Dubai hotels provide for some of the most luxurious and welcoming of any found throughout the Middle East. Nicknamed “Gulf Tiger” and “City of Gold”, Dubai is one of the best places on earth to buy gold. Keep in mind that there is a limit on how much gold can be carried out of the city. We’ve scanned Dubai hotels thoroughly to bring you the best, most highly rated accommodations out there, with a focus on penthouses and luxury suites. If you seek luxury or you’re traveling in a group, then these Dubai hotels are geared especially toward you. Dubai is a great place to visit if you enjoy luxury shopping, the beach, bustling nightlife, modern architecture and more. Before we get you to our list of Dubai hotels, let’s take a look at some background information on the city to help you along the way.
Dubai, located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf, is the largest and most populated city in the United Arab Emirates. Established as a fishing village in the early 18th century, Dubai started to take form in 1822, having accumulated a population of around 800 people. Dubai was taken under the United Kingdom’s wing in 1892 following the General Maritime Treaty of 1820 and the 1853 Perpetual Maritime Truce in an area known as the “Pirate Coast”. Prior to the oil industry, pearls were considered one of the biggest commodities in the area. The ruler Maktoum bin Hasher Al Maktoum established Dubai as a free port with no taxation on imports and exports in 1901, making it an appealing destination for trade, especially gold. In 1966, London shipped 4,000,000 ounces of gold to Dubai, and during the 1970s the area continued to grow due to revenues generated from oil and trade. The Gulf War in 1990 caused only a minor set-back to the area’s development, as many foreign trading companies moved in during the 1990s. In June 2001, the Palm Jumeirah, one of the world’s most extraordinary artificial archipelagos, was completed.
A global city and business hub of the Middle East, Dubai has seen a decline in oil production and has thus moved in the direction of tourism, trade, real estate, aviation and financial services for its industry. The world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, standing at 2,722 feet high, is located in Dubai’s downtown district. The city’s major attractions include Al Fahidi Fort, Business Bay, National Bank of Dubai, The Dubai Fountain, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Opera, Dubai Media City and Dubai Tennis Stadium. Unlike with most other Middle Eastern cities, alcohol consumption is permitted in Dubai. Keep in mind that it is illegal to drink in the street or in a public place, and that the legal drinking age is 21 years old. While Islamic law prohibits unmarried couples from sharing a hotel room, most luxury hotels have a relaxed policy and allow for opposite, unmarried travelers to room together. It is best to err on the conservative side and to keep your matters as private as possible (this is not Cancun!). Popular foods in Dubai include hummus, shawarma, Labneh, a type of yogurt spread, manakish, which is similar to pizza, falafel and shish taouk, or marinated chicken shish kebab. Jellab is a classic Arabian drink that consists of a grape molasses and rose water blend, sometimes topped with pine nuts and raisins. Now that we have some background information on the city, it’s time to get to Dubai hotels that will help make for an unforgettable UAE experience.
Four Seasons Jumeirah Beach features free WiFi, a private beach, two outdoor swimming pools, a lavish spa, an indoor pool, a state-of-the-art fitness center, modern style with Arabian elegance, Playstations/Xboxs upon request, gleaming bathrooms with custom Murano glass pendants, deep soaking tubs, mirrors with built-in TVs, separate rain showers and more. Nearby you may find Scalini Italian (restaurant), Rossano Ferretti Hair Spa, Kabab Erbil Iraqi, Kure (day spa), Mikel Cafe and more.
This location is 0.5 miles from Dubai Canal Station, 0.6 miles from Jumeirah Marine Transport Station and Roxy Cinema Box Park, 0.8 miles from Boxpark, 0.9 miles from Dubai Canal Walk, 1 mile from Galleria Shopping Mall, 1.2 miles from Wasl Vita and Safa Park, 1.3 miles from Mercato Shopping Mall, Safa Park Marine Transport Station and City Walk Mall, 2.5 miles from Dubai Mall and Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo and 8 miles from Dubai Airport.
Approximate cost per night (penthouse suite): $15,144
Cost per person (3 people): $5,048
(Junior Suite – $650 per night)
Atlantis Dubai Underwater Rooms
Atlantis The Palm, Dubai offers The Royal Bridge Suite, capable of sleeping up to seven guests, as well as the famed Atlantis Dubai underwater rooms, which are pretty much the penthouses of the sea! A 5-star resort, Atlantis has a private sandy beach, stunning Arabian Gulf views, an underwater aquarium, swimming with dolphins opportunities, complimentary access to the Aquaventure water park and the Lost Chambers Aquarium, free WiFi, balconies with scenic views, flat-screen TVs, seating areas, complimentary tea/coffee, mini bars, terraces and more. Close to this hotel are Blue Coast Dive Center, Dive Atlantis, Dolphin Bay, Barracudas (food court), The Pyramide of Faith (water park), Aquaventure Waterpark, Splasher’s Children’s Play Area, Palm Jumeirah Boardwalk and more.
Palm Atlantis Monorail Station and Dubai International Cricket Stadium are 0.2 miles, Al Ittihad Park Monorail Station is 2.3 miles, Skydive Dubai is 3 miles, Palm Gateway Monorail Station is 3.2 miles, Dubai International Marine Club is 3.3 miles. The Walk at JBR is 3.7 miles, Burj Al Arab Tower is 4.4 miles, Mall of the Emirates and Montgomery Golf Club Dubai are 5.2 miles and Al Maktoum International Airport is 17 miles from this resort.
Approximate cost per night (Royal Bridge Suite): $13,603
Cost per person (six people): $2,267
Approximate cost per night (Poseidon Underwater Suite): $4,094
With panoramic Arabian Gulf views, an oasis themed pool, a spa, balconies with sea views, modern Turkish designs, flat-screen TVs, free WiFi, mini bars, bathrooms with soaking tubs, glass-enclosed showers and a diving center, Rixos The Palm Hotel & Suites is in the vicinity of Mermaid Diving Center, A La Turca (Turkish restaurant), L’Olivio (Italian restaurant) and more.
From here you’ll find Al Ittihad Park Monorail Station 1 mile, Al Sufouh Tram Station 1.1 miles, Knowledge village Tram Station, Dubai Media City and Eton Institute 1.3 miles, Knowledge Village, Middlesex University Dubai, University of Wollongong in Dubai and Palm Gateway Monorail Station 1.4 miles, Jumeirah Palm Tram Station 1.6 miles, Aquaventure Waterpark 2.3 miles, Burj Al Arab Tower 2.4 miles, Mall of the Emirates 2.8 miles and Dubai Airport 15.5 miles.
Approximate cost per night (four-bedroom penthouse suite): $1,686
Cost per person (six people): $281
Offering free WiFi, seating areas, air conditioning, flat-screen TVs, living rooms with sofas, well-equipped kitchens with dining areas, private bathrooms with hair dryers, dishwashers, microwaves and coffee machines, Dream Inn Apartments is close to Whisper Restaurant & Cafe, Wakame Dubai (restaurant), Mori Sushi, Azza Spa, Aston Martin Dubai Showroom, Starbucks, Taquado Mexican Kitchen, Baalbak Castel Meat Shop and more.
Business Bay Metro Station and Burj Khalifa Metro Station are 0.1 miles, HSBC Bank Middle East Limited is 0.2 miles, Dubai Opera and Burj Khalifa are 0.4 miles, Hub Zero Dubai, The Dubai Fountain, Canadian University Dubai, Roxy Cinema City Walk and Souk Al Bahar are 0.6 miles, Dubai Mall and Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo are 0.7 miles, City Walk Mall is 0.9 miles and Dubai Airport is 6.5 miles from here.
Approximate cost per night (five-bedroom penthouse): $916
Cost per person (ten people): $92
The Boulevard Mall
Featuring a glass-walled outdoor swimming pool, a sun terrace, free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, bathrobes and slippers, four restaurants, bars, lounges and spa and fitness centers, Four Seasons Financial Centre is near Penrose Lounge, Roberto’s (Italian restaurant), Churchill Club (bar), La Petite Maison (French restaurant), Capital Club Dubai, BOCA (Mediterranean restaurant), Zuma Restaurant (Japanese restaurant), Christie’s Dubai (auction house), NStyle Beauty Lounge (nail salon), Urban Male Lounge (barber shop), Cafe Bateel (restaurant) and more.
From here DIFC is 0.1 miles, Emirates Towers Metro Station and The Boulevard Mall are 0.2 miles, Financial Center Station is 0.4 miles, World Trade Center Station and Canadian University Dubai are 0.8 miles, HSBC Bank Middle East Limited is 1.1 miles, Burj Khalifa Metro Station, Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, Dubai Mall and Business Bay Metro Station are 1.2 miles, Burj Khalifa is 1.3 miles and Dubai Airport is 5.3 miles.
Approximate cost per night (penthouse king suite ): $6,662
Dolphin Bay Dubai
Dream Inn – Getaway Villa has a garden, a private beach area, barbecue facilities, free WiFi, a patio, an outdoor pool, air conditioning, a living room, a fully-equipped kitchen with dishwasher and microwave and a flat-screen TV. Miyabi Sushi & Bistro, Palm Island Dubai, The Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jumeirah West, Arabiska Cafe, PAAVO’s Pizza, Ibn AlBahr (restaurant), Club Vista Mare (restaurant), RAS Beach Vibes Lounge (restaurant) and more are all within range.
Al Ittihad Park Monorail Station is 0.8 miles, Dolphin Bay Dubai and Aquaventure Waterpark are 1.5 miles, The Lost Chambers Aquarium, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Palm Atlantis Monorail Station and Palm Gateway Monorail Station are 1.6 miles, Knowledge Village Tram Station 1.7 miles, Al Sufouh Tram Station is 1.8 miles, The Walk at JBR is 2.9 miles, Burj Al Arab Tower is 3.2 miles and Al Maktoum International Airport is 16 miles from this villa.
Approximate cost per night (six-bedroom villa ): $973
Cost per person (ten people): $93
Kempinski Hotel & Residences is a palace-style resort with luxurious suites that overlook the hotel’s lagoon or the Arabian Gulf. A full-service spa and a private sandy beach with Dubai skyline views is offered, as well as dining/living areas, fully-equipped kitchens, private balconies, flat-screen TVs, a large seafront pool, a gym and in-house shops. Close by you may find K-West Bar, Mamati (perfume store), Beluga Beach Restaurant, Milena Fashion, Matagi Restaurant, Villamore (restaurant), all’onda (restaurant), Rami Jabali Hair Salon, Akira Back Dubai (restaurant), Wavehouse Dubai (restaurant), Helicopter Tour Dubai and more.
From this beachfront hotel you’ll find The Lost Chambers Aquarium 1.4 miles, Palm Atlantis Monorail Station and Dubai International Cricket Stadium 1.5 miles, Aquaventure Waterpark 1.6 miles, Aquaventure Water Park and Dolphin Bay 1.7 miles, Al Ittihad Park Monorail Station and Skydive Dubai 2.3 miles, Dubai International Marine Club 2.7 miles, Meydan Beach 2.8 miles and Al Maktoum International Airport 15.9 miles.
Approximate cost per night (four-bedroom apartment ): $2,087
Cost per person (four people): $521
Dubai hotels are some of the world’s most extraordinary destinations. We hope you have found your perfect Dubai accommodation and most importantly, that you enjoy your trip to the Middle East!