The Burj Al Arab hotel is a seven star – yes seven – establishment that dominates the skyline along the coast of Dubai between the ‘Palm’ islands development and the even more exotic ‘World’ development – the latter still just a series of undeveloped islands of sand at present.
The hotel (burj is ‘tower’ in Arabic) is a magnificently impressive building from the outside. It soars up over 300 metres and is designed to resemble a sail. Inside it is no less impressive and leaves you standing there with your mouth open. If you stay there, you will develop a huge hole where your wallet used to be. All rooms are suites and the most modest of them costs around US$1000 per night. Interestingly, there are people who live there permanently.
My son, who works in Dubai, knows one of the senior staff at the hotel who kindly arranged a tour for us. Without exaggeration, it was truly amazing!
This shot shows the view down from an upper lobby at about 200 metres. The Burj doesn’t have a reception as such as the lobby level, but separate receptions for each floor that can be seen centrally in the shot.
If you scroll the picture rapidly up and down the screen, there is an interesting optical effect!
Canon 40D with Canon 10-22mm EFS lens at 22mm; ISO200 f4.5 1/50.
I have made none of the six shots in this series available for sale since I am uncertain of the legalities with interior shots. However, I hope you enjoy them.
Uploaded 8 August 2009
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