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19 things we bet you didn't know about the Burj Al Arab

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  • By Guy Humphrey
  • Published 12 February 2019
  • Revised 29 April 2024
  • Published 12 February 2019
  • Revised 29 April 2024

The Burj Al Arab is highly regarded as one of the most luxurious hotels in the world, and for good reason. Comprising 28 double-storey floors with 202 suites, nine restaurants, a spa, kids’ club, private beach, three swimming pools and a helipad, you can expect a stay that well exceeds its five-star reputation. Our roundup of fun facts about the Jumeirah-owned property is sure to wow you. So much so that you may even book a stay here. 

1)    Standing proud at 321 metres, the Burj Al Arab is the seventh tallest hotel in the world. Gevora Hotel tops the list at 356 metres while JW Marriott Dubai comes in second at 355 metres.

2)    That being said, the Burj al Arab boasts one of the tallest atriums in the world with an astounding height of 180 metres. 

3)    It takes 19 people one month to fully clean the windows of the building from top to bottom.

4)    Arrive in style courtesy of a chauffeur driven Rolls Royce. Available to all guests, the hotel has a fleet of the most legendary cars in the world which guarantees that they will never run short.

5)    You’ll sleep with ease at The Burj Al Arab as there are 17 types of pillows for guests to choose from on the extensive pillow menu.

6)    Space isn’t an issue here as this hotel boasts suite-only accommodation complete with stunning views of Dubai and a whole host of amenities including a world-class butler service.

7)    Full-size Hermès toiletries come as standard in every suite so you can well and truly pamper yourself in style.

8)    The Burj Al Arab boasts a staff to guest ratio of 6:1. Butlers can even draw you a bath teamed with champagne, caviar and strawberries for an extra lavish touch.

9)    Many Guinness World Records have been broken here. In 2016, the world’s largest tin of caviar was housed at the Burj Al Arab… all 17-kilogrammes of it!

10)    Throughout the entire hotel, 1,790-square-metres of 24-carat gold leaf has been used. Oh, and as for the marble, it’s the same type that Michelangelo used in his sculptures.

11)    Occupants of the Royal Suite can expect to be treated like a king or queen. As well as a dining room that seats 12 and two master bathrooms complete with a full-size Jacuzzi and five-head rain shower, you also have access to a private lift and your very own cinema.

12)    When dining at the hotel’s Asian restaurant Junsui, make sure to look up at the ceiling. Designed to represent the Milky Way, it’s the world’s largest Swarovski crystal ceiling in the world with 21,000 of the jewels used.

13)    The on-site helipad is more than a place for helicopters to land. Tiger Woods teed off from here in 2004. 2005 saw Andre Agassi and Roger Federer play a game of tennis and in 2017, Nick Jacobsen, a professional kiteboarder, jumped off the helipad in a planned stunt.

14)    Animal lovers, rejoice! The Burj Al Arab has a turtle hospital which looks after sick and injured sea turtles in collaboration with Dubai’s Wildlife Protection Office, Dubai Falcon Clinic and the Central Veterinary Research Laboratory.

15)    Although the Burj Al Arab is a five-star hotel, many people believe that it in fact seven-star thanks to the world-class customer service, lavish interiors and amazing facilities. 

16)    Built on a man-made island, every little detail has been thought of even down to the architecture. The iconic sail shape isn’t just for show. It was specially built so the shadow wouldn’t obstruct beach-goers below wanting a healthy dose of the sun - clever!

17)    For the best views in the house you simply must dine at Al Muntaha. Translating as ‘The Ultimate,’ you can expect gorgeous views of the gulf and Dubai along with modern French cuisine.

18)    As well as sky-high restaurants, you can also tuck into a menu of fresh seafood thanks to the underwater eatery Al Mahara. With a large seawater aquarium that holds 990,000 litres of water and many species of marine life, it will be a meal to remember, that’s for sure.

19)    The hotel has won countless awards including the ‘Best Hotel in the World' and 'Best Hotel in the Middle East' at the ULTRA Awards 2020, for the second year running.
The Burj Al Arab stands as an iconic symbol of luxury and opulence, offering unparalleled experiences for discerning travellers from around the world. From its impressive architectural design to its lavish amenities and exceptional service, every aspect of the Burj Al Arab is crafted to exceed expectations. Whether you're exploring its lavish suites, indulging in world-class dining, or relaxing at the sumptuous spa, each moment at this renowned hotel is an unforgettable journey into luxury. For those seeking the ultimate in luxury group travel or VIP experiences, the Burj Al Arab sets the standard for unparalleled excellence, promising memories that will last a lifetime.

The best way to experience the Burj Al Arab is by actually going! To start booking your next Dubai getaway simply enquire here or call one of our personal travel managers on 0203 816 0985 now.

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