Dubai has become over the years one of the most visited destinations in the world. In case you're planning to visit Dubai soon and are not very familiar with all Dubai areas, you're probably wondering where to stay. We will try to help.
Firstly, its important to understand that Dubai is one of the seven Emirates of United Arab Emirates and its most populous one. It is located between the Persian Gulf and the Desert. During the summer (June to September) the temperatures can rise severely therefore, in case you really don't appreciate hot summers, visiting from October to May might be the best option.
We have identified four main areas in Dubai that could potentially be the best place for you to stay: near Burj Khalifa (Dubai's Downtown), Jumeirah Beach, Dubai Marina and The Palm Jumeirah. We left a surprise to the end - keep on reading...
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4 Key AreAs to Stay In
STAYING NEAR BURJ KHALIFA AREA
(Dubai Map, Area 1)
Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world and is located at the heart of Dubai's Downtown area (also known as Downtown Burj Dubai), which is adjacent to ever-busy Sheikh Zayed Road. In the vicinity of Burj Khalifa you'll find several luxury hotels, all with a spectacular view. Most of the hotels here boast jaw-dropping views of Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountain, an enormous fountain with unmissable water shows. This area is also where the world largest shopping center is located - Dubai Mall. Souk Al Bahar, an outdoor commercial area with several restaurants, is also one of the highlights near Burj Khalifa. The Burj Khalifa area is ideal for everyone who wants to feel at the centre of the action with easy on-foot access to nearby attractions. A curious fact: the total cost for building this area from scratch reached the staggering amount of US$20 Billion.
STAYING IN JUMEIRAH BEACH AREA
(Dubai Map, Area 2)
You are certainly familiar with the image of Burj Al Arab kind of floating over the water as it is the classical Dubai's postcard image. Burj Al Arab is also that 7-star hotel that captured the attention of discerned travellers (one of the best and most famous hotels in the world with killer views over the sea). That familiar image is from Jumeirah Beach area. Jumeirah Beach is a white sand beach with warm turquoise waters that stretches from north Deira (Old Town) to Dubai Marina district in the south. This is a great location to stay in case your primary goal is to be directly by the beach. Make no mistake: at Jumeirah Beach you'll also find many restaurants and shops, specially if you stay between Burj al Arab and Madinat Jumeirah complex, which is the epicentre of this area. Madinat Jumeirah Souk is where you can shop for local, traditional products. Al Wadi Wadi, a popular waterpark, is perfect for families with kids and usually complimentary for guests staying in Jumeirah group hotels. Burj Khalifa area is a 20-minute drive away from Jumeirah beach.
STAYING IN DUBAI MARINA AREA
(Dubai Map, Area 4)
Dubai Marina district, south of Jumeirah Beach and established in 2003, is a man-built canal, densely populated by high-rise buildings. The second tallest building in Dubai and one of the tallest buildings in the world is residential-only Princess Tower (while there just look for the building that has a top-crown and you'll know you've identified it). At Dubai Marina we can find Dubai Media City (a state-of-the-art regional media hub) and Dubai Internet City (a technological park operating under the rules of a free economic zone). If you enjoy night strolls we suggest a visit to Dubai Marina Walk, an outdoor venue where restaurants and bars are abundant. Hotels in Dubai Marina area are housed in skyscrapers with fascinating views (specially as the night falls and the lights start to lit up) or near Marina Beach (sea views in the front, skyline view on the back). It wouldn't be Dubai if there wasn't a large shopping Mall in the district - in this case Dubai Marina Mall, one of the largest malls in Dubai. Both Jumeirah Beach and The Palm are a short-drive away.
STAYING IN THE PALM
(Dubai Map, Area 3)
A floating palm in the Persian Gulf. What started to be a dream soon became a real project and, by the end of 2014, The Palm Jumeirah artificial island was finally completed. Would you rather be away from it all and relax next to a perfect private white sand beach? In that case, you have found the right place to stay in Dubai. Luckily for you, there are many luxury hotels at The Palm to stay in. For sea views, this is most probably the best place to stay in Dubai. Dubai's skyscrapers will be distantly on the horizon so you never forget there is an exciting metropolis ready to be explored. Know that by staying in The Palm you will always need car transportation to reach Dubai Downtown, Jumeirah Beach or Dubai Marina. Again, this is the place to stay sufficiently far from the city to rest your body and soul but at the same time only a 20-minute drive to Dubai's major attractions.
THE PERFECT SURPRISE: A TRIP TO DUBAI DESERT
We left to the end what we consider to be the ultimate Dubai experience: a trip to the desert. It would be a shame not to visit such a remarkable place while your next visit to Dubai. Staying in the desert for a couple of nights is like travelling back in time: from the urban and cosmopolitan city of Dubai to a destination where everything is so different from what you're used to. Ideally, you can go straight from Dubai Airport to one of the desert luxury hotels. After a 45-minute drive, you'll find yourself arriving at your hotel, surrounded by immense golden dunes. Spend a few nights there and then head to one of Dubai's top luxury hotels. Alternatively, leave the desert to the end and surprise your loved one - this will surely be a life-lasting memory.