United Arab Emirates

Hotels in United Arab Emirates

Meaning “harbor of peace,” Mina A’Salam is reminiscent of Old Arabia, with its waterfront location and historically inspired wind towers.

The very contemporary Fairmont Dubai, located within a massive multi-use complex and connected to the Dubai International Convention Center by a dedicated walkway, sits in the heart of the city’s financial district.

Camel rides? Check. Sand dunes? Check. Private pools? Check. The new Banyan Tree Al Wadi—tucked into the desert and a 45-minute drive from Dubai—is a daydreamer’s oasis.

Almost a city within itself, the expansive Madinat Jumeirah Resort is composed of three hotels (the Mina A’Salam, the Al Qasr, and the Dar Al Masyaf), the luxury Malakiya Villas, and a total of 44 restaurants and bars.

The twin, triangular-shaped towers of the Jumeirah Emirates Towers are one of the defining architectural elements of Dubai’s skyline. One tower houses office space, while the other includes a 400-room, 51-story hotel.

Compared to Dubai’s flashy skyscraper hotels, the waterfront Park Hyatt Dubai, which opened in 2005, is subtle and diminutive—which is exactly the point.

Perhaps the best way to express the grandeur of the newly built, Kempinski-operated Emirates Palace—reportedly the most expensive hotel ever built—is to break it down by numbers.

You could be anywhere in the world of luxury island resorts, but in fact this modern Arabian fantasy is located at one end of the crescent that tops the man-made extravaganza of the Palm Jumeirah.

A kind of über-Arabian fantasia built in the style of an ancient palace and fortress, the Royal Mirage occupies prime Dubai real estate.

Situated along Dubai Beach, the Jumeirah Beach Hotel rises 26 stories and is designed to resemble a cresting wave. The property’s unique design affords each of its 598 rooms with a view of the ocean, and some also enjoy vistas of the famous Burj Al-Arab Hotel.

The 2010-opened hotel occupies the underground level through floor 8 and floors 38 and 39 of the Burj Khalifa, and representing designer Giorgio Armani's debut as a hotelier.

Meaning gateway to the sun, Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa is located in the desert outside of the city. The low-rise hotel is only two stories high and resembles a fortress with imposing walls and large doors.

A bit of traditional amidst the glitz and glamour of Dubai, the Mediterranean-themed Ritz-Carlton has 138 guest rooms and suites overlooking the Arabian Gulf in the Dubai Marina district.

Overlooking Dubai Marina, the Grosvenor House Dubai is located in the city's Jumeirah district. Composed of two 45-story towers, the property has 744 guest rooms, suites, and apartments.