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Dubai's Burj Al Arab to get "mega sized" pools

The announcement follows previous remarks by Jumeirah Group CEO Gerald Lawless hinting at an expansion of the five-star hotel

Two swimming pools will be installed at Burj Al Arab.
Two swimming pools will be installed at Burj Al Arab.

Two swimming pools are currently under construction in Norway and will soon be shipped to Dubai to be installed at the Burj Al Arab.

The two pools are said to be of “mega size”, and the famous Dubai hotel could see the new pools open to customers by March 2015, ShortlistDubai.com reported.

The news comes as Gerald Lawless, president and CEO of Jumeriah Group, hinted last week that the luxury hotelier may be set to expand the facility.

Speaking at the Conde Nast Traveller Forum in Dubai on 11 November, 2015, Lawless put up a slide of the Burj Al Arab, and said: “If you look closely, you may notice something different.”

The ocean-facing side of the hotel featured a large expanded triangular area in white on Lawless’s slide, showing what looked like an expanded beach, and possibly a retail or restaurant facility.

“We will be announcing something soon,” Lawless added at the time.

Burj Al Arab opened its doors in December 1999 and at 280 metres, is currently the third-tallest hotel in the world.

This announcement is in line with Jumeriah Group’s expansion plans, which include the upcoming Jumeirah Al Naseem Hotel, part of Madinat Jumeirah’s extension.

The 430-room hotel is located next to Burj Al Arab, and is due to open next year.

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