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Burj Al Arab – One Of The Best Civil Engineering Works

The Burj Al Arab is one of the world’s most luxurious hotels and is located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Burj Al Arab is managed by the Jumeirah Group and built by Said Khalil. Burj Al Arab’s stands at a height of 333m. The Burj Al Arab stands on an artificial island 280 metres (919 ft) out from Jumeirah beach, and is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge.

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The construction of Burj Al Arab began in 1994. It was built to resemble the sail of a dhow, a type of Arabian vessel. Two “wings” spread in a V to form a vast “mast”, while the space between them is enclosed in a massive atrium. Architect Tom Wright said “The client wanted a building that would become an iconic or symbolic statement for Dubai; this is very similar to Sydney with its Opera House, or Paris with the Eiffel Tower. It needed to be a building that would become synonymous with the name of the country.” The architect and engineering consultant for the project was Atkins, the UK’s largest multidisciplinary consultancy. The hotel was built by South African construction contractor Murray & Roberts. The hotel cost $650 million to build.


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The foundation used in this hotel is Pile Foundation and a total of 230 – 40 meter long concrete piles were drived into the sand. The foundation is held in place not by bedrock, but by the friction of the sand and silt along the length of the piles. Engineers created a surface layer of large rocks, which is circled with a concrete honey-comb pattern, which serves to protect the foundation from erosion. It took three years to reclaim the land from the sea, but less than three years to construct the building itself. The building contains over 70,000 cubic meters of concrete and 9,000 tons of steel.


The tennis court at the top of the hotel


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Kanwarjot Singh

Kanwarjot Singh is the founder of Civil Engineering Portal, a leading civil engineering website which has been awarded as the best online publication by CIDC. He did his BE civil from Thapar University, Patiala and has been working on this website with his team of Civil Engineers.

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49 comments on "Burj Al Arab – One Of The Best Civil Engineering Works"

rahul says:

Dubai is just like heavan for civil engineers

farzad says:

I am directly infront of burjolarab.its beautifull and i thought that its the designe of norman foster?although its a kingwork .15/09/2009


Dear medem/sir
give the hotal “Aurj Al Arab” of the foundatoin details.

Mahinthan says:

Dear Sir
I want about this “Aurj Al Arab” hotel excavation, filling and foundation.

ameen says:

awesome structure……..hats off to the entire team……….

Aadland says:

I am an norwegian formworker and I find this hotel extremly well buildt its the 8.wonder of the world if you ask me, big applause to you Saudi Arabians! If i had the oppotunity i would definatly work in Saudi Arabia learn the magic of real contruction work! Norwegian structures are boring and they often dont reach more then 4-5 floors high :/
best regards Aadland

srinivas says:

the whole credit doesn’t goes to Arab guys…lot many Indian hands involved in that project…not only in this project, but also in many good projects many Indian brains worked…

raviteja pace says:

unable to imagine woder touchig the skyyyyyyyyyy

dhineshbabu.G says:

the world is got shrinked woooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwww………..

ian joferd b. basallo says:

nice creation. i also want to be part of such good buildings in the future


simply a nice creation

sagar salunke says:

that is very creatical engineering project i really impresed.


awesome structure……..hats off to the entire team OF ALL engg TEAM MARVOULES

Maharaja Narotam Singh says:

Me and my wife were very impress with Burj and wish to visit there atleast once in a year.

sujeetha says:

your ideas r marvelous

mayank pandey says:

really a massive structure

Sabelo says:

Dear sir/mediam can you send to me the steps of how this hotel was constructed.Specifically the foundation part.

juan david cardenas says:

is a truly beautiful structure by number of rooms and a tennis court on the top floor that would have a good experience playing there

Rajkumar Chaulagain says:

really a fantastic and such a glorious structure lika as the heaven for all!!!!!!!!!

juan david cardenas says:

So if it’s true so I’m proud to aver Sinet choose to study as it comes out of eleven in 2012 the mechanical engineering career

morteza says:

I be very interest for know more detail and information about the foundation ,piles , and structure please send me this information or the source that i could find them .

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