By Rahul Odedra
The Billion Pound Hotel to document experiences of guests and staff at iconic Dubai hotel
A documentary series giving viewers a peek behind the scenes at the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai is to be shown on British television this week.
Set to be screened on Channel 4 on Monday, March 9, the programme – called 'The Billion Pound Hotel' – was produced to coincide with the 15th anniversary of the Jumeirah Group hotel.
It will aim to offer an insight into the lifestyle of the people who stay in one of the hotel’s 202 suites, and of the routines of the 1,600 staff from over 80 nationalities who serve them.
Channel 4 Factual Entertainment commissioning editor Lucy Leveugle said: “From the guests to the staff who will go to any lengths to cater to their every need, this is a fascinating look at the world of the wealthy through the prism of the most extraordinary hotel.”
The 60-minute documentary has been produced by Rize USA, which is part of DCD Media Plc.
“The Burj Al Arab Jumeirah is an iconic landmark of the 21st Century,” said Rize USA creative director Sheldon Lazarus.
“We are delighted to be given a chance to delve behind the scenes of such an intriguing world and the results are truly captivating.”
The Burj Al Arab celebrated the 15th anniversary of its opening on December 1; when it was originally inaugurated, it was, for a short period, both the tallest hotel in the world and the tallest building in Dubai.