Hotels,  The United Arab Emirates

Dubai: The Best Hotels, deals and offers

Dubai has worked hard in putting itself in the global spotlight in order to attract investment and tourism. When it comes to choosing hotels, Dubai does not disappoint. Many hotels in dubai are tourist attractions in their own right.

Dubai hotels seem to cast a wide net in order to attract every kind of visitor. You will find hotels in Dubai for the compulsive shopper, for those chasing the sun and the beach, for families who enjoy fun in the water, for the moneyed, for those looking to be pampered, for the businessman on a short stay, for honeymooners, for those seeking escape from daily routines, and on and on and on.

A word of caution when booking hotels in Dubai

Dubai’s liberal approach may shock its neighbours within the UAE and the Middle East at large. But underneath the opulence and the glitz, Dubai remains a deeply conservative Emirate in its morals and spiritual values.

Know the realities of what is acceptable and unacceptable before you travel. See

It is illegal in Dubai for unmarried couples to to have sexual relations or cohabit. Hotels in Dubai require you to show your passports and a photocopy will be taken. Different last names may raise eyebrows, but a polite assertion that your partner is your “wife” or “husband” is enough to smooth out your check-in.

Same-sex friends are advised to book separate rooms. Homosexuality is a criminal offence in Dubai and travellers can be deported.

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The Best of Dubai Hotels

Burj Al Arab

One of the best-known hotels in Dubai is the opulent Burj Al Arab Jumeirah Hotel. Each floor comes with its own Butler catering to your every need. Each suite in the Burj Al Arab is two storeys, furnished luxuriously to over the top.

The selling point of the Burj Al Arab is the attention to detail not seen anywhere else in the world. You may find your room decorated with your favourite flowers or a platter full of your favourite chocolate bar when you return. You may find the powder room stocked with exquisite brands of perfumes and your favourite shampoo. There may even be a surprise birthday party just for you – with your favourite band playing live with you.

Your bookings, appointments and schedules are personally taken care of so you never have to worry during your stay at the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah.

Atlantis The Palm

Another marvel of architecture in Dubai that is a hotel and a resort is the magnificent Atlantis The Palm. It is located on the apex of the Palm Jumeirah, with nothing obstructing its view of the Arabian Gulf.

Atlantis The Palm is a nautical themed resort based on the legend of the lost city of Atlantis – but it has a distinctly Middle Eastern theme. Everything from the wave pattern carpets, to the door-handles to the sea-shell shaped lights will remind you of being underwater.

And if that is not enough, the Atlantis features an 11 million litre Lost Chambers Aquarium and Ambassador Lagoon that is home to over 65,000 marine animals – making it one of the largest aquariums in the world !

Atlantis The Palm is attached to the similarly lost world themed Aquaventure Water Park. It features swimming with dolphins and a shark safari.

The Aquaventure water Park and the Lost Chambers Aquarium are free to access for the guests at Atlantis The Palm.

Raffles Dubai

Grand Hyatt Dubai

Hotels around the Dubai Mall

Downtown Dubai is a mega project of Emaar Properties – one of the largest real estate developers in the world. The most significant property of Emaar is Burj Khalifa – the tallest building in the world.
The first 39 floors of Burj Khalifa comprises the luxurious Armani Hotel – where every suite is furnished with the Armani Casa line of products.

Emaar Properties has also developed the Address Hotels chain in downtown Dubai with four properties in close proximity: Address Downtown, Address Dubai Mall, Address Boulevard and Palace Downtown.

Hotels near the Gold Souk Dubai

The Dubai Gold Souk is located in Deira in the oldest part of the city. You will find hotels and rooms for cheap immediately around the Souk.

If you are looking for more amenities and services, then you will have to look farther in Al Rigga and Al Muraqqabat where you will find brand name hotels like the Ramada Deira, Hyatt Palace Dubai Al Rigga, Radisson Blu Deira Creek, Hilton Garden Inn Al Muraqqabat and Ibis Al Rigga.

Dubai Hotels Near the Beach

Dubai’s beaches are located in Jumeirah, which is very popular with expatriates, and familiar with tourists. The World Islands and the Palm Islands are located off the coast of Jumeirah, which have become symbols of instant recognition for Dubai.

Jumeirah has several public beaches and many hotels dot its coastline. Burj Al Arab is one of the most iconic hotel and landmarks of Jumeirah. It bills inself as the most expensive hotel in the world.

Most of Jumeirah’s hotels are concentrated in the Dubai Marina. The Marina Beach is hugely popular with tourists from all over the world. Just behind the Marina Beach is “The Walk” which is known as Dubai’s party street.

The Dubai Marina has a large concentration of luxury hotels, The Address Dubai Marina is the most iconic of them. It is connected directly to the Dubai Marina Mall. Other hotels on the Dubai Marina include Hawthorn Hotel and Suites JBR, Dubai Mariott Harbour, JA Ocean View and Movenpick Jumeirah.

The Palm islands have a collection of the most expensive hotels in Dubai, such as Atlantis The Palm, One&Only The Palm Dubai, Waldorf Astoria Dubai, W Dubai, Sofitel Dubai The Palm and Tiara Residance Palm Jumeirah.

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Dubai Hotels near the Airport

Booking Dubai Hotels without a Credit Card

If you are booking a hotel online, you will normally require a credit card. You will then have to present the same credit card at the check-in time.
Credit Cards serve as collateral, in case the hotel staff find deliberate damage in the rooms caused by guests after they have left the property.

Credit Cards also make it easy for hotels and guests to charge auxiliary services as required. These may include room service, long distance phone calls, movies on demand, parking, laundry etc.

If you do not have a credit card at the time of check-in, or your credit card failed to authorize, then the hotel will require a cash deposit before they hand you the keys (or access cards). The deposit will be returned to you in full amount at check-out time, provided you left the room as it was provided to you.

If you do not have a credit card, you can reserve hotel rooms, by simply calling the hotel. If they agree, you will have to provide them your information. They may ask you for your driver’s license number or your Passport number to hold your reservation.

Sometimes, hotels will ask you to wire transfer a deposit amount in order to guarantee your reservation. Once the hotel confirms it has received your deposit, you don’t have anything else to worry about until you reach your destination.

Some hotel managers will ask you to pay for your stay in advance either in full or 50% at check-in time and 50% at check-out time.

With a credit card processing, these formalities can easily be eliminated.

Below are some hotels in Dubai, that are flexible in not requiring a Credit Card. Most of these hotels are cheap and are located in the old city.

Interactive Map of Dubai Hotels

Note that this map also shows Guest Houses, Hostels, Furnished Apartments, Villas and Resorts.

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