Sarah Garden20 Jan 2016 AT 11:16 AM

Burj Al Arab to open luxury 'leisure island'

The incredible structure is being shipped from Finland
Sarah Garden20 Jan 2016 AT 11:16 AM
Dubai, UAE, News, Burj al arab, North Deck, Hotels, Finland
Dubai, UAE, News, Burj al arab, North Deck, Hotels, Finland

One of Dubai’s most famous landmarks is about to get a makeover. The opulent “seven star” Burj Al Arab Hotel has announced a luxury outdoor leisure space called North Deck.

ShortList reported on two new swimming pools being shipped from Finland late last year, but it seems that the plans are even more lavish than expected. The North Deck will open in the second quarter of 2016 with two swimming pools (one fresh water and one salt water), as well as a restaurant, 32 cabanas and 400 sun loungers.


The 10,000 metres squared private deck is made from steel and weighs a staggering 5,000 tonnes. It left Finland on January 9, and is currently on its 8,000 mile trip across the ocean to its home at the Burj Al Arab.

Anthony McHale, General Manager of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, commented: “As a hotel we are dedicated to surpassing guest expectations by providing the ultimate Arabian hospitality experience and we have no doubt that North Deck will do just that. 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.”

In-keeping with Dubai’s reputation for innovation, this is the first time that a structure like this has been built in one country and shipped to another.

Robert Swade, Jumeirah Group Chief Operating Officer: “Dubai is renowned for providing exceptional experiences. 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. We are really pushing the boundaries of innovation and demonstrating how committed we are to positioning Dubai as the most exciting destination in the world and Burj Al Arab Jumeirah as the finest provider of luxury experiences.”