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The World's Highest Tennis Court at the Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai

Updated on March 11, 2013
The Burj Al Arab Hotel
The Burj Al Arab Hotel
Inside the main lobby of the hotel
Inside the main lobby of the hotel

At first, I thought the photo was a doctored photoshop picture showing a tennis court perched upon a tall skyscraper. Is this what happens when the wealthy are so rich they no long know what to do with it?

I guess.

The tennis court sits 1000 feet above the Arabian Sea atop the seven star hotel, Burj Al Arab, in Dubai. The tennis court is circular in shape and also doubles as a helipad. The hotel sits on man made island in the Arabian Sea. However, when Tennis greats Andre Agassi and Roger Federer were invited up to play the court for a cool $1,000,000 winner award, the tennis match was a successful publicity stunt for the hotel.

Playing on the astro turf provided such stunning vistas, both players had problems staying focus and yes, some tennis balls hurled down 1000 feet below into the ocean. But, never mind the tennis court, because the hotel itself from a distance is like something out of the 23rd Century, stunning in its architecture. No other words are for it. While the hotel is seven stars in rating, it will cost you: A two bedroom suite runs $1000 a night. The hotel was built with 92,000 cu. yds of concrete and 9000 tons of steel. It opened in 1999.

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      aethelthryth 

      5 years ago from American Southwest

      Only $1000 a night? Wow.

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