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The Burj Al Arab is one of the iconic structures of Dubai, if not the most recognizable one. Before the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, the Burj Al Arab has been a staple building in photos and it is known to be “The world’s only 7 star Hotel”.

burj al arab photo
zoomed in

In reality, there’s no such thing as a 7-star rating (highest is 5 stars), but the term was supposedly coined by a European journalist while on a press trip. Even if the hotel doesn’t claim itself as a ‘seven-star’ when advertising, somehow the term just stuck.

yacht burj al arab
view during a fishing trip

burj al arab
from one of the slides in Wild Wadi Resort

During my first year I Dubai, I wanted to see this structure up close, but it wasn’t a priority – finding a job was. It took a few months after I settled when I got to finally see it for myself. I don’t really know how to phrase it. I was just glad to go beyond what I saw in forwarded emails or see on TV about this grand hotel.

burj al arab kite beach
view from Kite Beach

The Burj Al Arab holds a certain charm that even if it’s not a true 7-star hotel, it offers a nice backdrop especially when spending an afternoon at the beach beside it.

burj al arab sunset
sunset view from Jumeirah Beach Hotel

burj al arab umm suqeim beach
view from Umm Suqeim beach

Here are just a few shots of the Burj Al Arab in various moments during my stay in Dubai. I hope one day I’ll be able to go inside and experience at least an afternoon tea – that is, once I’ve saved enough money. 🙂

burj al arab night
Burj Al Arab at night


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soloflightEd.com is a travel blog by Edcel Suyo. He enjoys performing headstands and crazy stunts during his trips in the Philippines, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. Now based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and working to earn a living, he takes time to enjoy the city and travel during weekends.
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2 comments… add one
  • I bet everyone have been dreaming to experience, even just to enter Burj Al Arab. And I’m definitely one of ’em. You’re lucky cause you are able to see it in person, that’s why I hope soon, I can too. Thanks for the post!

  • We’ve read that it’s the only 7-star (not an official hotel star-rating, though) hotel in the world. It must be gorgeous inside. The service inside there could only be described as “fit for royalty.”

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