanas and a new restaurant and bar, with its debut this year undoubtedly reasserting the property as one of the world's premier holiday destinations.

Guests at the Burj Al Arab are already treated to a private beach, four swimming pools and nine on-site bars and restaurants, with some 1,600 staff members providing a ratio of eight hotel employees per single suite. As such, it's not hard to see why the property has already been named one of the Daily Telegraph's top 50 hotels in the world, and the new extension should only enhance its reputation further.

In 2014 (figures for 2015 have yet to be confirmed), some 11.6 million tourists visited Dubai, with luxury travellers proving to be a key market area. With the new "North Deck" development arriving at the Burj Al Arab by mid-February, competition at the top end of the market should only intensify in the coming months, so expect many other Dubai landmarks to announce similar additions in 2016.

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