The Best Resorts in Dubai
Dubai : The Emirate of Dubai is the second largest of the seven United Arab Emirates but has the biggest population at over 2.1 million inhabitants. Size has been synonymous with Dubai as it continues to build the first, largest and the biggest constructions in the world. Dubai’s dynamics are always transient and ever-changing with its constant urge to construct something better and bigger than the previous. If there was a Palm Island, Nakheel thought of the World Island. Burj Al Arab seemed too timid when Burj Khalifa cropped up, distancing itself to being a loner in the crowd. Dubai constantly dwells in a suppressive competition with itself trying to magnetize tourists to a dreamy world of attractions and unheard of luxuries. The emirate’s scoring points lie in its entrepreneurial abilities to create the inconceivable found in its tourist attractions, landmarks, shopping centres, parks, nightlife and hotels. Although it strictly safeguards its traditional practices, it allows space for other religions to breathe, a rare quality amongst the conservative Arab world. Thankfully, it has been successful in shielding itself from extremism, much-needed for it to survive. Today, Dubai has emerged as a cosmopolitan metropolis that has grown steadily to become a global city and a business and cultural hub of the Middle East and the Persian Gulf region.
A newbie tourist to Dubai can get confused as it offers an exciting abundance of attractions, activities, exhibitions, shopping and nightlife. Here’s a top list of things to do when holidaying in Dubai.
Occupying an area of about 4,120 square kilometers, Dubai is the largest emirate in the UAE, after Abu Dhabi. With Sharjah in the northeast, Abu Dhabi in the south and Oman in the southeast, Dubai is situated along the Persian Gulf’s southern coast on the Arabian Peninsula.
Dubai Origin of Name
The word ‘Dubai’ is believed to have been originated from ‘Daba’ – literally meaning a horde of locusts.
Dubai is well-known as a city of skyscrapers. But little may be known to many that back in 1991, the Dubai World Trade Centre was the only skyscraper in the city. Two decades later now, Dubai is home to more than 400 skyscrapers including Burj Khalifa – the tallest of its kind in the world.
Though oil and fossil fuels are largely the basis of Dubai’s economy, its thriving tourism and trade scenario helps it to rake in huge income.
Tax Free Dubai
Tax-free earning is one of the key reasons that attract job seekers and talented professionals from across the world to Dubai. This, in turn, enables people to save and send money back home.
The world of leisure and shopping in Dubai begin from its state-of-art malls and shopping centers offering high-end and signature items for the fashionistas – from apparels to perfumery, and from luxury cars to the exquisite jewelry.
The sprawling gold soukh in Deira has earned for Dubai the title “City of Gold” because of the popular and active trading of gold jewelry. There are also specialty markets in Dubai catering to buyers of dates and spices.
Even more exciting and much-awaited in the city is the annual Dubai Shopping Festival during which bargain hunters and shopaholics enjoy their shopping at even more discounted rates.
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Burj Al Arab Jumeirah
Award-winning, sensationally opulent Sheik-vibe hotel featuring massive, one to three bedroom suites with oversized sofas, floor-to-ceiling windows, gold-framed interactive tvs & 24-carat gold iPads, an iMac, lavish jacuzzis, complimentary buffet breakfast, personal butler services and to-die-for views. Two bed suites add 2 lounges, bedrooms with sea views, private bars and butler’s kitchens while 3-bed suites add more living spaces. Staggering range of facilities & amenities including 9 restaurants & bars, 5 swimming pools, private beach, spa, helicopter airport transfers/tours, Ferrari & luxury car rentals and complimentary access to a nearby water park. Hotel Phone: +971 4-301-7777.
Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa
Exquisite ‘old Arabia’ themed, eco-luxury resort, offering unique, luxurious Bedouin-style tents (suites) with handcrafted furnishings, bedouin jars, ornate chests, Omani doors, binoculars, easels, sun decks, private temperature-controlled plunge pools, butler services and 2 complimentary desert activities every day. ‘Emirates suites’ add spacious kitchens, courtyard and lounge with dining areas and guests’ private staff quarters. Hotel Phone: +971 4-832-9900.
Anantara Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort
Stunning desert fortress, with sumptuous royal Arabian themed garden, balcony &terrace rooms, suites and gorgeous pool villas, having bejewelled chandeliers, oversized round bathtubs, Nespresso coffee machines and mind-blowing sand dune views. Suites add living areas and kitchenettes while pool villas (recommended) add private plunge pools with sun decks and personal butler services. Has multiple dining options, long stay, short break and more special offers. Hotel Phone: +971 2-886-2088.
Shangri-La Hotel Dubai
Featuring amazing panoramic in-room views of Burj Khalifa or the Arabian Sea, this classy hotel has modern rooms and suites in gold & ruby tones with local artwork, deep-soaking tubs, coffee/tea facilities and mini-bars. Suites add sitting and dining rooms, and the 2-bedroom Presidential suites add kitchenettes and butler services. Has 8 restaurants & bars, big spa (plunge pools, tennis & squash courts) and a notable outdoor lounge with poolside shishas. Hotel Phone: +971 4-343-8888.
Jumeirah Al Qasr – Madinat Jumeirah
Arabian-fantasy style, incredibly lavish beachfront resort with a variety of spectacular suites (ranging from 1-bedroom to presidential), with keyhole arches, antiques, stucco freezes, mosaic tiles & carved woods set in a 40-hectare larger resort (Madinat Jumeirah) that has over 50 restaurants & bars, 95 boutique shops and more. Depending on the category, suites offer ocean/resort with Arabian wind tower views, private majlis (sitting area), large terraces, jacuzzis, complimentary breakfasts and more. Has access to a private beach, man-made canals and unlimited access to the nearby waterpark. Hotel Phone: +971 4-366-8888.
Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa
Beautiful, Arabic fort-style resort (wind towers & courtyards), set in/around an oasis having inspired rustic rooms & suites with hanging lanterns, Persian carpets, Majlis areas, coffee/tea facilities and mini-bars. Terrace rooms have lovely private terraces/patios with seating areas, while Junior suite guests get complimentary breakfasts. Deluxe suites are the most spacious and add walk-in dressing rooms and desert/ garden views. Has 8 dining options, spa, infinity pool. Hotel Phone: +971 4-809-6100.
Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf – Madinat Jumeirah
Part of the Madinat Jumeirah resort with access to its private beach, multiple restaurants and pools, this stunning hotel offers contemporary Arabian summerhouse style rooms, suites and villas with a private majlis, marble bathrooms with bathtubs, balconies/terraces, tea/coffee facilities and ocean/resort views. Ocean suites have a more ornate majlis, private pantry. The 3-bedroom villas and above have private jacuzzis, full kitchens & bars, private gazebos & plunge pools. (Villas 9-11 are more central to amenities). Hotel Phone: +971 4-366-8888.
Extremely popular, pyramid-shaped, Egyptian-themed hotel, connected to the huge Wafi Mall, with very spacious, plush rooms and suites with both categories having sitting areas, handcrafted decorative elements, butler services, mini-bars, good-sized balconies/terraces with garden/skyline views. Suites add private bars, work desks and top-of-the-end suites add dining rooms, kitchenettes and jacuzzis. Has Presidential themed suites (based on the 4 elements of earth, water, fire and wind). Hotel Phone: +971 4-324-8888.
Park Hyatt Dubai
Top-notch hotel featuring impeccable, waterfront rooms and suites with Moorish and Mediterranean influences, freestanding bathtubs and private balconies/terraces with scenic Dubai creek views. Suites add living areas, mini-bars & complimentary breakfast while Presidential & Royal suites add kitchens, dining areas and personalized butler services. Hotel Phone: +971 4-602-1234.
Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Luxury family-friendly resort with modern rooms, suites and Arabian style beachside villas, with coffee/tea facilites, bathtubs, mini-bars and great views of the Burj Al Arab and the Gulf. Family garden suites on the ground floor have private terrace areas with direct access to a pool & gardens, while some suite categories add sun terraces. Villas have gold-plated bathrooms, complimentary laptops, plunge pools overlooking private garden, and butler services. Extensive facilities include a private beach, 21 restaurants, cafes and bars, 6 swimming pools, complimentary access to the nearby Wild Wadi Waterpark. Recently refurbished. Hotel Phone: +971 4-348-0000.
InterContinental Dubai Marina
Contemporary hotel with direct access to the Marina walk, featuring stylish, minimalistic rooms and suites with floor-to-ceiling windows, modern art, work desks, glass-walled bathrooms and fantastic marina views. Suites add living areas, espresso machines and well equipped kitchenettes. Has a Jason Atherton restaurant, shisha lounge. Hotel Phone: +971 4-446-6777.
Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates
Decadent hotel with a luxe vibe (towering ceilings, Arabic aesthetic) offering vibrant rooms, suites and unique, fabulous Aspen Chalets (add views of an indoor ski slope/recommended), all with in-room ipads, coffee/tea facilities, marble bathtubs and city views. Has numerous, very spacious chalet categories – Ski chalets (great for families) have a cozy winter retreat vibe with stone faux fireplaces, wooden floors, kitchenettes and butler services while pool chalets feature direct access to 2 outdoor infinity pools. Hotel is directly connected to the Mall of Emirates with 500+ shops and has easy access to the mall’s metro station. Hotel Phone: +971 4-341-0000.
The Ritz-Carlton Dubai
Beautiful beachfront resort with Middle Eastern touches (wooden screens, artwork) with large, plush rooms and suites with marble bathrooms with tubs, walk-in closets, in-room coffee/tea services, honor bars and private balconies/patios with gulf, pool and garden views. Suites add living areas and more opulent suites add dressing areas, dining areas, full kitchens, personal balconies and jacuzzis. Has a private beach, 6 swimming pools, 9 bars and restaurants etc and is steps away from the Jumeirah Beach Residence walk with its shops & restaurants. Hotel Phone: +971 4-399-4000.
Armani Hotel Dubai
Designer hotel, located in the Burj Khalifa tower with slick, understated rooms and suites featuring bespoke Armani furniture, bathtubs, bars, coffee machines, personal butler stations, ipad room controls and views of downtown Dubai. Fountain suites overlook the spectacular Dubai fountain and upgraded suites add balconies. Has direct access to the huge Dubai mall. Hotel Phone: +971 4-888-3888.
One&Only The Palm Dubai
Resplendent beachside resort, with a residential air, blending Moorish and Andalusian architecture (geometric designs, horseshoe arches, fountains, cascading palm terraces) having generously-sized, opulent rooms, suites and beachfront villas with private balconies/patios. Has many suite options that add living/dining areas, private outdoor terraces/beachfront garden patios, majlis-style areas and private pools. The secluded 2-storey freestanding villas feature living areas with bars, private-service kitchenettes and lush gardens with private pools. Hotel has an eye-catching 850 sq. m. pool, own marina, Michelin-star chef. Hotel Phone: +971 4-440-1010.
Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
Fancy, family-friendly, huge (14 acres) beachfront resort, with subdued rooms and suites with subtle Arabic design motifs, high ceilings, freestanding tubs, ipad minis, private bars, bathroom mirrors with built-in tvs, walk-in closets, big private balconies and amazing sea/pool/garden views. Suites add living rooms with pull-out sofa beds, more balconies, guest powder rooms while top-of-the-line suites have added luxuries like full kitchens (private chefs), wraparound terraces with panoramic views, water features, private fitness areas, media rooms, spa rooms with massage beds, steam rooms and studies. Hotel is famous for being home to one of the world’s coolest rooftop bars. Hotel Phone: +971 4-270-7777.
Grosvenor House Hotel and Apartments
Cosmopolitan, family-friendly hotel close to the Jumeriah beach, with sophisticated rooms, suites and serviced apartments (1-3 bed) with mini-bars, tea/coffee makers, personal butlers, bathtubs and amazing Marina views. Suites add lounge areas, private balconies (some), complimentary breakfast buffet & airport transfers and serviced apartments (short & long stays) have full kitchens with dishwashers, refrigerators and sea/Palm Jumeriah views. Hotel phone: +971 4-399-8888.