Burj Al Arab Hotel Aquarium Renovations, Dubai, UAE.

AAT refurbishes the lobby aquariums and upgrades lighting in the restaurant aquarium at the Burj Al Arab hotel.

Project Overview

Advanced Aquarium Technologies (AAT) has extensive experience upgrading, restoring, repairing, renovating and refurbishing aquariums all over the world.

Whenever revitalizing, remodeling or overhauling an existing exhibit or installation, minimizing disruption to nearby facilities and activity is essential.

Nowhere is sensitivity to business operations more important than in leading hotels and resorts, where high-net-worth guests expect outstanding visitor experiences.

The Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai has been described as a “7-star hotel” as well as “the world’s most luxurious hotel”.

Aquarium installations play a major role in making the Burj Al Arab a unique and luxurious place to eat, visit and stay.

The main entrance is flanked by two 250,000-litre aquariums featuring 40 species of exotic fish, including zebra and bamboo sharks.

Over 4,000 fish can be observed from the escalator as guests enter the building.

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In addition to the two foyer aquariums, the hotel has a central elliptical aquarium inside the Al Mahara restaurant. This restaurant is acclaimed as one of the best seafood restaurants in the Middle East region.

In 2008, AAT was commissioned to supply and install specialist LED aquarium lighting for the Burj Al Arab aquarium, to improve light penetration, lower energy consumption, and reduce power costs.

This was accomplished with the installation of LED lights with a variety of beam angles to create the high-end but intimate setting required for a restaurant.

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Additionally, in 2016 AAT returned to the Burj Al Arab, to polish the lobby aquariums’ acrylic panels, in-situ. During the renovation, the tank was completely drained and refurbished. After securing the panels in place with specially designed clamps, polishing took place over approximately seven days.

To minimize impact on guest experiences, AAT was highly flexible with its working methods and practices, For example, our teams commenced work at 10 pm and worked through to the early morning, while there was the least foot-traffic and most guests slept soundly upstairs.

Burj Al Arab - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Burj Al Arab

Time Frame
2008 & 2016

Team On-Site
3 staff

An exceptional portfolio of in-house capabilities.

  • A seamless start-to-finish service.
  • More than project coordinators - we are the lead supplier of equipment and services too.
  • We offer productive collaboration between multi-disciplinary teams and resources.
  • Our logistical and project management track record provides total peace-of-mind.
  • A high-level of internal delivery means excellent control over quality assurance.
  • System-thinking from design to execution, for a cost-efficient and durable aquarium that is easy to operate and spectacular to see.

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Phase 1


The first phase addresses feasibility, budgeting, concept development, creative themes, visitor-experience design and journey-mapping, detailed engineering and project planning.

Phase 2


The second phase focuses on acrylic manufacturing, construction and installation, the supply and installation of life support systems, waterproofing, lighting, filling and stocking the tanks.

Phase 3


The third phase includes handing the aquarium over to its owners and operators. Also included this phase, for older aquariums, are services relating to refurbishment and renovation.

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