Dubai’s Burj al-Arab hotel to add 10,000 sqm sea deck

(Photo courtesy: Jumeirah Group)

Dubai’s iconic sail-shaped Burj al-Arab hotel is to be extended with a 10,000 square meter deck, jutting out into the waters of the Arabian Gulf.

The deck, constructed by a Finnish marine building firm, is the most major revamp to take place since the hotel's completion in 1999. It will open to guests in the second quarter of 2016, according to a press release from Jumeirah Group, the hotel’s management chain.

The deck will accommodate 32 cabanas, 400 sun loungers, two water pools, a restaurant and a bar. On arrival at the hotel in mid-February, the six sections will be lifted by crane and lowered onto a grid of 90 steel piles.

“This is the first time a structure of this nature and size has been built in one country and then transported to another country to be assembled and operated,” said Jumeirah Group’s chief operating officer Robert Swade.

The hotel, where rooms start at around $1,800 per night, is undergoing a number of upgrades, including a bar on the 27th floor.

Over the past one-and-a-half decades, the Burj al-Arab has seen a flood of rivals vying for position as the glitzy city’s most well-known structure.

In the early 2000s, the artificial archipelago Palm Jumeirah began to emerge from the sea. Then in 2009, construction of the the world’s tallest building, the 828 meter-tall Burj Khalifa tower - then known as the Burj Dubai - was completed.

Last year, Jumeirah Group CEO Gerald Lawless - who is stepping down after 18 years in the position – told Al Arabiya News that his firm’s flagship property was still just as relevant today.

“You say to anybody that I’m in Dubai, and if they don’t know Dubai, they know the Burj al-Arab,” he said.

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