The Burj al Arab is the ultimate example of contemporary Arabian decadence and luxury. But the concept of its shape is true to Dubai’s roots, the sail of a dhow.
The hotel sits on a tailor made island in the Arabian Sea. At 1,060 feet tall it’s just a few hundred feet less than the Empire State Building.
While official hotel ratings go as high as 5 stars, the Burj al Arab bills itself as the only 7 star hotel in the world. You can arrive in style from the airport, either by helicopter (the hotel has its own heliport) or in one of the Rolls Royce’s in its fleet of the luxury wheels.
Unfortunately I do not have photographs of the inside. A search of rates for the low season in August, when temperatures soar, showed the least expensive room at $1,089.20 per night not including tax.