Burj al Arab

The Burj Al Arab, Nick KindThe truly iconic Burj al Arab needs no introduction. The brief for architect Tom Wright was to create something as iconic as Sydney’s Opera House and France’s Eiffel Tower. Job done!

At the time, it was the tallest hotel in the world with a self claimed 7 star service. Standing on its own made island just out from Jumeirah beach it achieved so many technological advancements; including one of the worlds largest atriums (180m). Standing at 320m it’s currently the 6th tallest building in Dubai, but that’s sure to change soon.

It’s very hard to get close to the Burj al Arab. Security is everywhere and you are not allowed on the road to the island at all. Good views can be seen from Jumeirah beach where you can grab a typical shot. But I enjoyed sipping a coffee from a rooftop cafe at the Madinat Jumeirah Resort just nearby. It’s a nice spot and you can be creative with your shooting whilst having a browse around the souqs.

A great tip if you have time. You can book to have cocktails at the Skyview Bar (200m up!). Here you will be rewarded with fantastic views of Dubai and the Burj Khalifa. You do have to make a reservation, dress well and guarantee a fair spend. At around 120 AED a cocktail can cost a good $35 USD.


Nick Kind


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By Takis on February 8, 2011 at 14:27

I like this one very much. Time will tell if it reaches the iconic status of the Eiffel tower or Sydney’s Opera House – may well not happen in our lifetime. I like the angle you’ve captured it at too – it really highlights the ‘sail and mast’. well done.


By Nick Kind on February 23, 2011 at 10:08

Thanks Takis, and I agree. My worry is Dubai will become so saturated with modern skyscrapers that the Al Arab will no longer stand out from the crowd at all. We’ll see…

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