In Dubai, the Burj Al Arb hotel opens its doors to the public for the first time


Recognizable thanks to its design inspired by the shape of a sail, the Burj al Arab has stood proudly for nearly 22 years on its private island, on the seafront of Jumeirah.

Sparkling white with its clean lines, it’s hard to grasp its scale, but at 321 meters tall, the Burj Al Arab is only three meters shorter than the Eiffel Tower (with its antennas).

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Its helipad, suspended 210 meters above the water, has hosted many events that have made headlines over the years.

In 2005, Roger Federer and Andre Agassi distinguished themselves by playing a game of tennis, David Coulthard spun donuts in an F1 car in 2013 and in February 2021, while the world is under bell because of Covid- 19, David Guetta used it as a stage for his “United at Home” livestream event.

From the inside, nothing filtered, but today the Burj Al Arab opens.

At a time when all eyes are on Dubai, which hosts the 2020 Universal Exhibition, a new activity offered by the Jumeirah group allows visitors to go behind the scenes of this iconic hotel and discover new anecdotes.

The adventure begins with an arrival by cart that already allows you to go where only customers could go.

The reception by a butler of this private tour called “

Inside Burj Al Arab

” could not be more theatrical.

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Always higher

Breathtaking views, rewarding exploration and countless Instagrammable moments, the visit offers a whole series of discoveries just waiting to be shared with family or friends with an astonishing discovery: the interior of the hotel is saturated with colors!

The atrium of the Burj Al Arab resembles a setting from the Thousand and One Nights.

Stanislas Fautré / Le Figaro

Both modern and retro, the entrance atrium resembles a setting from the Thousand and One Nights with successive layers of colorful curves that brighten as they approach the sky. On the ground, thirty different types of marble. On the ceiling, 2,000 Swarovski crystals representing the Milky Way. At the top of the escalators, a fountain in the colors of the rainbow ripples to the rhythm of the traditional Emirati dance before launching a last jet, similar to a geyser … at 42 meters high!

Further on, a panoramic glass elevator takes visitors to the 25th floor (actually the 50th – each hotel suite is spread over two floors) for the long-awaited discovery of the Royal Suite: bathroom tiles in 24 karat gold, just like the toilet, eiderdown duck down duvets, the best in the world imported from Iceland, round bed swiveling under a crystal mirror.

The height of some idea of ​​luxury, or kitsch, at $ 25,000 a night.

All in a riot of patterns and dense colors.

At the time, the Emir of Dubai Mohammed ben Rachid Al Maktoum, wanted the interior to compete with Versailles …

In pictures, guided tour of the Burj Al Arab

Guided tour of the Burj Al Arab

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Visitors will also be able to relive the history of the place through digital interactive devices, which bring the magic of the Burj Al Arab to life and allow them to travel through the history of Dubai and Jumeirah through augmented reality. Note that original sketches by interior designer Khuan Chew are on display, as well as the napkin on which British architect Tom Wright drew the first draft of his proposed structure in … October 1993. Finally The visit in style, know that it is possible to book in addition to one or more signature experiences, such as the Capuccino Ultimate 24-carat Gold or the afternoon tea at Sahn Eddar.

So luxury!

Guided tour from 399 AED (93 euros).

Book online at or purchase the ticket directly at Jumeirah Beach Hotel.

Burj-al-Arab, Umm Suqeim 3 – Dubai – United Arab Emirates.


: +971 4 301 7777.