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

Dubai’s only ‘art hotel’ shares its lovely shady courtyards with one of Dubai’s most well-regarded contemporary art galleries, located in the historic Al Fahidi neighbourhood.

Housed in a beautifully-restored, traditional wind tower residence in the labyrinthine historical district, it is one of Dubai’s most atmospheric accommodations.

Added bonuses are the al fresco café in the courtyard, the stylish boutique filled with floaty kaftans and casual jewellery, and the frequently changing art installations. The individually decorated rooms are designed by artists – refreshing and unique in Dubai.

Perfect for art buffs, and those seeking heritage and culture, but not one for those wanting to flop by the beach.

Surrounding area

The hotel is located within the restored, pedestrian-only Al Fahidi, Dubai’s historical district, one of the city’s few heritage zones.

It’s a charming and pleasant warren of narrow lanes and traditional wind towers located alongside Dubai Creek.

Just to the north is the colourful Textile Souk where you can pick up a rainbow of multi-coloured fabrics, pashminas and traditional clothing.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: < 10 mins walk
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Parking: Not available
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

Old Dubai [walking]

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)[0.5 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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Burj Khalifa

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)[7.9 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

Helicopter flights over Dubai

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)[24.1 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

Arabian Teahouse

Arabian Teahouse

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)[0.1 miles]

A delightful former trader’s house in Al Fahidi where you could spend hours sitting in the atmospheric courtyard beneath the shady tree, sipping a mint lemonade or sweet karak tea.

Best for ages: 10+ | Free

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Cultural breakfast at Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding

Cultural breakfast at Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)[0.1 miles]

Cultural activities and meals – including wonderful cultural breakfasts and lunches in Al Fahidi – offer visitors the chance to understand Dubai from the perspective of Emirati’s who have grown up and live in the city.

Best for ages: 13+ | £16

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Variety of spices and herbs on the arab street market stall. Dubai Spice Souk, United Arab Emirates.

Spice Souk

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)[0.5 miles]

While some stores feel a little touristy, locals really do stock up on spices here too. From Iranian saffron to piles of chilis, cloves and spice mixes, the shopkeepers will be happy to tell you about their stock and how you can use the spices back home.

Best for ages: 8+ | Free

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colorful shoes in souk Dubai,United Arab Emirates

Textile Souk

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)[0.5 miles]

Running alongside Dubai Creek, the main lane of the souk is firmly for tourists and vendors can be quite persistent. Head one street back to find the real textile shops that cater to local tailors, with hues of every colour, shimmering satins, thousands of sequins, and the classic blacks and whites that are used to make Emirati traditional dress.

Best for ages: 8+ | Free

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