I’m all ready to go see the famous Burj Al Arab hotel.
Now I’m on my way to Jumeirah to see the Burj Al Arab. Ohhh, my goodness gracious I’m so excited.
The Burj Al Arab
What can I say about this magnificent creature? I’m speechless, I tell you. Totally speechless. I can’t even begin to describe its beauty.
I was on my way to have lunch at the Al Muntaha restaurant. First of all, you’re not even allowed to go up the long drive that leads directly up to the hotel without having a reservation either at the hotel or at one of the restaurants at the hotel. You have to show security at the gate that you actually have a reservation or you’re not getting anywhere close to that bad boy. No siree!
The taxi drivers will even ask you when you first get into the car if you have a reservation there because they already know they aren’t getting past a certain point if you don’t have one. So don’t even try it!
I found this interesting video on how the Burj Al Arab was built. It totally blew my mind.
I did some sightseeing outside the hotel and wandered around the inside of the first floor. Then I made my way to the restaurant’s personal elevator/lift that goes directly from the first floor straight to the restaurant.
And, oh my goodness, what a view of the sea from that glass elevator ride! I wanted to ride it all day long like a little kid—up down, up down.
The view from the restaurant windows is even more fabulous. You look directly out the window and all you see below you is the beautiful Persian Gulf/Arabian Sea. Pure gorgeousness! You’re literally out on the sea in this hotel!
I thought it was amazing to have a hotel built directly into the sea away from shore. I was curious how they did it. As I was looking out the windows, I was just hoping the hotel wouldn’t suddenly sink while I was in it. Can that even happen?
I was even impressed with the bathroom in the restaurant. It’s so spa-like. There’s a restroom attendant in there that keeps the individual cloth hand towels rolled and stacked in pyramid form as ladies take one to dry their hands and discard it into the bin.
Now for lunch. My appetizers came out first, then my $54 salad—which tasted like a forest! Let’s talk about my $54 salad, shall we? I’ve never had a $54 salad before—which amounted to 200 dirhams.
But, here’s the thing—why doesn’t it come with dressing of some sort? Salad dressing would have made ALL the difference. They didn’t ask me my choice of dressing nor did they bring any out. So, naturally, I could only suffer half of it down. Doesn’t $54 / 200 AED cover dressing?!
But my main course and side dish was simply delicious! I had a lovely time dining so high up in that marvelous restaurant.
This is a place I definitely have to come back to. I fell in love.
My next stop at the Burj Al Arab will definitely be eating at the restaurant buried deep inside the sea—the Al Mahara. I’ll definitely take pictures of myself dining amongst all the fishes and sharks down below. I mean, who eats dinner inside the sea?!
So, if you have nothing else to do today, grab some snacks and watch the video way up above on how the Burj Al Arab was built. It’ll totally amaze you.
Take-Away Life Lesson: Hide some McDonald’s salad dressing packets inside your pockets before arriving at the Al Muntaha restaurant so you can actually enjoy your $54 / 200 dirhams salad.