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The Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai

The location and reasons to visit:

The Burj Al Arab hotel in located in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. Iconic buildings such as the Burj Al Arab hotel and the Burj Khalifa mix with huge shopping malls and old mosques Avoid Northern Hemisphere summer when temperatures can reach 50 degrees Celsius. There are many companies offering desert tours, but the Seawings Seaplane company is highly recommended for a fascinating flight around the city, Dubai Creek, The Palm, etc.

Review of the Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai:

It has to be one of the most recognisable and iconic buildings in the world. From the outside it’s a sharp, modern design. As for the interior, well to many people it will be considered tacky and vulgar. However, tastes vary around the world. Each suite is allocated a butler who escorts guests to their accommodation where check-in procedures are completed. The butler is on call 24 hours per day. Tip them well and the service is dramatically improved.

The suite shown below is on the fourth floor and is 325 square metres in size, with two large lounges, a dining room to seat six people and a fully equipped kitchen on the lower floor. Marble steps lead to the upper floor where there are two large bedrooms, one with a double bed plus a dressing room and large bathroom containing a Jacuzzi, large shower and double sink with gold-plated taps. The other bedroom is similar with with single beds and without a dressing room, but with a similar en-suite bathroom.

Beware. There is a price for everything. If the butler runs a bath and puts oils in, expect a substantial bill. If he or she puts ‘special’ oils in, expect a larger bill. The boxes of dates and chocolates in the room are not free. Also, do look at the price of drinks in the mini-bar before consuming them. Food & drink is all the restaurants, including the Pool Bar, is expensive.

One of the two large bedrooms in the suite

A small part of Dubai, from the Seawings seaplane

A small part of Dubai Creek

River traffic on Dubai Creek

The Burj Al Arab hotel, viewed from the Seawings seaplane

Viewed from a nearby beach, the Burj Al Arab Hotel is a beautiful sight

One of the two large lounges in the 325 square metre suite

The second lounge, looking into the dining room area