The Burj Al Arab is built upon an artificial island that rises out of the Persian Gulf just off the shore of the Jumeirah beach in Dubai. A bridge connects the island to the mainland. Note that in the model, the water darkens toward the deeper parts away from the shore. This is accomplished by using various shades of blue plates beneath trans-light blue plates and tiles.
The Burj Al Arab is shaped like the sail of an Arabian dhow sailing vessel. Two v-shaped wings of the hotel are connected with a white sail-like fabric membrane which creates a towering atrium.
The curving "fabric" wall is constructed using flex tubes and white technic beams.
Guests of the hotel arrive by chauffeured Rolls Royce or via helicopter. The helicopter landing pad near the roof has also featured a tennis match between Andre Agassi and Roger Federer, and Tiger Woods practicing his tee shots. Meanwhile, I'm patiently waiting for LEGO to produce the 4x4 round plate in the color green.
Front view of the tower.
A side view showing the curving profile of the hotel. There are 28 double story floors. All suites feature two floors and range in size from 1800 to 8300 square feet. Prices start at more than $1000 per night, and the largest suite lists at $28,000 per night.
The Al Muntaha restaurant cantilevers out over the water at a height of 660ft, offering spectacular views.
Nice Model i like the method you used to create the shapes in this model. i am only 11 but i have researched the burj alarab and the cost per person per night was £497! also i took in alot of the info u wrote on ur page and i've learnt a little more about the burj alarab.
This is stunning. I love the real hotel, probably one of my favorite architectural works, but your replica is amazing. Its unmistakable and the detailing and accuracy are fantastic especially given the models relatively small size. Great work. Peace - Patrick
Quoting Mark Kelso
Fantastic work! Great job on the curvature in the structure, and the water is handled beautifully. This is a BB blog spot if I've ever seen one.
Thanks. I mocked up quite a few different solutions for modeling the water. In the end trans-light blue plates provided the most realistic appearance - unfortunately it was also by far the most expensive solution!
I just happen to be in a T-shirt that has a picture of Burj Al Arab on it along with "DUBAI" written in bold lettering across the bottom and the same day I see this very accurate creation on MOCpages home page! What a coincidence! Did you know that Burj Al Arab also took about 10 years to build and its the world's only 7 star hotel? (As far as I know, anyways.)