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”.
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.
view during a fishing trip
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.
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.
sunset view from Jumeirah Beach Hotel
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. 🙂
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