Best Things to do in the United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates consists of seven Emirates: Abu Dhabi, being the capital, Dubai is the most popular city in the UAE, followed by Ajman, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al Quwain.

I’ve mapped out from my personal experiences of “Best Things to do” in each of these Emirates.

Best things to do in Abu Dhabi

Things to do in Abu Dhabi

Qasr Al Watan

Qasr Al Watan is a presidential palace that was recently opened to the public. One of the finest examples of Arabic architecture and craftsmanship, the palace’s design signifies its heritage and its future vision. The palace has its own library with books on a wide range of subjects including archeology, history, heritage, memoirs, biographies, human and social sciences, statistics, administration, culture, literature, arts, etc. It also has its own gift shops; one at the Visitors Center and the other at the palace building. One of the major attractions of the palace is its light and sound show, which depicts the history and growth of the UAE as a nation. This show has been divided into three acts; past, present, and the future.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque stands out as one of the world’s largest mosques, and the only one that captures unique interactions between Islam and world cultures. Sheikh Zayed’s vision for the Grand Mosque was to incorporate architectural styles from different Muslim civilizations and celebrate cultural diversity by creating a haven that is truly diverse and inspirational in its foundation. The mosque’s architects were British, Italian, and Emirati, and design inspiration was borrowed parts of Turkey, Morocco, Pakistan, and Egypt among other Islamic countries, revealing a glistening architectural marvel with an astonishing capacity of 40,000 worshippers and visitors.

The open-door policy invites tourists and celebrants from all around the world who can witness the spectacular onion-top domes, the reflective pools that engulf the courtyard, and the iconic prayer hall, which not only overflows with blissful sunlight but also houses the world’s biggest chandelier and carpet, both meticulously handmade. Be sure to spot the calligraphy encircling the hollows of the domes, etched with verses from the Quran and painted with gold leaves in An-Naskh lettering

Louvre Abu Dhabi

The Louvre Abu Dhabi is an art and civilization museum. The museum was inaugurated on 8 November 2017 by French President Emmanuel Macron and United Arab Emirates Vice President Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Did you know: The museum is built on a 97,000 square meter site on Saadiyat Island, a low-lying island 500 meters off the coast of Abu Dhabi that is the site of a number of tourism and development projects.

Yas Island

An emerging entertainment destination within a 30-minute drive of the UAE capital, Yas Island is home to the state-of-the-art Yas Marina Circuit – host to the annual F1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Get to grips with Yas Marina Circuit through a series of track day packages, including ‘Driver Experiences’, ‘Passenger Experiences’, ‘Private Driving Tuition’ programs, and ‘Racing License Courses’.

At the circuit’s centerpiece is the Yas Hotel, a five star, iconic hotel – the only one in the world to straddle an F1 race track being breathtakingly built half on land and half over water.
Attracting Super Yachts from as far away as Australia for the annual F1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the Yas Marina is central to Abu Dhabi’s ambitions of becoming a strong rival to traditional yachting grounds such as the Mediterranean and Caribbean. Overlooking the stunning Yas Marina F1™ Circuit, Cipriani features signature dishes from Harry’s Bar in Venice and classic Italian favorites.
It’s fast and furious fun for all ages at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi – the world’s first Ferrari-branded theme park. The park tells the Ferrari story with passion and excitement through more than 20 exhilarating and educational rides and attractions, interactive shopping, and authentic Italian dining experiences.
Yas Waterworld spans an area of around 15 football pitches, with 43 rides, slides & attractions – five of which are one-of-a-kind. Visitors to this futuristic waterpark will be able to try the 238-meter long, world’s first, and largest hydromagnetic-powered, six-person tornado waterslide. For adrenaline seekers, there are three-meter high waves on Bubble’s Barrel, which has the world’s largest surfable sheet wave for flow boards and bodyboards. The Bandit Bomber, a 550–meter coaster, is the first with onboard water and laser effects. Riders can shoot jets of water at targets, drop water bombs and trigger special effects, while people below can spray them with water as they pass. A true full-day experience, the park draws on Abu Dhabi’s heritage and has ‘The Lost Pearl’ as its theme. It also features a souk, pearl-diving exhibits, and restaurants.
On the west shores of Yas Island, Yas Links Abu Dhabi – an award-winning golf course, designed by Kyle Phillips, one of the world’s leading golf course architects – is in line with the traditional links golf commonly associated with the coastal towns of Scotland and Ireland. Voted among the ‘Top 10 New International Golf Courses’ by the influential US publication Golf Magazine, Yas Links features a 7,450-yard par 72 course, utilizing five teeing grounds per hole, with all 18 benefiting from ocean views. Recently Yas Links has also been named one of the world’s top 25 by influential US magazine, Golf Digest.
Set on Yas Island’s tranquil southern shores, Yas Beach is the island’s only stretch of beach. Open daily from 10 am – 7 pm, it is a great spot to relax and enjoy sun, sea, sand, food, and drinks, and there’s plenty of car parking available. Admission, which includes beach towel and sun lounger, is AED 50 (US$ 13.60) for adults and AED 25 (US$ 6.80) for children aged 8-16 during the week, and AED 100 (US$ 27.25) for adults and AED 50 (US$ 13.60) for children during the weekend. Children under 8 enter free. Saturday is half-price for ladies. Guests staying at Yas Plaza hotels have complimentary beach access on the presentation of their room card or hotel voucher.

The island also houses Abu Dhabi’s biggest and the UAE’s second-largest shopping center, the Yas Mall. The mall provides a vibrant getaway shopping experience for tourists, international guests, and local residents.

Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum

Qasr al-Ain or ‘Al Ain Palace’, is one of the best-reinstated forts in the Abu Dhabi emirate. The museum showcases the everyday life in a ruler’s fort when the late Sheikh Zayed and his family resided in the palace prior to 1966. The Bedouin-style architecture dates back to 1937 and was converted into a museum in 1998 as a main cultural and tourist attraction. The museum opened its doors to visitors in 2001 and continues to celebrate the rich history of the country and preserves its links to the present and the future.

The contrast of modern design elements with traditional Emirati influences can be seen throughout the property. The structure of the museum is a conglomeration of courtyards that merge the official and private use of the facilities in one complex. Each of these areas was built and restored using locally sourced and environmentally friendly building materials including clay, adobe, and plaster stones, as well as palm tree elements for roofing rooms, ceilings, doors, and windows.

Al Ain Oasis

The historic oasis sprawls across 3,000-acre and provides a unique insight into the region’s inhabitants who began taming the desert 4,000 years ago. The Al Ain Oasis has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2011, but only now, with the construction of an educational Eco-Centre and an extensive system of shaded pathways that wind through some 147,000 date palms, is it open to the public.  The site houses up to 100 different varieties of vegetation that surround the impressive oasis, with widespread plantations that are also working farms.

The site is shaped by a complex shared water supply, based on both wells and ‘falaj’, the UAE’s traditional irrigation system. Al Ain Oasis has plenty of working examples of the falaj that have been used for centuries to tap into underground wells. Through a series of immersive interactive exhibits, the Eco-Centre highlights the measures being taken to preserve the delicate oasis ecosystem and celebrate the invaluable contribution of Al Ain’s oasis farmers through a continued showcase of traditional farming methods.

Sheikh Zayed Desert Center Learning

Situated in the heart of Al Ain Zoo, the Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre (SZDLC) is an important educational facility that combines knowledge and learning through interactive exhibits, multimedia, and visual materials that have been specially designed by world-class experts and specialists.

The center consists of five interactive galleries: Sheikh Zayed Tribute Hall, Abu Dhabi’s Desert over Time, Abu Dhabi’s Living World, People of the Desert, and Looking to the Future.

Open to the public for tours, visitors get taken on a journey through time as stories and movies take them to the past, present, and future of the UAE, to reconsider their relationship with the environment and encourage them to communicate with it and to adopt more to sustainable lifestyles.

The SZDLC is an architecturally complex building, with multiple levels and many possible circulation patterns. The size of the center, the diversity of the audience, and the nature of the content allow for a huge variety of experiences. The center incorporates a full range of interpretive media that includes immersive environments, audio-visual interactive exhibits, stylized sculpture and models, specimen collections, graphics, and large-scale theatre.

The Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre is the first building in the UAE that gets a sustainability rating of five pearls and also received a LEED Platinum certification.

For more information, visit the website.

Al Ain Zoo

Al Ain’s remarkable zoo is the region’s largest and most acclaimed. The spacious enclosures are inhabited by indigenous and exotic species such as the Arabian Oryx, the big-horned Barbary sheep, rhinos, hippos, tigers and lions, and more. The well-respected conservation and breeding program protects and preserves the rare fauna from extinction. Highlights of a zoo visit include giraffe feedings, a fascinating walk-through lemur experience, and the world’s largest human-made safari, a 217-hectare landscape housing more than 250 African and Arabian animals.

Other offerings at the zoo include the Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre, a sustainably built multimedia exhibition that features five interactive galleries: Sheikh Zayed Tribute Hall, Abu Dhabi’s Desert over Time, Abu Dhabi’s Living World, People of the Desert, and Looking to the Future; a variety of cafes and restaurants and a Children Discovery Garden, among others, with renovations/expansion on-going at the time of writing.

Ticket:  Dhs 50 entry free for adults. Dhs 20 for children

More things to do in Abu Dhabi

Best Hotels in Abu Dhabi

The Abu Dhabi EDITION

In a modern building facing Al Bateen Marina, this upmarket hotel is 4 km from Corniche Beach and 35 km from Abu Dhabi International Airport.  Amenities consist of a steakhouse, a rooftop tapas bar, and a lobby lounge offering afternoon tea, plus a gym, and an outdoor infinity pool with marina views. Event space includes a ballroom. 

The St. Regis Abu Dhabi 

The St. Regis Suite at The St. Regis, Abu Dhabi

Within a pair of linked skyscrapers containing a shopping mall, this ritzy hotel is 2 km from the landmark Qasr al-Hosn fort and 4 km from the restaurants and shops of Marina Mall. The hotel houses 9 restaurants. Other amenities consist of a luxurious spa with gulf views, plus an outdoor pool and private beach access.

The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi 

Ocean Suite at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort

This luxurious, Mediterranean-style beachfront hotel is 9 km from Abu Dhabi Mall, 16 km from Emirates Palace, and 27 km from the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre. Amenities include 5 chic restaurants and 3 outdoor pools, plus a private beach and a spa. 

The Ritz-Carlton, Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal 

Set in a grand Venetian-style building, this luxe beachfront resort with sprawling gardens is 3 km from the ornate Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Amenities include 8 restaurants/bars with Italian and refined Asian options, a private beach, and a 1,600-sq-m pool. There’s a spa, as well as a gym and a ballroom.

W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island  (previously Viceroy Hotel)

Yas Hotel Abu Dhabi 

The hotel is connected to the Yas Marina Circuit with easy access to a wide range of attractions including theme parks, shopping malls, a golf course, a beach, and a marina. The spacious 499 guest rooms and suites offer luxury amenities which include deluxe bedding, complimentary Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, floor-to-ceiling windows offering spectacular views of the racetrack or marina.

Emirates Palace

Set on 85 hectares of landscaped gardens, this palatial beachfront hotel is 4 km from both the Marina Mall and the Qasr al-Hosn fort. The hotel houses 14 restaurants and bars, including a romantic BBQ eatery on the beach. Other amenities include adventure and leisure pools, a kids’ club, and jogging and cycling trails, plus a spa and 2 fitness centers. The hotel has a private beach and a marina. Bike rentals, yoga sessions, and camel rides are available.

Best Restaurants in Abu Dhabi

Zuma  (Japanese, Asian $$$$)

Open Sat-Thu noon-3.30pm; Sat-Wed 7pm-midnight; Thu-Fri 7pm-1am. Fri brunch 12.30pm-4pm. Bar open Sat-Wed 7 pm-midnight; Thu-Fri 7 pm-1 am. Al Maryah Island (02 401 5900).

Hakkasan (Chinese, $$$$)

Open daily at 6 pm-midnight. Fri brunch noon-4pm. Bar open 6pm-2am. Emirates Palace, Corniche Road West (02 690 7739).

COYA (Peruvian, $$$$)

Open Sun-Thu and Sat 12.30 pm-5.30 pm; Sun-Mon, Wed, Sat 7 pm-midnight; Tue, Thu-Fri 7 pm-12.30 am. Fri brunch 12.30pm-4pm. Lounge open daily 12.30 pm-1.15 am. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island (02 306 7000).

Brasserie Flo Abu Dhabi (French, $$$$)

Open daily 12.30pm-11pm. Venetian Village, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta (02 408 7201).

Mazi (Greek, $$)

Located inside the St. Regis Saadiyat Island 

Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi

The Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi is a five-minute drive away from downtown Abu Dhabi, 20 minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport, and one hour from Dubai.

Saadiyat Island is a tourism-cultural project for nature and Emirati heritage and culture. The project, under development, consists of a large, low-lying island, 500 meters (1,600 ft) off the coast of Abu Dhabi island.

Currently, Saadiyat Island houses many hotels and resorts such as The Park Hyatt, The St. Regis, Rotana Resorts & Villas, Rixos Premium, Jumeirah, and a few more.

Sir Bani Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

Sir Bani Yas Island is a nature-based destination alive with wildlife and adventure activities. Sir Bani Yas was originally home to Arabia’s largest wildlife reserve. Spanning over 87 km2(34 sq mi), the reserve was established in 1977 by Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. In 1971 Sheikh Zayed became the first president of the United Arab Emirates and chose this island as a retreat. Sheikh Zayed passed a law prohibiting hunting on the island and started developing it as a wildlife preserve in his “Greening of the Desert” program. The “Greening of the Desert” was designed to help make the deserts more suitable for human settlement and provide a haven for many of Arabia’s endangered wildlife species. Once the reserve was established, Sheikh Zayed wanted to share the results with the world; hence, it was opened to weekend tourists. These tours soon became so popular that visits would often have to be booked over one year in advance.

Located 240km from Abu Dhabi City and just 8 kilometers off the Abu Dhabi Emirate’s Western coastline, the island beckons with a mystique that is worlds away from the hustle and bustle of modern urban life.

Sir Bani Yas showcases nature through activities such as adventure safaris, kayaking, mountain biking, archery, hiking, and snorkeling.

More than half the island is made up of the Arabian Wildlife Park. Framed by the Arabian Sea, an 8km radius around the island has been declared a no-fishing zone, providing sanctuary to the local marine life, too.  It is now the region’s largest wildlife reserve. Thanks to decades of conservation work and ecological investment, Sir Bani Yas is home to thousands of large free-roaming animals, including the world’s largest herd of endangered antelope, the Arabian Oryx, northern cheetah, golden jackal,  gazelles, giraffes, hyenas, cheetahs, deer and gazelles, mammals, mountain sheep, and 200+ bird and bat species, over 500 peacocks, and more.

The island is also home to UAE’s only Christian monastery. The monastery can be visited during a  Desert Islands Resort & Spa Culture Tour. Believed to have been built around 600 AD, and abandoned in 750 AD, the monastery was initially discovered during excavations in 1992.

Are you interested yet in visiting Sir Bani Yas Island? Find out how to get there, what activities to do, which hotels to stay, and where to dine out…

Getting to Sir Bani Yas Island

Sir Bani Yas Island is located 250 km southwest of Abu Dhabi and 370 km southwest of Dubai. The Island can be reached by car, and then a 25-minute boat ride. The ferry is free of charge courtesy of the Anantara Resort from the Jebel Dhanna on the mainland.

Driving directions: Follow the E11 highway directly from Abu Dhabi or Dubai in the direction of Tarif, Mirfa, and Saudi Arabia. Continue on, passing Tarif, Mirfa, Baynoona, and Al Ruwais. Take exit 113 marked Sir Bani Yas Island, and at the roundabout take the Sir Bani Yas Island exit. At the next roundabout, take the 2nd exit. Follow the road and at the roundabout, take the exit for Sir Bani Yas Island. At the jetty, park your car in a safe shaded area before boarding the water taxi for a 25-minute journey to Sir Bani Yas Island.

P.S. Abu Dhabi has a hot, arid climate and experiences two distinct seasons of summer and winter. From June through to September, temperatures average 35°C. During this period, you can expect intermittent sandstorms, which can drastically reduce visibility. The highest temperatures recorded during the year are around 46°C in the summer, falling to 20°C during the winter months.
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Sir Bani Yas Island Hotels

Sir Bani Yas Island houses 3 Anantara Hotels Resorts & Spas:

  1. Desert Islands Resort & Spa
  2. Al Sahel Villa Resort
  3. Al Yamm Villa Resort

We personally stayed at Desert Island’s Resort & Spa, because it was the cheapest option considering the fact that you could visit all the other resorts by riding a bike or taking the shuttle bus provided by the resort.

Sir Bani Yas Island Resorts
Sir Bani Yas Island Resorts

Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa

Hotel Class: 5

Hotel Style: Romantic, Great View

Number of Rooms: 64

With 64 luxuriously appointed rooms, suites, spacious one-bedroom villas and truly luxurious two-bedroom Royal Villas, Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara give you the feels to live out your own Arabian nights in a destination that is anything but ordinary.

Desert Islands Resort & Spa Room Features

Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa

  1. 29 Deluxe Sea View Rooms with a gaze of sandy beaches and the turquoise ocean from a private balcony. 
  2. Deluxe Garden Room is a 52 square meters of contemporary Arabic style. 
  3. Premier Sea View Room has views of the Arabian Gulf. 
  4. Anantara Suite offers spacious suites with cool marble floors and hardwood furnishings. Sink beneath the bubbles in your terrazzo tub. Relax in your separate living area, bathed in natural sunlight.
  5. One Bedroom Anantara Pool Villa is a 120 square meters room that lets you have privacy with spectacular sea views,  and a personal plunge pool. 
  6. Two-Bedroom Anantara Pool Villa offers the ultimate in comfort and space, these villas are designed with families in mind. Enjoy direct access to the beach. Relax by your private pool in your tropical garden. 

 

Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Sahel Villa Resort

Hotel Class: 5

Hotel Style: Romantic, Great View

Number of Rooms: 30

Observe elegant gazelles and Arabian Oryx as they make their way through the lush savannah. Located on the remote island of Sir Bani Yas, Anantara Al Sahel Villas is an intimate cluster of 30 luxurious villas, inviting you to embark on an authentic wildlife experience.

Al Sahel Villa Resort Room Features

Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Sahel Villa Resort

  1. One-Bedroom Villa lets you admire the wonders of savannah life from the comfort of a private sanctuary.
  2. One Bedroom Pool Villa lets you retreat to a stylish sanctuary decorated with earth tones and elegant modern amenities and a private outdoor pool.
  3. Two-Bedroom Anantara Pool Villa offers 150 square meters of indoor space designed to complement the surroundings of the island and lets you observe the indigenous wildlife that roams free around the island.
  4. One-Bedroom Villa features an outdoor private terrace with a plunge pool and stunning surroundings of the island.

Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Yamm Villa Resort

Hotel Class: 5

Hotel Style: Great View, Charming

Number of Rooms: 30

Be charmed by elegantly wading flamingos as they make their way along the shimmering shoreline. Soak up magnificent views across crystal clear waters and fall under the spell of the Middle East’s legendary mystique.

Al Yamm Villa Resort Room Features

Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Yamm Villa Resort

  1. One-Bedroom Villa is 68 square meters of living space and a private villa.
  2. One Bedroom Pool Villa features a selection of creature comforts for the perfect holiday, the villas offer extra living space with a dining area and a panoramic view over the mangrove lagoon. Refresh with a dip in your own plunge pool and spacious terrace.
  3. One Bedroom Beach Villa is 68 square meters of space overlooking the beach.
  4. One Bedroom Beach Pool Villa offers a gaze over the enchanting beach landscape and an outdoor shower on a private terrace. After a day of exploring the island, take a refreshing rain shower, and relax on your terrace.
  5. Two-Bedroom Pool Villa offers delightful views across the Arabian Gulf or mangrove lagoon.
  6. One-Bedroom Villas features an outdoor terrace with a sun-lounger facing the mangroves.

Activities on Sir Bani Yas Island

You can never get bored on Sir Bani Yas Island, as the resorts offer many activities. These activities include

  1. Nature & Wildlife Drive or Walk
  2. Culture & History Tour
  3. Horseback Riding
  4. Mountain Biking
  5. Kayaking
  6. Land Sailing
  7. Archery
  8. Falconry

We took the Nature & Safari trip on an open Landcruiser 4×4 at sunset – it was a 1.5 ride that let us see the wildlife that lives on the island. Nature & Safari trip costs 350aed/person ($95USD) The hotel operates the tour 4-5 times a day. I would suggest going at sunset as the animals roam around out from the shade, as the temperature drops.

Dining at Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island

Amwaj (Seafood) $$ is located at the Desert Islands Resort & Spa offers a lavish seafood menu showcasing fresh local fish. 

The Palm (Everyday Dining) $$ is located at the Desert Islands Resort & Spa offers everyday International & Middle Eastern cuisine continental breakfast and dinner.

Al-Shams (Middle Eastern) $$ is located at the Desert Islands Resort & Spa by the poolside and offers everyday snacks from pizza to hamburgers and by night offers Arabic and international dishes with a romantic ambiance of “Arabian Nights.”

Olio (Italian, Mediterranean) $$ is located at the Al Yamm Villa Resort and offers Italian-inspired cuisine with Mediterranean flavors.

Savannah Grill (African, Grill) $$$$ is located at the Al Sahel Villa Resort and offers African cuisine featuring steaks and western favorites dishes.  The restaurant is set in a rustic setting surrounded by the grasslands of the island’s reserve.

Dining by Design offers a private dining experience set on the island’s beach overlooking the Arabian Gulf. You can customize a special menu and share a dining experience with a romantic setting with your loved ones.

The Beach at Sir Bani Yas Island

Make sure to check out the beach on the island. Take a walk along the stunning Arabian Gulf that surrounds the island.

 

Best things to do in Dubai

Best Hotels in Dubai

After many visits to Dubai (before deciding to move here) I had stayed at numerous hotels. When I actually moved to Dubai (the initial few months without an apartment) I had the pleasure of living in a few other hotels. This being said, I have developed a very good understanding of the Dubai hotel scene. Thus, I am writing this quick guide to help travelers choose the best hotel for their tastes and needs.

First, LOCATION!

Hotels in Dubai are distributed across 5 main locations:

  1. Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Walk (JBR). A massive high rise city centered around a man-made lagoon, with seven km of the pedestrian walkway that will take you a full day to explore. It was the first development of the new Dubai, and it has experienced continuous evolution thanks to the new addition of the Beach, a waterfront complex with retail stores, a restaurant, and a sand beach with water sports and a splash pad. Most recent development Bluewaters – an artificial highlight connected to the Beach by a bridge that houses 132 shops and restaurants, Caesars Palace Hotel and the new addition of beach clubs in Dubai the Cove Beach. Bluewaters also houses Ain Dubai the world’s tallest 250 ft Ferris Wheel. 
  2. The Palm is dominated by the grand Atlantis Hotel, Palm Jumeirah has seen an explosion of hotels in the past couple of years, with pretty much all hotels brands opening an outpost here. It mixes residential and tourism in a peaceful environment, with palm trees, lined boulevards, and endlessness beaches.
  3. Jumeirah Beach. Quiet residential areas dominated by villas, it became home to many of the very luxury hotels, starting with the super famous 7-star Burj Al Arab thanks to the pristine beaches and the unconstructed view of the Gulf (which does not happen in Marina anymore after they have built Palm Jumeriah).
  4. The downtown area, including Business Bay, DIFC, and City Walk. This is modern Dubai, the business center, and the home of Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world as well as Dubai Mall, the biggest mall in the Middle East. It provides a more city experience, far from the beach but rich in excellent restaurants, bars, and shops. It’s where the money moves and people go hang-out.
  5. The Creek & the Old Town. It’s somehow chaotic and a bit run down for my taste, but It’s probably the only authentic remaining part of Dubai, with its vibrant day-to-day life of the city’s locals, traditional markets, art galleries. Make sure to experience cultural experiences and authentic meals including Camel based treats.

Secondly, for this particular post, the classification of hotel class for you to choose from when picking a hotel in Dubai.

Hotel Class indicates the general level of features and amenities to expect. The star rating is provided by Booking.com, Expedia, and Giata.

Finally, I have selected a few of my favorite hotels across the above categories.

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One&Only The Palm 

Hotel Class: 5

Location: The Palm

Address: West Crescent The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai 114843 United Arab Emirates

Hotel Style: Luxury, Romantic, Moorish & Andalusian

Price Range: AED 2,039 – AED 6,986 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of Rooms: 95

The One&Only The Palm is an intimate luxury beach resort. The One&Only The Palm is located on the lush, landscaped private peninsula of the Palm Jumeirah crescent.

One&Only The Palm blends Moorish and Andalusian architecture with contemporary chic interiors, consisting of 91 rooms and 4 exclusive Beach Villas. Stylish guest rooms are secluded in a residential environment within the tri-level Manor House, six low-rise Mansions, and four private Beach Villas. One&Only resort’s facilities include a stunning 850 square-meter swimming pool, 450 meters of beachfront, and the outstanding all-suite One&Only Spa and fitness center.

As a pastel-colored oasis of tranquility, The One&Only The Palm is a perfect hotel for honeymooners or couples in search of a romantic gateway.

The hotel-style is a modern reinterpretation of traditional Arabic architecture with very classy furniture and interior.

The hotel has three main restaurants

  1. STAY by Yannick Alleno (French, European) $$$$
  2. Zest (Asian, Middle Eastern) $$$$
  3. 101 Dining Lounge & Bar (Seafood) $$$$

The hotel is far to reach, however, you could take a boat ride complimentary from their sister hotels in the Marina The Palace At One&Only Royal Mirage Dubai and Arabian Court At One&Only Royal Mirage Dubai 

W Dubai – The Palm 

Hotel Class: 5

Location: The Palm

AddressWest Crescent Palm Jumeirah

Hotel Style: Eclectic, Modern

Price Range: AED 764 – AED 2,130 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)

Number of Rooms:  350

In perfect W style, the W the palm is cool, stylish, and just a bit too much of everything.

Launched earlier this year, the hotel promotes itself as a “destination”.  It is in fact, more than a hotel, it’s a beach club which organizes great events like WAKE UP CALL a W Hotel music festival. And it’s also a foodie destination. The management has done amazing work to attract chefs of the caliber of Massimo Bottura, famous Italian 3-star Michelin Chef of Osteria Francescana, and Akira Back, Michelin Star Chef Akira Back the Korean-American superstar Chef of the homonymous restaurants around the world.

W The Palm is where the glistening Arabian Gulf’s curvaceous coastlines meet the stunning geometry of modern skyscrapers. W Dubai – The Palm is an extraordinary oasis remixing never-ending interpretations of music, fashion, design, and fuel from sunrise to sunset, non-stop. W Dubai – The Palm recently won the award of Leading Hotel Interiors at the Leaders in Hospitality Awards 2019.

W Dubai – The Palm offers some of Dubai’s best fine dining restaurants

  1. Akira Back (Japanese) $$$$
  2. Torno Subito Dubai by chef Massimo’s (Italian, Meditteranean) $$$$
  3. Voda Bar (Bar) $$
  4. SoBe Dubai (South American) $$

Address Downtown  

Hotel Class: 5

Location: Downtown

Address: Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard

Hotel Style: Great View, Luxury, Modern

Price Range: AED 1,102 – AED 2,325 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)

Number of Rooms: 220

Towering high at 302m across 63 levels, Address Downtown is a veritable landmark of a luxury hotel, situated in the very center of Downtown Dubai. The hotel directly overlooks Burj Khalifa, offers uninterrupted views of the daily Dubai fountain show (the world’s tallest water-music spectacle), and is connected to The Dubai Mall (the world’s largest shopping mall) by a foot-bridge. A standard room features a dressing area with Hollywood mirrors and an L-shaped sofa seating area. The marble bathrooms are fitted with dual sinks, a bathtub, and a rain shower.

Make sure to check out the observation deck on the top of Burj Khalifa.

The hotel houses unique restaurant concepts, serving a variety of cuisines from Asian, European to local Middle Eastern specialties.

  1. Zeta Restaurant Lounge (Japanese, Fusion) $$$$
  2. Neos (Bar) $$$$ The hotel’s night lounge, Neos, is located on the 63rd floor and overlooks the ever-changing Dubai skyline and iconic Burj Khalifa.
  3. STK Downtown (Steakhouse) $$$$

La Ville Hotel & Suites City Walk, Autograph Collection

Hotel Class: 5

Location: City Walk

AddressAl Multaqa Street

Hotel Style:  Trendy

Price Range: AED 547 – AED 2,681 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of Rooms: 156

La Ville Hotel & Suites City Walk Dubai Autograph Collection is the perfect Dubai lodging if you want to feel like you’re in the city. Set directly at CITY WALK, an urban living destination in Dubai the distinctive low-rise hotel offers a relaxed vibe, with many surrounding restaurants and shops.

The hotel houses 4 restaurants:

  1. Grapeskin Grape Bar & Kitchen (Wine Bar, Quick Bites) $$$
  2. Graze Gastro Grill (Steakhouse, European) $$
  3. Chival (International) $$
  4. LookUp Rooftop Bar (Bar, International) $$

Bulgari Resort Dubai 

Hotel Class: 5

Location: Jumeira Bay Island

AddressJumeira Bay Island Jumeira 2

Hotel Style:  Trendy, Modern

Price Range: AED 1,660 – AED 6,377 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)

Number of Rooms: 121

Exclusively located on Jumeira Bay, The Bulgari Resort Dubai, features 101 rooms and suites, 20 exclusive pool villas, various signature dining options, a 1,7000 square-meter-meter Spa with an indoor pool, a private beach, a Little Gems Club, and the first world’s Bulgari Yacht Club and Marina.

The resort houses 6 restaurants:

Hoseki (Japanese) $$$$

Hōseki is a minimalist authentic Japanese cuisine created by Chef Masahiro Sugiyama. With just nine seats, dining at Hōseki is a unique Omakase experience. Located on the 4th floor of the Resort, Hōseki is open for lunch and dinner and reservations are required.

II Cafe (Italian, Meditteranean) $$

Open from morning to late night and featuring a large deck terrace overlooking the Marina, Il Café shines as a celebration of sculpted woods, Italian design, and natural sunlight. With its resort casual chic mood, it is the perfect spot to gather with friends and relax.

Il Ristorante – Niko Romito (Italian, Meditteranean) $$$$

Echoing the elegant design of the original Bvlgari Hotel Milano, Il Ristorante – Niko Romito at The Bvlgari Resort Dubai celebrates the rich heritage of Italy. Bvlgari Hotels and Resorts’ own Michelin starred Italian chef, Niko Romito, has curated a blend of modern and classical Italian concept exclusively for Il Ristorante, interpreting the exquisite flavors of Italy with modern simplicity.

Il Bar (Bar) $$$

The bar is shimmering against a panoramic backdrop of the seaside promenade, it celebrates some of the most sumptuous views of the Arabian Gulf.

La Spiaggia (International) $$

Enjoy a variety of international food and drinks during the day; while by night, the beach club glistens under the lanterns and candlelight and offers the perfect spot to enjoy the sea breeze.

Yacht Club Restaurant (Italian) $$$$

Settled at the end of the Marina, the world’s first Bvlgari Marina and Yacht Club overlooks a 46-boat harbor and recreates the charm of a Mediterranean atmosphere in the heart of the Gulf. Open for lunch and dinner, it features an Italian Restaurant specializing in fish conceived to offer its diners a timeless dining experience.

DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel Dubai – Jumeirah Beach

Hotel Class: 4

Location: Jumeirah Beach

AddressThe Walk, Dubai Marina The Walk, Dubai Marina

Hotel Style: Modern, Family

Price Range: AED 529 – AED 1,906 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)

Number of Rooms: 109

For a more affordable option, the DoubleTree represents a good choice. Boasting a fantastic location on “The Walk” – a vibrant, waterfront promenade in Dubai, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dubai – Jumeirah Beach hotel is surrounded by cafes and restaurants and is close to business hubs including Jebel Ali Free Zone, Dubai Media City, and Dubai Internet City.

Relax on the soft white sands of the hotel’s private beach, swim in the sparkling outdoor pool, and enjoy a cocktail or two.

DoubleTree by Hilton offers a great choice of restaurants including:

  1. The Maine Oyster Bar & Grill (Bar, Seafood, International) $$
  2. Gastro Kitchen (International) $$
  3. Al-Maeda (Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern) $$
  4. Ramusake Dubai (Japanese) $$$$
  5. Copper Dog Dubai (Bar, British) $$

Caesar Palace Bluewaters Dubai 

Hotel Class: 5

Location: Bluewaters Island

Address: Bluewaters Island

Hotel Style: Modern, Hip

Price Range: AED 874 – AED 5,818 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)

Number of Rooms: 194

Located on the lavish man-made island of Bluewaters and connecting to the iconic Jumeirah Beach, Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai presents all the signature elements of the Caesars Palace experience. Make sure to check out Ceasars Palace newly opened Cove Beach Club

Epic Dining at Ceasar Palace Bluewaters

  1. Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen Dubai (British) $$$$
  2. Roman Lounge (Cafe, International) $$$
  3. Zhen Wei Dim Sum & Pan Asian Cuisine (Asian, Chinese) $$
  4. Bacchanal (International, Buffet) $$
  5. Paru (Japanese) $$$$
  6. The Piazza Lobby Lounge (Lounge, Cafe, Afternoon Tea) $$$
  7. Havana Social Club (Bar, Cuban) $$$

Restaurants not to miss on the Bluewaters Island

  1. Laurel Bar (Bar) $$
  2. The Sandbar (French) $$
  3. Alici (Italian, Seafood, Meditteranean) $$$$
  4. London Slide (Cafe, Fast Food) $$
  5. The London Project (Cocktails, British) $$

More Amazing Hotels in Dubai

Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai

Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa is located at the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve outside of the Dubai city on the Al Ain Road. Al Maha is an exclusive luxury desert get-away 45 minutes from Dubai. Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa is an all-inclusive resort that offers: two different complimentary desert activities every day, breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Al Maha, Desert Resort & Spa, is a private, guest-only oasis nestled among the lush palm groves, emerald canopies, and iconic sand dunes of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. The hotel offers secluded tranquility and iconic vistas of the sweeping plains and Hajar Mountain massif.

The resort offers horse riding, camel trekking, and nature walk. The hotel also offers archery and falconry. The 5-star hotel boasts private swimming pools with majestic dune and mountain views.

The Arabian Oryx & the Gazelles are the star attractions in the reserve. The indigenous Arabian wildlife can also be viewed from the temperature-controlled infinity pool or sundeck seating area of all private villas at Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa.

The private desert event site situated away from the hotel is available for weddings, special celebrations, and group functions for up to 300 guests. It is the perfect location for family events. The Resort is now offering accessibility to charging stations for electric vehicles. The guests can now enjoy the service and further contribute to the sustainability initiatives and the use of renewable energy within the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve.

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With the fast-paced urbanization of Dubai, the local government recognized its need to conserve Dubai’s original habitat and hence created the Dubai Desert Reserve. The Al Maha Resort and Spa is the only resort in the reserve.

Every effort is taken to guard that the flora and fauna as well as the culture and heritage of the Arabian Desert. The tourist flow is also controlled to ensure that the ecosystem is not disturbed. Sustainability forms the core of our vision and has been acknowledged by the World Legacy Award by National Geographic, the Arabian Cities Awards for Architecture, and the best environmental design.

Desert Activities at Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa

Dune Drive

Not for the faint of heart. Enjoy an adrenaline rush as your field guide takes you on an exhilarating 4×4 drive in the big sand dunes outside the resort.

Nature Walk in the Arabian Desert

For the energetic, feel free to request a guided walk through parts of the reserve. One can have the opportunity here of experiencing the desert environment in its entirety.

Camel Trekking

Take a leisurely camel ride out to the crest of a dune, from which you’ll see the sun setting across the desert whilst enjoying Champagne, snacks, and fruits.

Desert Safari

For a thrilling adventure, a four-wheel-drive Desert Safari can quickly transport you to some of the more isolated parts of the desert outside of the Al Maha reserve.

Falconry

Enjoy a warming hot drink or refreshingly cold drink as each Guide discusses the breed and character of their birds before encouraging them to fly.

Horse Riding

Take a horse ride on the desert reserve landscape and get a unique to get close-up sightings and photographs of the free-roaming wildlife in the reserve.

Archery

Our field guide will be happy to give you a lesson in the noble art of archery, which

features heavily in the heritage of Middle Eastern and Bedouin culture.

Spa at Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa

Timeless Spa at the Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa features Ayurvedic treatments, body scrub, body wrap, eye treatment, facials, foot bath, hair & scalp treatment, in-suite massage, manicure & pedicure, plunge pool, steam room, and therapy baths.

Sleeping at Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa

Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa has 42 private suites. Take a look at different types of villas.

Bedouin Suite Bedroom Suite, 1 King, Private pool

The Bedouin Suites are lavishly decorated with authentic and rare handcrafted Arabian furnishings, antiques, and artifacts. There are thoughtful touches such as binoculars, an easel with art materials, and a writing desk, should your creative instincts be inspired by the landscape and the wildlife you spot.

Bedouin jars for water and dates can be found at most doorways and in the beds that line the tiny road between the suites; chests sit at the end of every bed and ornate Omani doors in heavy wood are framed in glass tables.

Bedouin Suite 1 Bedroom Suite, 2 Twin/Single Bed(s), Private pool


The Bedouin Suites are lavishly decorated with authentic and rare handcrafted Arabian furnishings, antiques, and artifacts. There are thoughtful touches such as binoculars, an easel with art materials, and a writing desk, should your creative instincts be inspired by the landscape and the wildlife you spot.

Bedouin jars for water and dates can be found at most doorways and in the beds that line the tiny road between the suites; chests sit at the end of every bed and ornate Omani doors in heavy wood are framed in glass tables.

Royal Suite 2 Bedroom Suite, Bedroom 1: 1 King, Bedroom 2: 2 Twin/Single Bed(s), Bathrooms: 2


The Royal Suite combines some of the richest living experiences with an authentic ambiance that is inspired by the many Arabian artifacts and antiques.

A spacious lounge and two luxurious bedrooms, each with a custom-made super king-size bed and handcrafted furnishings, offer a relaxing experience in total comfort.   The wide terrace with sun loungers, private deck dining area, and sizeable pool present expansive views onto the open desert. Indigenous wildlife, such as gazelle or Arabian oryx, will frequently be seen grazing near the Suites.

Together with exemplary facilities, attentive service, and delightfully quiet surroundings, the Royal Suites offer an exclusive experience and a place of restful solace.

Emirates Suite 2 Bedroom Suite, Private pool


The Emirates Suite is set in a secluded spot away from the main part of the Resort, offering luxurious comfort and privacy in equal measures.

Emirates Suites each have two large bedrooms, with custom-made super king-size beds and handcrafted furnishings.  A spacious lounge incorporates a dining area and outside there is a courtyard and deck around the pool for alfresco dining and relaxation.

Residential quarters for your private staff and a kitchen of generous proportions allow a degree of autonomy away from the main Resort. The Emirates Suites provide a stylish haven to relax in the company of friends and family or for luxurious entertaining.

3 Bedroom Presidential Suite Private pool


The Presidential Suite is the finest of all Suites at Al Maha. This Suite has three large bedrooms, each with a custom-made super king-size bed, handcrafted furnishings, and an opulent bathroom.  This Suite is designed for guests who want to experience the ultimate in sophistication and personalized service.

The sound of gently running water from the decorative features in the inviting majlis creates a calming ambiance throughout, enhanced by the beautiful Arabian antiques and artifacts on display. With every luxury and extravagance catered for, including quarters for your own staff, the Presidential Suite is the perfect place to relax or entertain in splendor.

Dining at Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa

Once again, Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa is an all-inclusive resort. Your breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in your stay in the room for that day.

Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa has only one restaurant  Al Diwaan (International). Dine-in sophisticated style at the only signature Al Diwaan Fine Dining Restaurant, alfresco on the veranda with breathtaking views of the reserve.

I must say that the selection from the menu is wide and fantastic! Something for everyone with any options of any dietary restrictions.

Breakfast is served a la carte, with an option of a buffet.

Lunch is a 3-course menu, you get a choice of an appetizer, main, and a dessert.

Dinner is a 5-course menu. 2 of those courses are complimentary from the chef, and the other 3 you get to choose an item from an appetizer selection, main course, and dessert.

Other dining options are:

Deck Dining

Relax in the intimacy of a romantic meal, tailor-made exactly to your requirements, and served on your private deck outside your Suite. We will happily prepare any special meal requests that you may have.

Dune Dining

A magical experience of fine dining under the Arabian sky at night. The food and the ambiance, created by flame torches, Persian carpets, and starched white linen, combine to present you with breathtaking memories.

Activities at the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

There are many activities that you could do (without staying at Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa) at Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

These activities include:

Sunset Safari in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve with Soft drinks

Experiencing the real flavor of Dubai’s desert and Bedouin heritage means visiting a desert camp—not just hiring a car to drive past the dunes. This late afternoon-evening tour covers a wide range of desert activities, topped off with a 3-course buffet dinner in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. Enjoy an optional camel ride, a 4×4 dune drive, sandboarding, and falcon viewing, plus hotel pickup and drop-off, in a smooth, all-in-one trip.

Desert Conservation Wildlife Drive with Breakfast at Al Maha Desert Resort

Bedouin-camp dinner tours. This morning tour breaks convention, focusing on a wildlife safari in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve by Range Rover. Look for gazelle, oryx, and other rare species; learn about the dunes and flora and their part in Bedouin tradition, and finish with refreshments at the exclusive Al Maha resort.

Dubai Heritage Land Rover Desert Safari with Traditional Dinner & Entertainment

The desert around Dubai demands more than a passing look—it’s a place of beauty that showcases the UAE’s Bedouin heritage. This expedition does it justice with several touches not offered on standard tours, including a wildlife safari by vintage Land Rover, falconry display, bread- and coffee-making demos, and a multi-course, desert-camp dinner within a royalty-owned retreat.

Dubai Sunrise Camel Trek with Breakfast

Start your day with a camel ride across the sand dunes of the Dubai desert while taking in the sunrise on this half-day guided tour. Following that, enjoy a traditional Arabic-style breakfast of coffee, tea, dates, and other dried fruits at a Bedouin campsite before heading back to the city.

Evening Desert Safari

Experience the most craved adventure in the UAE. Dubai Desert Safari is an excellent opportunity to spend a wonderful time with your loved ones in the serene vastness of the Arabian desert. Be amazed by the untouched beauty of nature and amusing activities altogether. One of its own kind, Dubai Desert Safari is crowned as most favorite tourist activities in the United Arab Emirates. Thousands of tourists come from all around the world to enjoy this thrilling expedition. No doubt there are numerous Desert Safari operators in UAE and it is difficult to choose one, especially when booking online they just give a vague overview to trick people. But we make sure that what is promised is delivered so you have the best time in the magnificent Arabian desert with safety as the priority. After involving in exhilarating activities, experiencing a long gone Arab lifestyle at camp, feasting on mouth-watering dinner, and watching scintillating performances our team will drop you back.

Hot Air Balloon Ride over Dubai Desert, Breakfast, Falcons & 1950s Land Rover

Enjoy one of Dubai’s once-in-a-lifetime experiences with this sunrise hot air balloon flight, which comes complete with a falcon display and gourmet breakfast. Ride a hot air balloon over the desert as daylight breaks, watch for wildlife below, witness the rare spectacle of a falcon flying from the balloon, and finish with a desert reserve breakfast. Your experience is made extra smooth with convenient return Dubai hotel transfers.

Dubai Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner, Sand Boarding, Camel Ride & 3 live Shows

Dubai’s desert is a must-see, but a self-guided trip isn’t enough to fully grasp its beauty and culture. This tour lets you experience the desert every which way: on a dune drive, camel, and sandboard. Plus, enjoy a barbecue dinner at a traditional-style camp. The attractions list also includes souvenir photos, henna art, fire shows, and more, so you get an unadulterated desert experience—both traditional and modern.

Desert Safari With Quad Bike & Arabian Show With BBQ Dinner

Get your adrenaline pumping and learn about desert culture during this evening adventure from Dubai. Crash through the golden sands during a dune bashing session and quad bike ride. Then head to a desert camp where you can ride a camel, get a henna tattoo, watch live cultural performances, and feast on a delicious barbecue buffet dinner of local and international foods before heading back to Dubai.

Morning Dune Drive

Get your adrenaline pumping and learn about desert culture during this evening adventure from Dubai. Crash through the golden sands during a dune bashing session and quad bike ride. Then head to a desert camp where you can ride a camel, get a henna tattoo, watch live cultural performances, and feast on a delicious barbecue buffet dinner of local and international foods before heading back to Dubai.

Heritage Morning Falconry & Wildlife Desert Safari with transfers from Dubai

Experience the majesty of the UAE’s falcons and desert on this 5-hour tour from Dubai. Visit a desert retreat for a spectacular falconry display and try flying a falcon yourself as you learn about this ancient Bedouin practice. Afterward, take a wildlife drive through the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve in a vintage Land Rover, or upgrade to a plush Range Rover. Look for rare Arabian oryx, gazelle, and other species on the route, and finish with snacks and a camel ride. Numbers are limited to 16 for a more personalized experience.

Nature Walk 

Swap the city for the tranquility of the desert on a half-day safari into the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. Ride a 4WD vehicle with a guide who shares a vast knowledge of desert-dwelling wildlife like sand gazelles.

Platinum Luxury Desert Safari with Range Rovers and 6-Course Dinner in Cabana

Step up your experience of Dubai’s desert without the fuss of having to plan your own transportation or activities. With this deluxe tour, travel into the desert by Range Rover, enjoy a wildlife safari in Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, and savor a 6-course dinner at a private table in the sands. A falconry display, sunset camel ride, an optional upgrade to a private Range Rover make your experience extra special.

FIVE Jumeirah Village

Escape every day at FIVE Jumeirah Village, a dare-to-be different hotel that captures the glamour of new Dubai. Experience a chic penthouse lifestyle with 269 pools and Jacuzzi, lush green terraces, and a culinary and scene like no other.

Globe Trotting Memories

FIVE’s second hospitality and residential project, FIVE Jumeirah Village Dubai, is complete and opened in 2019. The luxury five-star tower features 247 hotel rooms and suites, 221 one and two-bedroom hotel apartments, and 33 four-bedroom hotel apartments, all with private pools.

The revolutionary design of the property, which was conceptualised in-house by FIVE, has been patented and registered as a trademark by FIVE in 168 countries, and has already won a string of industry accolades. Awards include: Leisure and Hospitality Project of the Year 2015 at the Middle East Architect Awards; the Tall Buildings category at the 2016 Architectural Review MIPIM; and Best International, New Hotel Construction & Design and Hotel Architecture, Dubai, at the 2016 International Property Awards.

Strategically located in close proximity to Dubai’s main arterial roads and a short drive from Dubai’s new Al Maktoum International Airport and Expo 2020 site, FIVE Jumeirah Village Dubai boasts excellent transport links across the city and beyond.

The revolutionary design of the property, which was conceptualized in-house by FIVE, has been patented and registered as a trademark by FIVE in 168 countries and has already won a string of industry accolades.

Awards include Leisure and Hospitality Project of the Year 2015 at the Middle East Architect Awards; the Tall Buildings category at the 2016 Architectural Review MIPIM; and Best International, New Hotel Construction & Design, and Hotel Architecture, Dubai, at the 2016 International Property Awards.

FIVE Jumeirah Village Dubai isn’t just another tower in Dubai’s skyline. Its visionary design allows for each apartment to incorporate a vast landscaped garden and private swimming pool – even at a staggering height of 800 ft.

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The mastermind behind this one-of-a-kind design is our CEO of Real Estate Development, Nabil Akiki. Nabil conceptualized a rotating design that features innovative and intelligent architecture to maximize natural daylight and create warm and welcoming spaces that simultaneously conserve energy.

The breathable architecture allows sunlight to shine through the core of the 60-story tower while a vertical micro-climate with over half a million sq. ft. of flora helps to naturally maintain the temperature.

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Each apartment benefits from a sweeping 200-degree view of the dazzling city of Dubai and a remarkable 7:1 greenery to land ratio. The 271 sky-high swimming pools accentuate the garden terraces, providing a sublime place to pause and enjoy the uninterrupted views of the skyline below.

Sleep at FIVE Jumeirah Village

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Superior with Balcony

Sleep in fashion and wake up in style with floor-to-ceiling windows, a private balcony, and a comfortable King bed. Generous in proportion and well-appointed, the perfect home away from home offering complimentary Wi-Fi, refreshments, and the latest in-room entertainment. 33 m2 | 356 ft2

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Superior Double with Balcony

Fashionable comes in pairs. Ideal for those traveling with friends or family, hallmark floor-to-ceiling windows, private balcony, and two Queen beds. Complete with complimentary Wi-Fi, the latest in-room entertainment, and luxe Rituals bathroom amenities. 36 m2 | 386 ft2

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Superior Sky with Balcony

Snug playground located on the higher floors of the tower. Fashionable floor-to-ceiling windows, balcony, comfortable king bed, and the latest in-room entertainment including complimentary Wi-Fi. Fantastic rooms with equally fantastic views. 36 m2 | 386 ft2

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Superior Sky Double with Balcony

You will feel you are at the top of the world. Boasting floor-to-ceiling windows, balcony, and two Queen beds. Fun and stylish, located only on the best floors of the tower ideal for sunset and sunrise spot. 36 m2 | 386 ft2

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Superior Interconnecting with Balcony

Opulent extra playground connecting two of our fashionable Superior rooms. Extend the fun, see double with two Queen beds and one King bed, two balconies, and two floating bathtubs. Complete with complimentary Wi-Fi, the latest in-room entertainment, and luxe Rituals bathroom amenities. 69 m2 | 742 ft2image.png

Master Suite Jacuzzi

Cosmopolitan jungle with lush outdoor terrace and your very own Jacuzzi. Floor-to-ceiling windows, spacious bathroom with relaxation area, connected living and bedroom area with a view on the theatrical high-rise outdoor terrace. 155 m2 | 1668 ft2

 

Globe Trotting Memories

 

1-Bed Jacuzzi

Sensuous hideout with separate living area and hallmark high-rise terrace with your very own Jacuzzi. Contemporary simplicity refined with decadent art and décor. We speak marble finishing, wooden veneer, and lush green jungle outdoor terrace. Complete with a separate dining and living area, complimentary internet, and the latest in-room entertainment. 155 m2 | 1668 ft2

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2-Bed Sky Villa with Private Pool

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Provocative luxurious, floor-to-ceiling windows, glittering skyline views, and a lush private pool. Modeled on a private residence, these stylish penthouse villas impress with cosseted living area, floor-to-ceiling windows, panoramic views, and your own private pool terrace. Complimentary internet and the latest in-room entertainment complete this stylish offering. 251 m2 | 2702 ft2

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4-Bed Sky Villa with Private Pool

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Designed with more than sleep in mind, a one-stop eat, drink, sleep, and party hub with a private pool. We’ve yet to meet the guest who books to just sit back and relax.

Host an intimate pool party on the 242 sq. meter private terrace or cater to family and friends in the living area. Complimentary internet and the latest in-room entertainment complete this stylish offering. 522 m2 | 5619 ft2

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Eat at FIVE Jumeirah Village

SOUL STREET (Bar, International) $$


Dubai’s most vibrant must-see dining experience. Bespoke cocktails, carefully crafted street food delights artistic masterpieces, on the heartbeat of experiential dining and the best parties in town. One is for sure, you are set to have a good time.

Turn Up – FIVE Jumeirah Village (International) $$

One For The Road (Cafe) $$

FIVE Palm Jumeirah

Dubbed the hottest hotel on Palm Jumeirah, FIVE Palm Jumeirah is a dare-to-be-different hotel that captures the glamour and vibe of Dubai. Set against a breathtaking backdrop of the beach and Dubai Marina skyline, this lifestyle hotel boasts 470 luxurious rooms and suites with ocean or city views.

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The resort is a party and culinary hot spot with a range of restaurants, bars, and a nightclub, inviting a new experience every day. Whether you are looking for a gourmet dining experience or want to dance the night away, our resort creates laid back or high energy choices from breakfast to the early hours as you design your stay.

ACCOMMODATION at FIVE Palm Jumeirah

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SUPERIOR ROOM

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Watch the sunset over the Dubai city skyline from your own private balcony. The superior rooms feature a king-size bed, high-speed internet, complimentary refreshments, balcony, and city views.

38 m2 | 409 ft2

SUPERIOR TWIN ROOM

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For those who want to share their experience in style. Boasting superior city views, twin beds, high-speed internet, and complimentary refreshments.

38 m2 | 409 ft2

SUPERIOR DOUBLE QUEEN ROOM

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Luxurious and tastefully designed superior rooms offer a comfortable and stylish stay. Whether you’re traveling with family or friends, this double room has plenty of space for everyone

38  m2 / 409 ft2

 

 

SUPERIOR SEA VIEW

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Welcome the sunrise sea views of Dubai city skyline. King size bed, private balcony, high-speed internet, and complimentary refreshments.

38 m2 | 409 ft2

LUXE SEA VIEW

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For a luxurious getaway including a king-size bed, high-speed internet, and complimentary refreshments. Plus, incredible views of the Arabian Gulf, Dubai Marina, and the Dubai Eye. Sundowners on the balcony?

38 m2 | 409 ft2

 

LUXE SEA VIEW DOUBLE QUEEN ROOM

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You can share the amazing sea view, but you don’t have to share the bed. In fact, you get two double queen-size beds to totally relax in your own space and comfort, high-speed internet, and complimentary refreshments.

38 m2 | 409 ft2

 

 

JUNIOR SUITE

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Up to 82 sq m of extra living space creates an airy and relaxing ambiance. The suite boasts full-length windows with fantastic views, a wonderfully comfortable king-size bed, a walk-in closet, and a private balcony with views of the Dubai city skyline.

55 m2 | 592 ft2

 

JUNIOR SEA VIEW SUITE

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Up to 55 sq m of pure indulgence and comfort, featuring full-length windows, fantastic views from your private balcony, a wonderfully comfortable king-size bed, walk-in closet, high-speed internet, and complimentary refreshments.

55 m2 | 592 ft2

 

LUXE ONE BEDROOM SUITE

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Up to 129 sq m extra living space, one private bedroom, glamourous walk-in closet, separate bathroom, and a living area. The ultimate luxurious home away from home.

80 m2 | 861 ft2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LUXE TWO BEDROOM SUITE

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For parties of up to 5 adults, our two-bedroom suites are located on the top four floors of the hotel boasting stunning marina and ocean sunset views. On 163 sq m, this suite features a fully fitted kitchen, a separate dining room, and a luxurious bathroom with a free-standing bathtub. Making it ideal for family and friends who want to indulge in style.

125 m2 | 1345 ft2

 

 

 

 

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LUXE TWO BEDROOM SUITE WITH PRIVATE POOL


Watch the sunset as you relax in the private pool facing the Arabian Gulf on the expansive terrace. Spacious Luxe Two bedroom suite offers a comfortable and stylish stay, separate living area, and kitchen.

175 m2 | 1884 ft2

FOUR BEDROOM SUITE WITH PRIVATE POOL

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Set against the breathtaking backdrop of the beach and Marina skyline, this four-bedroom suite is ideal for large groups of friends and families. This stylishly appointed duplex suite sleeps up to 8 adults. Located on the ground floor with an expansive private terrace complete with a private swimming pool, jacuzzi, sunbeds, and an outdoor rain shower. Once inside, guests can enjoy four stylish double bedrooms with three en suite bathrooms, personalized amenities, and convenient access to FIVE Palm Jumeirah’s culinary hot spots, private beach, and lively social pool. What more could you ask for?

250  m2 | 2691 ft2

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THREE BEDROOM RESIDENCE


Our residences are the ultimate fun living opportunity in Dubai. A relaxing fully equipped home with convenient access to all the vibrancy and facilities of a world-class hotel.

270 m2 | 2906 ft2

THREE BEDROOM RESIDENCE WITH PRIVATE POOL


It doesn’t get much more luxurious than our 451.95 sq. m, three-bedroom residence, which comes complete with a stunning 224.85 sq. m terrace and 10-meter private pool.

Located in the hottest hotel on Palm Jumeirah, Residences at FIVE Palm Jumeirah is a 451.95 sq. m, three-bedroom residence set in the heart of a five-star lifestyle resort.
With breathtaking views from a 224.85 sq. m terrace alongside a 10-meter private pool, and access to the private beach. Enjoy convenient access to the FIVE Palm Jumeirah’s culinary hot spots, lively social pool, and kids club.

451 m2 | 4864 ft2

THREE BEDROOM TOWNHOUSE WITH PRIVATE POOL


Our 593.64 sq. m, three-bedroom ground floor townhouse features a stunning 316.92 sq. m outdoor area with 10-meter private pool, garden, and direct access to the private beach.

Located in the hottest hotel on Palm Jumeirah, Residences at FIVE Palm Jumeirah is a 593.64 sq. m, three-bedroom townhouse set in the heart of a five-star lifestyle resort.

Set on the ground floor with breathtaking views of the Marina skyline from a 316.92 sq. m balcony alongside a 10-meter private pool, garden, and direct access to the private beach. Enjoy convenient access to the FIVE Palm Jumeirah’s culinary hot spots, lively social pool, and kids club.

593 m2 | 6383 ft2

FOUR BEDROOM PENTHOUSE WITH PRIVATE POOL


Our stunning four-bedroom private residence offers a luxurious getaway with 770 sq. m private terrace complete with a 10-meter pool. What are you waiting for?

Looking for something extra special? Look no further than this stunning four-bedroom private residences set in the heart of our glamorous five-star resort. Set against the backdrop of the Dubai Marina skyline, this four-bedroom private residence offers a luxurious getaway with 770 sq. m private terrace complete with a 10-meter pool, and convenient access to FIVE Palm Jumeirah’s culinary hot spots, private beach, and lively social pool. What more could you ask for?

1200 m2 | 12917 ft2

DINE, DRINK, DANCE & RELAX at FIVE Palm Jumeirah

BEACH BY FIVE (Everyday Dining) $$


Far from your average hotel beach. Spanning 150 meters, Beach by FIVE will keep you entertained throughout the day. Take a dip in the sea, jump on board one of the many watersports’ activities, or head to the Insta-famous ‘chandelier-topped’ swimming pool.

The Penthouse at Five Palm Jumeirah Dubai (Japanese, bar) $$$


Our lively rooftop day club and nightclub offer spectacular views of the stunning Dubai skyline and some of the best parties in town. Dine on modern Japanese food and dance the night away at our award-winning Tuesday ladies night; our flagship house night Skyline Thursdays; and much more.

The Penthouse Dubai is the #1 open-air rooftop restaurant in Dubai, located on the 16th floor offering spectacular views of the stunning Dubai skyline. Featuring two glass-lined swimming pools, guests can enjoy the sunset overlooking the Palm.

MAIDEN SHANGHAI (Chinese) $$$$


Our contemporary, gourmet MSG-free Chinese restaurant revitalizes culinary tradition by drawing flavors from Cantonese, Sichuan, Shanghai, and Beijing influences. Start the weekend early at Crazy Rich Ladies night every Wednesday or join in the fun at the award-winning Dim Sum Disco brunch with Candypants every Friday.

CINQUE (Italian) $$$$


Craving an authentic Italian experience? Starring a sharing-style menu created by Giuseppe Pezzella and inspired by flavors from Italy’s Amalfi Coast, our fun-dining ristorante and bar is ideal for large groups of friends and family. Don’t miss out on our Monday ladies’ night and Saturday Brunch Club.

BLVD ON ONE (Everyday Dining) $$$


Our all-day dining restaurant is the ideal destination no matter what the time of the day. Serving delicious buffet breakfasts during the morning, tempting poolside lunches throughout the afternoon, and fun themed buffet evenings, there’s something for everyone at this lively brassiere.

PRAIA Dubai (Japanese, Bar) $$


Our outdoor beachside restaurant and lounge overlook Beach by FIVE and the famed Dubai Marina skyline. Serving Mediterranean tapas as well as your fave cocktails, shisha, and the award-winning Secret Parties Ladies Day every Thursday, Praia was designed to be enjoyed with friends.

THE DELISSERIE (Cafe) $$


Our 24-hour café is the ideal spot for a quick meeting, bite to eat, or takeout. The diverse menu changes as the day unfold. Tuck into our delicious breakfasts (including a dedicated vegan menu!), wood fire pizzas, freshly prepared salads, sweet treats, and much more.

ROAR (Bar) $$


Welcome to ROAR, Dubai’s first crafted cocktail bar. Dive into a depth of flavor with our handcrafted cocktails and discover what makes us different.

ABOVE 21 (bar) $$$$


Featuring a multitude of award-winning whiskeys and cigars with sunset views across the Dubai Marina skyline, Above 21 is set to become a hot spot for Dubai’s whiskey and cigar connoisseurs.

Spa at FIVE Palm Jumeirah

REFIVE SPA


Reinvigorate your senses and energy levels at REFIVE Spa & Recharge. Enjoy a range of relaxing treatments from Barcelona’s award-winning skincare brand Natura Bissé or Canadian corrective skincare specialist Nelly De Vuyst; relax in a traditional Moroccan hammam; or try a dedicated yoga class with our in-house yogi.

Best Restaurants in Dubai

The total number of operational restaurants and cafes in the Emirate of Dubai has reached 11,813 at the end of 2018, according to a report issued by the Business Registration and Licensing, a sector in the Department of Economic Development  Dubai.

This being said, the count of cafes and restaurants continues to grow.

There are too many amazing restaurants that have not yet been recognized by Michelin. However, a lot of Michelin chefs have opened many restaurants in Dubai.

P.S. Don’t forget about utilizing the ENTERTAINER APP in Dubai! 2 for 1 main course available at half of these restaurants.

Torno Subito DUBAI (Italian) (Michelin)* $$$$

Torno Subito is an Italian restaurant located at the W Dubai, the Palm.

Rhodes W1 (European, British) (Michelin)* $$$$

Rhodes W1 is a British cuisine located at the Grosvenor House, a Luxury Collection Hotel in Dubai Marina

Arabian Tea House Restaurant & Cafe (Middle Eastern) $$

Arabian Tea House is a traditional Middle Eastern cuisine located at the Old Town, Dubai

SIKKA Cafe Lamer (Indian, Persian) $$

SIKKA Cafe is an Arabian, Persian & Middle Eastern cafe located at the La Mer

PLAY Restaurant & Lounge (Japanese) $$$$

PLAY Restaurant & Lounge is a Mediterranean & Asian cuisine restaurant located at The H Hotel

BB Social Dining (Japanese, Asian) $$$

BB Social Dining is a mix of Asian, with mainly Japanese influence restaurant, located at DIFC