Dubai Holidays

Your Dubai holiday

There is archaeological evidence of life in Dubai dating back several thousand years. However, very few documents predate the series of European empires that occupied the territory from the late 18th century.

Britain was the most influential foreign power in Dubai during this period, and in 1892 formalised Dubai’s status as a British protectorate. The tax-free model, which remains a pillar of economic policy today, was introduced a few years later and Dubai quickly developed into an important port for international trade.

The turbulent global economy between the two World Wars hit Dubai’s lucrative pearling industry and trade partnerships hard. Increased social unrest threatened to bring down the Al-Maktoum dynasty that had ruled since 1833.

However, the discovery of oil in 1966, and the formation of the independent United Arab Emirates in 1971, launched an era of breathtaking expansion and modernisation.

Today, dwindling supplies of the black gold have shifted development projects to the commercial and tourism sectors, with visionary ruler Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum determined to make Dubai a world leader in every sense.

Spectacular, ostentatious, mind-blowing: these are just some of the ways to describe typical Dubai holidays. Indulge in the brazen luxury and VIP entertainment of the world’s most extravagant resorts, set on the sun-soaked Persian Gulf coast. Whether you are looking for retail therapy, spa treatment, or fine cuisine, this is a place to pamper yourself.

Record-breaking constructions are popping up all the time, so find a flight to Dubai and explore this man-made miracle in the Arabian Desert.

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Atlantis The Palm

5 stars
4.6 / 5 60 reviews
Majestic, landmark hotel on Dubai's famous Palm IslandPositioned like a jewel in a priceless setting, Atlantis The Palm is the glittering centerpoint of The Palm Island, a man-made island noted for its scale and distinction. Voted as the best visitor attraction at the Best in Dubai Awards 2009, the hotel is a paragon of luxury. The resort covers over 113 acres, with over 1,500 rooms. Major on-site attractions include a 42-acre water-themed amusement park, an undersea city and a sizable lagoon. Atlantis The Palm boasts rich, welcoming decor that contains design elements evoking the sea and its treasures. HighlightsSituated on The Palm Island, Dubai's famous man-made islandResort covers over 113 acres42-acre water-themed amusement park RoomsAtlantis The Palm boasts a distinct aquatic theme throughout the hotel, and the guest rooms are no exception. Every room has touches of the sea in its decor and details, from a bowl of seashells on an accent table, to a depiction of coral on drapery. Room colors pick up the sea theme, with sea-foam colored chairs, blue window borders and sandy tones on the walls and carpets.Super suites are the ultimate in luxury, with lavishly designed interiors and impeccable service. The Lost Chambers Suites feature views directly into the underwater world of the resort's lagoon. DiningDining options abound at Atlantis The Palm. Award-winning restaurant Nobu is the creation of renowned chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa. Designed with variations of silver and pearl, Ossiano is an underwater fine dining experience. Casual dining ranges from a stylish coffee house in the main lobby to Saffron, an Asian-inspired restaurant with 20 theatrical cooking stations. The newly refurbished Imperial Club Lounge offers light snacks and afternoon tea. RecreationAtlantis The Palm is known for its marine and waterpark options. Adults and children can swim with dolphins, view an underwater city, learn scuba diving (fees apply) and feed Cownose Rays at Shark Lagoon. Aquaventure, the resort's waterpark, features river rides, water slides, private beach, and themed rides like The Tower of Neptune, The Leap of Faith, and Tower of Poseidon.The spa at Atlantis The Palm offers an array of relaxing services, from facials and aromatherapy to massages and other body treatments. TransportationDubai International Airport (21 mi/35 km) Nearby attractionsDubai Marina (3.5 mi/5.6 km)Jumeirah Beach (7.2 mi/11.7 km)Dubai International Convention Centre (12.5 mi/20 km)Bur Dubai (14.4 mi/23.2 km)Dubai Museum (14.5 mi/23.4 km)Creek Golf and Yacht Club (15.6 mi/25.2 km) BusinessBusiness centerMeeting roomsHigh-speed Internet (fees apply) Policies and feesPlease be informed that there is a compulsory New Year's Eve Gala Dinner for all reservations over 31 December 2013 at an additional charge.
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Gloria Hotel and Apartments

4 stars
4.2 / 5 5 reviews
Gloria Hotel Media City Dubai is a Suites and Deluxe Apartment Hotel suitable for both long and short stays. Located on Sheikh Zayed Road, Gloria Hotel has 1010 elegantly designed one and two bedroom suites and deluxe hotel apartments in four styles Modern, Classic, Mediterranean, and Californian. Each with own private terrace, pantry ,lounge and dining room They have a range of one and two bedroom suites for short stays as well as deluxe hotel apartments for your long stay requirement in four various styles of furnishing which make it a real home from home. All come with internet access and covered car parking. Each suite includes a private terrace with spectacular views over Dubai together with your own pantry and lounge with dining area. Suites offer you all the privacy and comfort of your own home.
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Tamani Marina Hotel and Hotel Apartments

5 stars
3.2 / 5 45 reviews
Stylish, all-suite hotel makes a distinctive mark on the Dubai skylineTamani Hotel Marina has the distinction of being the tallest all-suites hotel in Dubai. Located in the middle of the commercial business hub of Dubai Marina, the hotel soars within the city's landscape, with 55 floors of rooms, restaurants and meeting rooms. Tamani Hotel Marina's tower is the epitome of stylish, modern architecture, wrapped in glass and steel. An outdoor infinity pool deck lets guests take in views of the city and Arabian Gulf. Located on the Dubai Marina, the hotel offers guests a short walk to the marina's promenade and yacht club. Tallest all-suites hotel in DubaiLocated near Dubai MarinaOutdoor infinity pool Guests at Tamani Hotel Marina are close to the marina's yacht club and promenade. Nearby are popular Dubai attractions like Jumeirah Souk, Emirates Golf Club, Mall of the Emirates and Dubai Internet City. Tamani Hotel Marina features 245 elegantly designed, spacious suites that offer two, three or four bedrooms. The rooms boast distinctive details, like Islamic and contemporary art pieces, lush fabrics and comfortable furnishings. Each suite provides a balcony or terrace, bathrobe, CD player, DVD player, Internet access (fees apply), in-room safe, coffee maker and washing machine. Rooms include fully-equipped kitchens, including dishwashers, microwaves and refrigerators. A dining area for up to six people is included, as well as a maid's room with separate shower.Tamani Hotel Marina offers dedicated ladies floors, served by female butlers. A luxurious, spacious lobby welcomes guests to the Tamani Hotel Marina experience. On-site restaurant Nar and Hail provides guests with a range of Arabic and Mediterranean specialty dishes, such as the traditional milk-fed braised lamb. The menu changes daily according to seasonal variations. Tamani Hotel Marina recently launched an initiative to promote health and fun for children, called "Kids Friendly." As part of the program, the hotel began offering free swimming lessons to children at designated times. Kids also receive free, healthy and tasty meals in the hotel's restaurants. Dubai International Airport (6.2 mi/10 km)Complimentary shuttle to major malls in the area Dubai Marina (1 mi/1.6 km)Jumeirah Beach (7.4 mi/12.0 km)Dubai International Convention Centre (12.6 mi/20.3 km)Bur Dubai (14.8 mi/23.9 km)Dubai Museum (15 mi/24.1 km)Creek Golf and Yacht Club (15.7 mi/25.3 km) 24-hour business centerMeeting rooms
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Coral Al Khoory Hotel Apartments

4 stars
4.1 / 5 7 reviews
Coral Al Khoory Hotel Apartments boasts an unbeatable location in the hub of new Dubai, just 30 minutes from Dubai International Airport, 10 minutes from the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, 10 minutes distance from the Burj Khalifa, tallest building in world and walking distance from Sharaf DG Metro Station and the famous Mall of the Emirates & Ski Dubai. Featuring a comprehensive range of distinctive facilities and services it is the perfect accommodation for short & long stay business travellers as well as shoppers and families exploring Dubai at leisure. PLEASE NOTE: Due to construction that is going on within the vicinity, there might be some noise and disturbance during your stay which is unavoidable. We appreciate your kind understanding and apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
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Abidos Hotel Apartment Al Barsha

4 stars
4.1 / 5 21 reviews
The newly-opened Abidos Hotel Apartment Al Barsha, Dubai was formally known as Corp Executive Hotel Apartments Al Barsha, resonates with a modern and sleek look. With imaginative and engaging spaces, it has been designed to appeal to both business and leisure travelers. The deluxe hotel is centrally located in the heart of New Dubai within walking distance of the Mall of the Emirates and the Al Barsha Metro station. Just round the corner, the energy of a beautiful and bustling neighborhood awaits you. The hotel offers No Smoking Policy.
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Al Qasr Madinat Jumeirah

5 stars
5.0 / 5 1 reviews
Luxury oceanfront Dubai hotel with spacious rooms fit for a sheikAl Qasr means 'The Palace' and Al Qasr Madinat Jumeirah is the crown jewel of the Madinat Jumeirah resort. Al Qasr Madinat Jumeirah sits high on a hill in Dubai and is surrounded by water, sitting as a virtual island looking down on ancient wind towers, pools and a breathtaking private beach. From the grounds to the rooms and suites, the resort is simply breathtaking – a tribute to age-old architectural styles of majestic elegance. Al Qasr Madinat Jumeirah was the winner of ‘Middle East’s Leading Luxury Resort' at the World Travel Awards in 2010. Winner of ‘Middle East’s Leading Luxury Resort' at the World Travel Awards in 2010Located on a stunning private beachPart of the high luxury Madinat Jumeirah resortFree access to Wild Wadi Water Park The ample guest rooms at Al Qasr Madinat Jumeirah are all at least 180 square feet and are furnished in traditional majestic Arabian styles. All rooms feature either a king-size bed or twin beds, luxury bathroom and a balcony that overlooks the breathtaking Arabian Gulf.There are 11 different varieties of rooms and suites at the Al Qasr Madinat Jumeirah, ranging from the Arabian Deluxe Room to the Royal Suite. All rooms and suites have a private dressing area, free Internet access, luxurious bathrooms with a large bath and walk-in rain shower, antique furnishings and lounge seating area. There are 40 restaurants, cafes and bars within the resort itself. Those located at Al Qasr itself include the tent on the beach Khaymat Al Bahar, all-day international buffet restaurant Arboretum, Zeng He’s modern Chinese restaurant, Al Hambra Spanish restaurant, Thai restaurant Pai Thai, MJ’s steakhouse and Pierchic seafood restaurant, which is located at the end of a long pier. Al Qasr Madinat Jumeirah has one of the largest swimming pools in the Arabian Gulf, staffed by lifeguards throughout the day. For real luxury, guests visiting the pool can expect fresh cucumber slices to cool their eyes, along with fruit kebabs, lollies and cool drinks – all for free. The Quay Healthclub offers fitness classes to suit all levels, in addition to an extensive gym housing the very latest in cardiovascular and resistance health technology. The 25m indoor lap pool is temperature controlled and is surrounded by large windows overlooking waterways. Dubai International Airport (25 mi/40 km) Dubai Media City (1 mi/2 km)Wild Wadi Waterpark (0.1 mi/2 km)Burj Al Arab (0.1 mi/2 km)Dubai Museum (6 mi/11 km)Dubai Opera House (7 mi/12 km) Meeting spaces availableAudio-visual equipment availableFree Internet access
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Ramada Chelsea Al Barsha

3 stars
3.5 / 5 4 reviews
The Hotel provides all the amenities you would expect from a leading four star Hotel, yet offering that personal touch. All rooms are equipped with latest LCD televisions and all day Arabic dining, high speed internet access for a fee - 30 min - AED 15, 1 Hour - AED 25, 1 Day - AED 55, 3 Days - AED 80, 1 Week - AED 115 and 1 Month - AED 225, tea/coffee makers and 24 hour room service. Our Hotel has 5 restaurants -All Day Dining, Chinese, Indian, Arabic and a Sports Bar, to cater to all tastes and varied cuisine. The Hotel is conveniently located minutes away from one of the busiest Metro Station. Walking distance to Mall of the Emirates one of the busiest shopping Mall and Ski Dubai. Business travelers have easy access to Dubai Media City, Internet City, Jebel Ali Free Zone. Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates, is only 45 minutes drive away from the Hotel.
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Dar Al Masyaf Madinat Jumeirah

5 stars
4.9 / 5 8 reviews
Exclusive Dubai luxury houses with private swimming poolsDar Al Masyaf means “summer house,” and visitors to the exclusive Dar Al Masyaf Madinat Jumeirah will feel as though they’re staying at their very own private hideaway. Guests can have their pick of 29 private or shared houses, many with their own private swimming pools. The hotel’s rooms and suites are arranged in the style of traditional Arabian summer courtyard houses. Warm breezes greet visitors in traditional courtyards, while the lush oversized rooms and suites offer private balconies with views of the passing water taxis. 29 private or shared private housesPrivate butler servicePre-dinner drinks in the Majlis of each individual house nightlyYoga classes, wellness center and more at on-site Talise Spa Dar Al Masyaf Madinat Jumeirah offers two house types, each offering guest rooms and suites. The Dar Al Masyaf Gulf summer houses offer access to the beach and can be configured to accommodate one to three guest rooms, making them ideal for groups of families.With views of the lush gardens or meandering waterways, the Arabian Deluxe Rooms afford guests a picturesque setting from the ground floor of the summer houses. The Arabian Suites, located on the first floor of the Arabian Summer Houses, offer views across the waterways and green landscapes.  Arabian Deluxe Rooms and Suites come with large bedroom furnished with authentic Arabian furnishings, lounge seating area, marble bathroom with walk-in rain shower and bathtub, gorgeous wide terrace and exclusive butler service. All guests receive free Internet access and entry to the Wild Wadi Water Park. Pre-dinner drinks in the “Majlis” (gathering places) of each individual house are served nightly. The on-site Talise Spa boasts an impressive collection of relaxing and pampering spa treatments provided in a tranquil, relaxing and luxurious environment. Offerings include yoga classes, an integrated wellness center, colonic irrigations, health programs and much more. Dubai International Airport (25 mi/40 km)Free shuttles are available to local shopping malls Dubai Media City (1 mi/2 km)Wild Wadi Waterpark (0.1 mi/2 km)Burj Al Arab (0.1 mi/2 km)Al Safa (1 mi/2 km)Dubai Internet City (3 mi/6 km) Meeting spaces availableAudio-visual equipment availableFree Wi-Fi
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Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa

5 stars
4.7 / 5 3 reviews
Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa is a Polynesian themed resort comprising 361 rooms and suites and 182 serviced apartments ideally located. The luxury beachside hotel offers a large variety of dining options with 14 restaurants and lounges. Thewide array of leisure facilities includes a So Fit health club So Spa tennis courts a private beach and entertainment activities for families. The 5-star resort also features banqueting and events facilities for up to 500 people.
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Arabian Courtyard Hotel and Spa

4 stars
4.1 / 5 65 reviews
Elegant hotel with traditional Arabic decor, close to Dubai airport Arabian Courtyard Hotel and Spa welcomes guests with elegant furnishings and traditional Arabic decor. Relaxation is available anytime in the hotel's spa, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. Business travelers appreciate the numerous business-friendly amenities at Arabian Courtyard Hotel and Spa, including a business center and meeting rooms. Shopping and dining options abound, thanks to Arabian Courtyard Hotel and Spa's location in old Dubai, across from Dubai Museum. Highlights Across from Dubai MuseumTraditional Arabic decorClose to numerous Dubai attractions, shopping and dining Rooms Arabian Courtyard Hotel and Spa rooms feature elegant, beautifully crafted furniture reflecting the craftsmanship of Arabic designers. Dark wood accents reflect the heritage of the region, and colors based on sand, sky and ocean portray three elements prevalent on the Arabian Peninsula.   Standard rooms offer free wired Internet access, coffee maker, work desk and mini-bar. Executive room guests get free access to Club Lounge, which serves a complimentary breakfast buffet, all-day tea and coffee and evening canapes. Family rooms boast space for up to four guests, with a connecting lounge. FeaturesGuests enjoy an array of culinary options on-site at Arabian Courtyard Hotel and Spa. Mumtaz Mahal Indian Specialty is open for lunch and dinner six days per week, and offers live classical music and distinctive Indian cuisine. For Chinese and Thai specialties, guests opt for Silk Route Asian Cuisine. Pub fare can be had at Sherlock Homes English Pub, a casual bar and restaurant with TVs that play sporting events. The 24-hour Ahlan Lounge offers snacks and Starbucks coffee.   Arabian Courtyard Hotel and Spa boasts a range of wellness services and fitness choices. Guests relax in the outdoor swimming pools, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room or indulge in relaxing wellness spa treatments. The gym features cardio machines, treadmills and free weights.   Arabian Courtyard Hotel and Spa is immersed in the city's history, thanks to the hotel's location. Across the street is the Dubai Museum and the city's largest mosque, the Jumeirah Mosque, is nearby. TransportationDubai International Airport ( 3.73 mi/6 km) Attractions Dubai Museum (0.0 mi/0.1 km)Bur Dubai (0.2 mi/0.3 km)Creek Golf and Yacht Club (1.0 mi/3.1 km)Dubai International Convention Centre (2.7 mi/4.4 km)Jumeirah Beach (7.6 mi/12.2 km)Dubai Marina (15.9 mi/25.6 km) Business Business centerMeeting rooms
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Atlantis The Palm

5 stars
4.6 / 5 60 reviews
Majestic, landmark hotel on Dubai's famous Palm IslandPositioned like a jewel in a priceless setting, Atlantis The Palm is the glittering centerpoint of The Palm Island, a man-made island noted for its scale and distinction. Voted as the best visitor attraction at the Best in Dubai Awards 2009, the hotel is a paragon of luxury. The resort covers over 113 acres, with over 1,500 rooms. Major on-site attractions include a 42-acre water-themed amusement park, an undersea city and a sizable lagoon. Atlantis The Palm boasts rich, welcoming decor that contains design elements evoking the sea and its treasures. HighlightsSituated on The Palm Island, Dubai's famous man-made islandResort covers over 113 acres42-acre water-themed amusement park RoomsAtlantis The Palm boasts a distinct aquatic theme throughout the hotel, and the guest rooms are no exception. Every room has touches of the sea in its decor and details, from a bowl of seashells on an accent table, to a depiction of coral on drapery. Room colors pick up the sea theme, with sea-foam colored chairs, blue window borders and sandy tones on the walls and carpets.Super suites are the ultimate in luxury, with lavishly designed interiors and impeccable service. The Lost Chambers Suites feature views directly into the underwater world of the resort's lagoon. DiningDining options abound at Atlantis The Palm. Award-winning restaurant Nobu is the creation of renowned chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa. Designed with variations of silver and pearl, Ossiano is an underwater fine dining experience. Casual dining ranges from a stylish coffee house in the main lobby to Saffron, an Asian-inspired restaurant with 20 theatrical cooking stations. The newly refurbished Imperial Club Lounge offers light snacks and afternoon tea. RecreationAtlantis The Palm is known for its marine and waterpark options. Adults and children can swim with dolphins, view an underwater city, learn scuba diving (fees apply) and feed Cownose Rays at Shark Lagoon. Aquaventure, the resort's waterpark, features river rides, water slides, private beach, and themed rides like The Tower of Neptune, The Leap of Faith, and Tower of Poseidon.The spa at Atlantis The Palm offers an array of relaxing services, from facials and aromatherapy to massages and other body treatments. TransportationDubai International Airport (21 mi/35 km) Nearby attractionsDubai Marina (3.5 mi/5.6 km)Jumeirah Beach (7.2 mi/11.7 km)Dubai International Convention Centre (12.5 mi/20 km)Bur Dubai (14.4 mi/23.2 km)Dubai Museum (14.5 mi/23.4 km)Creek Golf and Yacht Club (15.6 mi/25.2 km) BusinessBusiness centerMeeting roomsHigh-speed Internet (fees apply) Policies and feesPlease be informed that there is a compulsory New Year's Eve Gala Dinner for all reservations over 31 December 2013 at an additional charge.
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Gloria Hotel and Apartments

4 stars
4.2 / 5 5 reviews
Gloria Hotel Media City Dubai is a Suites and Deluxe Apartment Hotel suitable for both long and short stays. Located on Sheikh Zayed Road, Gloria Hotel has 1010 elegantly designed one and two bedroom suites and deluxe hotel apartments in four styles Modern, Classic, Mediterranean, and Californian. Each with own private terrace, pantry ,lounge and dining room They have a range of one and two bedroom suites for short stays as well as deluxe hotel apartments for your long stay requirement in four various styles of furnishing which make it a real home from home. All come with internet access and covered car parking. Each suite includes a private terrace with spectacular views over Dubai together with your own pantry and lounge with dining area. Suites offer you all the privacy and comfort of your own home.
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Tamani Marina Hotel and Hotel Apartments

5 stars
3.2 / 5 45 reviews
Stylish, all-suite hotel makes a distinctive mark on the Dubai skylineTamani Hotel Marina has the distinction of being the tallest all-suites hotel in Dubai. Located in the middle of the commercial business hub of Dubai Marina, the hotel soars within the city's landscape, with 55 floors of rooms, restaurants and meeting rooms. Tamani Hotel Marina's tower is the epitome of stylish, modern architecture, wrapped in glass and steel. An outdoor infinity pool deck lets guests take in views of the city and Arabian Gulf. Located on the Dubai Marina, the hotel offers guests a short walk to the marina's promenade and yacht club. Tallest all-suites hotel in DubaiLocated near Dubai MarinaOutdoor infinity pool Guests at Tamani Hotel Marina are close to the marina's yacht club and promenade. Nearby are popular Dubai attractions like Jumeirah Souk, Emirates Golf Club, Mall of the Emirates and Dubai Internet City. Tamani Hotel Marina features 245 elegantly designed, spacious suites that offer two, three or four bedrooms. The rooms boast distinctive details, like Islamic and contemporary art pieces, lush fabrics and comfortable furnishings. Each suite provides a balcony or terrace, bathrobe, CD player, DVD player, Internet access (fees apply), in-room safe, coffee maker and washing machine. Rooms include fully-equipped kitchens, including dishwashers, microwaves and refrigerators. A dining area for up to six people is included, as well as a maid's room with separate shower.Tamani Hotel Marina offers dedicated ladies floors, served by female butlers. A luxurious, spacious lobby welcomes guests to the Tamani Hotel Marina experience. On-site restaurant Nar and Hail provides guests with a range of Arabic and Mediterranean specialty dishes, such as the traditional milk-fed braised lamb. The menu changes daily according to seasonal variations. Tamani Hotel Marina recently launched an initiative to promote health and fun for children, called "Kids Friendly." As part of the program, the hotel began offering free swimming lessons to children at designated times. Kids also receive free, healthy and tasty meals in the hotel's restaurants. Dubai International Airport (6.2 mi/10 km)Complimentary shuttle to major malls in the area Dubai Marina (1 mi/1.6 km)Jumeirah Beach (7.4 mi/12.0 km)Dubai International Convention Centre (12.6 mi/20.3 km)Bur Dubai (14.8 mi/23.9 km)Dubai Museum (15 mi/24.1 km)Creek Golf and Yacht Club (15.7 mi/25.3 km) 24-hour business centerMeeting rooms
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Coral Al Khoory Hotel Apartments

4 stars
4.1 / 5 7 reviews
Coral Al Khoory Hotel Apartments boasts an unbeatable location in the hub of new Dubai, just 30 minutes from Dubai International Airport, 10 minutes from the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, 10 minutes distance from the Burj Khalifa, tallest building in world and walking distance from Sharaf DG Metro Station and the famous Mall of the Emirates & Ski Dubai. Featuring a comprehensive range of distinctive facilities and services it is the perfect accommodation for short & long stay business travellers as well as shoppers and families exploring Dubai at leisure. PLEASE NOTE: Due to construction that is going on within the vicinity, there might be some noise and disturbance during your stay which is unavoidable. We appreciate your kind understanding and apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
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Abidos Hotel Apartment Al Barsha

4 stars
4.1 / 5 21 reviews
The newly-opened Abidos Hotel Apartment Al Barsha, Dubai was formally known as Corp Executive Hotel Apartments Al Barsha, resonates with a modern and sleek look. With imaginative and engaging spaces, it has been designed to appeal to both business and leisure travelers. The deluxe hotel is centrally located in the heart of New Dubai within walking distance of the Mall of the Emirates and the Al Barsha Metro station. Just round the corner, the energy of a beautiful and bustling neighborhood awaits you. The hotel offers No Smoking Policy.
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Flights to Dubai

Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip fares
London Dubai Tue, 10 Jun - Mon, 23 Jun £290
Birmingham Dubai Fri, 6 Jun - Sun, 15 Jun £302
Manchester Dubai Sat, 31 May - Sun, 15 Jun £298
Newcastle Upon Tyne Dubai Tue, 27 May - Tue, 3 Jun £325
Glasgow Dubai Mon, 5 May - Tue, 13 May £323
Edinburgh Dubai Fri, 16 May - Tue, 20 May £323
Aberdeen Dubai Wed, 14 May - Wed, 21 May £357
Riyadh Dubai Mon, 28 Apr - Thu, 1 May £127
Cairo Dubai Mon, 5 May - Fri, 9 May £166
Geneva Dubai Tue, 22 Apr - Sun, 27 Apr £383
Liverpool Dubai Sun, 27 Apr - Sun, 4 May Check rates
Dublin Dubai Thu, 29 May - Thu, 5 Jun £367
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Best time to take a holiday to Dubai

  • Dubai has a tropical and arid climate, and the months of June through August are extremely hot and humid, with temperatures reaching as high as 48°C. The coolest month is January, when temperatures average 24°C. If you are interested in outdoor activities, consider planning a visit during the months of September through May. Dubai hosts many annual events, but some of the most popular include the Dubai International Jazz Festival and Dubai Shopping Festival, both held in February, the Dubai World Cup, held on the last Saturday in March, and the Dubai Summer Surprises, held in June through August. Ebookers can help you reserve hotel accommodation for whenever you decide to visit the city.

Dubai highlights

  • See the Sights from Above

    If the Burj Khalifa isn’t high enough, you can get a bird’s-eye view of the remarkable city from a sea plane. A 40-minute tour will fly you past all the main coastal attractions, including the audacious collection of man-made islands arranged into a map of the world, as well as the area around Dubai creek.

    Take a ride through the Desert

    There can’t be many better ways to escape the ultra modernity of the city than a trip into the vast, empty Arabian Desert. Ride 100-metre dunes in a sturdy 4-wheel drive; then ride them again on a camel.

    Most tours will take guests to a remote village for a barbecued dinner and live entertainment—some offer a night in a campsite, allowing for magnificent views of the stars.

    Go Shopping

    Dubai’s giant, air-conditioned shopping centres are like little cities in themselves. Endless rows of stores, haute-cuisine restaurants, and cinemas are expected in malls these days, but an aquarium (Dubai Mall) and an indoor ski centre (Mall of the Emirates) take things to a whole new level.

    For an altogether different kind of retail therapy, try and pick out a bargain in the city’s traditional street markets, known as souks. Food lovers will adore the aromas in the Spice Souk, while the Gold Souk offers a dazzling collection of high-end jewellery at unbelievable prices. Haggling is expected and even encouraged—it’s a good idea arm yourself with the daily spot price for gold before you set out.

    Spend a Day at the Races

    The pinnacle of the emirate’s blossoming horse-racing calendar is undoubtedly March’s Dubai World Cup, the most valuable race meet on the planet. But for something even more exotic, spend an afternoon watching camel races. The normally docile ‘ships of the desert’ can move surprisingly fast when they need to, and winning beasts are often purchased by the sheiks for vast sums of cash. Races usually take place on Thursdays and Fridays from October to April.

Top Dubai attractions

  • Dubai Museum

    The Al-Fahidi fort, built in the 18th century to defend against foreign aggressors, is the perfect setting for a museum offering a glimpse into the city’s modest existence before a big oil discovery. A collection of finds from archaeological digs—some dating back to 3,000BC—proves that there was life in Dubai long before skyscrapers. A video presentation charts the staggering transformation from desert town to futuristic metropolis.

    Outside the fort, the history lesson continues in the pokey alleyways of the Bastakiya district. Here you can see how wind towers kept houses cool before the advent of air conditioning. The government is making a concerted effort to market the district’s cultural credentials, with plenty of restored buildings opening as galleries and museums.

    Burj Al Arab

    This seven-star hotel (according to its own rating system) is probably the most recognisable landmark in the city. The innovative design—curved like a sail catching a stiff breeze—set the standard for modern development in Dubai. The 780m² gold-plated Royal Suite, complete with private cinema, is probably out of reach for most, but afternoon tea at the ‘Skyview bar’ is a good place to sample the high life.

    Burj Khalifa

    Officially the tallest building in the world at over 828 metres, the Burj Khalifa is the undisputed centrepiece of Dubai’s impressive skyline. The tower cost an estimated £670million and was named at the last minute after the ruler of Abu Dhabi, who helped save Dubai from bankruptcy during the recent economic crisis. Its 160 stories contain mostly luxury residencies and corporate suites, but the public observation deck on floor 124 offers spectacular panoramic views of the city and beyond.

    Jumeriah Mosque

    The city’s largest mosque is also the only one in the city that non-Muslims can enter, albeit with a registered guide. The mosque’s sweeping arcs and proud minarets turn crimson at sunset and then glow golden under soft artificial lights through the night. The organised visits are part of a cultural programme designed to help integrate Dubai’s multifarious population with traditional Arabic culture.

    Tip * Booking your Tours, Transfers & Airport Parking before you go will save your money & time and ensure a stress free start to your holiday

  • The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU)

    The SMCCU welcomes visitors to learn about the local culture, religion and beliefs in the Arab world.

    Wild Wadi Water Park and Wonderland Amusement Park

    The amusement park is fun for the entire family and includes rides, games and a water park.

    Chillout

    This restaurant and nightclub built entirely out of ice is a unique way to beat the heat.

    Dubai Fountains

    The fountains are choreographed to music and shoot water as high as 500 feet into the air.

    Burj Khalifa

    The tallest building in the world, this structure has an observation deck on the 124th floor. It is also home to the Behold Telescope, which allows visitors to view their surroundings in real time or view archived images.

    Dubai Creek

    Take a stroll on the boardwalks along the creek, which separate Deira to the north from Bur Dubai to the south.

    Ski Dubai

    Visit the third-largest indoor ski slope in the world. Located inside the Dubai Mall of the Emirates, you can ski and snowboard on 6,000 tons of snow.

    Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

    Located in the Dubai Mall, this is one of the world's largest aquariums and is home to 33,000 aquatic animals, including sharks, giant catfish, penguins, otters, and piranhas.

    Dubai Museum

    Using life-size dioramas, the museum depicts daily life in Dubai before the oil strikes.

    Bastakia Quarter

    Here, in one of the oldest areas in Dubai, you can see historic mosques and some ancient architecture.

Dubai holiday travel tips

  • Airport

    Dubai International Airport, famous for its duty-free shopping, is just 4 kilometres from the city centre. New arrivals at either terminal can easily find a taxi, with fares typically starting at 25AED (£4.50). Special airport buses with extra room for luggage also circle the main corridors in the inner city.

    Taxis

    Taxis are well regulated, relatively inexpensive, and generally safe. The government-owned Dubai Taxi Corporation has distinctive cream-coloured vehicles, and offers special pink ‘ladies taxis’ for added security. All taxis are legally required to have a working meter. If a driver claims the meter is broken, look for another.

    Water taxis operate around Dubai creek and the main coastal resorts, with fares starting at around AED50 (£9). A cheaper, and more serene, way to cross the creek is in traditional wooden boats called abras.

    Public Transport

    The city’s bus network is cheap and comprehensive, but rarely used by anyone except low-income workers.

    In response to growing traffic congestion, the government is constructing an automatic, driverless metro system. One line is presently operational, with another expected to open in August 2011. The metro is scheduled to be complete by 2015, though delays are possible due to the economic crisis.

    All public transport is paid with rechargeable ‘Nol’ cards, with fares varying according to the distance travelled.

    Consider a car hire in Dubai if you value the extra freedom and opportunities you get from having your own vehicle. Just be ready to sit in the occasional queue.

Insider tips for Dubai travel

  • Bab Al Shams

    This desert resort offers customized menus for the perfect romantic dining experience.

    Duke's Bar

    Located in the Al Khaleej Hotel, the bar has an 80s feel, a friendly staff and inexpensive drinks.

    The Black Beach

    This is an out-of-the-way, intimate bay that sits on Jumeirah Beach Road between two palaces. It is often deserted, so it makes for a nice private getaway.

    Al Quoz's Young Artist Auctions

    You can get great art for a fraction of the usual cost at this monthly auction, which features many up-and-coming artists.

    Abdul Rahman Isaq Mohd Trading

    A store with an eclectic mix of African sculpture, Viking helmets, rusty swords and other items that the owner has been collecting for years.

Where to stay in Dubai

  • The Atlantis hotel is the standout complex on the man-made Palm Jumeirah Island, and not just because of its salmon-pink exterior. Voted ‘Best Visitor Attraction’ in the 2009 Best In Dubai Awards, the ocean-themed resort specialises in luxury and pleasure. Guests have free access to the exhilarating water park and spectacular underwater city-style aquarium called the Lost Chambers, as well as the opportunity to swim with dolphins.

    With 1.2 kilometres of private shoreline and unbeatable views out over the Persian Gulf, the Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina is the place to be for beach lovers. If you can drag yourself out of Westin’s trademark ‘Heavenly Bed’, the resort offers an array of water sports and outdoor activities. Shopaholics (and ski fanatics) will be delighted by the easy access to the giant Mall of the Emirates.

    The Jebel Ali hotel’s elegant blue marble lobby sets the tone for this elegant five-story resort known as the ‘Legend of Dubai’. Golf enthusiasts will want to play a round on the championship-standard 9-hole course, set among 128 acres of gardens and beaches.

    Located right in the heart of downtown Dubai, the Moevenpick Hotel and Apartments makes sightseeing easy in the traffic-congested centre. Guests can choose from nine different dining options, ranging from authentic Indian food at Chutneys to Somerset’s traditional British pub-grub.

Dubai restaurants

  • As you might expect, Dubai has a wealth of top-end restaurants serving dishes from all over the world. Bear in mind that restaurants outside of the main hotels in Dubai and resorts are forbidden from serving alcohol, and that opening restrictions will apply during Ramadan.

    For a truly decadent dining experience, try the Al Mahara restaurant in the seven-star Burj Al Arab hotel. Diners can try exquisite seafood dishes while watching hundreds of live fish through the floor-to-ceiling aquarium window.

    Gordon Ramsay brought his fine dining to Dubai in 2001, and Verre (in the Hilton) continues to be one of the city’s top restaurants. Michelin-starred head chef Scott Price is now in charge of the kitchen, adding some innovative twists to the world-class menu. As you’d expect in a Ramsay establishment, the service and classy black-and-white decor are impeccable.

    The award-winning Fish Basket (Oud Metha) is a great place to sample some of the city’s outstanding Lebanese cuisine. Seafood is obviously the main draw here: fish selected from a market-style display will be cooked to order and served with staple sides like hummus and fattoush.

    Kabalen (Sheikh Ahmed Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Building, Street # 16, Al Karama) is a charming family place serving excellent homemade Filipino food at bargain prices.

    Those missing home might want to stop at the London transport–themed Double Decker (Al Murooj Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road), where British pub staples and international plates mingle on a no-frills menu. Live football and karaoke may not appeal to everyone, but the down-to-earth vibe can be refreshing in ultra-chic Dubai.

Health & Safety

  • Health Precautions

    Visitors are not required to take any vaccinations or medication before entering Dubai. The risk of malaria is low, but you should take measures to avoid mosquito bites and always consult a doctor in the event of a fever—even after you return.

    Temperatures in summer often rise above 40˚C. Stay out of direct sunlight during the hottest hours of the day and be sure to stay well hydrated. Not all water is potable, so stick to mineral water to be safe.

    Accident or Emergency

    Call 998/999 for an ambulance. Health facilities are generally of a high standard, but quality can vary even between departments in the same establishment. English is invariably spoken in health centres.

    Safety

    Dubai is largely very safe, with little in the way of street crime. However, it is prudent to keep expensive jewellery and electronics out of sight when on the streets—especially at night.

    Dubai is one of the most progressive emirates, but be mindful of local laws and customs. Homosexual activity is strictly illegal, as is the possession or consumption of drugs. Women should avoid wearing revealing clothing when outside of tourist resorts and should not walk alone after dark. Alcohol is not served outside of the tourist areas, and drunken behaviour could cause offence.

    Road conditions are excellent, though traffic congestion in the centre is a major problem, and drivers can be aggressive. The (often ignored) speed limit is 40–80 km/h in urban areas and 140–160 km/h on motorways.

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