Burj Al Arab (Tower of the Arabs) is a luxury 5 Star hotel located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It has been called “The world’s only 7 star Hotel” and is the third tallest hotel in the world; however, 39% of its total height is made up of non-occupiable space.Burj Al Arab stands on an artificial island 280 m (920 ft) from Jumeirah beach and is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge. The shape of the structure is designed to mimic the sail of a ship.
The beachfront area where Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach Hotel are located was previously called Chicago Beach.The hotel is located on an island of reclaimed land 280 meters offshore of the beach of the former Chicago Beach Hotel.The locale’s name had its origins in the Chicago Bridge & Iron Company which at one time welded giant floating oil storage tanks, known locally as Kazzans on the site.
The old name persisted after the old Hotel was demolished in 1997. Dubai Chicago Beach Hotel remained as the Public Project Name for the construction phase of Burj Al Arab Hotel until Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced the new name.
Christian Heeb is known worldwide for his stunning Photo images of scenic landscapes, lush environments as well as vibrant city scenes. He may be best known for his images of Native American People and has published over 130 coffee table books, countless calendars and numerous magazine articles. Christian has spent the last 25 years traveling the globe, over 5 continents and 70 different countries. His images, rich in color with a dramatic perspective, capture the flavor and splendor of each unique location.
While still shooting for international clients worldwide Christian balances his time with extensive work in Oregon for clients such as Travel Oregon, 1859, Central Oregon Magazine among many. He teaches Workshops in Switzerland and operates a limited number of exclusive Photo Tours to such exotic locations as Botswana, Cuba or the American Southwest every year. His work is well represented through over 25 agencies worldwide and is widely published. He is the Creator of several limited edition fine art metal prints. The Buddha Collection, the Africa Collection and the ever evolving Oregon images.
Together with his wife Regula he owns and operates the “Cascade Center of Photography”, a Photo Studio, Workshop Center and Photo Gallery in Bend, Oregon.