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The Luxury and Glitz of Dubai!

Dubai is a name that is synonymous with opulence, extravagance and innovation that is intertwined with culture, tradition and nuance. An oil rich city state in the middle-eastern country of United Arab Emirates, Dubai is ruled by the Al Makhtoum family who has transformed the city into a global melting pot within the last 30 years. From being a port city to being one of the biggest global business hubs, Dubai has come a long way.

With innovative thinking and a foresight, Dubai is probably one of the most recognizable tourist destinations in the world. Man-made marvels in terms of architecture and constructions, Dubai has the highest concentration of innovative designs which attracts millions of tourists every year.

However, even with all the modern innovations and technological advancements, Dubai has still been able to retain its cultural charm that can be experienced in the inner sanctums of the Old city.

The city of Dubai is growing exponentially and exposure to the city’s affluent and extravagant lifestyle appeals to everyone. However, it is to be noted that Dubai is still a middle-eastern city with orthodox laws and strict rules.

As a holiday destination there is no dearth of accommodation options in the city to suit all budgets from uber-luxurious five star hotels to guest houses and over the top mansions. The most sought after Dubai mansions are the ones that are built on the man-made island shaped like a palm tree.

Presenting the best hotels in Dubai:

Top Budget Hotels in Dubai:

Rove Downtown Dubai – With views of Burj Khalifa to boast of, Rove Downtown Dubai is a three-star property that sits at a prime location in the heart of downtown Dubai. The property is upbeat while being homely and features quirky decor while being affordable. With an outdoor pool, great restaurant and amazing service, the Rove Downtown is quite popular with young solo travellers.

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For self-conscious travellers, there’s laundry, luggage lockers and the option of self-check-in, along with a 24-hour mini-market and Starbucks. The rooms are simple (as per Dubai’s standards) yet comfortable and picture-friendly.


Hyatt Place Al Rigga – A perfect great-value four-star hotel in old Dubai is close to the Dubai international airport and the famous souks of Dubai. Hyatt Place Al Rigga is for travellers seeking convenience and modern comforts along with an included buffet breakfast and round-the-clock gym.

Budget hotel Downtown Dubai

The hotel has a small outdoor pool that gets the morning sun shine and two multi cuisine restaurants. There’s also a free shuttle bus service to Deira City Centre mall. The rooms here includes cofy king-size beds, along with practical features such as a minibar, tea/coffee making facilities, and 42-inch TV that swivels for comfort.


Fraser Suites Dubai – With serviced apartments ranging from one to three bedrooms, and good-sized hotel rooms, Fraser Suites is both pleasant and practical for business travellers and families. Many rooms have a balcony with great city views, and there is a pool, tennis court and 24-hour room service.

Affordable hotels in Dubai

It can be windy around the 25-metre rooftop pool, but the deck offers views of the Burj Al Arab, as well as a tennis court, sauna and steam rooms. Aqua Café serves a good breakfast buffet, with eggs cooked to order.


Top Mid-range hotels in Dubai:

Dusit Thani Dubai – A ritzy hotel in a pair of connected contemporary towers is 4 km from The Dubai Mall. Chic rooms feature Thai-style modern decor, and offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screens and minibars. The luxe suites have living rooms, while upgraded suites add kitchenettes and bedrooms; some have whirlpool baths.

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Club quarters offer butler service and access to a club lounge with perks such as cocktails. There are 3 restaurants including elegant Thai and Italian city-view options. There’s a Japanese whisky bar, a spa and a gym, plus a rooftop pool and a ballroom.


Taj Hotel Dubai – Offering views of the city or the Burj Khalifa, the polished rooms have free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minibars and designer toiletries. Family rooms and suites add living areas. Club rooms come with lounge access, as well as butler service. A breakfast buffet is served in a glass-enclosed restaurant.

Dubai downtown hotels

Other dining options include a colourful Indian eatery, an art deco-style bar, and a rooftop lounge with plush sofas. There’s also an outdoor pool, a luxe spa and a fitness centre.


Sofitel Dubai Downtown – Polished rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, Bose sound systems, and tea/coffee making facilities. Upgraded rooms and suites have access to a lounge. Suites add separate sitting areas, Burj Khalifa views, dining rooms and/or butler service. Room service is available round the clock to cater to guests’ requirements.

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Dining options include Peruvian and Mediterranean restaurants, a 24-hour cafe and a poolside lounge with live music. Other amenities include 2 bars, an outdoor pool, a hot tub, a sauna and a gym.

Top Luxury Hotels in Dubai:

One&Only The Palm – One&Only The Palm is one of Dubai’s most secluded and seductive beach-side resorts, offering three restaurants by Michelin-starred French chef Yannick Alléno, indulgent spa treatments from the UAE’s only Guerlain Spa, and a spectacular pool.

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With just 90 rooms and suites and four riad-like villas surrounded by lush gardens, the resort has a boutique hotel feel (for Dubai’s standards). It has a magical feel at night when it is lit by lanterns.


Burj Al Arab Hotel Jumeirah Beach – An un-forgettable sail-shaped hotel that stands on its own man-made island is the best that money can buy (literally). With a sky-bar and a helipad the hotel is known to go over the top to accommodate its guests’ requests. Opulent rooms and suites laden with modern amenities and gadgets makes sure that everything is always in order.

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24 carat gold iPads can be almost unheard of elsewhere but in the Burj it is the norm. Guests who book suites are also provided with Rolls Royce airport transfers.


Jumeirah Beach Hotel – A fantastic family-friendly hotel, Jumeirah Beach Hotel is one of Dubai’s original beach resorts, and remains as popular as ever. With an on-site water-park and a huge variety of activities and restaurants, it’s easy to see why this five-star hotel is a universal winner.

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It’s designed so all rooms are sea-facing with views of the sail-shaped Burj, and décor is modern and practical. There’s a kilometre-long stretch of private beach book-ended by the adult-orientated Cove Beach bar and restaurant.

Special mention:

Atlantis, The Palm – This underwater-themed resort boasts a crowd-pleasing water-park, two pools and nearly a mile of man-made beach. Opulent suites and fine-dining restaurants are aimed at luxury travellers, but really Atlantis is a bustling family resort.

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The kitsch, under-the-sea décor – think shell-patterned carpets, clam-shaped lights and handles fashioned like fish – may not be to everyone’s taste but it certainly is fun. There are more than 1,500 rooms, each with their own balcony overlooking the ocean or The Palm.

With more innovative hotels that are being conceptualised, designed and constructed in Dubai, the skyline of the city will be ever changing and keep intriguing visitors.

Have you been to Dubai? Do share your views and feedback in the comments below.

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