The Burj Al Arab, one of the most iconic hotels in the world, located in Dubai on a man-made island, stands at a height of 321 metres and was designed to resemble a billowing sail. The hotel is one of the most photographed structures in the world and has been consistently voted the world’s most luxurious hotel.
The building is notable for a number of complex engineering and construction feats. The artificial island on which the hotel is built needed to be built low enough to give the impression that the building was floating on water. The reclamation of the land from the sea took 3 years, as engineers created a ground layer of large rocks.
The building has also been recognised for its sustainability agenda and managing its carbon footprint, in particular for excelling in water usage reduction, grey water recycling, and managing its energy output by regulating room temperature in the hotel’s suites. The façade of the building is covered with two layers of architectural fabric, separated by 60cm, in order to filter out excessive heat and sunlight, and enhance the wellbeing and comfort of its visitors.
Kingspan Duct and Pipe Insulation were used in this world-famous build.