Where to stay in Dubai

Choosing where to sleep in Dubai can become quite complex due to the size of the city, so here is a guide on where to stay.
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To understand where to stay in Dubai, you must first get it into your head that the city is immense, and choosing the neighbourhood or area where to stay can become a choice dictated by several parameters: budget first and foremost, but also favourite activities to do in the city and flight schedule.

You can stay in Jumeirah, in Deira, near the shopping malls, along the Sheikh Zayed Road or in various other areas. There are plenty of hotels in the city and they are generally of a very good standard, so it only remains to solve the problem of finding the one that suits you.

If you don’t have budget problems, we recommend you try the experience of a luxury hotel: whichever hotel you choose will make you feel like royalty, you will be guaranteed the highest level of service in the world and every possible convenience.

Deira

Staying in Deira brings with it a number of advantages: for one thing, the hotels are definitely cheaper, you’ll be within an average metro stop and very close to the international airport. But above all, in Deira you can breathe the real Dubai, the Dubai of the middle class, teeming with life day and night, with flavours, smells and noises.

It’s a different story if you love luxury, beaches and social life: there is none of this in Deira (although the metro and taxis take you everywhere in the city). Above all, if you land at inconvenient times at Al Maktoum airport (Dubai World Central), getting to Deira could be a big problem, not so much because of the more than 60 kilometres separating them, but rather because public transport stops running from a certain hour onwards, making connections impossible.

Recommended accommodation in Deira

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1 Howard Johnson Plaza by Wyndham Dubai Deira
Dubai - Al Rigga StreetExtra sanitary measures
7.0Good 10.916 reviews
Howard Johnson Plaza By Wyndham Dubai Deira is located in the heart of Dubai on the famous Al Rigga street just steps away from Dubai Metro and a few minutes’ drive from Dubai International Airport.Spaciously and thoughtfully designed, each room in Howard Johnson Plaza By Wyndham Dubai Deira offers plenty of space for a maximum comfort, featuring a separate seating area, a functional work space, complimentary in-room high-speed Internet, large well-appointed bathrooms, flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, tea-and-coffee-making facilities.
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2 Wyndham Dubai Deira
Dubai - Sherina Plaza 4 Al Corniche Rd 111 Extra sanitary measures
8.2Very good 10.261 reviews
Situated in Dubai, 5. 2 km from Grand Mosque, Wyndham Dubai Deira features accommodation with an outdoor swimming pool, free private parking, a fitness centre and a shared lounge.
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3 Studio M Arabian Plaza Hotel & Hotel Apartments
Dubai - Al Ittihad Road Al Qiyadah Metro Station - DeiraExtra sanitary measures
8.3Very good 9.364 reviews
Located 300 metres walking distance from Al Qiyadah Metro Station in the heart of Dubai and 10 km from the Grand Mosque, Studio M Arabian Plaza Hotel & Hotel Apartments offers an outdoor swimming pool and guestrooms with free WiFi.The rooms in the hotel are fitted with a kettle and an IPTV.
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4 Swissôtel Al Ghurair Dubai
Dubai - Omar Bin Al Khattab Street,next to Al Ghurair Centre P.OExtra sanitary measures
8.1Very good 8.188 reviews
Swissôtel Al Ghurair is a upper upscale property connected to the Al Ghurair Shopping Centre, 10 minute drive from Dubai International Airport.The Swissôtel Al Ghurair is a 428 room and suites property.
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5 Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek
Dubai - Baniyas RoadExtra sanitary measures
8.3Very good 7.842 reviews
The Radisson Blu lies within the beautiful Deira Creek area of Dubai, a short walk to the bus and metro stations and only 7 kilometers from Dubai International Airport. The hotel, first built in 1975, is a classic fixture of Old Dubai.
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Jumeirah

You might then consider staying in Jumeirah: in this district, many hotels are super-luxury, just think of the Burj Al Arab, the most luxurious hotel in the world or the Atlantis, built at the end of Palm Jumeirah, the incredible artificial island.

Most or all of the hotels facing the sea have a private beach equipped with sunbeds, parasols and beach towels, you will be pampered by the attendants and spend a pleasant day relaxing in the Emirati sun or by the pool.

The main disadvantage of staying at Jumeirah is a bit of a resort effect: you’ll be quite isolated from the rest of the city, and you might risk spending the whole holiday locked up in the resort. Not to mention the prices are definitely not for every budget.

Recommended accommodation in Jumeirah

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6 Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa
Dubai - D94 - DubaiExtra sanitary measures
7.7Good 2.655 reviews
Located beside La Mer in Jumeirah 1 and 10 minutes walking distance from Laguna Waterpark, Dubai Marine Beach Resort boasts a private beach front, features 3 swimming pools and 14 dining and entertainment venues. The spacious rooms have elegant design and plush bedding.
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7 Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai
Dubai - 1 Jumeirah Street Jumeirah Beach RoadExtra sanitary measures
9.2Superb 1.514 reviews
Boasting 5 outdoor swimming pools, fitness centre and shared lounge, Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai is located in Dubai, with direct access to the beach. Conveniently located in the Jumeirah district, the property is situated 250 metres from Mercato Mall, 2.
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8 Roda Beach Resort
Dubai - Al Nessnass St, Jumeirah 3, P.O. Box 555615Extra sanitary measures
8.4Very good 1.358 reviews
The exquisite residential Roda Beach Hotel offers a chic address for your stay in Dubai with direct access to The Kite Beach. The resort is surrounded by wide choice of dining, shopping and entertainment options and is a stones throw away from vibrant beach clubs and pristine public beaches.
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9 Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
Dubai - Jumeirah RoadExtra sanitary measures
9.2Superb 826 reviews
Occupying a beach front location, Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach is a luxurious 5-star resort featuring free WiFi in all areas, a private beach, 2 outdoor swimming pools and a lavish spa. An indoor pool and a state-of-the art fitness centre are also available.
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10 Bulgari Resort, Dubai
Dubai - Jumeira Bay Island, Jumeira 2Extra sanitary measures
9.4Superb 455 reviews
Situated on the manmade Jumeira Bay, an island carved into the shape of a seahorse and adjoined by a 300m bridge to central Dubai coastline, Bulgari Hotel & Resorts, Dubai comprises a private Marina featuring 50 boat berths and the first world’s Bulgari Yacht Club with peerless views over the sea.The resort offers 101 rooms and suites, as well as 20 Bulgari villas with pool, garden and sea-view.
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Hotels in Dubai close to the beaches

Those who enjoy spending time on the beach in Dubai will be spoilt for choice. The city has miles and miles of coastline, and there are essentially two areas to stay near the city’s most beautiful beaches.

The first is Dubai Marina, chock-full of hotels of the best known international chains, as there are many in Jumeirah Lake Towers, the neighbourhood that mirrors Dubai Marina, built on the other side of Sheikh Zayed Road.

The second is Jumeirah, where, apart from the unbridled luxury of the Burj Al Arab, one can find notable, very prestigious hotels, such as the Madinat Jumeirah, the Jumeirah Beach Hotel or the numerous structures built on the foliage of Palm Jumeirah, the iconic artificial palm-shaped island, at the end of which is another of the city’s most intriguing hotels: the Atlantis.

All hotels in Dubai close to the beach, or in any case all those of a certain standard, have a private beach with sunbeds and umbrellas, but of course all the comforts expected of hotels of a certain standard, such as air conditioning, bathroom with bath or shower, safe, 24-hour reception and Internet connection, are not missing.

Recommended sea-view accommodation

11 Roda Amwaj Suites Jumeirah Beach Residence
Dubai - The Walk,Jumeirah Beach Residence, P.O. Box 555613Extra sanitary measures
8.1Very good 11.626 reviews
Located in the JBR area of Dubai, Roda Amwaj Suites, Jumeirah Beach Residence offers an outdoor pool and a fitness centre.This self-catering accommodation offers free WiFi and a full kitchen with a dishwasher, microwave and refrigerator.
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12 JW Marriott Hotel Marina
Dubai - AL MARSA STREET, 66, DUBAI MARINAExtra sanitary measures
9.5Exceptional 4.277 reviews
JW Marriott Hotel Marina is directly linked to the Dubai Marina Mall, while the beach is nearby. The property has an infinity pool on level 4 and has outdoor dining, a poolside bar and views of the Dubai Marina and beyond.
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13 Oaks Ibn Battuta Gate Dubai
Dubai - E11 Sheikh Zayed Road Ibn Battuta Mall, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Discovery GardensExtra sanitary measures
8.0Very good 2.417 reviews
Featuring a rooftop pool, Oaks Ibn Battuta Gate Dubai offers modern rooms. It boasts 4 restaurants and bars reflecting the journey of the great Arab explorer with tastes from around the world.
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14 Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf
Dubai - King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street, Madinat Jumeirah ResortExtra sanitary measures
9.1Superb 1.002 reviews
Set among gardens, waterways, pools and the resort’s private beach, the summerhouses of Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf offers refurbished guestrooms and courtyards and butler service. All guests can enjoy complimentary access to Wild Wadi Waterpark™.
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The Burj Al Arab: the luxury hotel in Dubai par excellence

One of the first luxury hotels in Dubai to achieve worldwide fame is the Burj Al Arab, which opened at the end of 1999 and soon became the city’s icon in the world. Built on an artificial island a few dozen metres off the waters of the Jumeirah district, its sail-like shape soon became the universal symbol of Dubai.

Critics have dubbed it ‘the world’s first seven-star hotel’, although officially it has been awarded five, and it is a favourite destination for celebrities and the international jet set.

At the Burj Al Arab, luxury is at an all-time high; an overnight stay can cost up to several thousand euros, but the quality and attention to detail that Burj Al Arab guests receive is hard to find elsewhere.

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15 Burj Al Arab Jumeirah
Dubai - Jumeirah Beach RoadExtra sanitary measures
9.3Superb 1.619 reviews
Situated on its own island, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah features suites overlooking the sea, 8 signature restaurants and a full-service spa. Guests may arrive at the property by chauffeur-driven fleets of Rolls-Royce's or alternatively by a dedicated helicopter transfer service.
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Staying near shopping malls

An alternative to consider for shoppers is to stay close to a shopping centre. All three of Dubai’s most beautiful and important malls have hotels within walking distance or directly inside them.

The Dubai Mall has the Armani Hotel located directly in the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper just a few metres away, as does The Address Downtown Dubai, which is the skyscraper vaguely reminiscent of the Burj Al Arab facing the Burj Khalifa.

Those who enjoy the enchanted atmosphere of the Ibn Battuta Mall can stay at the Ibn Battuta Gate, a breathtaking property run by the renowned Movenpick chain, a five-star hotel with access to a private beach, world-class restaurants and luxurious rooms.

On the other hand, those who prefer the Mall of the Emirates and its centrality to the rest of Dubai can choose from world-renowned luxury brands such as Kempinski or Sheraton, both of which are directly connected to the mall.

Recommended accommodation near the malls

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16 Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, Dubai
Dubai - Sheikh Zayed RoadExtra sanitary measures
9.1Superb 9.102 reviews
Directly connected to Mall of the Emirates, Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates is centrally situated with close proximity to areas such as Downtown Dubai, Dubai Marina and Palm Jumeirah​, with the Mall of the Emirates metro station a mere 5 minute walk. ​Guests enjoy complimentary WiFi throughout the whole hotel.
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17 Oaks Ibn Battuta Gate Dubai
Dubai - E11 Sheikh Zayed Road Ibn Battuta Mall, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Discovery GardensExtra sanitary measures
8.0Very good 2.417 reviews
Featuring a rooftop pool, Oaks Ibn Battuta Gate Dubai offers modern rooms. It boasts 4 restaurants and bars reflecting the journey of the great Arab explorer with tastes from around the world.
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18 Armani Hotel Dubai, Burj Khalifa
Dubai - Burj Khalifa, Sheikh Mohamed Bin Rashid BoulevardExtra sanitary measures
8.8Fabulous 1.517 reviews
Envisioned by fashion icon Giorgio Armani, this hotel has a private entrance and occupies 11 floors of Dubai’s iconic skyscraper, Burj Khalifa. It has a deluxe spa and has direct access to Dubai Mall.
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Other areas to sleep in Dubai

Other areas to consider for a stay in Dubai are the Sheikh Zayed Road, where practically half of the skyscrapers are hotels of the most diverse international luxury chains, Dubai Marina, which is a beautiful neighbourhood located along the shores of the Persian Gulf and built around the world’s largest man-made marina, or the city’s business area, between Business Bay and Dubai Internet City.

Dubai Marina Sheikh Zayed Road Al Barsha Deira Bur Dubai

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Tourist tax in Dubai

Finally, a word of advice: when you book a hotel in Dubai, take into account that the price you will pay will be much higher than initially expected, due to the service charge of taxes. In particular, you pay a tourist tax (varying from 7 to 20 dirhams per person per night, introduced in March 2014 to fundExpo 2020), plus a 10 per cent service charge and a further 10 per cent municipal tax.

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