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Where to stay in Dubai
Where to stay in Dubai
Wonder how the ‘other half’ live? You could rub shoulders with them by booking a room at the Burj Al Arab hotel. The self-proclaimed 7-star property is the epitome of all-suite luxury. If your budget doesn’t quite stretch to unbridled opulence, you will be more than comfortable at chain hotels in Dubai such as the Hyatt, Hilton, InterContinental, Sofitel, Raffles – and the list goes on. Don't despair if your Dubai accommodation budget is lean – such properties do exist, but note the high season across all places to stay is September to May so it's worth booking in advance if you anticipate visiting Dubai during these peak times.
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Atlantis, The Palm
If you're looking for a majestic and lavish 5-star destination hotel in Dubai, you've found it in Atlantis, The Palm. This world-famous (and we'll tell you why in a moment) hotel has its own private beachfront setting on Palm Island and comes with an overwhelming number of attractions including sprawling water and marine parks, an almost endless array of top class restaurants and ultra-luxurious rooms – including, wait for it, breathtaking, multi-storey underwater suites. This is where to stay in Dubai for a truly unique experience.
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
Set on Palm Island and inspired by the Ottoman Empire, this luxurious beachfront hotel offers a range of elegant guest rooms, lavish suites and royal residences, plus a 59-metre infinity pool, palatial day spa, exquisite dining venues and breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf and city skyline. It's nestled in the calm, pristine West Crescent of Dubai's iconic Palm Jumeirah.
If you have business on your mind or simply choose to stay in the heart of the city, the intimate and luxurious 5-star Jumeirah Creekside Hotel will exceed all your expectations. Overlooking Dubai Creek, conveniently close to Dubai International Airport and just minutes from some of Dubai's most important landmarks and shopping centres, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel offers an elegant place to stay regardless of whether you're in Dubai for business or leisure.
Novotel Deira City Centre
Opposite the upmarket Deira City Centre shopping mall, this 4-star contemporary hotel presents guests with stylish rooms and suites, an outdoor pool with relaxing sun lounges and a selection of restaurants, including a French bistro, all conveniently located just steps from the metro. Best of all, your reasonable accommodation rates will give you the freedom to spend more of your travel budget on things to do in Dubai.
Novotel Suites Mall of the Emirates
If you're travelling to Dubai on a budget or you'd just rather put your travel money towards experiences in this amazing city rather than expensive accommodation, the 3-star Novotel Suites could be just what you're looking for. Neighbouring the glamorous Mall of the Emirates and Ski Dubai, this contemporary hotel provides guests with chic suites, an outdoor pool with sun lounges, a Mediterranean restaurant and a 24-hour self-service Deli Boutique.
Frequently asked questions
Like an onion, there are many layers to Dubai and how long you stay depends on how deep you want to go. As a general guide, spend at least three to four days in Dubai in order to have enough time to see the main attractions and have a good overall experience of the city.
There’s no denying that Dubai is a car-focussed city due to its incredible size. That said, many of the main hubs are quite walkable and allow you to see things you would miss from a car.
The best time to visit Dubai is during the cooler months from November to March, when temperatures are more pleasant and outdoor activities can be enjoyed without turning into a puddle of sweat.
Dubai takes luxury and then dials it up a notch (or ten). From stunning skyscrapers to world-class shopping and dining, everything is set to impress in this vibrant city. If adventure is more your style, don't miss the opportunity to go sandboarding in the desert or take a hot air balloon flight over the city.
Both Dubai Marina area or Downtown Dubai offer easy access to many popular tourist attractions and have a wide range of accommodation options making them popular options for visitors.
If you plan to make the most of the beach resorts, be sure to pack sunscreen, swimsuits, and comfortable walking shoes for exploring the city and enjoying the beaches and attractions. It is also recommended that you wear modest clothing that covers your shoulders and knees.
First-timers to Dubai are often drawn to the neighbourhoods of Downtown Dubai, Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Marina as they offer a wide variety of attractions and amenities.