Guide to Choosing Dubai Hotels

As the most modern and progressive of the seven states that make up the United Arab Emirates and one of the fastest growing cities in the Middle East, Dubai has become a regional and international center of tourism, business and trade. Capturing the worlds imagination and attention with superlatives such as the “biggest”, the “most” and the “best”, Dubai is on everyone’s itinerary to visit at least once in a lifetime, be it on business or pleasure. The offers are some of the most luxurious in the world showcasing magnificent modern architectural styles as well as extraordinary feats of engineering.

The hotels Dubai offer come in every shape and size offering accommodation for family vacations with plenty of entertainment for children, boutique artsy hotels, youth hostels and budget accommodation at the one end of the scale. And then, off course at the other end are the famous four and five-star hotels, some of which specialize in business requirements and others that provide enough leisure pursuits to keep you entertained for weeks.

Whatever your business in Dubai, you will find a hotel perfectly situated to allow you convenient and easy access to where you want to be. Hotels located in Bur Dubai and the Diera district offer easy access to the airport and are well situated for business visitors and for those wishing to explore the historic center or indulge in some therapeutic retail therapy.

The Jumeirah Emirates Towers is a good example of a business hotel where elegance and sophistication are combined with state-of-the-art technology. It consists of two towers; one for accommodation and the other an office tower linked by a shopping boulevard. Many hotels offer a special ladys floor that includes indulgent facilities and amenities that appeal specifically to female guests.

Fabulous beachfront hotels are the destination of the rich and famous, celebrities and heads of state and include the remarkable hotels on the man-made Palm Jumeirah Island.

Here the two linked towers of the luxurious Atlantis, The Palm occupies pride of place offering views as far as the eye can see over the tranquil Persian Gulf. With a variety of entertainment options that include on-site shopping, a private beach, swimming pools, an underwater aquarium and water park, guests can swim with the dolphins, water-ski, scuba dive or snorkel, spend a lazy day on the beach or relax in the well-equipped spa. Atlantis the Palm is also just steps away from the Emirates Mall and the very popular Wild Wadi Water Park.

Possibly, one of the most talked about aspect of any of the hotels Dubai offer is the architecture. Being at the crossroads of Asia, Europe and Africa, cultures from all over the world have influenced the design and technology of Dubai hotels.

From the billowing sail-shaped structure of the Burj Al Arab set on its own private island to the startling shape that mirrors breaking waves of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, each hotel offers a unique interpretation of luxury and style. The architecture of the Raffles Dubai Hotel was inspired by the great pyramids of Egypt while the modern mix of glass and steel of others showcase ultra-modern designs. The intricacies of Islamic architecture are best seen in the patterned system of rising spires of the Burj Khalifa, the worlds tallest building.

While the decor of budget and mid-range hotels is generally simple and reflects typical Middle-Eastern style, the soaring lobbies, splendid guest rooms and spacious suites of luxury hotels combine Arabic elements with international-design styles from around the globe.

Boasting marble columns and sparkling chandeliers, sweeping staircase and gilded accessories, they represent some of most opulent and excessive interiors in the world. Old-world Arabian heritage rooms with tented ceilings are perfect for guests whose tastes veer towards the whimsical while a blend of exotic yet simple design with every modern amenity and facility one can think of ensures elegant rooms of cool sophistication.

The plethora of leisure opportunities provided by Dubai hotels is never ending and visitors can find hotels that specialize in almost any activity you can think of. The cooler winter months are perfect for exploring the desert regions and hotels here are perfectly situated for guests to take part in traditional Bedouin activities.

Try your hand at archery, falconry, sand skiing and dune driving, gallop across the desert on horseback or try camel riding for something different. To escape the extreme heat of summer, book into the Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, the worlds third largest ski resort adjacent to the renowned Ski Dubai with one of the worlds longest indoor ski slopes and biggest covered snow park. The Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates hotel is also connected to the largest shopping mall outside of North America and includes a state-of-the-art health club and wellness center.

Dubai is famous for its vibrant nightlife with clubs, pubs and bars located only in four and five star hotels due to the strict liquor laws. Restaurants here are therefore very popular with both locals and visitors alike and with their award-wining gourmet cuisine that includes Moroccan, Lebanese and Mediterranean dishes, are packed every night.

Dubai is a land of extraordinary contrasts; of white desert sands and grass-green golf courses, of world-class shopping malls and traditional souks and of small Bedouin villages and luxurious five star hotels. The hotels Dubai offer allows guests to experience all this and so much more and with the stunning variety on offer, each guests is sure to find a hotel perfectly suited to their requirements.