There has been speculation about what’s going on at Burj Al Arab for a while, and now it has been revealed the hotel is launching a beach resort.
Named the Burj North Deck, Jumeirah’s new paradise will include 32 beach cabanas, 400 sun loungers and will arrive in February.
Guests will have a choice of two swimming pools - one of them from sea water – plus of course there will be a restaurant and a bar available.
In true extravagant Dubai style, it is being shipped into the emirate from Finland – and the six steel sections weigh a whopping 5,000 tonnes according to The National newspaper.
Once here a crane will lower the resort onto a 90 piles on the Gulf seabed, which have been fixed into place in advance.
Those visiting the Burj Al Arab will be able to use the North Deck at some point in the second quarter of this year.
Until now, those staying at the sail-shaped structure have had to use the beach facilities of the nearby Jumeirah Beach Hotel.
The minimal disruption plan is believed to be a first in the hotel design industry with the General Manager Anthony McHale, dubbing it “creative marine design, ingenious engineering and guest-friendly planning”.
For those concerned about how the addition will affect marine life, he added that the venture - designed my marine construction experts - actually provides a shade for fish and it's likely it will attract undersea ecosystems.