Best area to stay in Dubai

Where are the best places to stay in Dubai?

Dubai is one of the fastest growing cities in the Middle East and the largest of seven emirates that together form the United Arab Emirates (UAE). A fairly young country with an unprecedented growth and success story. Within only a few decades, Dubai has developed from a desert city into an international hub and has continuously gained attractiveness amongst expatriates, investors and travellers from all over the world.


In Dubai, you often hear that “the sky is the limit” which strongly reflects the cities innovative success mindset of continuously pushing its boundaries. Dubai is home to numerous world records, like for instance the tallest building, the largest mall, the highest outdoor infinity pool and the list goes on and on. Bigger, better, faster! Dubai is simply one of its kind, a city that you really don’t want to miss. Whether for a short stopover or for an extended stay. Sun and fun factor are guaranteed!


The options for visitors in Dubai are endless, and so is the wide selection of hotels and areas to stay. Below you can find our top recommendations of where to stay in Dubai, with our first choice being the beach and coast area around Jumeirah, where you can enjoy numerous beach and outdoor activities, excellent restaurants and from where different tourist attractions are easy to reach.

Hotel   Avg price
Ramada Hotel and Suites by Wyndham Dubai JBR
194€ - 208$
Adagio Premium The Palm
196€ - 210$
Delta Hotels by Marriott Jumeirah Beach, Dubai
216€ - 231$
Hotel   Avg price
Rixos Premium Dubai JBR
430€ - 460$
Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa Dubai
511€ - 547$
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
516€ - 552$
Five Palm Jumeirah Dubai
525€ - 562$
Dar Al Masyaf, Madinat Jumeirah
956€ - 1,023$
Burj Al Arab
1934€ - 2,069$


On the map, which shows the best areas to stay in Dubai, you can see a selection of some of the best located hotels.



If you are interested in where to stay in Dubai, you may also be interested in where to stay in Abu Dhabi, where to stay in Riyadh or where to stay in Doha.

Jumeirah, the best area to stay in Dubai


First time, couples, beaches, honeymoon



Jumeirah Beach

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



Dubai MarinaFurther 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






Shopping, sightseeing



DowntownUnlike 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




Business Bay





Dubai Business BayIf 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


Garhoud, the airport area


Airport, cheaper hotels, one night



Garhoud, the airport areaThis area includes the international airport and therefore is great to stay in if you are getting to Dubai late as there are many hotels that are in walking distance of the airport. There are also numerous spas as well tourist attractions like Creekside Park and is a great area for cycling and generally chilling in with beautiful waterfront pathways.


Also located in the park is Children’s City, which is a fun and informative place for kids and includes a planetarium and nature centre.




Hotels in Garhoud