The Burj Al Arab is about to get fancier – yes, we didn’t think it was possible either.

The Burj Al Arab is adding another feather to its luxury-hotel cap with a giant, 10,000 square metre deck set to open there in the second quarter of 2016.

The ‘North Deck’ will fan 100 metres out into the Arabian Gulf and will hold 32 cabanas (some ‘royal’ class and some ‘business’ class), 400 sun loungers, one fresh water pool and one salt water pool that will measure 828 square metres.

Oh, and there will be a restaurant and a bar too.

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Here’s the catch, The North Deck will be open to Burj Al Arab guests only. But, for the first time, the hotel will offer annual membership packages so Dubai residents can use the facilities year-round (these will begin in May 2016, although we imagine they’ll cost a pretty penny).

Where is the deck currently? Well, it’s being shipped over from Finland (no big deal), where it was built by marine construction experts Admares. It is made from steel, and weighs a whopping 5,000 tonnes – it left Finland on January 9th and should arrive in the Gulf by mid February.

“This is the first time a structure of this nature and size has been built in one country and then transported to another country to be assembled and operated. We are really pushing the boundaries of innovation and demonstrating how committed we are to positioning Dubai as the most exciting destination in the world,” said Robert Swade, Jumeirah Group’s Chief Operating Officer.


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