You couldn’t improve the Burj Al Arab, right?
Wrong. The world’s most opulent hotel is about to get even more luxurious, with a huge 10,000 square metre deck set to open in the second quarter of 2016 its Burj Al Arab beach resort.
The North Deck will fan out 100 metres out into the Arabian Gulf and guests can choose from 32 cabanas and 400 sun loungers.
No actual sand, but there’ll also be a fresh water pool measuring 612 square metres, a larger 828 sq m salt water pool, plus a restaurant and bar.
In typical OTT Dubai style, the 5,000 tonnes steel deck is on its way from Finland, where it was built by marine construction experts ADMARES. It left the Scandinavian country on 9th January and is crossing 8,000 nautical miles to arrive in Dubai mid-February.
The off-site process means minimal disruption for guests and on arrival at the sail-shaped hotel, the six sections will be lifted by crane and lowered onto a grid of 90 steel piles, each 914mm in diameter, stretching from the hotel out into the Arabian Gulf.
It’s all been cleverly designed to cause the least amount of impact possible to sea life. We’re told the structure will even provide shade for fish and might attract undersea ecosystems that are known to cluster around steel piles.
Anthony McHale, general manager of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, said: “As a hotel we are dedicated to surpassing guest expectations by providing the ultimate Arabian hospitality experience and we have no doubt that North Deck will do just that.
“We are hugely excited about its arrival – North Deck is a true reflection of Dubai’s own ambition to provide the most outstanding experience for guests visiting and living in Dubai.”
The only downside – access to the deck will be for hotel guests only, although membership packages will be offered to residents later in the year, we bet they won’t be cheap.