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6 Feb 2009: Dubai, UAE

 
There is only one special reason behind my intention to see the Burj Al Arab (“The Sail”) hotel in Dubai. My Chinese friend, who is in his mid-thirties, died in a suicide attempt. His death came as a shock to me, as he always a cheerful guy with positive life outlook. It was said that before he committed suicide in Shanghai, he flew to Dubai and stayed at Burj Al Arab, one of the most expensive hotel in the world – the cost of staying in a suite begins at US$1,000 per night! One mystery remains: why he travelled all the way to stay at Burj Al Arab?

The Burj Al Arab is a 7-stars luxury hotel located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). It is the second tallest hotel in the world at 321 m and stands on an artificial island out from Jumeriah beach. The hotel’s iconic structure is designed to symbolize Dubai’s urban transformation and mimic after the sail of a boat.

It was a Friday late afternoon and I had a couple of spare hours before flying out from Dubai. I took a cab to Jumeriah beach and there it stood … right before my eyes, a beautiful silhouette in the dusk. 

Burj Al Arab in the dusk

Burj Al Arab in the dusk

The hotel is not open to the public, unless you are a staying guest at Burj Al Arab or has a reservation with any of its restaurants.  Every evening, you will see a crowd of tourists jostling at the entrance, taking a peek at this majestic hotel from a distance and taking furious snaps at it.  

No entry sign for non-guest

No entry sign for non-guest

Close-up view of Burj Al Arab

Close-up view of Burj Al Arab

For the remaining afternoon, I took a leisure stroll along the Jumeriah beach, snapped these shots …

Along Jumeirah Beach

Along Jumeirah Beach

Jumeirah Beach Hotel

Jumeirah Beach Hotel

Guess what is this? Yes, it is a common bus-stop in Dubai

Guess what is this? Yes, it is a common bus-stop in Dubai

African violets re-planted along the roads

African violets re-planted along the roads

This is one of the trips simply made to satisfy myself that I had “been there, seen it” and ticked it against my check-list!

Before leaving  the beach, I spent a couple of minutes to give blessings to my friend, wherever he may be now.

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