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Last updated: 01 February, 2023
Expert travel writer: Nicola Chilton

The only hotel in the world with both interiors and exteriors by the late Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, ME Dubai is housed in The Opus, a cuboid building with an organic void at its centre.

If you’re a fan of her work, it’s worth spending an hour or so in The Atrium by Zaha Hadid, sipping coffee and marvelling at the futuristic lines and curves of the lobby space.

The pool-side Deseo bar is the spot for handcrafted Latin American cocktails, or if a G&T is more your thing, Botanica offers a spectacular collection of gins.

The hotel’s Business Bay location may not be the most exciting, but the hotel shares The Opus with a fantastic restaurant, the MAINE Land Brasserie, with sexy interiors and enormous chandeliers, and it’s only a few minutes’ drive to Downtown and DIFC.

Surrounding area

New buildings are popping up like mushrooms in Business Bay which can give the area an unfinished feel, but it is an excellent location, just minutes from many of Dubai’s top attractions – the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, and the Downtown and DIFC districts for great food and drink.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Burj Khalifa

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)[1.2 miles]

At 828m, the Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest building. Head up to the world’s highest outdoor observation deck for exceptional views of the city and desert beyond, and to learn Dubai history along the way.

Best for ages: 4+ | £30

Old Dubai [walking]

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)[8.9 miles]

A walk around ‘Old Dubai’ and an abra ride on the Creek offers a fascinating glimpse of the city as it would have been before the skyscrapers arrived.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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Helicopter flights over Dubai

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)[16.8 miles]

Get you up close to Dubai’s world-famous landmarks, and put the sprawling desert city in perspective with an unforgettable helicopter flip.

Best for ages: 12+ | £160 | 1 hour

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Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

Dubai Fountain

Dubai Fountain

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)[1.1 miles]

Set in the 30-acre Burj Lake, at the foot of the Burj Khalifa next to Dubai Mall, this Bellagio-esque, 5-minute light, sound and water spectacular sees jets of water shoot up to 140m into the air, synchronised to music. It takes place every 30 minutes from 6pm, over an area covering 2 football pitches. Head to the Dubai Fountain Boardwalk for the best view.

Best for ages: 4+ | Free | 5 minutes

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High tea at At.Mosphere

High tea at At.Mosphere

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)[1.2 miles]

Head to this restaurant/café on the 122nd floor of the iconic Burj Khalifa for the highest tea in the world. You’ll have practically the same views as from the observation deck, but with a more relaxed ambience. Cocktails, coffee and full dining options available too.

Best for ages: 13+ | £100

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Jumeirah Mosque is a mosque in Dubai City. It is said that it is the most photographed mosque in all of Dubai. Organized tours are available for non-Muslims.

Jumeirah Mosque

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)[5 miles]

A wonderful opportunity for non-Muslims to gain an insight into the Islamic faith, public tours are on offer as part of the ‘Open Doors, Open Minds’ programme, inviting visitors to ask questions of their Emirati guides, enhancing their understanding of local culture.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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Impression of the Wildlife Sanctuary Ras Al Khor with Greater flamingo's and the skyline of Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)[5.7 miles]

Just a stone’s throw from the Burj Khalifa, this is one of the city’s most unexpected sights – a wetland sanctuary full of avian life, including Greater Flamingos, spoonbills, egrets and more. Go early morning when they gather in large numbers.

Best for ages: 6+ | Free

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Destination guides including or relevant to this place to stay


United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Dubai offers year-round sun, sand and sea, with a unique combination of Arabian culture, mega-malls and audacious architecture.

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