Burj Al Arab
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.
The hotel sits on a man-made island and contains 202 bedroom suites which occupy 28 double-story floors and forms part of the Dubai-based Jumeirah Group, part of Dubai Holdings. The building was designed by architect Tom Wright of WS Atkins, with the same company managing the design and construction, which began in earnest in 1994.
From the very beginning Burj Al Arab was planned and designed to become the icon of Dubai, resembling the sail of a dhow, a type of Arabian vessel.
Along with WS Atkins, Fletcher Construction from New Zealand was the lead joint venture partner in the initial stages of pre-construction and construction, while the hotel was built by South African construction contractor Murray & Roberts and Al Habtoor Engineering. Such an impressive array of awards ably demonstrates the instant success that the Jumeirah Beach Hotel enjoyed after its opening in 1997. The hotel, like many in the Jumeirah Group, has its own unique appearance, resembling the appearance and shape of a breaking wave. The hotel is a vibrant addition to Dubai’s ever-changing skyline and a destination synonymous with sophistication and luxury. Standing 93 metres high and 275 metres long, the hotel is a combination of aluminium and blue plated glass – and offers guests the ultimate in luxury courtesy of 598 rooms and suites as well as 19 exclusive beachside villas.
Jumeirah Emirates Towers
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.
“Up until 2008, we were one of several Five Star luxury hotels, but now there are over 450 hotels in Dubai, and the market has become extremely competitive,” says Grant Ruddiman, General Manager of Jumeirah Emirates Towers and Area Manager for the City Properties. “Prior to this, the city and region enjoyed phenomenal growth, supported by a wave of professionals living, working and visiting the region, which helped to fast-track and build the infrastructure,” he continues.
Indeed when Emirates Towers opened, following 4 years of construction, it was one of the first Five Star luxury properties in Dubai, and became just the third property in Jumeirah’s portfolio.
Jumeirah Etihad Towers
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.
Jumeirah Beach Hotel
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.’
The accolade is just the latest in a long line of successes for the hotel group. Among its award-winning luxury hotels, is the plush Jumeirah Beach Hotel, winner of the Middles East’s Leading Hotel Award at the World Travel Awards in 1998 and 1999 – and following up with the title of Middle East’s Leading Resort from 2000 through to 2002, Middle East’s Leading Spa Resort in 2003, Dubai’s Leading Hotel for 2004 and Dubai’s Leading Resort in 2007 and 2009. Such an impressive array of awards ably demonstrates the instant success that the Jumeirah Beach Hotel enjoyed after its opening in 1997. The hotel, like many in the Jumeirah Group, has its own unique appearance, resembling the appearance and shape of a breaking wave.