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The Burj al-Arab, at sunset

The Tower of the Arabs.


In the shape of a sail and mounted on an artificial island on the edge of the Persian Gulf, this is the building that has become the beautiful icon of Dubai.


The 4th tallest hotel in Dubai (and thus, the 4th tallest hotel in the world since Dubai has the top-six tallest hotels), it is often called the "first seven-star hotel" though no one inside the Burj al-Arab will agree with this statement.


But it really does deserve the title. While we didn't spend a night (a "room" -- which can't be called a room... let's call it a banquet hall with a bed -- costs upwards of $2,000...), we did eat at a restaurant inside, the Skybar lounge or something, at the very top that overlooked the Burj Khalifa and its neighbors... what a restaurant.... Photos to come soon, Inshallah :D


And while I think the architecture is quite amazing, there is a little... drama, surrounding it. When looking at it from the gulf... it is said to resemble the "largest cross in the Muslim world." If you'll Google it, you may see it... but I don't think it's that big of a deal. There is even some word-of-mouth going on that the late Sheikh Zayed gave it as dowry for one of his daughters because he didn't want to have the cross on his name any longer... but I couldn't find a source to this.... Either way, it's still a cool building! :D

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Taken on November 13, 2010