Sunday, 22 April 2018

My Sunday Photo - Week 173 - Can I visit the Burj Al Arab?

The Burj Al Arab is an iconic building in Dubai. It's a dream honeymoon location and if you can afford it, it is a place to visit when you're in Dubai.

Although if you do want to visit, don't expect just to walk up and have a peep inside. With the number of visitors in Dubai every year, it's just not doable and at between £1,200 and £5,200 per night, if you can afford to stay there, you really don't want to be tripping over hoards of tourists.

But fear not you can visit, you just need to have a reservation in one of the many restaurants, can book for sundowners and of course experience one of their afternoon teas. If you're resident in the UAE you can get a discount of £400 at certain times of the year on the smaller suites.

We visited in 2016 for my 45th birthday and Peter treated me to afternoon tea in the Sky View Bar. It costs £125 per person and an additional £20 for a window seat.

Visiting the Sky Bar means you can see the whole of the hotel (minus the Suites). It is beautifully decorated with giant fish tanks alongside the escalators in the entrance lobby, the food and service was wonderful.

It was a bit strange being in the Sky View Bar with people who had travelled from all around the world, celebrating engagements, wedding anniversaries and big birthdays, while we had a clear view of our house, along the beach only 5km away.

It was difficult to choose just 5 photos, but here you go.....enjoy.

Burj Al Arab at night.

Looking back to the entrance foyer.






 1st foor, lift straight ahead.

Looking up.



Sky View Bar.

I have a million and one other photo's of various rooms, decoration, the food and the views. I took advantage of taking as many photos as I could because at these prices it was probably the first and last time I visited.


Week 158 Bluewater Islands and Dubai Eye. Man made island a 210m high Big Wheel
Week 159 Dubai Marina - Reflections
Week 160 Dubai Frame. A window between the Old and New Dubai and a 150m high glass floor.
Week 163 New Metro Line for Expo 2020
Week 164 Hoover Dam 2002 - 2010
Week 165 Dubai Opera House What a difference a year makes
Week 166 Unfinished buildings. The Pentominium
Week 167 Mixing the old and the new. Coventry Catherdral
Week 168 New Dubai Metro Station 
Week 169 Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa 
Week 170 After the Address fire 
Week 171 The Opus Building
Week 172 District Cooling. Keeping the desert cool.

18 comments:

  1. Wow! It looks amazing! Those prices are eyewatering though. Glad you got to experience it once.
    My photo this week is of the Turning Torso in Malmo, Sweden, which reminds me a lot of the Burj Al Arab.

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    1. It was lovely to visit, but at these prices it was a one off

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  2. Hi Suzanne, what an amazing place to visit and what a pricetag too! It's certainly an afternoon tea you won't forget either.

    xx

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    1. not at all, and it was a nice tea also

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  3. I think I would have taken lots of photographs as well. Very impressive interior, but I'd expect no less. Great insight into an iconic destination.

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    1. it was fantastic to get the chance to visit there

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  4. Wow at those prices I'll stick to reading your blog!

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    1. lol i think i'll just be re reading my old posts from now on also

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  5. What an incredible looking building, I'm not convinced I'll ever get to stay there.

    Thank you for linking up to #MySundayPhoto

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    1. not sure i'd know how to behave if i was able to afford to stay there lol

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  6. Oh wow! That looks absolutely amazing!! For that price I hope it was a fantastic afternoon tea. hehehe

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    1. it was a good afternoon tea, but i've had just as good for a third of the price

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  7. It does look stunning but wow, the prices!

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    1. everything in Dubai carries a wow factor with a huge price tag

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  8. Wow that is a design mecca, so much to see and so much beautiful color. I hope you share more of your photos with us. I know I'll never be able to go.

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    1. thank you, loads more buildings to be featured on My Sunday Photo

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  9. Oh wow, those photos are amazing. What stunning colours. I love seeing your pictures xx

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    1. I felt very privileged to be able to go in there and take as many photos as i did

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