Burj Al Arab Terrace opens - first pictures

Time Out has the first pictures as Burj Al Arab Terrace opens. See the new beach resort at one of the most iconic and luxury hotels in Dubai

The 'extension' at Burj Al Arab will officially be open for business on Thursday May 26. And it looks spectacular.

Known simply as Terrace, the 10,000m square space stretching 100m out to sea from the back of the iconic hotel provides members and hotel guests with two swimming pools - one of which is an infinity pool falling off into the Arabian Gulf - private cabanas, 1,000 tonnes of sand on a beach, butler, plus a restaurant and bars.

In total there are 32 beach cabanas and 400 sun loungers. The four-person cabanas come with butler service, a range of food and beverage options, plus espresso machines and Bang & Olufsen TVs.

All that for the princely annual sum of Dhs100,000. Sounds steep? But just look at that infinity pool. Go on, tell us it's not worth it just for that! Families - a couple and two children under 16 - can get in for Dhs125,000.

Anyone considering signing up for the year might also be tempted by the fact that it includes a one-night stay in the hotel’s lavish Royal suite, a chauffeur driven Rolls-Royce (we assume for that day), helicopter tour of the city and a 24-carat gold plated membership card. The restaurants are open to the public.

Speaking as the first pictures emerged of the Terrace, the hotel's general manager Antony McHale, said: "The Terrace is the ultimate destination for indulgence, socialising and relaxing and is another initiative in our endeavour to delight our guests." He went on to describe it as a "global first" and "simply spectacular".

An official party on Wednesday night was attended by many of Dubai's VIPs, many of whom might be tempted by the 'royal cabanas', of which there are eight, each with a private bathroom, shower area and veranda.

The new development was shipped to Dubai from Finland, starting its journey late last year and arriving in February. The eight pieces weigh in at 5,000 tonnes and have each been lowered onto around 90 pilons sunk into the seabed.

It "creates a fusion of sophisticated, contemporary structures and tranquil stretches of water," according to the hotel's official information.

It is "linked by a central walkway, flanked on either side by crystalline beaches and private cabanas, giving an effect of a stylised tropical forest canopy, with contrasting areas of dappled light and shade."
For those concerned about how the addition will affect marine life, the venture is approved by marine construction experts and actually provides a shade for fish and is likely to attract undersea ecosystems.

HERE'S THE VIDEO THAT ANNOUNCED THE PROJECT LAST YEAR

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