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Hotels in Dubai

Soaring skyscrapers provide the perfect backdrop for sunbathing, duty free shopping, and partying in the most liberal of the United Arab Emirates. Still a relative newcomer on the tourist trail, Dubai made a name for itself when rich and powerful oil barons began to use it as their own personal playground.

Artificial islands spring from the sea, while the sweltering temperatures don’t prevent locals from enjoying a spot of skiing (albeit indoors). Dubai truly is a city of excess, and with us you can find the perfect base to enjoy your trip; whatever part of the city you’re visiting.  

Downtown Dubai

Also known as “New Dubai”, downtown epitomises the splendour and excess that Dubai is famous for. Here you can find the tallest building in the world, the biggest shopping mall in the world, and the record breaking Dubai Fountain, which shoots water 150m into the air. Skyscrapers dominate the landscape here, and if you’re planning on staying in the area it’s likely that your hotel will be located in one of these massive feats of engineering. Climb to the top of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s largest skyscraper, for a wonderful panoramic view of the city.

Dubai Marina

This massive development was only recently completed, and stands on the waterfront of the world’s largest man made port. It’s a favourite spot for Western expats and tourists, so it’s easy to forget that you’re actually in the UAE. It’s a place designed for relaxing. Enjoy the beach, the yachts, the luxury restaurants, and of course the massive Dubai Marina Mall: the ideal place to pick up some tax free shopping. Staying in the Marina doesn’t have to be expensive either, with cheap hotels nestling happily next to luxury resorts.


If you’re visiting Dubai for business rather than pleasure, then hotels in Deira are more likely to suit your needs. This is the old financial center of Dubai, and is home to plenty of markets and souks selling everything from spices to gold. Deira also boasts plenty of bars and restaurants, with views over Dubai Creek to the old town of Bur Dubai.

You’re spoiled for choice when it comes to finding a hotel in Deira. Big brands like Radisson Blu, Sheraton, and Hyatt all crowd the waterfront here, some boasting rooftop restaurants and licensed bars. If you’re looking for something a little different, there are plenty of quirky independent and boutique hotels in Deira too.


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