Executive summary This project analysis demonstrates the processes, events, phases and challenges that faced the constructors of the world tallest hotel built offshore in the Dubai. The Construction of the Burj AL Arab was a major engineering triumph of the 21st century. The rationale for the construction of the hotel was to ensure that Dubai is sustainable even after the depletion of the oil wells which are the major contributors of the country’s economy. The hotel targets foreign investment through tourism and sporting events like tennis. Several luxurious and expensive accommodations allow thousands of visitors to experience Dubai like never before.
The project commenced in 1995 and completed in the eve of the new millennium in 1999. The project was mainly made up of two major phases where the value Engineering and constructability was the first phase, the actual construction was the second phase. Brief introduction to the project The project Burj Al Arab in Dubai commenced in 1995 and was completed in the year 1999 before the new millennium. Burj Al Arab is the tallest hotel in the modern world and its construction was envisioned by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid al Maktoum and his assistant and close advisor Sultan Bin Sulayem.
The rationale for the construction of the Hotel was motivated by the need to make Dubai the world most exclusive tourist destination and a centre of tourist attraction. The Burj Al Arab was thus constructed to attract the richest people in the world to the Arabian Gulf Coast and also accommodate world sportsmen like Roger Federer to play their favourite tennis game at the top of the tower in the middle of the ocean.
The reason to make Dubai a tourist attraction centre was because of the prediction that the oil levels would drop and became depleted by 2016 (Riewoldt 2006 p. 150). The Crown prince Sheikh Mohammed made the decision in order to improve Dubai’s future status after the oil is depleted. Burj Al Arab was constructed about 270 metres offshore and the shape of the Hotel is distinct and recognizable just like the Eiffel towers of Paris and Egyptian Pyramids. It is a natural distinction piece of architecture only unique to Dubai and thus a lasting sailor’s symbol that shows the nature of Dubai for the past 50 years.
The five year project was aimed at constructing the tallest luxurious hotel, 321 metres tall and with an exclusive gravity defying projection towards the sea portion of the hotel which emulates dining in the sky in the middle of the sea. The Chief architect, Tom Wrights produced the ingenious architectural design which was welcomed by Sheikh Mohammed and thus leading to the design of the 21st century icon.
The scope of the project was divided into two major phases where the value Engineering and constructability was the first phase, the actual construction was the second phase. A project stakeholder analysis There were a number of stakeholders of the Burj Al Arab hotel, the owner of the project who specifically envisioned the construction of the hotel was by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid al Maktoum and his assistant and close advisor Sultan Bin Sulayem. A group of architects from Britain were chosen to design and ensure the implementation of the project.
The Chief architect was Tom Wright, Project architect was Simion Crispe. Mike McNicholas was the Island Engineer who proposed the designing of the block shapes which would dissipate water waves. Anthony McCarter was the major structural Engineer; Malcom Murphy was the Chief constructor. Volker Bulgereit was the Aerodynamist Engineer responsible for the creation of the wind resistant building. The interior designer was Khuan Chew who made the interior design elegant and breathtaking. The customers of the hotel like superior business people and other international rich guest and sportsmen like Roger Federer were the major target for hotel.
The beneficiaries of the project are the people of Dubai and the Entire United Arab Emirates (Al Abbar Group 2004).