Retro Review: Al Iwan Restaurant & Skyview Bar, Burj Al Arab

The self-proclaimed 7 star hotel, Burj Al Arab in Dubai

A few years ago, we had a chance to visit the self-proclaimed 7 star hotel of Dubai, the Burj Al Arab. Room rates start from 1500 USD, something that is impossible to afford for the majority of us. But if you still want to see the hotel´s beauty without staying, you can either book a lunch/dinner at the Al Iwan Restaurant (or any of their restaurants) or an evening cocktail/afternoon tea at the Skyview Bar. Any of these would allow you to enter the hotel and enjoy their 7-star service!

Burj Al Arab

The hotel at night 😍

All vehicles must take the bridge connecting the mainland to the hotel, where a guard would verify your reservation.

Hotel entrance

Reception desk


Lovely chandelier 😉

Fountain and escalators

Burj Al Arab model



The atrium is 180 meters high 😍

Al Iwan Restaurant (Buffet)

Lobby fountain and Al Iwan Restaurant entrance

Al Iwan Restaurant entrance

Lunch is served between 12pm and 3:30pm with prices starting from 100 USD.

Salad buffet

Dessert buffet

Ladies washroom

Skyview Bar

Located on the 27th floor, one can book either the afternoon tea or the evening cocktails. The bar is open from 7pm to 2am and the minimum age is 21 years old. During our visit, the minimum spend was about 68 USD per person.

We had two cocktails which was served with a tray of assorted nuts 😉

I settled for a non-alcoholic drink, Merryberry 😉 while Mike had an alcoholic drink.