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The Burj Al Arab and the Souk Madinat Jumeirah

More amazing sights in Dubai

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Perhaps tied with the Burj Khalifa and the Palm Jumeriah for sights that exemplify and identify Dubai is the Burj Al Arab. This is the magnificent sail-shaped hotel built on its own island in the Arabian Gulf.

The Burj Al Arab

This is the first and probably only 7 star hotel in the world. It has 202 two floor suites which are serviced by a team of butlers providing 24 hour service. There is a Rolls Royce chauffeur service ready for patrons along with in-suite checkin. Suites start at US$1500 a night plus a 20% tax. The building rises an imposing 321 meters making this a beautiful focal point for miles around. You are only able to access the site if you have a reservation for a suite or for dinner at one of the many high end restaurants.

The Burj Al Arab as seen from the Souk Madinat Jumeirah

Just along the Arabian Gulf between the Burj Al Arab and the Palm Jumeirah is the Souk Madinat Jumeirah. This is an amazing shopping area (what else?) which has been constructed to re-create a traditional souk. The maze of little shops and restaurants is constructed around a series of waterways and canals. You can have a ride on an abra through the canals.

Inside the Souk Madinat

Hazel in front of the waterway

Posted by DavidandHazel 07:49 Archived in United Arab Emirates

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