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Overlooking the Persian Gulf from its perch between Jumeirah Beach and the Palm Islands, this stunning building has wowed architecture buffs since it opened in 1999. Its curved glass façade – modeled after the sails that have graced Dubai's waterways all these years – shelters a world-class, über-luxurious hotel located on its own man-made island. The hotel not only houses the tallest atrium in the world at nearly 600 feet high, but it is one of the tallest hotels in the world. Architecture aside, amenities include revolving beds in some suites, as well as a helipad, in case you thought arriving via a complimentary Rolls-Royce was too pedestrian.
But you don't have to stay at the Burj Al Arab to enjoy it (and let's face it, most can't). Those who aren't crashing at the hotel can gain entry by grabbing a bite at one of the on-site restaurants. Among them are Nathan Outlaw at Al Mahara, which features floor-to-ceiling windows guarding a massive fish tank, and the sky-high Al Muntaha, located on the scenic 27th floor of the building.
Recent visitors were in complete awe of both the interior and exterior of Burj Al Arab, and strongly recommended that if you have the money, stay for at least a night. Those who didn't book a room at the hotel found that grabbing afternoon tea was a great way to enjoy a slice of the property's famous ambiance without forking over a ton of money (make sure to schedule your tea time well in advance).
To reach the Burj Al Arab, you can take a brief taxi ride from the Mall of the Emirates metro station. You're welcome to eat at one of the tower's restaurants at any time of day, although you should make reservations first. You can marvel at the tower for free as you walk along Jumeirah Beach. Better yet, come after sundown to see the tower lit up. To learn more, visit the Burj Al Arab's website.
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