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InPics: The building of the Burj Al Arab

A look back at the construction of the iconic hotel as it marks 15 years

InPics: The building of the Burj Al Arab
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.
InPics: The building of the Burj Al Arab
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.
InPics: The building of the Burj Al Arab
It took two years to reclaim the island in the shore waters of the Arabian Gulf, and another three years to build the structure.
InPics: The building of the Burj Al Arab
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.
InPics: The building of the Burj Al Arab
As construction work got going on Burj Al Arab, the finishing touches were being put on Jumeirah Beach Hotel.
InPics: The building of the Burj Al Arab
At 321 meters above sea level, Burj Al Arab is the tallest all-suite hotel in the world.
InPics: The building of the Burj Al Arab
70,000 cubic meters of concrete and more than 9,000 tons of steel were employed in the construction of the tower.
InPics: The building of the Burj Al Arab
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.
InPics: The building of the Burj Al Arab
The hotel is taller than the Eiffel Tower and just 60 meters shorter than the Empire State Building.
InPics: The building of the Burj Al Arab
The Arabian dhow sail design of Burj Al Arab pays tribute \nto the the UAE's seafaring heritage.
InPics: The building of the Burj Al Arab
The sail features a double-skinned, Teflon-coated woven glass fibre screen across its ribbed belly.
InPics: The building of the Burj Al Arab
The Al Muntaha restaurant is suspended on the 27th floor, 200 metres above the sea.
InPics: The building of the Burj Al Arab
The helipad is located 212 meters above the sea level.
InPics: The building of the Burj Al Arab
Burj Al Arab has 202 luxury suites, range from 170 to 780 square meters in size.
InPics: The building of the Burj Al Arab
The hotel's helipad has played host to a number of high profile stunts, including a tennis game between Andre Agassi and Roger Federer.