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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
4.5 / 5 65 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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Habtoor Grand Beach Resort and Spa

5 stars
4.1 / 5 14 reviews
A quiet retreat not far from Dubai’s activities and excitementLocated on a pristine curve of white sand beach, the Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa offers visitors a unique experience near to the exciting heart of downtown Dubai. Whether for business or pleasure, the hotel management prides itself on making every stay memorable. Attention to detail, outstanding surroundings, and top-quality service are hallmarks of this luxury hotel, with many visitors returning multiple times to enjoy another stay. Combining the best of ancient and modern, the hotel provides a central location and a wide range of amenities. 3 Reasons To Stay:Enchanting beachside location with stunning views, luxurious accommodation, and relaxing walks through the tropical gardens 446 spacious rooms and suites with a host of high-end amenities and tasteful decoration to encourage relaxation The resort grounds include pools, tennis courts, squash courts, walking paths and, of course, a relaxing spa experience Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa RoomsEach room or suite provides guests with a cool, relaxing ambience with high-quality furnishings and understated colour themes. Individually-controlled heating and air-conditioning means visitors can adjust the climate to suit their needs, and all rooms and suites feature a flat-screen television, satellite TV channels, and DVD players. High-speed Internet access is available (some fees may apply), as well as an in-room safe and mini-bar. Every room or suite has its own private, en suite bathroom, most with walk-in showers. Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa suites feature airport transfers, a variety of meals, a daily international newspaper, and late checkout options. Things To Do:Metro station (across street) The Palm Jumeirah (1 mi/1.6 km) Emirates Golf Club (1.5 mi/2.4 km) Mall of the Emirates (4 mi/6.4 km) Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary (15 mi/24.1 km) Dubai Gold Souk (16 mi/25.75 km) Dubai International Airport (18 mi/28.9 km)
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Al Qasr Madinat Jumeirah

5 stars
5.0 / 5 3 reviews
As part of the waterside super-resort Madinat Jumeirah, the Al Qasr hotel in Dubai offers the comfort and style of royal Arabia, living up to its name (‘The Palace’) with sculpted horses lining the avenue outside, and sumptuous drapes, intricate wood furnishings and carved colonnades within. Stay here and you’ll have access to Madinat Jumeirah’s on-site facilities, including all the gold and handicrafts of a traditional souk and the cushion-laden, palatial treatment rooms at the Talise Spa. Give your workout an extra kick by training at The High Altitude Suite, or float off for afternoon tea with a twist on board the traditional sailing boat Abras. Key facts292 guestroomsAccess to 40+ restaurants, including Al Muna (international), Al Hambra (Spanish), MJ’s Steakhouse and Khaymat Al Bahar4 pools: 2 outdoor, 2 indoorPrivate beach24-hour room serviceBusiness center and meeting roomsComplimentary shuttleTalise SpaFitness center NeighborhoodThe Al Qasr is found within the lush Madinat Jumeirah resort at the city marina, within sight of landmark Dubai hotels like the dhow-shaped Burj Al Arab. Eating options are vast, with 40 restaurants offering cuisine from Spanish tavern-style cooking at Al Hambra to Japanese sashimi at Honyaki. Active guests can try waterskiing and wakeboarding at the nearby Watersport Center or practice some sunset yoga on the 1.2-mile private beach. Adjacent to the resort is the Wild Wadi Waterpark with its addictive rides and flumes; free access is granted to guests of Al Qasr. Hints and tipsEnvironmentally conscious guests won't want to miss the resort's turtle rehabilitation area - the hotel has an aquarium and specialist facility which rescues and rehabilitates critically-injured turtles before returning them to the wild.You can view the turtles feeding and learn all about them from the expert staff.
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Mina A Salam Madinat Jumeirah

5 stars
5.0 / 5 4 reviews
An authentic expression of Arabian architectureMina A Salam is a grand boutique hotel of exquisite style. Mina A Salam means harbor of peace and the hotel combines tranquil surroundings- informal ambience and colorful Arabian themes. It is located adjacent to the world famous Burj Al Arab. Low-rise in construction- the interiors of Mina A Salam reveal a labyrinth of superbly detailed features- rich furnishings and tasteful decorations. Guest Rooms enjoy private balconies. A wide choice of world-class restaurants and bars satisfy all culinary tastes. Superbly landscaped gardens- meandering waterways and imaginative pool areas border a wide beach and the warm clear waters of the Arabian Gulf. HighlightsPrivate beachfront setting with uninterrupted views of the Arabian GulfLuxurious rooms and suitesFull service SpaAdjacent to Wild Wadi Water ParkChoice of over 40 on-site restaurants, cafes and bars LocationDubai International Airport (25 mi/40 km) RoomsGuest rooms and suites at the Mira A' Salam are sumptuously decorated in traditional, Arabian style, with natural dark woods, antique furniture and richly textured soft furnishings.  Private balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows make the most of the stunning views over the Arabian Gulf, while the bathrooms are luxurious affairs with large bathtubs and separate walk-in rainfall showers. FeaturesEvery taste is catered for with a range of on-site restaurants to choose from.  Try Chinese cuisine with a modern twist at Zheng Hes, or traditional English fare at The Wharf.   Al Muna offers Arabic dishes in an authentic setting, while the Bahri Bar is the best place to enjoy a cocktail as the sun goes down.The Quay health club offers fitness classes, cardio and resistance equipment and a 25m indoor lap pool, while Talise Spa offers a truly indulgent range of treatments for body and soul.The resort boasts a number of flexible options for conferences, banquets and events, including large ballrooms and a private lagoon island catering for up to 200 guests. Things To Do:Situated adjacent to Buri Al Arab, Wild Wadi and Jumeirah Beach HotelClose to Dubai Media City, Dubai Internet City and The Palm Jumeirah BusinessBusiness centre and meeting facilities on site. Policies and feesThe rooms will undergo soft refurbishment from 01 June to 30 September. Refurbishment works are from 10 AM to 6 PM. A new luxury hotel is due to be constructed in the neighbourhood of Mina A Salam. The hotel apologizes for any inconvenience it may cause to guests in some Arabian room categories. For any concerns, kindly contact mj4-at-Jumeirah.
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Golden Sands Hotel Apartments

4 stars
3.6 / 5 94 reviews
Budget-friendly, apartment-style hotel in the popular Bur Dubai areaGolden Sands Hotel Apartments provides a home away from home. The hotel offers spacious apartment-type accommodations of several sizes, abundant amenities and free Internet in all rooms. Close to numerous Dubai attractions, Golden Sands Hotel Apartments is a budget-friendly option with tasteful furnishings. The hotel offers furnished or unfurnished apartments, so guests can enjoy the hotel's services on a short-term or long-term basis. Golden Sands Hotel Apartments is located in Bur Dubai, a bustling shopping and business area. 3 Reasons To Stay:Apartment-style accommodationFree Internet accessLocated in Bur Dubai area RoomsGolden Sands Hotel Apartments pioneered the concept of hotel apartments in the region. The hotel offers over 750 units in different configurations, including studios, two-room studios and one, two or three bedroom options. The tastefully furnished apartment rooms are geared toward short-term and long-term stays for individuals and families. Each apartment-style room has a fully-equipped kitchen and free Internet access. Unfurnished apartments are available for long-term stays. FeaturesGolden Sands Hotel Apartments is situated in the heart of shopping, leisure and nightlife opportunities within the popular Bur Dubai area. The hotel is close to attractions like Dubai Museum, Heritage Village, Bank Street, Dubai World Trade Exhibition Centre and several beaches. Conveniently located behind the new metro train junction, the hotel's location provides guests with a fast and easy way to travel around the city or to and from Dubai International Airport.Golden Sands provides rental apartment services in Dubai for guests who are considering relocating to the area. Services include housekeeping if guests so desire (fees apply). RecreationRecreation facilities at Golden Sands Hotel Apartments include an outdoor swimming pool and fitness facilities. Some units also have access to squash courts, a children's play area and free covered parking. Guests begin their day in a bright, on-site dining room that serves a breakfast buffet. TransportationDubai International Airport (4.4 mi/6.6 km) AttractionsBur Dubai (0.6 mi/0.9 km)Dubai Museum (0.8 mi/1.3 km)Dubai International Convention Centre (1.9 mi/3.1 km)Creek Golf and Yacht Club (2 mi/3.3 km)Jumeirah Beach (6.9 mi/11.1 km)Dubai Marina (15.2 mi/24.5 km) BusinessBusiness centerFree Internet access
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Rose Rayhaan by Rotana - Dubai

4 stars
4.4 / 5 20 reviews
Stylish accommodation at one of Dubai's most iconic landmarks.The Rose Rayhaan by Rotana Dubai looms over the city as a benchmark in design, comfort and service. Guests have the option of dining at the stylish Petals, which serves an evening a la carte menu, or at Aquarius Pool Café, for delicious Mocktails. For recreation there is the Leisure and Fitness Club, which offers steam and massage rooms, saunas and Jacuzzis. Also onsite are conference and meeting rooms offering Wi-Fi and audio/visual equipment. 3 Reasons To Stay: Close to a variety of top attractions Swimming pool, Jacuzzi and fully equipped gym Meeting, conference and event facilities Rose Rayhaan by Rotana Dubai RoomsThe Rose Rayhaan by Rotana Dubai has 462 rooms and suites, all offering high-speed Internet and daily housekeeping services. Extras include complimentary tea and coffee making facilities, a fully stocked minibar, multi-channel satellite television, an IP telephone, and in-room safe. Non-smoking accommodation is available on request. Room classifications include Classic, Deluxe and Premium. The Premium is the largest room available and features: a king sized bed; a bed bench; a sitting area with a coffee table; a writing desk; a dressing area with full-length mirror; a dining area with table and chairs; a kitchenette with a freezer, microwave and refrigerator; and a walk-in wardrobe. The Premium Suite feature a master bedroom, living room and a sitting room with two sofas, a coffee table and a 32-inch LCD flat screen TV. The Classic Suite is slightly smaller and includes a furnished kitchen and sitting area. Things To Do: Dubai Mall (6.5 mi/10.4 km) Down town Burj Dubai (6.7 mi/10.8 km) Burjuman Shopping Mall (7.4 mi/11.9 km) Mall of Emirates (7.5 mi/12 km) Bur Dubai (10.6 mi/17 km) Dubai Shopping Centre (11.4 mi/18.3 km)
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Dar Al Masyaf Madinat Jumeirah

5 stars
4.9 / 5 10 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. Highlights29 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 RoomsDar 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. FeaturesAll 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. RecreationThe 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. Transportation Dubai International Airport (25 mi/40 km)Free shuttles are available to local shopping malls AttractionsDubai 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) Things To Do:Jumeirah Beach (walking distance) Wild Wadi Water Park (0.4 mi/0.6 km) Burj Al Arab (0.5 mi/0.9 km) Knowledge Village (3.5 mi/5.6 km) Dubai Internet City (4.3 mi/6.9 km) Dubai Media City (4.5 mi/7.2 km) Emirates Golf Club (5.2 mi/8.4 km) BusinessMeeting spaces availableAudio-visual equipment availableFree Wi-Fi
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Abidos Hotel Apartment Al Barsha

4 stars
4.1 / 5 21 reviews
The Abidos Al Barsha Hotel is one of two prestigious Abidos hotels (the other being Dubailand) located in Dubai. The hotel's tagline is 'simplicity is the new luxury' - evident in it's design, and eye toward providing opulence without excess. Quirky red chairs greet guests in the lobby, a softly lit reception desk creates a warm atmosphere, and staff is on hand 24 hours a day. Head up to the rooftop terrace, or put on your swimwear for a few laps in the pool, with a view. From the convenience of all-day dining to the well-equipped fitness center, steam room and Jacuzzi, the hotel has the amenities covered. Key factsRooms: One and two-bedroom apartmentsOutdoor pool, located on the rooftopJacuzzi, sauna and steam roomFully equipped fitness center and gymMnM Restaurant and bar, offering an international buffetRoom service availableAirport shuttle (charges apply)Business centerMeeting and event space for up to 200 guests NeighborhoodThe Abidos Al Barsha is located in the Al Barsha district, just a short distance from the main beachfront area of Jumeirah. For travelers who prefer cityscapes, architecture, and top-class shopping to sand and seafronts, Al Barsha delivers the Dubai goods while still remaining close enough to the Arabian Gulf for those looking to soak up the Middle Eastern sun. It?s also near the business district, and within easy reach of Dubai's premier shopping center - the Mall of the Emirates?offering department stores such as Debenhams, designer shops like Harvey Nichols, and the entertainment of cutting-edge movie theaters. Hints and tipsToo tired to head back out after a busy day exploring Dubai? The hotel offers room service, and all apartments have kitchenettes.
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Cosmopolitan Hotel

4 stars
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Our tastefully and elegantly designed selection of rooms and suites range from 31 to 42 square metres overlooking the vibrant city of Dubai. Equipped with premium quality beds and high-speed wireless internet throughout the property our guests can enjoy large room space in a modern ambience From room service for a midnight snack, the latest international Hollywood movies on the 32 LCD flatscreen, or the large work desk for business presentations, our hotel has something for everyone to enjoy his memorable stay
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Jumeirah Beach Hotel

5 stars
4.4 / 5 10 reviews
Luxurious Dubai resort destination with great recreation optionsLocated on a private beach facing the Arabian Gulf, Jumeirah Beach Hotel is an award - winning resort hotel designed with families and couples in mind. The hotel offers access to a dazzling variety of family - friendly activities and nightlife options. Jumeirah Beach Hotel features 22 restaurants, cafes and bars and the onsite Pavilion Marina and Sports Club offers a range of recreation options from the Pavilion Dive Centre to three squash courts, six tennis courts, a gymnasium and fitness room. Highlights22 restaurants, cafes and bars on sitePurpose-built coral reef 2 km offshoreMarina and sports clubRooms with private pools available Jumeirah Beach Hotel RoomsEach of the 598 luxury rooms and suites at Jumeirah Beach Hotel offer a view of the ocean. Each room is about 150 square feet in size and includes a walk-in shower, separate bath and spacious balcony. Amenities include cable/satellite television channels, hair dryer, air conditioning, mini bar, turndown service, bathrobes, complimentary toiletries, slippers, iron and more.For visitors who want added privacy, the Jumeirah Beach Hotel offers 19 exclusive Arabian-themed villas known as Beit Al Bahar. Each villa offers private check-in and butler service, marble bathrooms with sunken Jacuzzi baths, individual plunge pools, sea-view terraces and the use of an exclusive pool area. FeaturesThe Spa at Jumeirah Beach Hotel contains two saunas, two massage rooms, three hot tubs, Jacuzzi, steam room and plunge pool. A combination of professional massage treatments and facials is also available including aromatherapy, reflexology and shiatsu.The hotel's Sinbad's Kids Club offers activities ranging from aqua fun and face painting to movie time and craft making as well as a range of sports and life saving activities for older kids.Available Segway tours will give visitors an up-close look at the beautiful areas along the beaches and gulf. Guests also have access to sailing, waterskiing, windsurfing, kayaking, wake boarding and banana boating. TransportationDubai International Airport (15 mi/25 km) Nearby attractionsAl Quoz Industrial Area (1 mi/2 km)Al Karama (2 mi/3 km)Abu Hail (4 mi/ 7km)Dubai Trade Centre (8 mi/14 km)Dubai City Centre (9 mi/15 km) BusinessFree airport transportation (restrictions apply)Eight conference rooms, three boardroomsSecretarial service available Policies and feesAs part of the continued efforts to ensure the high standards of facilities and in line with the planned annual maintenance programme for the hotel, please be aware of the temporary facility closure:Sinbad's Kids Club Pool and Executive Kids Pool will be temporarily closed for maintenance works from 01 to 15 Jul. Please be aware that during this time, there may have slight noise and general disruption around the Sinbad's Kids Club Pool and Executive Pool area.Talise fitness gym and spa, squash courts and changing facility room will be closed for maintenance works from 29 Jun to 06 Jul. During this period, all our guests can access the temporary gym located at The Hub and a temporary spa facility in one of the Beit Al Bahar Villas.
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Atlantis The Palm

5 stars
4.5 / 5 65 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.
Value FREE Breakfast and FREE Airport Transfers
Nightly rates from £63.73

Habtoor Grand Beach Resort and Spa

5 stars
4.1 / 5 14 reviews
A quiet retreat not far from Dubai’s activities and excitementLocated on a pristine curve of white sand beach, the Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa offers visitors a unique experience near to the exciting heart of downtown Dubai. Whether for business or pleasure, the hotel management prides itself on making every stay memorable. Attention to detail, outstanding surroundings, and top-quality service are hallmarks of this luxury hotel, with many visitors returning multiple times to enjoy another stay. Combining the best of ancient and modern, the hotel provides a central location and a wide range of amenities. 3 Reasons To Stay:Enchanting beachside location with stunning views, luxurious accommodation, and relaxing walks through the tropical gardens 446 spacious rooms and suites with a host of high-end amenities and tasteful decoration to encourage relaxation The resort grounds include pools, tennis courts, squash courts, walking paths and, of course, a relaxing spa experience Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa RoomsEach room or suite provides guests with a cool, relaxing ambience with high-quality furnishings and understated colour themes. Individually-controlled heating and air-conditioning means visitors can adjust the climate to suit their needs, and all rooms and suites feature a flat-screen television, satellite TV channels, and DVD players. High-speed Internet access is available (some fees may apply), as well as an in-room safe and mini-bar. Every room or suite has its own private, en suite bathroom, most with walk-in showers. Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa suites feature airport transfers, a variety of meals, a daily international newspaper, and late checkout options. Things To Do:Metro station (across street) The Palm Jumeirah (1 mi/1.6 km) Emirates Golf Club (1.5 mi/2.4 km) Mall of the Emirates (4 mi/6.4 km) Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary (15 mi/24.1 km) Dubai Gold Souk (16 mi/25.75 km) Dubai International Airport (18 mi/28.9 km)
Nightly rates from £175.26

Al Qasr Madinat Jumeirah

5 stars
5.0 / 5 3 reviews
As part of the waterside super-resort Madinat Jumeirah, the Al Qasr hotel in Dubai offers the comfort and style of royal Arabia, living up to its name (‘The Palace’) with sculpted horses lining the avenue outside, and sumptuous drapes, intricate wood furnishings and carved colonnades within. Stay here and you’ll have access to Madinat Jumeirah’s on-site facilities, including all the gold and handicrafts of a traditional souk and the cushion-laden, palatial treatment rooms at the Talise Spa. Give your workout an extra kick by training at The High Altitude Suite, or float off for afternoon tea with a twist on board the traditional sailing boat Abras. Key facts292 guestroomsAccess to 40+ restaurants, including Al Muna (international), Al Hambra (Spanish), MJ’s Steakhouse and Khaymat Al Bahar4 pools: 2 outdoor, 2 indoorPrivate beach24-hour room serviceBusiness center and meeting roomsComplimentary shuttleTalise SpaFitness center NeighborhoodThe Al Qasr is found within the lush Madinat Jumeirah resort at the city marina, within sight of landmark Dubai hotels like the dhow-shaped Burj Al Arab. Eating options are vast, with 40 restaurants offering cuisine from Spanish tavern-style cooking at Al Hambra to Japanese sashimi at Honyaki. Active guests can try waterskiing and wakeboarding at the nearby Watersport Center or practice some sunset yoga on the 1.2-mile private beach. Adjacent to the resort is the Wild Wadi Waterpark with its addictive rides and flumes; free access is granted to guests of Al Qasr. Hints and tipsEnvironmentally conscious guests won't want to miss the resort's turtle rehabilitation area - the hotel has an aquarium and specialist facility which rescues and rehabilitates critically-injured turtles before returning them to the wild.You can view the turtles feeding and learn all about them from the expert staff.
Value Summer Flavours Half Board + Wild Wadi Access
Nightly rates from £143.39

Mina A Salam Madinat Jumeirah

5 stars
5.0 / 5 4 reviews
An authentic expression of Arabian architectureMina A Salam is a grand boutique hotel of exquisite style. Mina A Salam means harbor of peace and the hotel combines tranquil surroundings- informal ambience and colorful Arabian themes. It is located adjacent to the world famous Burj Al Arab. Low-rise in construction- the interiors of Mina A Salam reveal a labyrinth of superbly detailed features- rich furnishings and tasteful decorations. Guest Rooms enjoy private balconies. A wide choice of world-class restaurants and bars satisfy all culinary tastes. Superbly landscaped gardens- meandering waterways and imaginative pool areas border a wide beach and the warm clear waters of the Arabian Gulf. HighlightsPrivate beachfront setting with uninterrupted views of the Arabian GulfLuxurious rooms and suitesFull service SpaAdjacent to Wild Wadi Water ParkChoice of over 40 on-site restaurants, cafes and bars LocationDubai International Airport (25 mi/40 km) RoomsGuest rooms and suites at the Mira A' Salam are sumptuously decorated in traditional, Arabian style, with natural dark woods, antique furniture and richly textured soft furnishings.  Private balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows make the most of the stunning views over the Arabian Gulf, while the bathrooms are luxurious affairs with large bathtubs and separate walk-in rainfall showers. FeaturesEvery taste is catered for with a range of on-site restaurants to choose from.  Try Chinese cuisine with a modern twist at Zheng Hes, or traditional English fare at The Wharf.   Al Muna offers Arabic dishes in an authentic setting, while the Bahri Bar is the best place to enjoy a cocktail as the sun goes down.The Quay health club offers fitness classes, cardio and resistance equipment and a 25m indoor lap pool, while Talise Spa offers a truly indulgent range of treatments for body and soul.The resort boasts a number of flexible options for conferences, banquets and events, including large ballrooms and a private lagoon island catering for up to 200 guests. Things To Do:Situated adjacent to Buri Al Arab, Wild Wadi and Jumeirah Beach HotelClose to Dubai Media City, Dubai Internet City and The Palm Jumeirah BusinessBusiness centre and meeting facilities on site. Policies and feesThe rooms will undergo soft refurbishment from 01 June to 30 September. Refurbishment works are from 10 AM to 6 PM. A new luxury hotel is due to be constructed in the neighbourhood of Mina A Salam. The hotel apologizes for any inconvenience it may cause to guests in some Arabian room categories. For any concerns, kindly contact mj4-at-Jumeirah.
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Golden Sands Hotel Apartments

4 stars
3.6 / 5 94 reviews
Budget-friendly, apartment-style hotel in the popular Bur Dubai areaGolden Sands Hotel Apartments provides a home away from home. The hotel offers spacious apartment-type accommodations of several sizes, abundant amenities and free Internet in all rooms. Close to numerous Dubai attractions, Golden Sands Hotel Apartments is a budget-friendly option with tasteful furnishings. The hotel offers furnished or unfurnished apartments, so guests can enjoy the hotel's services on a short-term or long-term basis. Golden Sands Hotel Apartments is located in Bur Dubai, a bustling shopping and business area. 3 Reasons To Stay:Apartment-style accommodationFree Internet accessLocated in Bur Dubai area RoomsGolden Sands Hotel Apartments pioneered the concept of hotel apartments in the region. The hotel offers over 750 units in different configurations, including studios, two-room studios and one, two or three bedroom options. The tastefully furnished apartment rooms are geared toward short-term and long-term stays for individuals and families. Each apartment-style room has a fully-equipped kitchen and free Internet access. Unfurnished apartments are available for long-term stays. FeaturesGolden Sands Hotel Apartments is situated in the heart of shopping, leisure and nightlife opportunities within the popular Bur Dubai area. The hotel is close to attractions like Dubai Museum, Heritage Village, Bank Street, Dubai World Trade Exhibition Centre and several beaches. Conveniently located behind the new metro train junction, the hotel's location provides guests with a fast and easy way to travel around the city or to and from Dubai International Airport.Golden Sands provides rental apartment services in Dubai for guests who are considering relocating to the area. Services include housekeeping if guests so desire (fees apply). RecreationRecreation facilities at Golden Sands Hotel Apartments include an outdoor swimming pool and fitness facilities. Some units also have access to squash courts, a children's play area and free covered parking. Guests begin their day in a bright, on-site dining room that serves a breakfast buffet. TransportationDubai International Airport (4.4 mi/6.6 km) AttractionsBur Dubai (0.6 mi/0.9 km)Dubai Museum (0.8 mi/1.3 km)Dubai International Convention Centre (1.9 mi/3.1 km)Creek Golf and Yacht Club (2 mi/3.3 km)Jumeirah Beach (6.9 mi/11.1 km)Dubai Marina (15.2 mi/24.5 km) BusinessBusiness centerFree Internet access
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Flights

Flights to Dubai

Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip fares
London Dubai Tue, 2 Sep - Mon, 15 Sep £262
Birmingham Dubai Wed, 17 Sep - Sun, 21 Sep £314
Manchester Dubai Tue, 9 Sep - Wed, 17 Sep £317
Newcastle Upon Tyne Dubai Wed, 17 Sep - Sun, 21 Sep £330
Glasgow Dubai Tue, 16 Sep - Tue, 23 Sep £329
Edinburgh Dubai Wed, 17 Sep - Wed, 24 Sep £328
Aberdeen Dubai Thu, 31 Jul - Thu, 7 Aug £658
Riyadh Dubai Tue, 5 Aug - Sun, 10 Aug £138
Cairo Dubai Wed, 30 Jul - Mon, 4 Aug £194
Geneva Dubai Sun, 10 Aug - Sat, 16 Aug £504
Liverpool Dubai Tue, 29 Jul - Tue, 5 Aug Check rates
Dublin Dubai Mon, 15 Sep - Thu, 9 Oct £347
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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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