In my last post, I shared travel tips on Dubai in addition to shots of Madinat Jumeirah, in this one I thought I would provide tips on where to stay in Dubai and share shots from our stay on Dubai Marina. Dubai Marina is the world’s largest man-made marina. That’s not the reason we stayed there. The Marina has more of a cosmopolitan feel to it and very vibrant and outgoing vibe and I really enjoyed in on my last visit. So for this trip, I searched for hotels in Dubai for while before we decided on a stay at Pearl Marina apartments. As I mentioned in my last post, we were traveling with my 2-year-old so having an apartment was perfect as my sister could have access to the kitchen and sort out food at any time of day. Besides, lately, my preference for accommodation when I travel have leaned towards apartments over hotels. It feels more homely away from home. From apartment stays in Paris on the Sine to Airbnb rentals in Finland, which I will be sharing soon.
Staying on Dubai Marina
My last visit to Dubai I stayed on Sheikh Zayed Road, this time I was keen to stay on the Marina as everything is so accessible. A luxury waterfront with high-end commercial and residential buildings with a lively vibe. Perfect for walks at all hours of the day. You have malls and restaurants and cool bars at your doorstep without much effort and the beaches are a short walk from Dubai Marina. Majority of hotels here look out onto the Marina where you also have many tours leaving from the piers below. There are plenty of hotels and apartment on Dubai Marina but usually best to book well in advance as most places sell out very quickly.
Where to Stay In Dubai
This is the ‘old Dubai’ and is noticeably different from the ultra-modern and shiny Downtown Dubai. Nearby Deira you have the Gold Souk, Dubai Creek is also close by. You have a lot of textiles shops and the whole place just has a very different vibe to Downtown. Check out the port nearby and watch the fishermen transporting their wares and water the abra and dhow boats pass by. You also have Deira City Centre Mall offering dining and entertainment if you are staying at local Deira hotels.
With all the sunshine and heat Dubai has to offer, a stay at a beach hotel in Dubai with sea views is just a treat! Hotels on the famous Jumeirah beach come with 5-star room service and some even with their own butler. Lined with palm trees for perfect shade to Dubai none stop sunshine. You have a mix of hotels, apartments on Jumeriah Beach with an Arabian and Mediterranean style architecture. In addition to having the beach at your doorstep, Dubai Marina is close by with plenty of entertainment. You also have the promenade with plenty of shopping, cafes, restaurants, and bars nearby.
Sheikh Zayed Road
Sheikh Zayed Road is a Highway connecting Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Right along the main highway cutting through the city are high-end hotels and luxury residential apartments. Exploring Dubai, you will no doubt pass through this Highway. While driving, you’ll pass by the Dubai International Finance Centre, Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall along this highway. On my last visit, this was where I stayed, with Burj Khalifa right across the road from my hotel. To book your stay here, check out hotels on Sheikh Zayed Road.
Staying at hotels in downtown Dubai, you will have the 830-meter high Burj Khalifa and the world’s tallest building right in your backyard in addition to having the world’s largest mall. Dubai Mall has some 1,200 mid-to-high-end European and American brand name shops, from luxury brands, the likes of Gucci, Burberry and Alexander McQueen to high street brands like Gap and the Banana Republic. You also have an endless number of dining options both in the malls and luxe hotels nearby.
This spectacular man-made island is a feat of engineering genius. Resembling the leaves of a palm tree, each ‘leaf’ is lined with luxurious private villas and apartments, resorts, exclusive hotels and restaurants in an area larger than 800 football fields. The Atlantis Hotel is the jewel in the crown, awe-inspiring in size and scope. To stay on the island check out this list of hotels on Palm Jumeirah to book your stay.
Al Barsha provides more of an “experience the city like a local” feel to it. It’s fairly new but a well-established area with an affluent suburb. You will find an impressive display of villas here. Al Barsha is in close proximity to Mall of Emirates and Dubai Mall with plenty of shopping, entertainment, and food options. You also have metros nearby to explore the city using public transport. To book your stay in the area check out hotels and apartments in Al Barsha.
Dubai Creek was once used for pearl cultivation and remains the city’s main thoroughfare for trader boats and docking. In only a few decades, it has evolved from a saltwater creek into a mini-city that services the world’s elite. You’ll find a fusion of old and new Dubai on either side of the creek, crossable by water taxi or bridge. Close to Dubai Creek, you will also find the Al Fahidi Historical District and the Dubai Museum nearby – a rich collection that chronicles the city’s development. From the creek it’s possible to spot palaces, mosques and other Dubai landmarks, including the Gold Souk and the Dubai Heritage Village. Visit The Grand Mosque – with its enormous minarets – or the traditional textile souks, restaurants and shisha cafés lined around the Dubai Creek. To book your stay in Dubai Creek, check out this selection of hotels in Dubai Creek.
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