Dubai Hotels and Accommodation

(Dubai, United Arab Emirates, UAE)

Marina pictureThe accommodation available in Dubai includes some of the world's most luxurious and spectacular hotels, although the very best lodging certainly comes at a price. Hotel stars are very important in Dubai and competition is rife, with world-class accommodation on offer, suiting families and business travellers alike.

The Emirates Towers on the Sheikh Zayed Road is arguably one of the very best business hotels on the planet and comes complete with its own shopping centre and selection of restaurants. For opulence and extravagance in Dubai, the self-appointed seven-star Burj Al Arab offers an unbeatable standard of accommodation, with over 200 suites, stunning views and a very high level of service.

Photo of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel showing its destinctive wave-shape

Where to Stay

The selection of hotels within Dubai can be a little overwhelming and choosing where to stay will often depend upon the price as much as the location. However, it can be as simple as determining what you are planning to do during your time in this exciting metropolis.

If you are planning to spend time sunbathing and relaxing, then consider the choice of accommodation provided by the many resorts lining Jumeirah Beach, although this does tend to be five-star lodging in most cases. The famous wave-shaped Jumeirah Beach Hotel, near to the Wild Wadi Water Park is one of Dubai's most spectacular offerings with its very own private beach, although it is particularly expensive.

Waterfront view, showing the Burj Al Arab Hotel in the distanceThose looking for more in the way of heritage, history and culture should consider staying at one of the many hotels within the Bur Dubai and Deira areas of the city, such as the Four Points Sheraton on the Khalid bin al-Waleed Road, where you will also be close to restaurants, shops and markets (souqs).

If business is on your agenda, then consider the accommodation closest to where you will be working, to avoid the heavy traffic at commuting times. Finally, if you are holidaying during a hot spell, do ensure that your Dubai hotel is air-conditioned, to ensure a good night's sleep.

Image of the CreekThe hot summer weather tends to see a noticeable drop in tourism levels are so hotels in Dubai do lower their room rates substantially, by as much as 40 percent at times. However, prices will quickly rise when accommodation becomes scarce, if there is a major sporting competition or similar event taking place in the city.

For some of the cheapest lodging in Dubai, a number of hotels stand out. These include the Crowne Plaza Hotel, the Ibis and the Novotel, all of which are on the Sheikh Zayed Road, close to the World Trade Centre. Located on Dubai Creek, the Riviera Hotel offers accommodation with enviable views, while the Dubai Youth Hostel on the Al-Nahda Road is favoured by backpackers.