Forget waiting for the visitors to arrive and explore some of Dubai's poshest spots on your own
However, unless you have Dhs9,000 to spare for an evening in one of the Burj’s cheapest suites, finding a way over the bridge to that man-made island, where the sail-shaped structure towers regally with an air of ‘I’m very important, and you’re not’, could be a bit tricky, right? Well, no actually. The cheapest way to walk inside is a visit to the Skyview bar.
All you need is a willingness to drop Dhs275 per person while you’re there – a requirement of being allowed in – and immunity to vertigo. The bar is set on the Burj’s 27th floor, suspended 200 metres above sea level. Put simply, it’s that sticky-out bit that isn’t the heli-pad.
So, is it worth the dizziness and the dirhams? The answer’s got to be yes. The Burj Al Arab is famed for its garish interior, as though the designers exhausted all of their taste on the majestic exterior and went a bit mad when they got inside. The Skyview bar is no exception, decorated with a squiggly ’70s-esque carpet and light fittings that possess all the subtlety of Las Vegas.
But it’s an enjoyable kind of kitsch, and once you’re settled with a cocktail and can take in the views – the best in town until the Burj Dubai is finished – things start to feel very luxurious indeed. Staff are incredibly attentive, treating you like the millionaire you’d like to be mistaken for, even though it’s clear you’re in the hotel’s version of the cheap seats.
The beverage menu is extensive, although the prices ensure there’ll be no trouble getting shot of that Dhs275. But what else would you expect? You come here for a taste of ridiculous opulence, a look at a lifestyle you usually only see on TV, and the ability to say, ‘The Burj Al Arab? I’ve been in there.’ The Skyview bar delivers on all three. Skyview Bar
Yamada Apr 24, 2012 02:06 am
I went there a few times with my friends and family who visitted Dubai to have afternoon tea.
When I went there for the first time several years ago,the price was cheaper and experience was great. However,this time, the cost for the Afternoon tea went up to 425 per person and the service was not even up to 5 star hotel.
I will not visit there again unless my guests really want to.
Joanna Jul 03, 2011 10:47 am
I went for the high tea yesterday with my partner and it was delicious. However, I made the reservation a month and a half before yet they did not honour my request for a window seat. Given that I am paying 395 per person and that I put the reservation under my credit card, the very least the bar could have done was reserve me a table by the window. Emirates Palace on the other hand would have honoured my request.
dp Jan 16, 2011 07:51 am
It's the cheapest option to visit the Burj Al Arab. However, the drinks are not only overpriced but also some of them were served in a plastic glass. Service is ok, but nothing out of the extraordinary. The decor is way too old and carpets and sofas should be replace.
JK Aug 11, 2009 10:52 am
There must be a better way to see inside the Burj Al Arab without going to Skyview Bar. Sad, sad place. Decor is outdated. Everything feels a little shabby. The drinks are ridiculous...in size (tiniest pours) and in price. Service was just, eh. Nothing to write home about. Actually kind of diffident and slow. On a Friday night, the place was half empty and most everyone was over 70 yrs old. Like Carol writes below, it's just a place to say "I've been there"....and now I wish we hadn't gone.
Michel Michel Jul 31, 2009 08:55 am
It is a dream and you definitely get the ultimate experience, starting from the entrance of the hotel till the top... Great people, great service and lovely food and cocktails..
It is the one and only Sky view Bar and not to forget mentioning the world's most expensive cocktial that went into Guinness rrcords.. you can see it LIVE