The current Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates Mohammed bin Rashid Āl Maktūm commissioned the building in 1993 to the architect Tom Wright, who was helped by engineers Anthony McCarter and Mike McNichols. Standing at 321 m, it is the third tallest hotel in the world and one of the most expensive, costing an estimated 7.8bn dollars. Burj al Arab, Dubai - Designing Buildings Wiki - Share your construction industry knowledge. Burj Al Arab Project was an Overall success because the project was a unique, first of its kind in the Persian Gulf and the very first building in the world to be constructed on an artificial Island. The Project was a milestone achievement in both engineering and Hospitality World. The design and the realization of the Burj Al-Arab have given inspiration to the entire construction industry. A new island on the sea The Burj Al Arab Hotel (Tower of the Arabs) was designed by Tom Wright in October 1993 and completed in November 1999, in time for the millennium. The Burj al Arab (translation: Arabian Tower), is a luxury hotel that stands on an artificial island nearly 300 m from the Jumeirah Beach in Dubai, UAE.