Dubai: His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, today opened the Burj Al Arab Terrace.
A world-first in marine and off-site construction, the Burj Al Arab Terrace is an outdoor luxury leisure facility that offers a one-of-a-kind hospitality experience.
Jumeirah Group, the global luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, manages Burj Al Arab, one of the world’s most luxurious hotels and a prominent landmark of Dubai.
The architectural form of the Terrace has been designed to reflect the shape of Burj Al Arab, creating a fusion of sophisticated, contemporary structures and tranquil stretches of water.
Linked by a central walkway, flanked on either side by crystalline beaches and private cabanas, it gives the effect of a stylised tropical forest canopy, with contrasting areas of dappled light and shade.
Shaikh Ahmad Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation; Shaikh Mansour Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum; Chairman of Dubai Holding Mohammad Abdullah Al Gergawi; and Director-General of Dubai Protocol Department Khalifa Saeed Sulaiman and a host of senior officials and tourism industry leaders attended the opening event.
Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid toured the outdoor luxury leisure facility and was briefed on the construction phases, design, building technologies and the methods used to transport the ‘artificial island’ from Finland to Dubai.
Shaikh Mohammad praised the concept of the project, which he said, represents the highest innovation and creativity in design and implementation.
He said innovation and excellence are a hallmark of projects implemented in the UAE and Dubai is keen to encourage such creativity to achieve progress in all fields.
Shaikh Mohammad further said: “A few days ago, we inaugurated the world’s first 3D printed office, and today we are opening Burj Al Arab Terrace, the first man-made luxury beach facility of its kind. Both projects reflect Dubai’s vision to achieve global leadership in innovation and excellence.”
Now in place, the 10,000m2 outdoor luxury leisure facility seamlessly stretches 100m out into the sea and is home to Scape Restaurant, two stunning pools, dedicated butler-serviced cabanas, and a beach area with luxury day and sunbeds. As such, Burj Al Arab Terrace not only pushes the boundaries of construction, but also of design, architecture and hospitality.
Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of Dubai Holding Ahmad Bin Abdullah Bin Byat expressed his gratitude to His Highness Shaikh Mohammad for supporting innovation in all forms across sectors, including tourism and hospitality, an important pillar of the local economy.
Bin Byat said that Shaikh Mohammad’s support for innovation and creativity encourages people to present new projects and ideas that can contribute to the country’s economic development.
The managing director of Dubai Holding also said the new project further raises Dubai’s profile as a global hub for tourism and upscale hospitality.
Burj Al Arab Terrace is a world-first in marine and off-site construction. The project was developed by Finnish marine construction experts ADMARES.