Dubai’s Burj Al Arab has unveiled its much-anticipated beach resort Called The Terrace, it is a 10,000m2 artificial island housing a luxury leisure facility, which stretches 100m into the Arabian Gulf behind the hotel.
It boasts freshwater and saltwater pools, beach, restaurant and bar, plus private cabanas with butler service.
Membership of the Terrace’s leisure club includes a free night’s stay at the hotel’s Royal Suite, Rolls-Royce and chauffeur, a helicopter tour of Dubai and a 24-carat gold plated membership card.
The facility was built by Finnish firm Admares, which specialises in the construction of cruise ships and yachts, at a shipyard site in Finland before being transported by ship in eight pieces to Dubai.
Linked by a central walkway and flanked by beaches and private cabanas, the Terrace features 10 million mosaic tiles and 1,000 tonnes of white sand, while pools feature four jacuzzis and a swim-up bar.
Anthony McHale, Burj Al Arab general manager, said: “As the world’s most luxurious hotel, Burj Al Arab continuously evolves and re-invents our guest experience through state-of-the-art facilities. Burj Al Arab Terrace is the ultimate destination for indulgence, socialising and relaxing and is another initiative in our endeavour to delight our guests.
“Burj Al Arab Terrace is our most ambitious project since the hotel was created; it’s a global first in hotel construction with a break though combination of creative marine design, ingenious engineering and guest-friendly planning. In January, we announced its arrival on a ship from Finland and, since then, our construction and design teams have brought our vision to life and the result is simply spectacular.”
Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum opened the Terrace in the presence of Deputy Ruler of Dubai HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
The architectural form of the Terrace has been designed to reflect the shape of Burj Al Arab, creating a fusion of d, 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.
Sheikh Mohammed praised the concept of the project, which he said, represents the highest innovation and creativity in design and implementation.
He said: “A few days ago, we inaugurated the world’s first 3D printed office, and today we are opening Burj Al Arab Terrace, the first manmade luxury beach facility of its kind. Both projects reflect Dubai’s vision to achieve global leadership in innovation and excellence.