Acrylic Fridge Magnet depicting Burj Al Arab, Dubai
If you happen to be in Dubai, you cannot ignore the most magnificent structure standing on an artificial island. At the cloud touching height of 321 m (1,053 ft.), Burj Al Arab, the peerless sail-shaped establishment is one of the world's finest hotels. Burj Al Arab, frequently voted as the world's most luxurious hotel, is the symbol of modern day Dubai, and a striking tourist attraction. It is hard to experience this magnificent establishment and leave without a souvenir (you have to share the experience with your family and friends!).
Design of Burj Al Arab, Dubai
The hotel stands on top of its own artificial island, separated 250 meters from the Jumeirah beach; it gives the impression that it is floating on the water. The hotel's layout is designed around two giant blocks that form a V shape, enclosing the main courtyard. Two steel arches that are separated from the main building construct the sail like shape. The frontage is covered with layers of canvas (Separated 60 cm from each other) to extricate the excessive heat. Each suite of the hotel is designed in a way to give a salient view of the Arabian Gulf.
History of Burj Al Arab
Back in 1994 a group of young British architects, under the supervision of Tom Wright, were assigned the task of designing a structure that will become the symbol for the city. The ruler (Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum) wanted something that would put Dubai on the map. The architect and engineering of the Burj Al Arab project were done by UK's largest multidisciplinary consultancy, while the construction contract was signed by South African contractors, Murray & Roberts. The construction began in 1994, and the hotel was commenced in December 1999.