Jumeirah, the best area to stay in Dubai
First time, couples, beaches, honeymoon
If you are a beach lover who values the option to easily escape from a big city’s hustle and bustle, while still benefiting from a huge variety of activities as well as great restaurants, cafes and bars, Jumeirah is the right place for you. With its beautiful coastline and clean beaches, Jumeirah stretches from the north (Jumeirah 1 area) with the famous La Mer Beach and the beautiful Jumeirah Mosque to the south (Jumeirah 2 and 3) where you can find the popular Jumeirah Beach as well as the world famous Burj Al Arab hotel and the man-made island called Palm Jumeirah.
Most of the superior hotels have direct access to a private beach and offer numerous water activities like jet skiing or windsurfing. But in case you are traveling on a lower budget, Jumeirah also has a number of nice public beaches (e.g. Kite Beach). And if you are traveling with kids, visiting one of the amazing water parks (e.g. Wild Wadi) is a must!
Hotels in Jumeirah Beach
Other areas to stay in Dubai
Shopping, families, with kids
Further south along the coast line, you reach the Dubai Marina. A vibrant and famous neighbourhood in Dubai that offers you a mix of hotel options along the beach (JBR Beach, Marina Beach), plenty of shopping options (e.g. Marina Mall) as well as a large variety of hotels, restaurants, cafes and shops that are lining up along the famous waterside promenade (The Marina Walk).
You can also enjoy numerous water activities, from chartering a boat cruise to simply enjoying some jet-skiing or windsurfing. And if you are looking for a more adrenaline loaded adventure during your stay, Skydive Dubai is a popular spot amongst skydiving lovers. In case you prefer a lower altitude, how about checking out the breathtaking and world’s longest urban zipline (Xline Dubai Marina).
Hotels in Marina
Unlike other cities, Dubai doesn’t have a typical city centre area, but if there is an area that comes close to this definition due to its geographical location, it’s the area of Downtown Dubai. Home to the cities most famous landmark, the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building that also hosts the world's highest restaurant and bar. Nearby you can also find another record holder, The Dubai Mall, as well as additional attractions like the Dubai Fountain and the Dubai Opera. Staying in Downtown gives you the advantage of being in the heart of the city, with plenty of sightseeing and shopping options.
There is also a large selection of restaurants and cafés along the downtown promenade, where you can enjoy the stunning view of the Burj Khalifa. And in case you feel like getting some beach vibes, Jumeirah beaches are just a 15 mins drive away.
Hotels in Downtown
If you appreciate staying in a rather central location with a great selection of various kinds of hotels, Business Bay is a great alternative to Downtown Dubai. As the name indicates, this area of the city is known as one of Dubai’s business districts. It certainly has less tourist attractions than Downtown Dubai, but it has an uprising culture of excellent hotels and restaurants for business as well as leisure travellers. Many of them were built along the waterside, the Dubai Canal, where you can enjoy beautiful walks or bike tours while having an amazing view onto the skyline of Dubai including the prestigious Burj Khalifa.
It’s a less touristy area with great value for money when it comes to its hotels. And as taxis are quite affordable in Dubai, you can easily get wherever you want to (e.g. the beach in Jumeirah or the Burj Khalifa are just a 10 mins ride away).
Hotels in Business Bay