Tennis at the Burj-al-Arab?


Burj-al-Arab

This is one of those real things that at first seems too amazing to believe until you do a little research to confirm that it is in fact a real Tennis Court – the highest in the world.  The Burj-al-Arab is one of the world’s most luxurious and spectacular hotels.   Rooms are $2000 per night unless you opt for a top suite where you can expect to pay some $28,000 per night.

The helipad at the top of the hotel was turned into a tennis court for Andre Agassi and Roger Federer when they were visiting for the Dubai Open.    Amazing.

Hotel Pictures

Burj-al-Arab website

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Internet Travel Guy, Father of 2, small town Oregon life. BS Botany from UW Madison Wisconsin, MS Social Sciences from Southern Oregon. Top interests outside of my family's well being are: Internet Technology, Online Travel, Globalization, China, Table Tennis, Real Estate, The Singularity.
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10 Responses to Tennis at the Burj-al-Arab?

  1. mitesh rami says:

    looking at the image itself – its amazing..

    what a site.

    nice info

  2. JoeDuck says:

    Mitesh when I saw the picture at first I dismissed it as something like those “fantasy golf” calendars where artists make up “impossible” landscapes. But the helipad really was turned into a court – though I think this does not happen often and maybe only that once. I guess when you are staying at the Burj al Arab you can afford to lose a few tennis balls over the side.

  3. Matthew says:

    One strong wind gust and a looooong fall awaits.

  4. JoeDuck says:

    Ha Mathew – there are some pix at the Burj-al-Arab website showing Federer peeking over the edge, nervously.
    HEY – Maybe this could be a new extreme sport, where you give the players *no* fence and only 3′ outside the lines on which to either dance around and hit winners or take a deadly fall? Winner of the match gets a huge prize so they have an incentive to really play hard and take the risks.
    OK, that would be evil.

  5. lheylah says:

    yep. André Agassi played there sometime i think 2005 or so. it was spectacular!

  6. JoeDuck says:

    Iheylah – it must have been amazing to watch. I wonder how many balls they went through?

  7. lheylah says:

    I have no idea but just the concept of it is astonishing!

  8. lheylah says:

    Have you lived in Dubai?

  9. JoeDuck says:

    Nope Iheylah, I’ve never been to Dubai, but it’s on my list of “must see” places!

  10. Joanna says:

    If you can afford to stay at the burj al arab i am sure you can afford to lose a few tennis balls. Matthew there is no wind in dubai!!!!!!

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