2 Mar 2020 - 3 Mar 2020
2 adults - 1 room
From a sleepy desert oasis to a bustling global megapolis, Dubai’s meteoric rise as a world class tourist destination has been nothing short of extraordinary. Having firmly established its reputation across the world as the ultimate sojourn for non-stop shopping, partying, sunbathing, enjoying sports and cultural events, the city continues to attract a plethora of tourists from all corners of the globe. Located only 5 hours from Europe, and 3 hours from the farthest corner of the Middle East, Dubai’s vision to dominate global tourism can be seen from its penchant for firsts. From the tallest man-made structure on earth (the Burj Khalifa) to the world's largest mall (The Dubai Mall) situated at its base, Dubai is the destination to look out for. For the tourist from western countries, contrary to expectations, the biggest shock is not the culture, but the temperature, which can soar to as high as 50 degrees Celsius in summer months. Winters are brief and warm, compared to European standards. Another important thing to note about Dubai is that the weekly off-day is Friday.
Accommodation in Dubai
There are many different types of accommodations available in Dubai. Considering the city is home to a large population of expatriate blue-collared workers, there are extreme budget options also available but be prepared for a significant hygiene compromise. Decent accommodation options situated in localities not too far away from the city centre are still cheaper than what you would find elsewhere in the world. The peak season is winter or Christmas, when most western tourists, touch-down for a brief stopover en-route to other Asian and European destinations. Although spot bookings are available, most leading hotels will be quickly sold out during this period.
There are approximately 730 renowned hotels in Dubai. For budget options offering modern amenities, look for a hotel around the Deira and Bur Dubai areas. Although the neighbourhoods also house some of the leading international hotels of the world, including Sheraton, Hilton, Pullman, etc. there are plenty of lower priced options also available with convenient access to the metro and other transportation. The closer you are to the new Downtown (Burj Khalifa, Business Bay, etc.) the higher the prices will be. Despite that you can enjoy the finest five star luxury experiences in Dubai at the lowest rates compared to what you would pay elsewhere. The Address, Atlantis, Fairmont, Hilton Jumeirah, etc are some of the leading names that are synonymous with the hospitality industry of Dubai. The Burj ul Arab, which is famed for being the world’s first and only 7-star hotel, is also situated here.
This information is correct as of January 2016.
Breathtaking structures! It was a well spent holiday vacation. I will surely come back to see more of UAE.
There is do much to see and do for families. I recommend going up into Sharjah to the museum's and getting out into the desert!!
My wife and I had a blast going through the city from Deira to JBL, it was awesome... beautiful beaches, lovely places to see - the Dubai Museum, Mall of the Emirates and the sheer imposing presence of the Burj Khalifa was frigging epic.
Enjoyed my stay. Not ideal for solo female travelers coz a lot of hotels might turn you away. There are a lot of activities to do that are relatively affordable.