Burj Al Arab Tower Hotel, Dubai

Faithful+Gould provided quantity surveying and cost management for the Jumeirah Beach Resort development in Dubai. It is one of the largest holiday resorts in the world, comprising two hotels, a conference centre, sports centre, marina, aqua park and eleven international restaurants. The centrepiece of the prestigious resort is the 7-star Burj Al Arab hotel, located on its own man-made island 300 metres offshore. The Burj Al Arab was designed to be the tallest hotel in the world, and has a 180 metre tall atrium lobby and 202 luxury suites. It dominates the Dubai coastline with its 321m stature and architecture reminiscent of a ship's mast and sail.

The tower has three basement levels and is founded on a piled raft 2.7m thick and approximately 6000m² in area. Formation level for the raft was approximately 9m below sea level, requiring temporary works for its construction to be included within the man-made island as it was built. The raft is supported by 250 bored piles, each 1.5m diameter and 35m long, founded within the carbonate rocks underlying the site. The project was completed in November 1999.

© 1994 - 1999. The image of the Burj Al Arab® is reproduced under licence from Jumeirah International LLC.