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Burj Al Arab
A Photographer’s Guide
Andrew Hudson


Burj Al Arab from Jumereirah Beach Hotel marina breakwaterIlona Ignatova/Shutterstock

Burj Al Arab

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Al Mahara aquarium at Burj Al ArabGryffindor/Wikipedia
Al Mahara entrance at Burj Al ArabGryffindor/Wikipedia
Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach center at duskSubbotina Anna/Shutterstock
Burj Al Arab from Jumeirah beach southRus S/Shutterstock
Lobby at Burj Al ArabLars Plougmann/Flickr
[psl`18Burj Al Arab from Souk Madinat JumeirahZhukov Oleg/Shutterstock
Burj Al Arab from Madinat Jumeriah pierMuznabutt/Shutterstock
Burj Al Arab from The Palm JumeirahS-F/Shutterstock
Helipad at Burj Al ArabLars Plougmann/Flickr
Interior lobby at Burj Al ArabrImre Solt/Wikipedia
Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach HotelJoi Ito/Flickr
Burj Al Arab and Marina RestaurantKunal Mukherjee/Flickr
Fountains at Burj Al ArabMatthias Schwarz/Wikipedia
Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach centerSarah_Ackerman/Flickr



Map of Burj Al Arab

Map of Jumeira Beach

About PhotoSecrets



A great travel photo­graph requires you to be in the right place at the right time to capture that special moment. Professional photo­graphers have a short-hand phrase for this: “F8 and be there.”

There are countless books that can help you with photo­graphic technique, the “F8” portion of that equation. But until now, there’s been little help for the other, more critical portion of that equation, the “be there” part. To find the right spot, you had to expend lots of time and shoe leather to essentially re-invent the wheel.

In my career as a professional travel photo­grapher, well over half my time on location is spent seeking out the good angles. Andrew Hudson’s PhotoSecrets does all that legwork for you, so you can spend your time photo­graphing instead of wandering about. I wish I had one of these books for every city I photo­graph on assignment.

PhotoSecrets can help you capture the most beautiful sights with a minimum of hassle and a maximum of enjoyment. So grab your camera, find your favorite PhotoSecrets spots, and “be there!”

About Bob Krist

Bob Krist has photo­graphed assignments for National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Travel/­Holiday, Smithsonian, and Islands. He won “Travel photo­grapher of the Year” from the Society of American Travel Writers in 1994, 2007, and 2008.

For National Geographic, Bob has led round-the-world tours and a traveling lecture series. His book In Tuscany with Frances Mayes spent a month on The New York Times’ bestseller list and his how-to book Spirit of Place was hailed by American Photo­grapher magazine as “the best book about travel photo­graphy we’ve ever read.”

The parents of three sons, Bob and his wife live in New Hope, Pennsylvania.


Thank you for reading PhotoSecrets. As a fellow fan of travel and photo­graphy, I hope this guide will help you quickly find the most visually stunning places, and come home with equally stunning photo­graphs.

PhotoSecrets is designed to show you all the best sights. Flick through, see the classic views, and use them as a departure point for your own creations. Flick through, enjoy the photos, and see which places inspire you. Get comp­osition ideas, lighting tips, and a brief history. It’ll be like traveling with a location scout and a pro-photo­grapher by your side.

The idea for PhotoSecrets came during a trip to Thailand, when I tried to find the exotic beach used in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun. None of the guidebooks I had showed a picture, so I thought a guidebook of postcard photos would be useful for us photographers. If you have any ides for improvements, please send me an email at

Now, start exploring — and take lots of photos!

About Andrew Hudson

Originally an engineer, Andrew Hudson started PhotoSecrets in 1995. His first book won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best First Book and his second won the Grand Prize in the National Self-Published Book Awards.

Andrew has published 15 nationally-distributed photo­graphy books. He has photo­graphed assignments for Macy’s, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Men’s Health and Seventeen, and been a location scout for Nikon. His photos and articles have appeared in Alaska Airlines, National Geographic Traveler, Shutterbug Outdoor and Nature photo­graphy, Where, and Woman’s World.

Andrew has a degree in Computer Engineering from Manchester University and a certificate in copyright law from Harvard Law School. Born in Redditch, England, he lives with his wife, two kids, and two chocolate Labs, in San Diego, California.


At a Glance

Name:Burj Al Arab (Arabic for “Arabian Tower”)
What:Sail-shaped hotel in Dubai on the Persian Gulf
Fame:Icon of Dubai
third tallest hotel in the world
Far:26 km (16 miles) from the center of Dubai
Height:321 m (1,053 ft)
Architect:Tom Wright/Atkins
Address:3 Jumeira Rd, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
GPS:25.141975°N 55.186147°E
Notes:Stands on an artificial island, reached by a private curving bridge. Features a helipad near the roof.

The Burj Al Arab is a luxury hotel located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is the third tallest hotel in the world (although 39% of its total height is made up of non-occupiable space). Burj Al Arab stands on an artificial island 280 m (920 ft) from Jumeirah beach and is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge. The shape of the structure is designed to mimic the sail of a ship. It has a helipad near the roof at a height of 210 m (689 ft) above ground.




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  • ebook (coming sometime)
  • Printed book (coming sometime)