Burj al Arab Dubai

How to visit Burj Al Arab Dubai

Famous for being considered the only 7-star hotel in the world and being built on an artificial island, the Burj Al Arab has quickly become a symbol of Dubai.

A place like the Burj Al Arab is capable of attracting both sheikhs willing to pay at least 2,000.00 USD per night, to backpackers looking to at least have a photograph from the outside. So the only way to separate curious customers is with your reservation system.

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How to enter the Burj Al Arab?

To enter the famous Vela hotel in Dubai you must have a reservation, either as a guest or as a client of one of its restaurants or the spa. There are companies that even offer the service of taking you to the hotel and making the reservation for you, however, it is not necessary.

How to enter the Burj Al Arab?

  1. The first step is to book. All you need to do is call Burj Al Arab (you can ask your hotel reception to communicate with you) or book through the hotel’s official website. The last way is the simplest, the one that ensures that there is space in the place you want and at the desired time. It is also the one that allows you to see all the restaurant and menu options available. If you want to book here I leave you the official link and without intermediary agencies (website in English).
  2. Once you choose which restaurant and what type of menu you are interested in, you will receive a confirmation in your email with a reservation number. In many cases, an advance payment will be requested to ensure your attendance.
  3. To enter the hotel it is necessary to present this code at the guardhouse on the day of your reservation.

How to enter the Burj Al Arab?

Visiting the Burj Al Arab is not cheap, so if you are thinking of entering the hotel you should prepare to pay at least 150 AED (about 75 US dollars). This is the minimum consumption for visiting its Sky bar in the evening, one of the cheapest options.

Tea time at Burj Al Arab

The popular tea time at the Sky bar costs from 635 to 1030 AED (170 to 280 USD), depending on the type of menu and table chosen.

How much does it cost to eat at Burj Al Arab?

A tasting menu at Al Muntaha (27th floor of the hotel) costs from AED 980 (USD 266).

How much does it cost to dine at the Burj Al Arab?

One more option is to go to dinner at Burj Al Arab and here I have a great option for you. There is the alternative of visiting 4 of the Burj Al Arab restaurants in the same night. It is the Culinary Flight in which each of the dinner times is served in a different restaurant of the famous hotel: Scape Restaurant, Al Mahara, Al Muntaha, and the Skyview Bar & Restaurant. Costs range from AED 994 to AED 1,750 (depending on the type of drinks).

This experience includes a visit to the restaurant, Al Mahara. One of the most peculiar in the world if we consider that it is under the surface of the sea of the Persian Gulf.

Other options to visit in Burj Al Arab

Friday brunch costs AED 695 ($ 190).

A 4-course meal at Al Muntaha with a drink (non-alcoholic) costs AED 600 (USD 163).

This gives you an idea of the “cheap” options to visit and eat at the Burj Al Arab, although of course budgets can easily be increased.

Travel tip. When you make your reservation they will ask you if you celebrate a special occasion, do not forget to mention it as you will have a surprise during your visit. For example, a cake on your birthday.

How much does a night at the Burj Al Arab cost?

If you want to live the full experience at the Burj Al Arab you have to prepare to pay between USD 2,000 and USD 6,000 per night (from 40,000 to 120,000 Mexican pesos). The most “simple” rooms are suites with a capacity of 4 people: two adults and two children.

How to get to Burj Al Arab?

The simplest way to get to the Burj Al Arab is by taxi, although there are also options to get there by public transport. The hotel does not have a nearby metro station, but you can go to Mall of the Emirates (metro red line) and from there take a bus 81 that leaves you at Burj Al Arab.

How to take good photos at Burj Al Arab?

If you want to visit the Burj Al Arab just from the outside to take some photos, I recommend that you do not go to the entrance. In the first place, because the parking lot is gated, so it will be difficult to take good photos. You will also find many people trying it, so the task will not be easy.

It is best to take pictures from the public Jumeirah Beach or from the Madinat Jumeirah, a shopping complex with great views of the Burj Al Arab.

Tips for visiting the Burj Al Arab

  • The staff is extremely friendly so do not hesitate to ask them to take a photo or video of you.
  • Tea time is a very touristy experience, so if you are looking for more exclusivity, I recommend going for lunch or dinner at one of the restaurants.
  • You can easily spend two hours in the place so go early enough.
  • If you want to have the views of Dubai from above, check that you are choosing one of its restaurants on the 27th floor and not those that are on the first and ground floors.

Burj Al Arab Picture Gallery

Bonus: How to Book Desert Safari from Burj al Arab

Following are the links to book your Dubai Desert Tour

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