Team shortlist11 Nov 2015 AT 12:05 PM

Is the Burj Al Arab about to be expanded?

Looks like the world’s best hotel could get even better…
Team shortlist11 Nov 2015 AT 12:05 PM
Is the Burj Al Arab about to be expanded?
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It is already the “Best Hotel in the World.” But it looks like the Burj Al Arab is about to get even better – and bigger!

The 7 star iconic Dubai hotel is, we think, set for some interesting expansion. Speaking on Wednesday morning at the Conde Nast Traveller Forum in Dubai, Jumeriah Group President & CEO Gerald Lawless let slip something rather fascinating. At the end of his speech, he put up a slide of the Burj Al Arab, and said “if you look closely, you may notice something different.”

And there certainly was. The ocean facing side of the hotel had a fairly large expanded triangular area in white, showing what looked like an expanded beach and possibly retail/restaurant facility.

“We will be announcing something soon,” Lawless said.

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This would be in keeping with the group’s impressive expansion plans, notably the new Jumeirah Al Naseem Hotel which is fast taking shape right next door to the Burj Al Arab. When opened next year it will have 430 rooms, set among landscaped gardens and three swimming pools.

The Burj Al Arab itself was opened in 1999 and is the world’s only 7 star hotel. It stands on an artificial island 280m from Jumeirah Beach. If the slide shown this morning is anything to go by, the actual island itself is to expanded quite considerably.

The hotel is no stranger to brilliance. In May it won the “Best Hotel in the World” award at the Daily Telegraph’s Ultimate Luxury Travel Awards - for the third year running. 

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