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Burj Al Arab given first UAE helipad license

Perched 210 metres above the sea, the helipad is one of the key defining features of the hotel and, over the years, has played host to a number of publicity stunts.

Burj Al Arab given first UAE helipad license
The Davis Cup Trophy is displayed at a unique location at the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah helipad on September 17, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. As part of the 101 General Assembly Meeting of the International Tennis Federation, Tennis Emirates exposes a creative mosaic that will be a reproduction of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum - UAE Vice President, Prime Minister & Ruler of Dubai Logo win-victory-love in Jumeirah Beach Hotel. (Getty Images)

The helipad at the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai has become the first in the UAE to be awarded a license by the country’s General Civil Aviation Authority.

Perched 210 metres above the sea, the helipad is one of the key defining features of the hotel and, over the years, has played host to a number of publicity stunts for the property, major events and the emirate itself.

Among these was a tennis game between Roger Federer and Andre Agassi, in 2005, while in 2013 racing driver David Coulthard performed donuts in a Red Bull F1 car.

Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy and chairman of the Board of Directors of GCAA, presented Jumeirah Group president and group CEO Gerald Lawless with the license for the helipad in a recent ceremony.

The move is part of a long-term plan to license all existing and future helipads in the UAE and follows recent legislations and guidelines for helipads, including those on ground level and rooftops, as well as offshore helidecks.

GCCA said that the new legislation is in line with the standard practices embraced by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

The recognition for Burj Al Arab comes as the hotel celebrates the tenth anniversary of its opening.

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