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I’m not a girl who dreams about hotels. I have some friends who work in the luxury hotel industry and they wax poetic about hotels they dream of visiting someday — hotels with plunge pools overlooking mountains, glass-bottomed overwater bungalows, and 50,000 thread count sheets.

Me? I get their fascination, but hotels aren’t my thing, and they don’t dominate my travel wishlist…

Except for one.

The Burj al Arab in Dubai. I had to visit the Burj al Arab — and when I went to Dubai, I finally got to visit.

And I’m going to show you how you can, too.

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The Burj al Arab, Jumeirah

The Burj al Arab is one of Dubai’s most famous landmarks, its sailboat-shaped silhouette emerging from the sea. It’s one of the most elegant properties in a city known for modern marvels of engineering.

The hotel, which opened in 1999, declared itself the world’s first seven-star hotel — even though that rating technically doesn’t exist. Why not make up a rating? It’s excellent PR! The Burj al Arab is over-the-top in every way possible.

From the first time I saw a picture of the Burj al Arab, I dreamed of visiting it.But it was WAY out of my price range.

Maybe I could just drop in and gawk at the interior, like I did so many times in Las Vegas and Macau. Would that work? Unfortunately, no again.

The Burj Al Arab is open to hotel guests exclusively — and there’s security at the front gate. If your name isn’t on their list, they won’t let you in.

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The hotel may be open to hotel guests only — but I found out there IS an exception.

You can make a reservation for afternoon tea — and that puts your name on the list for security! In fact, this works for meals at any of their restaurants. I visited the Burj Al Arab for afternoon tea and absolutely LOVED it!

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Afternoon Tea at the Burj al Arab

The Burj Al Arab offers a Sky Tea afternoon tea — an experience on the 27th floor overlooking the coastline.

The Burj’s PR team generously invited me to experience their Sky Tea afternoon teain the Skyview Bar on the 27th floor, overlooking the coastline with a view of the Burj Khalifa in the far distance.

Istarted mytea with something I had never tried before: sparkling date juice.

“You won’t believe where this is made,” our waiter told me.

“No idea. Lebanon?”

“France,” he said with a grin.

“No way.”

“Yes, they make it there. The dates are from the Middle East, though.”

After the sparkling date juice, theybrought a pot of tea and a cappuccino and I was treated to the following courses:

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We started with a mini berry tart, then moved on to the chef’s carvery of roast beef, and were finally served a tray with sandwiches and desserts shaped like the Burj Al Arab itself!

The offerings were creative and delicious. That zebra-looking bread is actually made of squid ink and pureed apples! Incredible. (And there are free refills on the sandwiches, so to speak.)

And then it was time for a tower of desserts — in ANOTHER tray shaped like the Burj al Arab itself!

Starting from top to bottom, Ibegan with the absolute best scones and clotted cream I’ve ever had (and having lived a year and a half in the UK, that is a HUGE deal).

Next was a selection of cakes.

The best item on the Burj al Arab afternoon tea menu was the sweetest dish of all: camel milk creme brûlée.

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By that point, though, Ihad eaten so much that I was struggling to get through my final delicious bites.

A surprise came out — a birthday cake! I had celebrated my 29th birthday the day before, and it was a sweet way to add to the occasion.

And finally, the palate-cleansing dish that almost made me burst — lychee and rose sorbet.

I wasDONE. Stuffed, sated, and absolutely full of sugar.

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Burj al Arab Tour

Is it possible to tour the Burj Al Arab? Somewhat. When you visit the Burj al Arab for afternoon tea, or a meal at any of their other restaurants, you’re greeted with a view from the lobby, and there are some places that are open to visit.

The Burj al Arab entrance and lobby impressed meright off the bat with enormous gold pillars and dancing fountains.

I was able to see a bit beyond that due to my travel industry connections. The PR team for the Burj Al Arab invited me on a tour of some of their best suites.

I almost didn’t want to leave the lobby! How cool of a lobby is that? The honeycomb-style grid is very rare in hotels, and here it was! An amazing design element. The Burj al Arab is all about breathtaking grandeur.

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Inside Burj al Arab’s Second Most Fanciest Suite

In 2012, CNN named the Burj al Arab’s Royal Suite the 12th most expensive hotel suite in the world with a nightly rate of around $18,716. That is quite a chunk of change!

The Royal Suite was actually booked during my visit, despite it being the lowest point of low season (Ramadan plus the middle of the summer). Instead, I went to see one of their #2 suites.

It starts with a grand foyer and merges into multiple sitting rooms with many bars, adjoined to offices complete with Mac desktops.

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Burj al Arab Rooms

I was surprised to see that there was so much color in the suites of the Burj Al Arab! I was expecting something a bit more muted, but this turned up the volume to 11!

The suite has two ensuite bedrooms and the master bedroom was spectacular! I can’t tell you how hard it was not to jump on that purple canopied bed. It looks like something Samantha the American Girl doll would have had.

The master bathroom was equally as impressive as the rest of the suite. How much would you love for this to be your bathroom?! Look at the size of that tub!

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I’m hoping I can do “purple mosaic and gold” as a theme for a future bathroom renovation.

The guest bedroom isn’t too shabby either. It kind of gives me Superman vibes — the type of place he would stay if he had a ton of money.

The guest bathroom there was particularly memorable. How would you like a mosaic on your bathroom wall?

I remarked that I really liked the shadow clock that was projected onto the wall. Turns out these clocks were such popular items that the Burj al Arab began selling them to their guests!

Would you like to have one of those clocks on YOUR wall?

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Best Photo to Take in the Burj al Arab

After leaving the suite, I went to the spa floor, where you’ll be able to take the best picture of the hotel. This should be one of your priorities.

To get here, take the elevator to the spa floor and walk around the perimeter to the lobby. Stand next to the white piano and you’ll be in a perfect position.

The result is the photo above.

One reader remarked to me that the Burj al Arab would be more toward the taste of Eastern tourists with its penchant for gold-dripped anything. Well, I’m a Leo — in my opinion, you can’t have too much gold!

But it’s true that gold does tend to reflect the design aesthetic of the up-and-coming billionaire regions of the world like China, India, and Russia. Years ago, the Burj al Arab catered foremost to wealthy American tourists, we were told. In time, however, their customer base has shifted toward wealthy Russians and Chinese.

You don’t get a lot of presidents or royalty staying here — it tends to be the super-rich rather than the super-powerful.

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Where to Book Afternoon Tea at the Burj al Arab

There are two seatings for Afternoon Tea daily. The first is at 1 PM and the second is at 4 PM. The Sky Tea costs 635 Dirham ($173) for adults and 315 Dirham ($85) for children under the age of 11.

You can easily make your reservation for afternoon tea here. That will give you the all-important name on the list that will get you into the hotel itself!

Is the Afternoon Tea pricey? Yes. But I think it is absolutely worth it to experience one of the world’s most luxurious hotels with unmatched views of Dubai. Personally, this was my favorite thing that I did in Dubai.

Want to do more? There are a variety of other options available which allow you to experience the Burj al Arab. These include spending the day at their pool, having dinner at their stunning aquarium restaurant, or enjoying sunset drinks at the SkyView Bar.

You can get more ideas for fun Dubai activities here.

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Is the Burj al Arab Worth It?

I am never going to be able to afford to stay at the Burj al Arab in Dubai. But I am so glad that I actually got to visit that place, that I actually got to see that lobby and take those pictures and experience the hotel that I’ve dreamed of visiting for so long.

And as a full-time blogger who has lately been feeling more of the pitfallsthan the joys, being able to achieve a decade-long goal was the ultimate redeeming experience.

If it’s your dream to visit Burj al Arab and you aren’t secretly married to a Saudi prince or Russian czarina, afternoon tea is your best bet. It’s not a budget activity but every moment of it was absolute delicious pleasure.

Considering the food that you get, the views, and the Burj al Arab experience, I consider it much better value than afternoon tea at the fanciest hotels in London, for example.

Does that make it worth it to you? Then absolutely go and indulge yourself at this fabulous hotel.

Essential Information

The Burj al Arab is a private resort, and it’s closed to non-guests. However, you can visit if you have a dining reservation at one of the restaurants. Afternoon tea is the cheapest way to visit the Burj al Arab.

Sky Tea is the only one served in the SkyView Lounge.Keep in mind that alcohol is not served during Ramadan.

Where to Stay in Dubai

The Burj al Arab is undoubtedly the best place to stay in Dubai – a girl can only dream! But unfortunately, this is out of budget for many travelers.

If you’re looking for a luxurious place to stay, I highly recommend the Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates. The hotel is exquisite! The Kempinski takes luxury to the next level with its stylish furnishings and tastefully decorated rooms. Location-wise, it doesn’t get any better than this.

If you’re looking for a mid-range place to stay, Rove Downtown offers a luxurious stay at an affordable price. The rooms have a simplistic design with large windows offering gorgeous views of the city. There’s also an outdoor pool which is the perfect place to relax after a long day out.

If you’re looking for a budget place to stay in Dubai, I recommend Backpacker Dubai. This hostel is ideally located near all the top attractions and the rooms are spotlessly clean and comfortable. You’re guaranteed to meet other tourists here and it’s a great option for solo travelers.

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Many thanks to the Burj al Arab for inviting mefor a complimentary tour and Sky Tea. Special thanks to Izabela for taking the time to show us around and indulging my desire to take crazy pictures. All opinions, as always, are my own.

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FAQs

Can Tourists enter Burj Al Arab? ›

The Burj al Arab is a private resort, and it's closed to non-guests. However, you can visit if you have a dining reservation at one of the restaurants. Afternoon tea is the cheapest way to visit the Burj al Arab. Sky Tea is the only one served in the SkyView Lounge.

How much is the entry fee to Burj Al Arab? ›

TICKETS AND TIMINGS

Tickets: AED 249 per adult | AED 99 per kid.

How do you book afternoon tea at the Burj Al Arab? ›

For reservation, call the hotel at +971 4 301 7600.

How much does it cost to stay at the Burj Al Arab for one night? ›

The Burj is famous for its striking sail-shape design, and the lavish suite, which is one of the most expensive hotel rooms in the world, has an average price tag of $24,000 a night.

What is the dress code for Burj Al Arab? ›

Burj Al Arab is the original home of luxury - Dress to impress! Smart/casual attire. Tailored shorts are allowed. No beachwear.

What do you wear to the Burj? ›

What to wear: There is no set dress code for visiting the Burj Khalifa observation deck, so you can wear whatever you feel most comfortable in, although it is advisable to dress modestly in Dubai. If you want to dine inside the world's tallest restaurant- At. mosphere, formal dress and smart shoes are required.

Is food free in Burj Al Arab? ›

The dinner buffet in the Burj al Arab in the Al Iwan restaurant costs 255 US dollar and includes a private transfer to the Burj Al Arab hotel. When booking you have the choice of various times between 6:00 PM and 9:30 PM.

Is it free to go up the Burj? ›

The entry fee for Burj Khalifa is around Rs 5970.64 per person. While, for general admission, children below the age of 12 years are charged the price of Rs 3222.25 and adults are charged the cost of Rs 3980.42 at the top level and Rs 9951.06 at the top sky level.

How much does food cost in Burj Al Arab? ›

The average Burj al Arab dinner price is around AED 800 per person, excluding drinks. The tasting menu at Al Mahara Restaurant starts at AED 795, while at Al Muntaha Restaurant it starts at AED 1000 per person.

Is entry to Burj Al Arab free? ›

Entry Ticket for Burj Al Arab in Dubai

Afternoon tea at Skyview Bar in the Burj Al Arab in Dubai costs about AED 650 (INR 12,300) per person. Additional Burj Al Arab entrance fee is applicable to AED 100 (INR 1900) per person for a window table where guests can enjoy the views of major attractions in Dubai.

What do you wear to high tea in Dubai? ›

Dress as you would as a wedding guest at an afternoon reception. For more casual teas in a warm weather destination, a casual look, like polo shirt and shorts, is likely fine. Check the restaurant ahead of time if you're not sure what smart casual attire means for them.

How much does it cost to visit Burj? ›

The price for adults and children is 754 AED per person (about 205 USD or 15,000 INR). If you're truly looking for a remarkable experience in Dubai, make sure to take the opportunity to go up the Burj Khalifa.

How many 7 star hotels are there in the world? ›

Burj Al Arab Dubai

It's dubbed the world's only official 7-star hotel, so naturally, it's the first place you want to book if you're looking to be blown away by over-the-top luxury.

Can you go inside Burj Khalifa for free? ›

To get to the top of the Burj Khalifa, you need to purchase a ticket. Your ticket price will vary based on the observation deck you choose and what time of day you stop by.

How long is Burj Al Arab tour? ›

The tour takes 1.5 hours on average. Visitors are not allowed to bring food and beverages with them. Tour ticket enables access to the 25 th floor and inside Burj Arab only. Be advised to arrive 15 minutes earlier to take your ticket and have a valid photo ID with you.

Should I wear jeans in Dubai? ›

Wearing jeans are allowed in Dubai. A normal jeans can be worn anywhere in Dubai But, wearing skin tight jeans is a bit risky, and it depends on the place that you would like to visit in Dubai. While skin tight jeans may be fine in the night clubs, wearing it in other public places may seem offensive.

Which dress is not allowed in Dubai? ›

There isn't a particularly strict Dubai airport dress code. Women can wear long dresses, tops, shirts, t-shirts, pants, hoodies, sweaters, and jeans. It's best to avoid wearing any sleeveless shirts, sleeveless dresses, mini-skirts, and short shorts.

What clothes can you not wear in Dubai? ›

The general rule regarding dressing in public in Dubai is to wear clothing that covers your shoulders and your knees. It's best to refrain from wearing clothing that is too tight or too revealing for both men and women.

Can ladies wear jeans in Dubai? ›

Women can wear shirts, tops, t-shirts, skirts, shorts, trousers, jeans, and dresses in Dubai. Women can wear swimsuits and bikinis on the beaches. They can also wear the traditional dress of their country or culture, such as saree or salwar kameez, as long as it is modest.

What can I wear in Dubai as a woman? ›

Women can wear dresses, skirts, shorts, and t-shirts, blouses, tops… The dress code is somewhat stricter at the shopping malls, local areas, and at mosques and also during Ramadan. When in doubt, cover your knees and shoulders. Can you wear leggings in Dubai?

Can I wear jeans in Burj Al Arab? ›

The Burj Al Arab website specifies a smart casual dress code: 'Gentlemen are required to wear a collared shirt, full-length trousers or elegant jeans and closed shoes (no trainers or sport shoes). Ladies are required to wear a suit or dress, long or short skirt or dressy slack and top.

Can a normal person enter Burj Khalifa? ›

Being the tallest building in Dubai, the Burj Khalifa offers the best views of the Dubai skyline and beyond from its observation deck. The very top of the Burj Khalifa is the 163rd floor, however it is not accessible to the public. To get to the top of the Burj Khalifa, you need to purchase a ticket.

Can normal people visit Burj Khalifa? ›

At 829.8 meters, it is the tallest skyscraper in the world. Opened in 2010, the Burj Khalifa has become one of the most easily recognizable structures in the world. Visitors can reach floors 124 and 125 and access the highest accessible vantage point in Dubai. Read on to plan your Burj Khalifa visit.

How much is the entrance fee in Burj Khalifa? ›

The price for adults and children is 754 AED per person (about 205 USD or 15,000 INR). If you're truly looking for a remarkable experience in Dubai, make sure to take the opportunity to go up the Burj Khalifa.

Can you buy tickets at the Burj Khalifa? ›

The entrance is in the lower level of the4 Dubai Mall, you can get tickets there or if you book online you can pick them up there.

How can I get entry in Burj Khalifa? ›

Where is the Burj Khalifa entrance? A. To get to At The Top, you need to go through the lower ground floor of the Dubai Mall and head to the Burj Khalifa elevator. This is the main Burj Khalifa entrance.

Can you just turn up at the Burj Khalifa? ›

There are two time slots during which you can visit Burj Khalifa: Prime hours : 03:00 PM - 06:00 PM. In this time slot, you'll be able to witness mesmerizing views of the sunset. Non-prime hours : 08:30 AM- 02:30 PM and 7:00 PM- 11:00 PM.

Can you sleep in the Burj Khalifa? ›

With 900 residences including studios, one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom suites, The Residences at Burj Khalifa are designed for the connoisseur.

How long can I stay at Burj Khalifa? ›

Guests of At the Top, Burj Khalifa SKY can stay at level 148 for up to 30 minutes and then to continue the journey to level 125/124, where they can stay as long as they prefer.

How much does it cost to stay at the Burj in Dubai? ›

Burj Al Arab Hotel Dubai, Dubai Start From USD 3112 per night - Price, Address & Reviews.

How do I book dinner at Burj Khalifa? ›

You can book your dinner in the Burj Club easily online at the GetYourGuide website. It is advisable to book early because dining in the Burj Khalifa is a popular activity and availability is limited. Within a few hours after your reservation you will receive all the details at the given e-mail address.

How much does it cost to put picture on Burj? ›

The cost of placing an advertisement on the facade of the Burj Khalifa ranges from Dh250,000 to Dh1 million depending on how long the projection is up for and the day of the week, according to the rate card from MullenLowe Mena, the agency that manages the building's lighting displays, it has emerged.

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