Nestled in the heart of the Deira neighbourhood, the former financial centre, this luxurious and stylish hotel in Dubai promises a unique and memorable stay in the sparkling metropolis. The historic quarter on the doorstep of the hotel, today houses a number of bustling souks with a colourful mix of Persian merchants, exotic spices and artisanal treasures. Best suited for families travelling with children of all ages, this lavish hotel accommodates to your every need and a choice of connecting rooms, oversized family rooms and spacious apartments. Young children can meet and play with other peers at the kids club, while the adults relax and unwind at any of the many leisure facilities on offer.
There are several award-winning restaurants offering a variety of cuisines, suitable for every occasion and sometimes offering a specific children’s menu. After dinner there is nightly entertainment, featuring exciting and diverse acts, alternatively indulge with a well-being massage or unwind in the steam room and Jacuzzi. The property also boasts an intimate club lounge, florist and gift shop, rooftop terrace with stunning skyline views, an executive floor, outdoor pool and daily shuttle services to the beach and malls.
The close-by Al Satwa district is easy to get to from any one of Dubai’s major landmarks; only 10 minutes away from the Sheik Zayed Road and equal distance from the Marina, beach and Dubai Zoo. This quaint, historic quarter is jam-packed with independent shops, roadside cafés and traditional architecture and is especially recommendable if you’re on the hunt for unique keepsakes and souvenirs. Locals say that it is a little piece of “old” Dubai, tucked in-between the skyscrapers and resort hotels, where you can partake in some good, old-fashioned bartering and even commission a bespoke suit or gown from one of the many local tailors. The rare and exotic fabrics are surprisingly cheap, and vary from silk to cotton and chiffon, which make equally beautiful wedding dresses as they do everyday-wear. The scattering of beauty salons are great for getting authentic henna painting and relaxing treatments as a well-deserved break.
For something a little more up-to-date, check out Dubai Media City, just inland from the Jumeirah Beach and Palm Island. The institute is a thriving centre for global businesses and media companies, and is a popular site for conferences and worldwide corporate meetings. Business travellers will likely have to visit the centre for work, but the building is also fascinating for every other visitor too, as it comprises of a series of contemporary and sleek towers, surrounded by lush palms and glistening pools of water. It’s a fascinating insight into the world of work within Dubai and how the infinite media organisations, including television, publishing, radio and advertising, operate.