The "seven-star" hotel Burj al-Arab, also called the "Arab Tower", is a symbol of Dubai . It looks like a sail, and it is erected on an artificial island , some 280 meters from the shore. Its foundations are anchored 45 metres under the sea bottom. It consists 56 floors and has 18 elevators. The Burj al-Arab offers 202 rooms, which translated does not mean a standard hotel room but rather a two-storey apartment. The construction work was carried out between 1994 and 1999 at cost of 650 million dollars. The design is the work of architect Tom Wright. Marble, rare wood, natural stone, enormous amount of gold...all that are the materials which were used for the construction. It is interesting that the roof of the hotel is used as a tennis court and a heliport.