Five Hotels for a Memorable Dubai Stay

Dubai beach.
Dubai beach.

Dubai is a jewel in the desert, where towers shooting into the sky and incredibly luxurious hotels are the norm. The city has a reputation for incredible architecture and fantastic shopping. The hotels in Dubai are equally dazzling and bring new levels of excitement. Explore this stunning city and start planning your exotic getaway!

Downtown digs

Relax in luxurious comfort near the heart of the city at the Palace Downtown Dubai. This resort-style property is near the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. Take a ride to the highest observation deck on the planet and check out the panoramic vistas. The hotel is also close to Dubai Fountain, the world’s biggest choreographed fountain, even eclipsing the one in Las Vegas.

Stay on a human-made palm island

Kempinski Hotel & Residences Jumeirah sit on the sands of Palm Jumeirah, the island shaped like a palm tree that juts out into the Arabian sea. Guests here can have views of the open sea or the spectacular skyline behind Dubai Marina. Just across the water and to the north of the Marina are the towers of downtown, as well as all the attractions that make this city such an intriguing destination.

Festival City

If you are looking to save a little money and still enjoy all that Dubai has to offer, Crowne Plaza Festival City fits the bill. Situated next to the fabulous shopping and exquisite eateries found along Festival Blvd and near Dubai Creek, this property puts you close to the airport and conveniently near the rest of the metro area. Explore nearby Creek Park or take in the show at Dubai Dolphinarium.

On the beach and in the city

Book at stay with Four Seasons Resort at Jumeirah Beach to enjoy private beach access and proximity to downtown. This family-friendly resort has plenty for kids and adults to enjoy. Let the kids take part in the exciting programs the hotel offers, while mom and dad head off to explore the incredible shopping nearby.

Dubai has come on the radar as an amazing vacation destination with something to offer everyone. You can explore the city on camel or 4×4, relax on the water at a beach resort, sample winter sports at the first indoor ski facility in the Middle East, find amazing shopping opportunities, or enjoy impeccably prepared cuisine. Book a vacation in Dubai and see what the buzz is all about!

Tips for Traveling in Dubai

Dubai City-UAE
City Of Dubai, UAE (Photo taken by my aunt.)

There are some tips that foreigners should be aware of when traveling in Dubai. It’s good to be aware of customs, social expectations, ways to save money and more when visiting a new place outside of your own country. Here are just a few of the basics regarding travel in Dubai.

Lodging

Some of you may not be aware that lodging in Dubai can be quite expensive. However, there are ways to find cheap hotels in Dubai if you know where to look. Some neighborhoods are known for being home to less expensive hotels. Deira is one such neighborhood, and it is located a bit north of Dubai. Its location makes it convenient for exploring old Dubai, rather than the newer and pricier new areas of Dubai. Historic marketplaces and other such attractions make this area desirable for tourists. Bur Dubai is another area where travelers can find less expensive lodging. On the western side of Dubai Creek, this historic neighborhood offers a picturesque and traditional atmosphere.

Eating and Drinking

The most popular nights for going out to socialize and eat at Dubai establishments are Thursdays and Fridays. Ladies’ nights are often scheduled for Mondays, but they tend not to be overcrowded with men looking to find dates. So ladies can just enjoy a free night of fun with their friends. While the temperatures in Dubai can be quite hot be prepared with a sweater when dining out as restaurants often crank the air conditioning up high. Groups of men may be looked down upon in some higher-end establishments. Public drunkenness can have severe penalties, including jail time so be aware. Drunk driving is also strictly enforced. Violators are usually found guilty and jailed. during Ramadan eating and drinking before sundown are not allowed, and establishments may close during other religious observances, as well.

Getting Around the City

The address system in Dubai is obscure. Even cab drivers may not know where to find the smaller streets and establishments. Always call ahead to learn the nearest large landmark for navigation purposes. If the Dubai Metro connects to your destination, it’s the way to go, as it’s clean and inexpensive. Cabbies are paid poorly, so it’s nice to leave a tip. Be careful when crossing the street as a pedestrian; drivers do not always follow the rules. Women should dress modestly in public, and couples will want to do little more than hold hands to show affection.

These are just a few basic tips when it comes to visiting Dubai. Enjoy your trip!