The Burj Al Arab and its helipad in particular is well known for its part in various sporting activities and pop culture references. In 2005, Roger Federer and Andre Agassi took tennis to new heights when playing a friendly match on the helipad. Rory McIlroy concluded the 2011 golf season when he teed off from the helipad, and Adam Young of Owl City fame, featured the Burj Al Arab on the cover of his album ‘Ocean Eyes’ as well as wrote an original composition for the video ‘Burj Al Arab – Leave the Ordinary Behind’.
January 2014 - China's world champion table tennis players accept the challenge
Chinese world number one table tennis players Long Ma and ShiWen Liu participated in the first ever table tennis face-off on the Burj Al Arab helipad. They were joined by Jike Zhang and Xiao Xia Li, the 2012 London Olympic men’s and women’s gold medalists for an intense game.
Long Ma added: “It was a great privilege for me and my teammates to follow in the footsteps of sporting greats like Roger Federer and Tiger Woods. Playing on the Burj Al Arab helipad was an unforgettable experience and the view of Dubai was incredible.”
October 2013 - Wins: Making Formula One History
Infiniti Red Bull Racing has made history by claiming the quadruple double with Infiniti Red Bull Racing winning the 2013 Formula One Constructors Championship and Sebastian Vettel winning the 2013 Formula One Drivers Championship at the Indian Grand Prix 2013.Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s 750bhp Formula One car became the first to run on the Burj Al Arab helipad. Usually reserved for on-track use, the car was involved in a spectacular show of burning rubber and tyre smoke, against a stunning backdrop of the Arabian Gulf, overlooking scenic views of Dubai’s impressive skyline.
Seconds after completing donuts in the car, David Coulthard stepped out of the cockpit and said: “That was a lot of fun. When Red Bull first suggested the idea to me I said 'why not?'. I like getting involved with anything that pushes the boundaries and it's what Red Bull stands for. I think this will produce fantastic, iconic shots in an amazing town and I’m really privileged to be part of it.
About Burj Al Arab
Burj Al Arab’s distinctive sail shape makes it an icon of modern Dubai. Its’ duplex suite only accommodation, host of private butlers, chauffeur driven Rolls Royce, Mercedes and helicopter airport transfer service cause it to be constantly voted as the world’s most luxurious hotel. With a 24k gold pad as your concierge and a range of other VIP services, a stay in Burj Al Arab is like a dream come true.