Asleepy pearling village just 50 years ago, Dubai has risen from the sand dunes to become one of the world’s most dynamic travel destinations. Blending coastal cool with big-city vibes, the jewel of the United Arab Emirates lures tourists with year-round sunshine and record-breaking attractions like the world’s tallest building and the largest waterpark on Earth. Dubai’s dining scene is a celebration of cultures and cuisines–200-plus nationalities call the emirate home–offering everything from Middle Eastern street food to Michelin-starred fine dining.
Dubai’s hotels are equally diverse. Sun-seeking couples and families favor seaside resorts, such as the Four Seasons Resort Dubai or Atlantis, The Palm, which are situated along Jumeirah Beach and Palm Jumeirah, the man-made palm-shaped island that’s visible from space. For business travelers, a roll call of luxury hotels, like The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Center, can be found in the heart of the fast-paced city. Below, we’ve narrowed down the 10 best hotels in Dubai.
Popular Hotels in Dubai
I have been a travel and food writer for close to two decades. I’ve reviewed the world’s best boutique hotels as an editor at Mr&Mrs Smith and sought out authentic flavors in far-flung destinations from Sicily to Sri Lanka. My love of endless sunshine and pristine beaches led me to live in Australia, Thailand and Hong Kong. For the past five years, I’ve lived in Dubai where I’ve worked as a restaurant and hotel reviewer keeping my finger firmly on the pulse of this fast-paced city. I’ve also written travel guides and articles for Emirates Open Skies, British Airways High Life, Gourmet Traveller, Mercedes-Benz Magazine, Delicious, Vogue Entertaining + Travel and many more.