Surrounded by bustling souk markets, historical architecture and narrow, winding lanes, this comfortable ‘4 star – Secret Hotel in Dubai – 4 star – Dubai’ is our top pick for exploring the city, whether you’re here for a business conference or a family vacation. With easy and quick access to the beautiful Creek and green public park, the location of this superb hotel is a welcome break from the high-rise complexes and ultra-modern cityscape.
Guests are made to feel right at home from the moment they arrive by the friendly staff, and throughout their stay with home comforts and convenient and modern services. Among them is a car rental desk, dry cleaning, WiFi, and organised children’s programmes. Business guests are welcome to make use of the fully-equipped meeting rooms and business centre, and private dining is available for large groups upon request. The leisure facilities are second-to-none and will ensure that your stay is as relaxing as it is entertaining. Sports lovers will not want to pass up the opportunity to use the first-class golf course, tennis courts and swimming pool. For those guests who prefer to unwind and pamper, there is a Health Centre and Jacuzzi for the ultimate self-indulgence.
Just a few steps from the banks of the Creek, Dubai Museum sits within the notable Al Fahidi Fort, and offers visitors a fascinating look at the intricacies of Dubai’s past. The fort itself is the oldest building in the city, built in 1787, and the museum was later opened by the then ruler with the intention to educate visitors with the traditional Emirate way of life. The collections include countless artefacts and relics of the past, from both the local environs and further afield such as Asia and Africa. The exhibitions and demonstrations concentrate on life in Dubai before the boom of oil, with life-size replicas of traditional shop-fronts with vendors, pearl merchants and craftsmen. There are also models of old mosques, houses, souks, and rural desert lifestyles, complete with camels, wild animals and Bedouin camps.
Floating peacefully on the neighbouring Dubai Creek are several fine-dining restaurants with in-built postcard-worthy views. Whether it’s for your own special occasion or if you’re treating a visitor, any of these famous floating eateries promise a unique and unforgettable experience. One of the most popular is Aprons & Hammers, due to the 360 degree views of the Marina, Creek and bustling banks, the warm hospitality and the breath-takingly fresh fish dishes. The overall dining experience is definitely not one you have every day; upon arrival the staff hand out aprons that will later prove handy when you smash open your own bucketful of crabs, lobsters and shellfish with mini-hammers!