Burj Al Arab, Dubai

   Burj Al Arab (Tower of the Arabs) is a luxury hotel located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. At 321 meters, it is one of the tallest hotels in the world. Burj Al Arab stands on an artificial island 280 meters into the sea from Jumeirah beach, and is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge. The shape of the structure is designed to mimic the sail of a ship. It is sometimes incorrectly referred to as the world's only seven-Star hotel.
 
  Burj Al Arab was designed by architect Tom Wright of WS Atkins PLC. The design and construction were managed by Canadian Engineer Rick Gregory also of WS Atkins. Construction of the Island began in 1994. It was built to resemble the sail of a dhow, a type of Arabian boat. Two wings spread in a V to form a vast mast, while the space between them is enclosed in a massive atrium. The architect Tom Wright once said The client wanted a building that would become an iconic or symbolic statement for Dubai. This is very similar to Sydney with its Opera House, London with Big Ben, or Paris with the Eiffel Tower.