By Staff writer
North Deck will include two pools, a restaurant and a bar
Dubai’s iconic Burj Al Arab hotel is to unveil a new manmade outdoor deck area, which will include two pools, a restaurant and a bar, in the second quarter of this year.
‘North Deck’ will consist of 10,000 square metres of private luxury deck space stretching 100 metres into the sea and will include 32 cabanas, 400 sun loungers, a 612 sqm fresh water pool, 828 sqm salt water pool, a restaurant and a bar.
Build by Finnish firm Admares, which specialises in the construction of cruise ships and yachts, the main components of North Deck left the shipyard in Finland on January 9 for the 8,000 nautical mile sea journey to Dubai and will arrive at the hotel in mid-February.
Made from steel and weighing around 5,000 tonnes, the six sections will be lifted by crane and lowered onto a grid of 90 steel piles, each 91.4cm in diameter, stretching from the hotel out into the Arabian Gulf.
Anthony McHale, general manager of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, commented: “As a hotel we are dedicated to surpassing guest expectations by providing the ultimate Arabian hospitality experience and we have no doubt that North Deck will do just that. We are hugely excited about its arrival - North Deck is a true reflection of Dubai’s own ambition to provide the most outstanding experience for guests visiting and living in Dubai.”
Robert Swade, Jumeirah Group chief operating officer added: “Dubai is renowned for providing exceptional experiences. This is the first time a structure of this nature and size has been built in one country and then transported to another country to be assembled and operated. We are really pushing the boundaries of innovation and demonstrating how committed we are to positioning Dubai as the most exciting destination in the world and Burj Al Arab Jumeirah as the finest provider of luxury experiences.”
The iconic sail-shaped hotel, which opened in December 1999, is undergoing a number of upgrades and in November it was reported it is set to get a "sophisticated new bar" on its 27th floor.
“We are thrilled to announce we will be opening a sophisticated new bar on the 27th floor, adjacent to the famous Skyview Bar, offering a unique and intimate feel, with floor-to-ceiling views of the city and the Arabian Gulf,” the hotelier said on its official website.