Burj Al Arab

The most luxurious hotel in the world! London has Big Ben, Paris has the Eiffel Tower and while Dubai has several famous buildings, Burj Al Arab is certainly one of the most iconic! Known as the only 7-star hotel in the world, this lavish masterpiece is truly impressive. The best way to view this magnificent hotel is from the ocean!

The sail-shaped structure was inspired by the sail of the traditional fishing boats, dhows. Standing at 321m tall with 60 floors, Burj Al Arab is actually taller than the Eiffel Tower. With such a modern-look, it’s hard to believe that Burj Al Arab opened in December 1999 and is actually one of the older skyscrapers in Dubai.

Along the beach nearby Burj Al Arab, you can also see Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Mina Al Salam, Mina Al Naseem and Al Qasr which are also owned and managed by the Jumeirah Group. This group has 10 of the best hotels in Dubai with 11 other hotels internationally including London, Shanghai, Maldives and Frankfurt.

The Jumeirah Group is owned by the ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum who also started companies like Emirates Airlines and DP World.

As expected, Burj Al Arab attracts many celebrities and high-profile individuals from around the world. There is restricted access to the hotel and it’s not easy to get up close due to the privacy of the guests. On the HERO Signature Boat Tour and HERO Sunset Boat Tour, we are lucky enough to get near the edge of Burj Al Arab. This means that our HERO Captains get possibly the best Burj Al Arab photo opportunities in Dubai. For all it’s beauty, it not surprising that tourists love to get their photo in this spot. A Burj Al Arab photo with you driving your own boat in the foreground is even more iconic!