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Dubai Overview

Mar-4-2015 By Lindsey

Dubai is the city of contrasts that beautifully blend together. Dubai is a combination of old and new, ancient and modern traditions, deserts and beaches, and of cultures coming together to create an exciting, unique, cosmopolitan city.

Dubai does things bigger and better than much of the rest of the world. Dubai is home to Burj Al Arab, the tallest, most luxurious hotel in the world. Dubai hosts the world’s richest golf tournament, the Dubai Desert Classic, attracting golfers to vie for over $1 million. With $6 million in prize money, the Dubai Classic is the world’s richest horse race. Dubai is also home to Burj Khalifa, the World’s Tallest Building as well as Ski Dubai, the World’s largest indoor ski facility.

Dubai is one of the largest cities in the United Arab Emirates and has quickly become a playground for luxury travel. Dubai offers many unique activities, including desert safaris which incorporate exhilarating dune rides, camel racing, sandboarding, and falconry. Additional activities include marvelous duty-free, excellent golf courses, exploring unique architecture and traditional souks, and a plethora of water sports.

Dubai is a business, leisure, and economic hub of the Middle East and the government has taken great steps to create a fun, safe, clean, and luxurious environment. Accommodation is amongst the best in the World, service is outstanding, the food is excellent, and the activities are endless. Dubai is a great destination for those seeking a unique, luxurious experience.

Getting to Dubai
Emirates Airlines has daily flights from New York, Boston, Washington D.C., Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle to Dubai. Emirates Airlines is one of the nicest, most luxurious airlines in the World. Delta Airlines has daily flights from Atlanta while United Airlines has flights from Washington D.C. to Dubai.

Weather
Dubai is blessed with very little rain throughout the year. It’s always dry! It is typically cooler from November to March (can be in the 70-80’s), while the summer month of June-September can be quite hot. During the summer months it is common for resorts to have reduced rates.

Dubai Resort Summary

Best of the Best
Burj Al Arab – Jumeirah Beach
Armani Hotel Dubai – Downtown Dubai
One&Only The Palm – Palm Jumeirah
Al Maha Desert Resort – Desert
Six Senses Zighy Bay – 2.5 hours from Dubai, just over the border in Oman

5-Star
Madinat Jumeirah – (Mina A’Salam, Al Qasr, Dar Al Masyaf,) – Jumeirah Beach
One&Only Royal Mirage – (The Palace, Arabian Court, Residence & Spa) – Jumeirah Beach
Jumeirah Beach Hotel – Jumeirah Beach
Ritz Carlton Dubai – Jumeirah Beach
Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
The Address Downtown Dubai – Downtown Dubai
The Palace The Old Town – Downtown Dubai
Desert Palm – City in a residential area
Raffles Dubai – City
Park Hyatt Dubai – City
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray – Palm Jumeirah
Anantara Dubai The Palm – Palm Jumeirah
Atlantis The Palm – Palm Jumeirah
Kempinski Hotel Palm Jumeirah
Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah
Banyan Tree Al Wadi – Desert – Just outside of Dubai
Bab Al Shams – Desert

Rates (Reference Purposes Only, Rates Are Approximate For Entry Level Rooms)
Best of the Best – Approximately US $700 – $2,500+ per night depending on resort
5 Star – Approximately US $350 – $800+ per night
4-Star – Approximately US $200 – $450 per night

Dubai Resort Overview

Burj Al Arab
A spectacular 1,053 ft. tower, built in the shape of a billowing sail, Burj Al Arab rises as the world’s tallest all-suite hotel from a man-made island 920 ft. offshore. Burj Al Arab offers unprecedented levels of luxury and comfort to its guests, with a private reception and butler service on every floor. Each of the luxury suites, which range in size from 1,819 to 8,395 square feet, has been lavishly decorated with materials drawn from the finest suppliers throughout the world. With Al Muntaha restaurant suspended 650 feet above the sea floor and Al Mahara housing a stunning aquarium, restaurants at Burj Al Arab are some of the finest and most unique in the World. Burj Al Arab is often touted as the most luxurious hotel in the World.

Armani Hotel Dubai
The only hotel located in Burj Khalifa, the World’s tallest building, every detail has been personally chosen by Armani to reflect his passion for stylish comfort and functionality. Each of the rooms and suites, which take the unique form of the tower, are finished with precious materials. The curved walls are clad in custom-created luxe fabrics and handmade leather from Florence, floors are covered with Japanese Tatami and bathrooms feature dramatic green bamboo marble from Brazil. Each unique living space is furnished with bespoke Armani Casa pieces including oak tables with liquid metal finish created exclusively for the hotel. Sophisticated colors, clean lines and unique textures blend together seamlessly with the tower’s stunning architecture and natural light to create an atmosphere of calm serenity.

One&Only The Palm
Located on the peninsula of one of the world’s most unique landscapes, Palm Jumeirah, One&Only The Palm offers an exclusive and secluded setting of impeccable style. Amidst lush manicured gardens, fountains and pools along the sparkling shore, guests can enjoy the beauty of the resort. One&Only The Palm blends Moorish and Andalusian architecture with contemporary chic interiors, in 94 rooms, suites, and villas. Exquisite restaurants and a stunning spa help allow One&Only The Palm to be the finest boutique property in Dubai.

Al Maha Desert Resort
Al Maha Desert Resort is set in 87 square miles of pristine desert landscape just 45 minutes from the cosmopolitan city of Dubai. It’s the only resort within the area preserve, and guests experience the true beauty and majesty of the desert and observe the indigenous wildlife including Arabian Oryx and Gazelles. Guests receive two traditional Arabian Desert activities each day such as falconry, camel treks, horse riding, game drives, and archery. A dune bashing outing in a rugged four-wheel drive vehicle is thrilling. In contrast, guided nature walks offer a quieter and more informative way to experience the desert. The spacious suites each offer swimming pools facing out over the desert.

Six Senses Zighy Bay
Six Senses Zighy Bay is located a 2.5 hour drive from Dubai, over the border in the country of Oman. The setting is quite dramatic, with mountains on one side of the resort and a 1 mile sandy beach on the other. This is a secluded beach resort where the huge villas each have their own pools. A stunning dinner experience high atop the mountains overlooking Zighy Bay is a favorite amongst guests. The design and material selection is based on attention to detail and commitment to the environment, creating an uncompromising standard of luxury and Innovative Style. Guests have a choice of three arrival experiences: A scenic ten-minute speed boat trip, a drive over the mountain, or choose to travel as a companion passenger with the Hideaway’s professional paraglider!

Madinat Jumeirah – Mina A’Salam, Al Qasr, Dar Al Masyaf
Madinat Jumeirah consists of three properties in one. Mina A’Salam and Al Qasr are grand hotels while Dar Al Masyaf offers a smaller more intimate atmosphere. The resort also has a traditional Souk (shopping center), Spa, 2 main pool areas, and gondolas to transport guests from one side to the other. The resort offers 45 restaurants, bars and lounges, each with a distinct theme, location and decorative style. Mina A’ Salam rooms and suites all have private balconies. Surrounded by water, Al Qasr rooms have a distinctively Arabian flare and Al Qasr forms a virtual island looking down upon a multitude of fascinating aspects: ancient windtowers, pools, meandering waterways and the superb two kilometer wide beach. Dar Al Masyaf rooms and suites are arranged in the style of exquisite Arabian summer courtyard houses.

One&Only Royal Mirage
One&Only Royal Mirage in Dubai overlooks the Arabian Gulf in 60 acres of landscaped gardens, water fountains and meandering pathways. There is over a half mile of private beach and the waters of the Arabian Gulf provide a perfect playground. The resort comprises three equally distinctive properties – The Palace, Arabian Court and Residence & Spa. The Palace is designed on a truly regal scale and sits on a private beach offering rich leisure facilities. Arabian Court has charismatic guest rooms and elaborately-styled suites, all of which have a sea view, private balcony. The Residence is a secluded sanctuary where intimacy and privacy are of the essence.

Jumeirah Beach Hotel
The structure of this resort hotel represents a stunning breaking wave. This resort is perfect for families. Features include an unspoiled beach with views of Burj Al Arab, four swimming pools, a wide variety of restaurants including a fantastic Lebanese restaurant, a choice of sporting facilities, and unlimited access to Wild Wadi Park (Water Park). A wide variety of room types, suites, and villas ensures there is space for just about any family.

The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai
Exalt in a private playground perched upon an exclusive beachfront situated in the heart of the Dubai Marina area, The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai is a true intimate retreat. Spend your days steeped in history and tradition and your nights enjoying premiere dining and nightlife. The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai is a Mediterranean style resort providing renowned Arabian hospitality in an exclusive setting. The guestrooms overlook the pool and garden area and have a private balcony or patio. The resort encompasses large landscaped gardens and a long white sandy beach.

Four Seasons Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
Set away from many of the popular resorts on Jumeirah Beach (and further away from some of the sites of Dubai), the Four Seasons has pristine, soft sand on its doorstep. With views of the Arabian Gulf and Burj Khalifa, the rooftop bar, Mercury Lounge, has quickly become a hotspot in Dubai. Very nice rooms, a lavish spa, and attention to detail ensures Four Seasons travelers will enjoy this luxury resort.

The Address Downtown Dubai
Located across the spectacular Dubai Fountains with amazing views of Burj Khalifa, the World’s tallest building, The Address Downtown Dubai offers contemporary, modern, spacious rooms in one of the most exciting areas of Dubai. Adjacent to the luxurious Dubai Mall and the Old Town Souks, there are dozens of restaurants, bars, and hundreds of shops within an easy stroll. The Address Downtown Dubai has one of the most popular bars in Dubai, a number of nice restaurants, and is conveniently located to the airport. The Address is a favorite with our clients!

The Palace – The Old Town
The Palace – The Old Town is a harmonious blend of Middle Eastern heritage and contemporary Dubai. The luxurious hotel is ideally situated in the Downtown Dubai area, a short distance from just about all of the leisure attractions. The Palace is directly connected with the Souk Al Bahar, faces The Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa- the world’s tallest tower, and is just a step away from The Dubai Mall- one of the largest shopping center in the world. The Palace – The Old Town has 242 guest rooms, including 81 magnificent suites, all featuring balconies with views of The Dubai Fountain, Burj Lake or Old Town.

Desert Palm
Desert Palm’s chic luxury emerges from the dramatic city landscape in contrasting harmony with the lush surrounds of green in its extensive polo property. Sporting elegant local architecture and design set amidst palm trees, Desert Palm offers sensually designed accommodations in its 24 ‘naturally modern’ guest suites and pool villas. The infinity swimming pool is a great place to lounge, where after a dip guests can enjoy a gourmet snack at the Epicure café. The Lime Spa offers an integrated wellness approach: healing spa therapies, relaxation and fitness, and healthy organic cuisine. This is a true boutique property in a residential area of Dubai.

Raffles Dubai
Inspired by the great pyramids of Egypt, the pyramidal structure of Raffles is a stunning landmark in Dubai’s skyline. A shopping adventure lies around the corner as Raffles Dubai adjoins Wafi, one of Dubai’s most exclusive shopping and leisure destinations, home to hundreds of boutiques offering an extensive selection of international haute couture, jewelry and gifts. Featuring luxurious rooms and suites, Raffles Dubai offers some of the most spacious rooms in the city, each with a generously-sized private balcony.

Park Hyatt Dubai
Park Hyatt Dubai resort hotel is a luxury retreat adjacent to the world-famous Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. Also adjacent to the Dubai Creek and marina, the hotel is located just minutes away from the Dubai city center, luxury shopping precincts and prime business districts. The Park Hyatt provides an experience of elegant and contemporary luxury. Guests of the hotel receive personal service in an intimate and refined environment. From the exquisitely appointed guestrooms to the critically acclaimed art program to the signature restaurants featuring award-winning chefs, every detail of the stay experience is thoughtfully and impeccably executed.

Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray is a truly luxurious beachside resort located on the west crescent of the iconic Palm Jumeirah in Dubai and offers exhilarating views of the Arabian Gulf and Dubai’s impressive skyline. The lavish interior of the resort is inspired by palaces of the Ottoman period and features hand painted finishing’s, Turkish artwork and stunning murals that conjure up images of the grand and magnificent era of the Ottoman Empire. The resort features a variety of restaurants from fine dining, to casual, to chic bar and nightlife settings. Talise Ottoman Spa at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray is unique and one of the most elegant and authentic Turkish style hammams in the region.

Anantara Dubai The Palm
Located on a quiet stretch of Palm Jumeirah, The Anantara Dubai The Palm Resorts offers excellent value for travelers looking for a luxury beach resort. The resort also boasts the only over water villas in the region! A river pool snakes through the resort and many rooms have direct access to the slow moving pool. With spacious rooms and a beautiful setting, Anantara Dubai The Palm is a great beach resort in Dubai.

Atlantis The Palm
Atlantis The Palm is located at the end of Palm Jumeirah, a man-made island created to look like a palm tree. It has two towers linked by an arch at the top. The resort offers relaxation and excitement for everyone, including marine habitats, a water park, white beaches, a spa, and shops. The resort covers over 113 acres and the accommodation options include 1,373 rooms and 166 suites across the majestic building’s Royal Towers. Each and every room is designed with subtle oceanic and Arabic influences. Featuring 16 lovely dining venues, you’ll find diverse gourmet experiences including sophisticated seafood, innovative sushi, and quick bites from around the world. This is one of the best family resorts in Dubai.

Kempinski Hotel Palm Jumeirah
Located on Dubai’s coveted Palm Jumeirah, the magnificent beachside setting of Kempinski Hotel Palm Jumeirah grants guest’s a world of exclusive luxury, endless pampering and indulgent facilities. Over a quarter mile of private beach allows guests to swim in the azure water of the Palm Jumeirah lagoon or if you prefer the pool, enjoy the nearly 13,000 sq. ft. free form swimming pool – fully temperature controlled with a shaded kids pool area. Whether you prefer a romantic dinner, luxurious feast with friends, or panoramic sunset drinks, the hotel’s European-style bars and restaurants suit every palate, and every occasion. Indulge your senses at the Cinq Mondes Spa. The resort offers many multi-bedroom options to suit most family’s desires.

Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah
Located on a pristine stretch of beach on Palm Jumeirah, the magnificent beachside resort boasts one of our favorite restaurants in Dubai, Social by Heinz Beck. The large resort has two temperature controlled swimming pools and a very nice Waldorf Astoria Spa. There are numerous conference rooms so the resort does get a number of business travelers.

Banyan Tree Al Wadi Resort
A 45 minute drive from Dubai, amid stretches of desert sand in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah lays Banyan Tree Al Wadi Resort. The resort features an Asian-inspired hydrotherapy spa, a dedicated nature reserve, a private beach club (20 minutes away), and an 18-hole championship golf course. An Arabian wildlife experience within the nature reserve includes local desert fauna such as Arabian gazelles, Camels and Arabian Oryx’s; allowing guests a unique opportunity to interact with and observe these gentle creatures up close.

Bab Al Shams Desert Resort
Emerging from the heart of the desert, Bab Al Shams Desert Resort is an elegant desert resort in a traditional Arabic fort setting. Located 45 minutes from Dubai, the resort features rooms and suites appointed in traditional Gulf decor, complemented by the region’s first authentic open-air Arabic desert restaurant, and a superb range of recreational facilities including archery, horse riding and desert cruising. The main pool area is the focal point of the resort. The main bar is a perfect spot for sunset as the view is spectacular.

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