A desert city playground with a unique combination of Arabian culture, mega-malls and audacious architecture in a setting of year-round sun, sand and sea. Great family hotels and a ridiculous number of family attractions too.
Recommended place to stay:
Al Seef Heritage Hotel Dubai
Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)|www.hilton.com|
Official star rating:
Located in the faux-old part of Dubai alongside the Creek, this wonderfully atmospheric hotel manages to feel authentically vintage in spite of only having opened four years ago.
The comfy rooms are split into different bait, or individual ‘houses’, spread along the Al Seef waterfront area, and are filled with retro design details like old photos, oil lamps and clunky light switches.
Onsite restaurant Saba’a Café’s breakfast is worth getting out of bed for – Emirati-inspired items include cardamom waffles and saffron French toast. They’ll also drive you by buggy to sister hotel Canopy by Hilton, so you can use the rooftop pool with its fabulous views of the whole area.
Just a few minutes’ walk away is Al Fahidi, the ‘real’ old Dubai with some houses dating back 100 years, topped by traditional wind towers. If you want less of the city’s skyscraper futurism and more of a cultural stay, this hotel is a good choice.
Perhaps the best location to experience all that Dubai Creek has to offer, the hotel sits squarely in Al Seef, a friendly area giving a modern take on old Dubai filled with restaurants, cafés and souvenir shops selling carpets, lanterns and Arabian artefacts.
Here you’ll find art galleries, courtyard cafés and a number of quirky small museums. Stretch your legs a little further along the Creek and you’ll reach the textile souk; head into the bustling back streets and you’ll find some of the city’s best – and cheapest – Indian and Pakistani food.
Traditional abra water taxis ply the waters of the Creek. Hop aboard and you’ll reach the gold and spice souks in just a few minutes.
Please note - we hope to one day have live prices for you, but for now, here are some useful links for you to compare prices...
Food & drink
Destination guides including or relevant to this place to stay