Dubai: a Place the World's Finest Hotels Call Home
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The world is full of incredible accommodations, many of which are household names in their own right. Nowhere on the planet takes the construction of hotels as seriously as Dubai, though, a destination that places the emphasis very much on awe-inspiring architectural, monumentally-scaled residences, and absolute luxury.
The city is now home to more than 600 hotels, which run the gamut from exclusive five star addresses on the beachfront, to secluded getaways lying in the midst of the desert dunes. Almost every major brand imaginable is in town- from Hilton and Marriott to Ritz Carlton and Raffles. It’s not just a case of big western names claiming their stake in the sand, though. If there’s one aspect of hotel culture in Dubai that makes it stand apart from the rest of the globe it’s the fact that this is home to the kind of lobbies that would make Las Vegas green with envy. Iconic doesn’t even come close.
Among the most recognisable is the opulent Burj Al Arab. The subject of a documentary (The Billion Pound Hotel), this is a regular haunt of the rich and richer. A towering testament to the city’s success, here you’ll find a multitude of dining options, including tables set next to the residence’s own aquarium, shops selling gifts for the blessedbig spenders, a host of leisure and entertainment facilities and, perhaps most impressive of all, an incredible setting on its own man-made island 280-metres from the Jumeirah coast.
There are plenty more statement addresses we could mention, too, not least Atlantis The Palm. Located on the crest of the iconic man-made The Palm island, and accessible either by road or its own monorail system, the theme here is the mythical underwater lost city, and guests will soon find themselves literally immersed in the idea. A one-of-a-kind integrated entertainment and accommodation complex, expect to walk down corridors whilst watching shoals of tropical fish, swim with dolphins, eat award-winning cuisine and still find time for one of the white-knuckle waterslides.
Elsewhere in town and the options are endless. The Rose Rayhaan, for example, comes in at an affordable price and offers spectacular views over the city – and, until the opening of JW Marriott’s Marquis, which is also in town, was the world’s tallest hotel. Or, for something even cheaper, we’d always recommend the XVA Art Hotel, Dubai, a small boutique offering that’s doubles up as the city’s leading contemporary art gallery, ensuring there’s always something to look out for, whether that’s the shimmering skyline outside, or the incredible works within. Of course this only represents a handful of what’s on offer, but gives some insight into the range of hotels Dubai has, whether that’s playgrounds for the privileged, or something simple for the jet-lagged traveller.
On the cheaper end of the scale there are some properties offering all the basic comforts without skimping on quality. There is a place for the budget traveller in Dubai and you will find it on the likes of the Marmara Hotel Apartments. Even budget-associated brands like Holiday Inn boast spectacular properties in Dubai and there’s even Ibis and Novotel hotels that start from only £23 per night but just because they’re in Dubai they boast a quality and luxury you’ll find in no other similarly branded hotels across the world.
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People come to Dubai for different reasons. Some want to shop until they drop, others choose to experience the glamorous lifestyle. Some prefer to relax indulgently, whilst some want to embrace the epic adventures Dubai offers- with more unforgettable experiences to be had than we can hope to mention here.
A glistening city in the middle of the desert, defined by some of the world's most modern and opulent buildings, contemporary shopping and high-tech entertainment, the Emirates' most famous destination is also a hotbed of culture; from art galleries and museums to the indigenous Arabian history.
When you're surrounded by warm waters, bathed in high temperatures and sunshine almost every day of the year, it should go without saying that everything from water sports to beach lounging, fishing to pearl diving, should be on the agenda. Welcome to Dubai, where all that and more comes as standard.
There are few places on Earth where you can sunbathe on the beach in the morning, snowboard in the afternoon, and head out to explore sand dunes before sunset. To top it off there are huge entertainment centres and waterparks too. All of which barely scratches the surface when it comes to keeping the family entertained in Dubai, one of the world's safest and most fun cities.
As a centre of international culture, it's no surprise that Dubai is home to an abundance of festivals and events of global repute. This is also a place steeped in a unique history, meaning that whilst visiting soirees appear dominant, you'll also find a host of traditional offerings to contrast the more lavish affairs.
Many cities have a claim to fame, but only the best have several. In Dubai, alongside unforgettable adventures and unparalleled shopping, the hotels represent a unique selling point all of their own. So whether you're spending big or modest, there's no chance you'll be disappointed.
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