Burj Al Arab to get outdoor deck from Finland
The iconic Burj Al Arab hotel will have an outdoor deck extension attached to it by the second quarter of 2016, Jumeirah Group announced.
The extension, called North Deck, spans across 10,000 sq m and can accommodate 32 cabanas and 400 sun lounges. It will feature a 612-sq-m fresh water pool and an 828-sq-m saltwater pool, in addition to a restaurant and a bar.
The entire deck, weighing around 5,000 tons, was developed in Finland and is now being transported to Dubai by sea. Such a project marks a world’s first, claims the hospitality group.
“This is the first time a structure of this nature and size has been built in one country and then transported to another country to be assembled and operated,” Robert Swade, chief operating officer at Jumeirah group, said in a statement.
Dubai has developed floating projects prior to this, such as Kleindienst Group’s floating villas, but these were developed domestically.
North Deck was developed and constructed by ADMARES, a Switzerland-based company specialising in floating real estate projects, from villas, hotels and resorts to islands and complete cities.
The deck left Finland on January 9 and is scheduled to arrive at the hotel in mid-February. Upon arrival, it will be fitted onto a grid of 90 steel piles and will stretch 100 metres into the Arabian Gulf from the Burj Al Arab.
“We are hugely excited about its arrival – North Deck is a true reflection of Dubai’s own ambition to provide the most outstanding experience for guests visiting and living in Dubai,” Anthony McHale, general manager at Burj Al Arab, said.
A GCC trend
In 2013, Qatar showed interest in developing a floating hotel to accommodate the FIFA 2021 World Cup fans. It was announced that the project would be designed by Sigge Architects and developed by ADMARES.
The project was then put on hold, until the Qatar Tourism Authority announced last April that the project was being revived or, rather, that the Authority is continuing in that direction, seeking to provide 6,000 accommodation rooms on cruise ships.
No further details were announced.