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The Burj Al Arab is given the first helipad license in the UAE

The Burj Al Arab is given the first helipad license in the UAE

The luxury hotel soars to new levels

Today, it was announced that the helipad at the top of the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai is the first in the UAE to be awarded a license by the country’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA)

Perched 210 metres above the sea, the Burj Al Arab's helipad is one of the most iconic features of the Dubai-based hotel and is now the first helipad to be awarded by the GCAA in the UAE.

The helipad has become famous over the years, and has played host to a number of publicity stunts and events for the hotel and the emirate itself. The move by the GCAA is part of a long-term plan that works towards improving standards of safety throughout the UAE by phasing in new regulation and guidance material for heliports, including surface and elevated heliports, and off-shore helidecks.

GCCA said that the new legislation is in line with the standard practices accepted by the International Civil Aviation Organisation and European Aviation Safety Agency. With the recognition for Burj Al Arab coming as the hotel celebrates the 15th anniversary if its opening.