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Burj Al Arab - interior 3 by David Clarke

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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
Number of views on 9 September 2011: 280

Living for partly in Italy, partly in Phuket and partly in other locations around the world – Hong Kong & Kenya when I can – I spend a lot of time photographing anything and everything. I particularly enjoy the challenge of capturing shots of wildlife large and small – from elephants to insects. A wider selection of my work can be seen on my website at

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  • Olitto
    Olittoalmost 6 years ago

    Great capture of such a huge architectural wonder…..interesting the description too. Super work David!

  • Thanks very much, Olitto

    – David Clarke

  • LisaR
    LisaRalmost 6 years ago

    Great capture!

  • Many thanks, Lisa :)

    – David Clarke

  • FelicityB
    FelicityBalmost 6 years ago

    Wow – gives me vertigo just looking at this one!

  • I know the feeling! – thanks for stopping by:)

    – David Clarke

  • nigelfrith
    nigelfrithalmost 6 years ago

    Great shot David, making me dizzy!

  • Thanks Nig – but you dizzy? – I know you just want to jump over the edge with the paraglider!!

    – David Clarke

  • AniaR
    AniaRalmost 6 years ago

    very nice shoot

  • Thanks so much, AniaR, thanks for stopping by.

    – David Clarke

    JUSTARTalmost 6 years ago

    great shot, amazing hotel

  • Many thanks, Justart, amazing sums it up very well!

    – David Clarke

  • Oncemore
    Oncemorealmost 6 years ago

    WOW!! Love this perspective:)

  • Thanks, Vanessa, the architects must had so much fun with this building!

    – David Clarke

  • joyousmoon
    joyousmoonalmost 6 years ago

    Gorgeous! Congratulations on your feature!

  • Thanks very much, Pamela and thanks for the congrats; I’m delighted.

    – David Clarke

  • Jeanne Horak-Druiff
    Jeanne Horak-D...almost 6 years ago

    Wow – I’d never seen the inside – just photographed it from the beach outside. It’s astonishing!

  • Thanks, Jeanne. It’s a really stunning building from all viewpoints!

    – David Clarke

  • William Murray
    William Murrayover 5 years ago

    Once again very impressive work David.

  • Many thanks, William.

    – David Clarke

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