Burj Al Arab, translated to “The Arabian Tower” one of themost iconic landmarks of the United Arab Emirates. Also known to be the only 7-starhotel in the world. The luxurious hotel stands 321 meters tall and accommodates202 double floor suite rooms which causes 39% of its architecture beingunusable as a living space. The average price of a room is $2000 per night and cango up to $24000 per night.This piece of art was designed by the British architect TomWright in the year 1999. The construction started in 1994 and took 5 years tocomplete the structure, 3 years to build the man-made island and 2 years tobuild the structure.
The Burj was one of Dubai’s first record breakingstructures.The hotel sits on a private island just about 15 kilometresaway from the one of Dubai’s oldest but luxurious coastal point, Jumeriah. It hasthe most unique view of the ravage city. Everyone is allowed to visit and experiencethe luxury that the hotel has to offer as long as they are willing to pay theprice that comes along with it. If they guests are not willing to pay the heftyprice of booking a room for an overnight stay, they can always come in and dine-inat one among the multiple restaurants at the Burj or have a relaxing spa day attheir luxurious spas. While designing the structure, it was announced that the hotelwould resemble a sail to represent the culture of the United Arab Emirates, butWright had aimed to create a Christian influence on the Muslim country. When thearchitect fled from the country after the Burj Al Arab was built, he went back homeand revealed in one of his interviews that he was successfully able to implementthe construction of a Christian cross in Dubai, but now the interview is nolonger available on the webs. After the rise of the controversies, the mediabeing really smart took pictures only from angles where the cross was notvisible.
In the year 2001, theiconic structure was introduced on the license plates of any of the cars thatwas registered in Dubai. Unfortunately, the license plate was soon discontinuedin the year 2004 as the conspiracy theories and controversies surrounding thestructure’s resemblance to the Christian cross. Laws in Saudi Arabia state thatany license plate that has an image of the iconic Burj Al Arab is not allowedto enter the country.