Of all the remarkable buildings to grace the Dubai skyline, perhaps the Bur Al Arab is the most astonishing. Burj Al Arab (which in English translates as Tower of the Arabs), is a luxury hotel standing at 321 metres high, making it the fourth tallest hotel in the world. However, it is the visual impression of the building – one that strikingly resembles the sail of a ship that gives the Burj Al Arab its distinctive place in Dubai’s ever-growing landscape.
Dubai’s growth has been twinned with a desire to offer the best in quality service, cuisine and hospitality. Perhaps for that reason, the Emirate’s attractions and retail experiences have grown the tourist and business sectors exponentially, leading to a raft of new hotels. At the top end of the hotel market, Jumeirah Emirates Towers was opened in 2000, at a time when Dubai was beginning to make a huge impact internationally.
Soaring over the Abu Dhabi skyline, the Etihad Towers paint an iconic image of the Gulf region’s economic development. The five towers serve a number of purposes in the United Arab Emirates’ capital, having been developed in 2006. Richard Foulds has been Property Manager for Etihad Towers since November 1st, 2011 and takes up the story: “This is a new business that was set up under the Private Office of His Highness Sheikh Suroor (SSPO) to run and manage Etihad Towers. I joined the same day that Etihad Towers opened its doors to the public on 1st November 2011.
From the outset, the Jumeirah Group has set out to offer the very best in luxury throughout its hotel chain. Today the name Jumeirah is synonymous with quality. Little wonder then that the Jumeirah Group announced in July that 3 of its hotels: the Burj Al Arab, Pera Palace Hotel and Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel and Spa, have all been included in Elite Traveler’s ‘Top 101 Hotel Suites in the World.’