InPics: The building of the Burj Al Arab
A look back at the construction of the iconic hotel as it marks 15 years
On December 1, Jumeirah Group will mark the 15th anniversary of the opening of Burj Al Arab, one of the most iconic hotels in the world.
\nOver the following pages, we look back on the construction of the hotel, which helped to put Dubai on the map.
Construction work on Burj Al Arab began in 1994 and involved 3000 companies and contractors; 250 designers from the UK, USA and Dubai; and 3500 workmen on site at any given time. It took two years to reclaim the island in the shore waters of the Arabian Gulf, and another three years to build the structure. In 1993, architect Tom Wright of WS Atkins begun designing the hotel, tasked with creating a structure that would be iconic and reflective of Dubai's heritage. As construction work got going on Burj Al Arab, the finishing touches were being put on Jumeirah Beach Hotel. At 321 meters above sea level, Burj Al Arab is the tallest all-suite hotel in the world. 70,000 cubic meters of concrete and more than 9,000 tons of steel were employed in the construction of the tower. The building is supported by 250 columns that go 45 meters under the sea and is held in place by the friction of the sand. The hotel is taller than the Eiffel Tower and just 60 meters shorter than the Empire State Building. The Arabian dhow sail design of Burj Al Arab pays tribute \nto the the UAE's seafaring heritage. The sail features a double-skinned, Teflon-coated woven glass fibre screen across its ribbed belly. The Al Muntaha restaurant is suspended on the 27th floor, 200 metres above the sea. The helipad is located 212 meters above the sea level. Burj Al Arab has 202 luxury suites, range from 170 to 780 square meters in size. The hotel's helipad has played host to a number of high profile stunts, including a tennis game between Andre Agassi and Roger Federer.