There are plenty of phenomenal “megaprojects” implemented in Dubai. In fact, the term is one consistently used for new ventures in Dubai. One of the most impressive of all Dubai luxury hotels is the Burj Al Arab Hotel. The Burj Al Arab is considered the most prestigious of all Dubai hotels to date. From personal butlers appointed for each suite to complimentary helicopter and Rolls Royce guest transfers, everything in between boasts one of the highest standards of affluence, not only in Dubai, but throughout the Middle East.
Strikingly modern architectural designs, such as the shape of the billowing sail the Burj Al Arab is designed after, are an increasingly common sight in the UAE. Though the Burj Al Arab Hotel is one of the most ambitious structural designs in Dubai, there’s another very notable addition to the city skyline getting plenty of worldwide attention. “Burj” is also affixed to one of the most incredible and enterprising designs in Dubai, the Burj Khalifa Tower, one of the tallest buildings in the world. Taller even than the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, the Burj Tower’s official height is being kept under wraps for now. “Burj," used in the Burj Al Arab Hotel name, literally means “tower” in Arabic. Originally, the more than 1800-foot design was initiated for the Melbourne Grollo Tower but plans ended due to enormous building costs. Later in 2003, the plans were reignited and revamped by architect Adrian Smith of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in Chicago and used to design and build the tower.
The Burj Khalifa design was inspired by the Hymenocallis flower which is found around India, UAE and the surrounding region. Only extremely high performance materials, much like the ones used in the Burj Al Arab, were used in the tower. Exceptional materials like textured steel panels, reflective glazing and aluminum are designed to resist extremely high temperatures typical in the UAE. Burj Khalifa represents the role Dubai plays on the world stage. Situated an equal distance from Asia and Europe and sitting at the concourse of the Middle East and India, the skyscraper also physically represents its position in a growing global market.
Burj Khalifa is slated to be the home of both the Armani Hotel Dubai, for the most lavish of UAE vacations, and the ultra-distinguished Armani Residences, all designed with haute couture Italian furnishings. The Armani Hotel will open in 2008 and feature extravagant surroundings and sleek amenities for guests on holidays. The hotel will be the forerunner in a new chain actualized by a joint venture between Giorgio Armani and Emaar Hotels and Resorts. The exclusive Burj Khalifa Armani Hotel will feature a sumptuous spa, multiple restaurants featuring a wide range of culinary specials and 175 guests suites together totaling almost 450,000 square feet. The Armani residences comprise almost 150 private and furnished luxury units incorporated alongside the Armani Hotel. Though the Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world, specifically the world's tallest hotel is the nearby JW Marriott Marquis Dubai.
The Khalifa Tower is situated in the heart of the fashionable downtown Burj area of Dubai where dining, shopping and plenty of excellent sightseeing keep locals and visitors entertained. From the 124th floor, at more than 1400 feet, visitors can enjoy incredible panoramic views of the city. There is a host of wonderful nearby attractions including the Dubai Mall, the Old Town Island with its charming blend of old and new, Burj Khalifa Lake and Boulevard Plaza. Services inside the skyscraper will extend to every guests need, from arranging UAE tours, to transportation to UAE golf courses and much more. Blanketed in pure opulence and extravagance, the Khalifa Tower promises an unforgettable experience in high-living.