Dubai: Architects agree on one thing: An iconic building is often the result of just a few, genial strokes of the pen. The stylised form of the
Eiffel Tower was dashed off in this way, along with the spectacular Burj Al Arab hotel which dominates the Dubai skyline.
Both buildings made headlines, each in its own era, and in December the Burj Al Arab celebrates its first ten years. The structure, which resembles a giant billowing sail, has become one of the most notable landmarks in the Gulf emirate. It is one of the most luxurious and most expensive hotels in the world but much more besides.
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