The Differences between the Empire State Building and Burj Al-Arab Hotel

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The differences between Empire State Building and Burj Al-Arab Hotel

There are two famous buildings in the world, called Empire State Building and Burj Al-Arab Hotel. Empire State Building is located in New York, and it is one of the tallest structures in New York, even in the world. Another one of the world tallest buildings is Burj Al-Arab Hotel, it is located in Dubai. In this essay, I will compare and contrast them in history, usages and being famous.

In the Empire State Building’s history, it is 1250 feet tall and was the tallest building in the world when it was built in 1931. At that time, it was not only become a landmark of New York, but also became a symbol of achieving the impossible. There was a skyscraper race in the world in 20 century. Walter Chrysler, the founder of the Chrysler Corporation, was constructing a monumental building, the height of which he was keeping secret until the building's completion. John Jakob Raskob, previously a vice president of General Motors, decided to join this race, and he wanted to beat Chrysler. Not knowing exactly what height he had to beat, John started construction on his own building, the Empire State Building. The Empire State Building completed with an amazing feat that the entire building was constructed in just one year and 45 days and only cost around 41 million dollars (Jennifer Rosenberg).

Likewise, there are also many glories in the history of Burj Al-Arab Hotel. For example, it was the tallest sea-based hotel in the world at a height of 321 meters when it was completed in 1999. As the reason of building Burj Al-Arab Hotel is totally different with the Empire State Building, that the government of Dubai wanted a building that would become an iconic or symbolic statement with the name of the country, just as what it has been. The design of Burj Al-Arab Hotel was inspired by the wind-filled sails of an Arab trading dhow ship, and that is why it is built on an artificial island. Unlike the Empire State Building, the construction of Burj Al-Arab Hotel cost a large amount of money and time that it was built in 1994 and cost around 650 million dollars to build. And this money made it become the ember of the Leading Hotels of the World (Rick Archer).

The Empire State Building is built as an office building, so the primary usage is providing office spaces for companies. But because it is located on the most prosperous regions of Manhattan Island, the rent of office spaces is expensive. Even though the rent is too costly, the major companies of different areas, such as finance, tourism and insurance, rent an office in the Empire State Building, because of its famous and showing the capacities of their companies. In addition, the Empire State Building is known by the world, so it becomes one of the most famous tourist attractions in New York. For absorbing more tourists, there are different kinds of exhibitions in the museum of the Empire State Building. Of course, many kinds of bars and clubs are necessary, and tourists can see all attractions in New York in several minutes (Empire State Building).

Nevertheless, as a hotel, the usages of Burj Al-Arab Hotel are almost different with the Empire State Building, it is built for tourism. But because Dubai wanted to make it become an iconic, the Burj Al-Arab Hotel was perfectly built with strong Islamic style, extravagant décor and high technology (Burj Al-Arab Hotel). Similar to the Empire State Building, this makes it become one of the most famous and the most expensive hotels in the world, the nightly rates start just north of $1500. Both Empire State Building and Burj Al-Arab Hotel have a stage on the summit of them, although the stage of Burj Al-Arab Hotel is a rooftop helipad. So if you are wealthy enough to live in it, the hotel also offers helicopter service from the airport to hotel (Justin Delaney).

As we know, the Empire State Building is the world’s most famous office building, but I want to ask, why does it become such famous? And I found out that it is famous by its height and movies. And the major reason is from the time it was built in the 1930's to the building of the World Trade Center towers in the 1970's it was the tallest building in the world, even now it still ranks among the top 10 and is the tallest building in New York (Why is the Empire State Building famous?). Furthermore, the movie that made it famous is King Kong, one of the most notable movies in American history. In this movie, the original King Kong of 1933 used a model of the newly-completed Empire State Building for Kong to climb at the climax (What movie made the Empire State Building famous?). This picture not only made the Empire State Building noticed by the world, but also became the most classic scene of King Kong.

Similarly, Burj Al-Arab Hotel used to be world’s tallest hotel, but now it is still the world’s second tallest hotel. on the other hand, it is not merely famous by its height, its expensiveness is also famous in the world. For example, the price of a Royal suite is 20 thousand dollars, per night. The price can reach the cost of a mid-sized sedan, making it one of the world's most expensive rooms, even a smallest room also needs 1500 dollars. But the expensiveness is reasonable, because the facilities and serving of Burj Al-Arab Hotel are the best in the world. For instance, when the clients of Burj Al-Arab Hotel go out of the airport, they have two plush choices: go to hotel by Rolls Royce sedans or helicopter. If you choose helicopter, you will have a chance to watch the Dubai from sky in 15 minutes. Those are the reasons why they have a lot of clients, even the rooms are expensive (Burj Al-Arab Hotel).

Why did I want to compare the Empire State Building and Burj Al-Arab Hotel? Because these two building represent the people who live in different period and different countries. The Empire State Building shows America had become one of the most wealthy countries in 1930, and American people liked to show their power and wealth. For the Burj Al-Arab Hotel, it shows the Dubai had an outstanding economy, and the Arabs more care about their country

After comparing the Empire State Building and the Burj Al-Arab Hotel in three different ways, I found out: In history, they were built for different purposes, the Empire State Building was built for a personal glory, but the Burj Al-Arab Hotel was built because of the dream of making a landmark for Dubai, but similarly, both of them used to be the tallest building in their types; in usages, both structures link to the local tourism, although the Empire State Building also provides offices to companies; in being famous, both of them are famous for their height, however, the Empire State is also famous by a movie, King Kong, and the Burj Al-Arab Hotel is also famous for its expensiveness and serving. Overall, even though they are similar in some parts, they still represent different images of their countries to the world.

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