Described as the world's only "7-star" property. It is an iconic structure, designed to symbolize Dubai's urban transformation and inspired by the sail of a dhow, the traditional Arabian sailing vessel.
Tom Wright of WKK Architects
The Burj Al Arab (Arabic: literally, Tower of the Arabs) is a luxury hotel which stands on an artificial island 280 metres (919 ft) off-shore from Jumeirah Beach.
The Tower has 202 suites over 28 levels; each suite is two storeys in height, equating to a 60 storey building. The tower is served by 18 lifts including the private lift to the two Royal Suites occupying the 25th floor and the express glass lifts to the Al Muntaha – the sky-view restaurant that is located 200m above sea-level.
TÜV SÜD Dunbar Boardman were appointed to work on the project from conception stage and assisted with planning the space accommodation for the vertical transportation system that consisted of 18 elevators and 2 escalators. The works included specification writing and contractor evaluation and the firm remained involved with the project throughout key stages to final commissioning.