Christmas tress inside the Burj Al Arab in Dubai.
[photo by eugene hernandez]
Toronto National Post columnist Shinan Govani, a fellow fest guest last week at the festival, summed up the holiday season in Dubai in a recent column including a few words on the famous hotel:
The Christmas trees are routine, I later discovered. At the expensive, harem- perfect Al Qasr Hotel down the street; the lumber was so posh it looked like it was art directed by Jean-Paul Gaultier. At the even more famous Burj Al Arab — the “world’s first seven-star hotel” that is now the symbol of Dubai and looks like, depending on whom you ask, a sail, a cockroach, a shark’s fin or a mighty penguin — the trees, plural, were over-the top enough to give Al Gore another idea for a movie! (This hotel, by the way, does not disappoint. It is exhilarating, futuristic, vulgar, an epic somersault of design. And at night ? it lights up just like a Christmas tree!)