It was built to resemble the billowing spinnaker sail of a J-class yacht.
said "The client wanted a building that would become an iconic or symbolic statement for Dubai; this is very similar to Sydney with its Opera House, London with Big Ben, or Paris with the Eiffel Tower.
Burj Al Arab was designed by multidisciplinary consultancy Atkins, led by architect Tom Wright, who has since become co-founder of WKK Architects.To secure a foundation, the builders drove 230 forty-meter-long (130 ft) concrete piles into the sand.It needed to be a building that would become synonymous with the name of the country." Several features of the hotel required complex engineering feats to achieve.The hotel rests on an artificial island constructed 280 m (920 ft) offshore.
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