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13 jaw dropping hotels & attractions in Dubai

Acrophobics need not apply.

by Briana Seftel

The capitol of the United Arab Emirates has the Guinness Book of World Records on lock. It’s home to the world’s highest building (the Burj Khalifa), the world’s tallest hotel (JW Marriott Marquis Dubai), the world’s largest artificial island (the Palm Jumeirah) and the world’s biggest mall (Dubai Mall). A stunning desert metropolis dripping with excess, these are the 13 hotels and attractions to see Dubai in full effect.

Burj Khalifa 85

1 Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard

The world's tallest skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa (formerly known as the Burj Dubai) officially opened at the beginning of 2010.

- Concierge

Park Hyatt Dubai 91

Baniyas Rd

Understated Moorish design and the inspiring landscape of the waterfront Park Hyatt make this a peaceful oasis in the heart of the city.

- Frommer's

Raffles Dubai 94

Sheikh Rashid Road

This pyramid-shape luxury property is attached to Wafi City shopping mall and merges Asian style with an Egyptian aesthetic.

- Frommer's

Jumeirah Beach Hotel 89

Jumeirah Beach Road

While the interiors of this wave-shaped hotel are rather gaudy when compared with Dubai’s chic new hotels, families love the bright, bold colours, excellent beach facilities and myriad kids’ activities.

- DK Eyewitness

Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai 86

Sheikh Zayed Road

This award-winning property makes a striking 43-story statement at the heart of the Sheikh Zayed business district, and its cool contemporary interiors are a great place for meetings.

- Fodor's

Burj Al Arab Jumeirah 91

Burj Al Arab

With an eye-catching aesthetic and fleet of Rolls-Royce Phantoms, Burj Al Arab has always delivered on decadence.

- The Telegraph

This showcase beach hotel has been modeled after the nineteenth-century palace of the current ruler’s grandfather.

- Condé Nast Traveler

Bastakia Quarter 82

Bur dubai

Traffic noise fades to a quiet hum in the labyrinthine lanes of the historic Bastakia Quarter, Dubai’s old town.

- Lonely Planet

Ski Dubai 83

Shiekh Zayed Road, Interchange 4

This indoor ski resort has a mountain contained inside a mall. 

- Atlas Obscura

Wild Wadi Water Park 84

Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim 3

Dubai's premier water park, Wild Wadi covers 12 acres and abuts Jumeirah Beach in the shadow of the Burj Al-Arab hotel.

- Fodor's

Jumeirah Mosque 93

Al Jumeirah Rd

You'll likely hear the mosques before you see them - the call to prayer can be heard five times a day in the morning as the sun starts to seep into your hotel room.

- Frommer's

Emirates Towers 84

Sheikh Zayed Rd

These twin skyscrapers, located in Dubai's business district, added an extra dimension to the city's dynamic architecture when they opened at the turn of the millennium.

- Fodor's

Grosvenor House Dubai 91

Al Sufouh Road

Very much a chic city hotel rather than a resort, the room decor is minimalist —in chocolate browns, dark woods, and gleaming marble— with huge plasma-screen TVs.

- Concierge

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