A terrace of innovation and leisure in Dubai

A terrace of innovation and leisure in Dubai
The Burj Al Arab Terrace

nnovation was the name of the game for the UAE in 2016. There are many reasons to cheer the year and we have picked out 10. Part 3 of a 10-part series looks at Burj Al Arab Terrace, a man-made luxury beach facility designed as a fusion of contemporary architecture and the tranquility of the nearby water.


Bernd Debusmann Jr.

Published: Sat 24 Dec 2016, 10:30 AM

Last updated: Sat 24 Dec 2016, 12:47 PM

On May 25, His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, opened the Burj Al Arab Terrace, one of the 2016' additions to the UAE's already impressive list of architectural wonders.
A first-of-its kind in marine and off-site construction, the Burj Al Arab Terrace is an outdoor leisure and hospitality facility, which has been designed to reflect the shape of the Burj Al Arab itself. The design is meant to create a "fusion" of modern contemporary structures and the tranquility of the nearby water.
The Terrace is linked by a central walkway, and is flanked on both sides by beaches and private cabanas which create a feeling of being within the canopy of a lush jungle forest, with contrasting areas of light and shade.
"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," Shaikh Mohammed said at the time.
Notably, the 5,000 tonne Terrace was built at a Finnish shipyard, and had to be transported in eight pieces by ship to Dubai to ensure minimal disruption to guests as well as marine life.
Once completed, the 10,000 sq.m. outdoor luxury facility stretches out 100m into the water, and is home to a restaurant, two pools, cabanas with butler service, and a beach area.
Later in the year, in September, the Terrace swung open its doors to members of the public, even if they aren't guests. It doesn't come cheap though: access costs Dh1,800 on weekdays, and Dh2,200 on weekends.
- bernd@khaleejtimes.com

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