United Arab Emirates

Hotels in United Arab Emirates

The company known for stocking Thai jungle lodges with fine wines and fitting Maldivian overwater bungalows with Egyptian-cotton sheets has set its sights on the Empty Quarter—an ocean of dunes across the planet’s largest uninter-rupted desert.

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.

This iconic, sail-shaped hotel—which soars 1,053 feet over the Persian Gulf, on an artificial island off Jumeirah Beach—literally epitomizes Dubai’s over-the-topness.

Inspired by ancient Egyptian architecture, the pyramid-shaped Raffles Dubai houses 248 luxury guest rooms and rises 19 stories above the city.

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.

Owned and operated by the XVA Gallery, the XVA Hotel is located in the Bastakiya district. The property is housed inside a 100-year-old mansion, complete with historic architectural elements, including wind towers and courtyards.

Set in the heart of so-called New Dubai (about 20 minutes south from downtown), this 393-room hotel looks right onto one of Dubai’s most extravagant new attractions: Ski Dubai—the world’s biggest indoor snow park.

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

Some of the most exclusive accommodations at the Madinat Jumeirah Resort, Dar Al Masyaf is composed of 29 two-story summer houses containing a total of 283 guest rooms and suites.

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.

This hotel's Lebanese restaurant has outdoor tables overlooking a waterfront resort. Part of the Madinat Jumeirah resort.

This 499-room hotel has brave-new-world bravado and future-is-now daring to spare: two 12-story steel-and-glass towers connected by a bridge, under which fantastically fast cars speed by during Formula One races.

Situated on Old Town Island in downtown, The Palace - The Old Town hotel overlooks the Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.