Esthec Terrace: Burj Al Arab – the ultimate in luxury and innovation

The Jumeirah Burj Al Arab recently was the world’s first hotel to open a large terrace over the sea. The iconic hotel in Dubai is unquestionably one of the most luxurious and innovative hotels worldwide. This is why the Burj Al Arab decided to work with Esthec Terrace. Often referred to as the world’s only seven-star hotel, the Burj Al Arab selected the premium composite terrace material for the lounge terrace of one of its restaurants. Esthec Terrace’s luxury appearance perfectly matches the exclusive interior of the restaurant.


Built in 1994 on an artificial island in the Persian Gulf, the Burj Al Arab was designed to resemble a billowing sail. Due to its striking architecture, the hotel has become an icon in Dubai. The Burj Al Arab, owned by Dubai Holding member Jumeirah Group, does not only look exceptional from the outside. Its interior is equally exceptional. More than 2,000 m2 of the interior has been finished in gold leaf and about 25,000 m2 in marble. There are no standard rooms in the world’s only seven-star hotel, but 202 duplex suites with floor spaces varying from 169 m2 to 780 m2. Staying in one of the suites can cost up to 28,000 dollars per night, but at that price guests have a private lift and cinema room at their disposal. Transfers to and from the airport by Rolls Royce can be arranged. Other features of the hotel include a restaurant at a height of 200 metres overlooking Dubai and a restaurant with a spectacular deep sea aquarium.

Unique terrace over the sea
The Burj Al Arab is committed to excelling in luxury as well as innovation. The hotel recently opened the North Deck, an exclusive terrace stretching 100 metres out into the sea. A terrace over the sea of this size and nature is a world first. It measures 10,000 m2, weighs 5,000 tonnes and mirrors the shape of the Burj Al Arab. Just like the hotel, the North Deck offers extreme luxury and features a wonderful beach area, 32 air-conditioned cabanas with butler service, 400 sun loungers, a top-class restaurant and two pools including a saltwater infinity pool.


The method of constructing the deck was unique. To minimise the impact on the marine environment and disruption to guests, the terrace was constructed in pieces in Finland and then transported to Dubai by ship. The ship left the Finnish port at the beginning of January 2016 and, after a journey of 8,000 nautical miles, arrived in Dubai in the middle of February. There, the eight steel pieces were installed on 90 steel piles, each measuring almost one metre in diameter. According to the hotel, the construction been designed to attract undersea ecosystems and to provide shelter for fish and other aquatic animals.

Spacious lounge terrace
Renowned for pushing the boundaries of luxury service and innovation, the Burj al Arab decided to work with Esthec Terrace before. The hotel selected the composite terrace material for the spacious lounge terrace of its Bab Al Yam restaurant. Esthec Terrace’s natural blend of colours give it a sophisticated and luxury feel, which perfectly matches the exclusive interior of the restaurant. The inviting poolside terrace offers stunning views of the Persian Gulf and Downtown Dubai. The kitchen serves European cuisine with Middle Eastern influences and a host of fresh local ingredients. The dress code for dinner: smart casual.

The Burj Al Arab is not the only hotel to have chosen Esthec Terrace. Esthec is widely used for terraces of high-end hotels, resorts and beach clubs around the world. Due to its excellent wear resistance, Esthec Terrace is ideal for high traffic terraces. It’s excellent slip and fire resistance makes it safe and compliant. The excellent SRI (solar reflective index) means surfaces temperatures are very low and the material does not warp like PVC or wood. Other advantages are that the terrace is easy to maintain and does not weather, not even in wet or, alternatively, warm conditions like in Dubai. The terrace material is available in 9 colours and various plank widths that are freely combinable, thus providing a wide range of design.