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Hotels in Dubai

One of the major cities in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai has been one of the most important cities in the region since the late 1960s when the oil industry and real estate development made it an economic powerhouse. The climate can get uncomfortably hot, especially in the summer, but the location on the northern coast of the Persian Gulf takes a bit of the edge off. The surrounding desert has enough rainfall to accommodate wild grasses and date palms, and water can be found in gorges, waterholes, and the Dubai Creek, which runs through the city.

Tourism in Dubai

The geography of this region is quite dramatic and hauntingly beautiful, complete with vast sand dunes and distant, jagged mountains. Within the city, buildings, transportation, and infrastructure are state of the art. Tourists are drawn to Dubai to experience both its natural environment and modern wonders, several of which are the biggest, tallest, or one of a kind throughout the world. Along with some thrilling examples of futuristic architecture, ancient ruins and museums are also on the list of popular attractions.

  • The Gold Souk. The city is the shopping capital of the Middle East, with 70 malls, one of which is the world’s largest. There are also several souks, which are traditional outdoor markets selling spices, textiles, and food. The Gold Souk is the most famous of these, housing 250 shops that sell everyone’s favorite precious metal.
  • Ski Dubai. Yes, you can go skiing in the Sahara Desert. Located in the Mall of the Emirates, this is the largest indoor ski park in the world, and it has everything you would expect to find at a conventional outdoor ski hill. You can ski, snowboard, or take lessons, or enjoy the runs on any of the numerous hills.
  • Dubai Miracle Garden. Yet another entry for biggest in the world, this garden uses reclaimed water to nourish more than 45 million flowers over a space of 72,000 meters. The garden is only open during the cooler months between September and May.
  • Burj Khalifa. This exquisite skyscraper is a mix of creative architecture and engineering mastery. The tower is the tallest building in the world and its design is based on a desert flower Hymenocallis, also known as the spider lily.

Hotels in Dubai

Dubai can be an expensive city to visit, but it doesn’t have to be, and you don’t need a lot of money to spend some time there. This is, after all, the home of the legendary Burj Al Arab, the world’s only seven-star hotel. There are an array of choices for accommodations in Dubai, from ultra-luxurious and expensive to no-frills economical, and virtually every choice includes perks like breakfast, airport transfers, and free WiFi.

  • Hostels and Hotels. There is only one official hostel in town, but there are many budget hotels that can be in the same category. Many of these are the same price as a regular Canadian hotel or motel, sometimes even cheaper.
  • Resorts. There are many resorts in town and in the suburbs, and they are either close to the beach or downtown. These are the luxury options that are often more expensive, featuring extra facilities like pools and spas. The range in prices here goes from the same as a regular hotel to several hundred dollars.
  • Apartments and Residences. On average, these are larger suites designed and intended for long-term stays. These are the most expensive options on the list, and most are located downtown.