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When a Panda visits the world’s most expensive hotel…

October 15, 2017 23 Comments

There is no question that the Burj Al Arab Hotel is one of the wonders of Dubai- maybe one of the wonders of the entire UAE even. It is also the most expensive 7-star hotel in the world with the average room costing about $12,00 a night. NEVER in my wildest dreams did I think I would ever step foot in the world’s most expensive hotel… I mean seriously… I’m a TEACHER who has no other income! But when you’re a smart panda, you find a way to satisfy your inner bourgeois curious self.


Two weeks ago Dubai hosted Jumeirah Restaurant Week (JRW), where 40 of the country’s top eateries rolled out specially priced menus to bring in new patrons and old friends alike. Jumeirah, for those of you less pretentious readers, is the premier luxury brand of hotels and restaurants in the GCC. Even the Jumeirah Hotel in Kuwait was one of the few impressive places in that drab country. With lots of options and pricing that was rather affordable (by UAE standards), one of the Expat Felines made a definitive decision that we would visit the Scape Restaurant at the Burj Al Arab. This was how we were going to get into this expensive hotel (you only get to go inside if you have a reservation at the hotel, spa or one of its restaurants).

Upon entering you are greeted by this huge fountain,


Notice the red carpets, blue accents and gold pillars… this is the decor of the hotel which isn’t to my taste but I guess it depicts the opulence of the surroundings.

The balconies are rather impressive though…


A quick  walk outside will give you this pretty view at sunset:


And lets take a moment to marvel at this infinity pool built over the sea:



As for the Scape restaurant experience… well, I’m not a food blogger so I won’t spend too much time detailing the courses covered by the 200AED set menu. I will however let the pictures speak for themselves:



Starters and main courses were impeccably exquisite but dessert… disappointed us.


This drink was called Emoji and it was PERFECTION!
Oysters with bone marrow and jalapeño
Smoked tortilla soup
Slow cooked John Dory with some seaweed amazingness at the bottom of this plate
Crispy baby chicken with greens and and an amazing puree
Mascarpone cheesecake and a deconstructed lemon meringue
I am fussy about cheesecake because my cheesecake is pretty good (if I say so myself!)
This was just too sour full stop.

The service however was absolutely 7 star and I swear if they had been anymore attentive, they would’ve been spooning the food into my mouth (this is probably something you could request to be honest). I love how they presented the bill in this golden box and also gave Expat Lynx a handbag hook for her bag!



I love the night views from the terrace a lot more than the day views because of the beautiful way everything is lit up and of course, the city skyline in the distance. When you’re standing on the terrace looking out over the city, you feel at peace… I don’t think there are many places in Dubai that are peaceful as this.



Working those blogger poses… I am really rubbish at this though! 


Is the Burj Al Arab worth dining at and visiting?

Yes! Purely for the novelty factor of saying that you did visit the world’s only 7 star hotel! It was intriguing to see how a small population of the world functions in such opulence. Would I go back? Nah. I realised that I’m not about that life. I mean I’m still pretty basic (I do love my avocado on toast) but I just don’t think I could justify paying what it costs on a regular basis, to return.

Panda’s Rating:


A respectable 4 out of 5 pandas purely for an excellent meal (although I have had better), 7 star service and of course, the novelty value!


– If you want to make your way into this hotel there are a few ways. Check out the official Burj Al Arab website for all the offers. I just saw that pool access for a day costs 1800 AED… whoah!

Jumeirah Resturant Week happens every year and there are tons of restaurants to pick from that will suit your budget and palate. Don’t miss it!

Is there somewhere that you’ve gone to eat at purely for the novelty of the experience? Let me know in the comments below!




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  • Evelyn M. Hill October 15, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    That shot looking up at all the balconies… it didn’t look so much like a photograph of a hotel as it did some kind of background scenery for one of the more outrageously extravagant science fiction movies… the 5th Element or something of that ilk.
    And I think you rocked the blogger poses. If you’re going to really go for an ultra-luxurious experience, a little posing seems only natural 🙂

    • Expat Panda October 17, 2017 at 6:29 pm

      I totally agree with you about the balconies! I was in awe and felt like the entire scenery was surreal 🙂 Haha thanks for the compliment about my poses 😀

  • Miss A October 16, 2017 at 4:24 am

    I loved the restaurant week . Was really good offers on some places I wanted to try out and lots of people out for the same reason. Great unitive! Still waiting for my mum to come again so I can have a (very expensive but you get the entrance) afternoon tea in Burj Al Arab.

    • Expat Panda October 17, 2017 at 6:29 pm

      Oooh I would love to read about your experience having high tea at the Burj Al Arab! Hope your mum swings by soon 😀

      • Miss A October 18, 2017 at 6:10 am

        I hope so too 😉

  • Pri October 16, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Thank you for the pictures, could see the luxury !!

    • Expat Panda October 17, 2017 at 6:30 pm

      I am so glad it reflected in the photos!

  • latemojito October 16, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    Everything looked so extravagant! I can’t believe that people would spend so much money just to enjoy a day at a pool. However, I’m sure you had a great time there and this experience really brought you good memories and stories to tell😊

    • Expat Panda October 17, 2017 at 6:31 pm

      Yessss I can’t believe what people will spend just to stay there and/or use the pool but hey each to their own! Glad you enjoyed the post 😀

  • Blackmuslimandtraveling October 16, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    😂 My little sister and I have our bougie moments back home and complain about the bill later on. It’s nice occasionally. Your pictures were so beautiful, and you looked the part. I never understand how people spend so much money for things like a day at the pool. 🤷🏽‍♀️

    • Expat Panda October 17, 2017 at 6:32 pm

      Ah thank you for the compliments… Yes once a while its good to spoil myself and living in the UAE gives me plenty of opportunity to do so 😀 I would much rather spend that money on a trip than a day at the pool but hey thats just me 🙂

  • frannnelli October 16, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    It’s nice that you can visit without staying there 😀

    • Expat Panda October 17, 2017 at 6:33 pm

      Agreed! Due to the extravagant prices of hotels here, a lot of them offer day passes to use their private beach and pool facilities.

  • Beatrice October 16, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    Looks like you had an amazing experience! All foncy, the novelty, and being able to claim you got to experience 7-star service! 😃 But yeah, I don’t know about the costs… I know I’d be so conflicted with something so expensive. Maybe as a one-time experience but not more than that. But it’s Dubai, so it’s all about YOLO + ~ living lavishly ~.

    • Expat Panda October 17, 2017 at 6:34 pm

      Yeah Dubai is all about the glitz and glam which is why I can only swing by there occasionally otherwise I would be BROKE. I do a lot of things just for the novelty of it all haha 😀

  • wunderlifestyle October 17, 2017 at 5:35 am

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  • Victoria October 17, 2017 at 7:23 am

    Wow I felt like I was there from just looking at your pictures. That balcony shot is everyyything. Super fancy. I always find that I don’t enjoy higher class food as much as I enjoy regular food lol

    • Expat Panda October 17, 2017 at 6:35 pm

      I understand you… I enjoy it to a point and well once in a while is a good treat! I am so glad you felt like you were there too 😀

  • Sartenada October 26, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    One word comment: Wow.

    • Expat Panda October 28, 2017 at 4:29 pm

      Its impressive thats for sure!

  • Agness of eTramping October 28, 2017 at 12:26 am

    Wow! Thanks for bringing this place closer as I’ll never get the chance to stay there! So breathtaking!

    • Expat Panda October 28, 2017 at 4:29 pm

      Hey never say never! I did not know that I would ever get the opportunity to see such a place!

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