Dubai has gone out of its way to make a huge global splash in the past decade or so in establishing itself as one of the world’s top playgrounds for the rich and powerful. And the Burj Al Arab Hotel stands as the icon and immediately recognizable symbol of the new Dubai. This luxury hotel sits upon its very own little island perch set in the Persian Gulf and it rises from its platform like a giant sail. The hotel is one of the most photographed buildings in the world, but its splendor certainly does not stop with the hotel’s exterior.
Inside the Burj Al Arab is just as much a delight for the senses as its outside. The hotel is home to some breathtakingly original and artistic interior design; once you step inside you often feel as if you are in the future or on another planet. No line, wall or corner looks exactly as it’s supposed to; the right angle is merely a suggestion in the design of this hotel. And the colors in each and every room of the Burj Al Arab seem somehow brighter and more vibrant than anywhere else in the world. Since the hotel sits in the Gulf, facing the Dubai skyline, and is shaped the way it is, each suite offers simply spectacular views of the bay, the Gulf or downtown Dubai. And, if you don’t have a weak stomach, you may even want to check out the hotel’s insane tennis court, which defies gravity on its circular pedestal in the sky. A stay in this suite-only magnificent hotel will be a memory of a lifetime.