WATCH: Dubai ruler opens world 1st artificial island
The 5,000 ton artificial island was constructed at a shipyard site in Finland and then transported by ship to Dubai in eight pieces
Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, opened the Burj Al Arab Terrace.
A world-first in marine and off-site construction, the Burj Al Arab Terrace is an outdoor luxury leisure facility that offers a one-of-a-kind hospitality experience, local news agency WAM reported.
Jumeirah Group, the global luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, manages Burj Al Arab, one of the world's most luxurious hotels and a prominent landmark of Dubai.
The architectural form of the Terrace has been designed to reflect the shape of Burj Al Arab, creating a fusion of sophisticated, contemporary structures and tranquil stretches of water. Linked by a central walkway, flanked on either side by crystalline beaches and private cabanas, it gives the effect of a stylised tropical forest canopy, with contrasting areas of dappled light and shade.
The 5,000 ton artificial island was constructed at a shipyard site in Finland and then transported by ship to Dubai in eight pieces, ensuring minimal disruption to guests, as well as the seabed and marine life. Now in place, the 10,000m2 outdoor luxury leisure facility seamlessly stretches 100m out into the sea and is home to Scape Restaurant, two stunning pools, dedicated butler-serviced cabanas, and a beach area with luxury day and sunbeds. As such, Burj Al Arab Terrace not only pushes the boundaries of construction, but also of design, architecture and hospitality.