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Construction of the Burj Al Arab

Gulf News brings you a weekly series of images from our archives, showing the UAE how it was in past years. The first in the series shows the construction of the iconic Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach hotels.Construction of the Burj Al Arab began in 1994, on an artificial island 280 metres out from Jumeirah Beach. Here, the iconic hotel is shown on July 13, 1996.
In this picture, taken on March 3, 1997, the under-construction Jumeirah Beach Hotel stands above the Chicago Beach Hotel, which dominated the area before the two landmark hotels were built.
The entrance to the Chicago Beach Hotel is shown in this photo from March 20, 1991.
On June 27, 1997, the hotel was demolished, clearing the view for the Burj Al Arab, which was rapidly taking shape.
The Jumeirah Beach Hotel on May 8, 1996. When completed the following year, the hotel was the 9th tallest building in Dubai. Presently, it does not even make the top 100 of tallest buildings in the city.
A photo from March 30, 1997, shows a large part of the structure being delivered. The idea behind the architecture was that the hotel should resemble the sail of a dhow.
Taken on the same day, this picture shows the view from the sea of the two under-construction hotels alongside the Chicago Beach Hotel.
This wave-shaped Jumeirah Beach Hotel was intended to complement the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab. 10.The Burj Al Arab now stands at 321 metres, making it the tallest hotel in the world. This is due to be surpassed in 2008 by another Dubai building - the Rose Rotana Suites on Shaikh Zayed Road.
These days, the Burj Al Arab stands amid a large number of hotels populating that area of Jumeirah Beach, and is arguably one of the most iconic structures in Dubai.

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