By Rahul Odedra
New development on the horizon as iconic hotel marks 15th anniversary
The Burj Al Arab is considering developing a new private beach, stretching out into the Arabian Gulf, as it celebrates the 15th anniversary of its opening.
The iconic Jumeirah Group-owned and operated hotel welcomed its first guests on December 1, 1999, and, even before it had opened, had already become one of the iconic sights in Dubai.
At present, guests cross a bridge back to the mainland to access a private beach between Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Madinat Jumeirah.
Hotel manager Ammar Hilal has now revealed there may be a new beach development.
“After 15 years of delivering the very finest in Arabian hospitality, we expect the anniversary year to bring a further major innovation, which may see the hotel develop an exclusive beach stretching out into the Arabian Gulf,” he said.
“In the meantime, our remarkable team of colleagues listen closely to what our guests are telling us and continue to design unforgettable experiences for them.”
If the plan to develop a beach at the hotel comes to fruition, it would join three major projects for Jumeirah Group in close proximity to each other.
The fourth phase of Madinat Jumeirah is currently under construction and will bring the total number of rooms at the complex up to 1300. Meanwhile, Jumeirah Beach Hotel is adding a 350-room resort and expanding its yacht marina.
Finally, the stretch of beach between Madinat Jumeirah and Jumeirah Beach Hotel is also to be developed, with new lifestyle areas set to open up to the public in the evenings.
The hotel will later today celebrate the anniversary with a fireworks show, as well as a multimedia display which will be projected on the hotel’s sail.
Over the coming months, the anniversary will continue to be marked with a series of offers and collaborations.For all the latest travel news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
It will be hard not to ruin the iconic Burj Al Arab by throwing some sand in front of it. One of the main lessons an artist gives, is to leave it alone when it is finished our you may ruin it. Right now the Burj is standing on its own as a pillar in the sea. By adding a beach or island it will never be the same.
For the expansion of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel harbour, good to see they are removing Dubai's most iconic 'Sunset Beach' in favour of another marina. Poor tourists losing their picturesque beach and surfers losing their last wave ...
Dubai Sunset Beach will be a massive loss to Emirati surfer Mohammed Rachma who recently won at the International Surfing Championships in Peru in September. Not to mention the the loss to hundreds of surfers and thousands of spectators who share the beach and come to watch them. Does the city really need another Marina full of super yachts and ruin the last natural wave generating resource they have.
If I was the architect of the Burj Al Arab I would shake my head hearing this ...