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Best area / hotel to stay

cheshire
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Best area / hotel to stay

Hi,

My boyfriend and I are getting married in Mauritius during a 10 night stay and then spending 5 nights in Dubai on the way home.

Where would people recommend we base ourselves in Dubai in order to see as much of it as we can. We want a luxury hotel, as this is part of our honeymoon, and we would like to do as many of the main attractions as possible - Burj Khalifa, fountains, malls, dolphin experience, possible desert safari and also spend some time just relaxing on the beach.

We're considering the Dar Al Masyaf or Al Qasr at Madinat Jumeirah. They seem centrally based and quite luxurious. Do either of these hotels seem like a good choice or are we in completely the wrong area for the activities we want to do?

Also, how easy is it to travel around Dubai to see the various sights? Is taxi best?

What about going out to eat in the evening? Are there lots of places near to the hotels I've mentioned, that are worth dining at?

Thanks

Here and there
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1. Re: Best area / hotel to stay

There are lost of luxury hotels to choose from; some are on the beach and some are in the city. A city hotel will be most central.

The Madinat resort also includes Mina a Salam, which you haven't mentioned above - it is relatively central but not as central as staying in the new downtown area somewhere like

The Palace at the Old Town

The Address Downtown.

however neither of them is by the beach.

It is easy to travel around Dubai and taxis are cheap. There are many, many lovely places to eat - in the Madinat alone there are more than 40 restaurants to choose from and in the rest of Dubai there are hundreds so filling 5 nights is not an issue.

Wherever you stay make sure you spend at least one night having a meal overlooking the fountains and Burj Khalifa.

I would certainly consider a downtown hotel as you may find the beach a bit disappointing after Mauritius and a club lounge room at Address Downtown would be my top recommend. You can see the fountains and Burj Khalifa every night from your balcony or the club lounge and you get all meals and free drinks in the lounge between 6pm and 11pm every night.

Beautiful infinity pool too.

Here's a review of it with photos - click and drag the first photo to see more

luxuryandboutiquehotels.com/portfolios/…

cheshire
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2. Re: Best area / hotel to stay

Thank you for the helpful information Latimer.

Is it safe to travel around Dubai in the late evenings? For example, if we were to stay at the Madinat resort and one evening, have a meal overlooking the fountains, would we be able to catch a cab back to the Madinat at 10 or 11 in the evening?

Also, is it advisable to walk about in the city this late on when it is dark?

Thanks again

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3. Re: Best area / hotel to stay

Ladylou, you will find Dubai to be one of the safest cities in the World. Taxi's are plentiful and cheap at all times of the day and night. You have no safety fears whatsoever, during your time spent in Dubai. Enjoy Dubai for what it is, a fantastic location and great eating and accomodation. I would imagine that crime would be minimal, if that was even the case. Walking around will depend on the time you are travelling to Dubai, July, August extremely hot and very humid. If that was the case,you would just want to get into a taxi and head back to your hotel.

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4. Re: Best area / hotel to stay

As above, you will feel pretty safe in Dubai, day or night. Many people here are nocturnal, their evenings don't start before 10 or 11 pm. People walking into the mall after 10 pm is a common sight, and so are late night traffic jams. The city really doesn't go to sleep.

cheshire
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5. Re: Best area / hotel to stay

That's fantastic! Thanks so much for the information! Can't wait to go now!

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