Dubai is one of the most exciting tourist destinations on the planet, an intoxicating mix of old world charm and stupendous modernity. Right alongside the centuries old open markets exist modern malls that are the size of several city blocks. If you want to spend some great time this new year in an exciting location, Dubai is a great choice.
Of course, you would want a place to stay once you do land here. Dubai is known for its hotels. This city-state has some of the boldest, tallest, most beautiful hotels you have ever seen. Of course, these hotels are tremendously expensive, but you can find some cheap hotels in the inner city too. But if you have a high budget, or just want to catch some spectacular sights, check out these Dubai hotels:
1. Park Hyatt Dubai
This hotel is situated in the heart of the city, barely 5 minutes from the airport. It belongs to the Hyatt chain of hotels that are well known throughout the world for their luxurious hotels and excellent service. The design is a refreshing mix of Arabian and African influences.
2. Emirates Towers Hotel
The Emirates Towers is one of the older hotels in the city, and still remains popular among loyal clients and older businessmen. Located in the heart of the city, this hotel is a great place to stay if you plan on traveling to both the east and the west parts of the city. You may find the Emirates Towers hotel (sometimes called 'Dubai Towers') a bit lacking in excitement and youthfulness, however.
3. Madinat Jumeirah
The Jumeirah is one of the most popular destinations in Dubai, a resort-hotel near the beach that attracts visitors by the drove. The most attractive feature of the Jumeirah are its room rates: while most hotels on this list would scarcely be affordable to most families, the Jumeirah has rooms for high flying businesses as well as holidaying families.
4. Le Meridien Mina Seyahi
This Le Meridien property is famous throughout dubai for the affordability of its accommodation. While most Dubai hotels are terribly expensive, the Le Meridien Mina Seyahi offers high quality accommodation at prices that are quite affordable to most.
5. Burj Al Arab
This is the granddaddy of all the hotels on this list: an iconic structure that represents the modernization of Dubai. At 321m it is the tallest structure in the world used exclusively as a hotel. It's design resembles the sail of a boat, and images of this hotel are among the most popular souvenir among tourists. Expect to shell out oodles for a night at this hotel though.