Destination: United Arab Emirates
Place of interest: Burj Al Arab Hotel:
We’ve just entered the United Arab Emirates, home of the Burj Al Arab Hotel. This majestic hotel is the only 7 star hotel in the world. It is the icon of Dubai, just like the Eifel Tower is the icon of Paris.
It is in the shape of a billowing sail, one that’s sixty stories high. In 2006, the Burj Al Arab was named the 19th tallest building in the world. The atrium, standing at 596 feet, was named the tallest in the world in 2006. The “mast” is 341 feet tall. Talk about BIG!
At seven o’clock each night, the hotel is illuminated. The color scheme changes every fifteen minutes. The hotel is covered in a membrane façade, made of Teflon, which is bright white. This makes the color display so much more magnificent.
The island this hotel stands on was redeemed from the temperate waters of the Arabian Gulf. Reaching 148 feet beneath the ground, 250 concrete columns securely hold the hotel in place. This is needed since the hotel was built on sand!
The room you will be staying in is a 202 double floor suite. Floor-to-ceiling windows accent the room perfectly with the wonderful views. A private butler will be there to tend to your needs. Usually, the cost of this room would start at $1,000 A NIGHT! Good thing this is an all expense paid trip!
The room you’re staying in is the simplest and cheapest in the hotel. There are Royal suites that cost $5,000 a night! Now that’s a chunk out of the wallet.
We will be flying in by helicopter, landing on the helipad 695 feet above the ground. For dinner, we will be attending the underwater restaurant. To get there, we will be taking a submarine ride, accessible through the lobby. Oh, we’re landing now. Let’s go have a blast!
Title: 100 Marvels of the Modern World
Place of publication: Random House, Inc., New York
Publishing Company: Gramercy Books
Copyright date: 2006
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