Widely touted as the world’s most luxurious hotel, the Burj Al Arab just got a little bigger (and a touch more grand)…  

Remember how we told you that the needs-no-introduction Burj Al Arab was getting a 10,000 square metre terrace shipped over from Finland? Well it’s arrived!

The simply named Burj Al Arab Terrace is now officially open, and is home to a new restaurant, two pools, a beach and 32 cabanas. While the restaurant is open to the public, unfortunately the pool, beach and cabana areas are for hotel guests and Burj Al Arab members only (so basically the top 0.1 per cent then).

From an architectural point of view, the terrace was designed to reflect the shape of the Burj Al Arab building itself so that it almost looks like its shadow (as you can see in the picture above).

Burj-Al-Arab-Terrace-Infinity-PoolThe pool looks straight out to the Arabian Gulf. 

The terrace stretches 100 metres out to sea and has two pools, butler-service cabanas and a beach, with luxury sunbeds, of course.

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The Scape Restaurant is an alfresco spot that serves up Californian-style fusion cuisine (and so the menu is sure to be health conscious). The head chef is Timur Fazilov, who has sharpened his knife at a range of impressive restaurants, including Catch, Zuma and Savoy Grill in London.

Burj-Al-Arab-Terrace-Scape-RestaurantThe Scape Restaurant will serve modern fusion food. 

There will be a 612 square metre freshwater pool as well as a 828 square metre saltwater infinity pool on the Terrace. An impressive 10 million mosiac tiles line the pools (in blue and gold, of course). There are also four Jacuzzis, a swim-up bar and 1,000 tonnes of white sand on the private beach.

The cabanas are air conditioned, all 32 of them, and have fully-stocked mini bars, espresso machines and Bang & Olufsen TVs.

Burj-Al-Arab-Terrace-Fresh-Water-PoolWould you look at that fancy over-pool walkway/bridge? 

The entire terrace was shipped to Dubai from Finland in eight pieces, meaning easy construction on the Dubai end, and also ensuring minimal disruption to guests (as well as the surrounding marine life) during its assembly.

Lunch will be served at Scape from 12pm to 4pm daily, and dinner from 6pm to 11pm daily. Men are required to wear a shirt and full length trousers with closed shoes. Ladies are asked to wear a “suit or dress, long or short skirt or dressy slacks and top”. UAE national dress is also welcomed. Children are welcome at the restaurant, but the bar area is 21+ only. Tel: (04) 301 7600. More info on website. 

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