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Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited for the long weekend due to the National Day holiday in the UAE. We drove up from Abu Dhabi. The resort is very easy to find and a short drive (around an hour) from Dubai and Abu Dhabi alike. I am an expedia VIP member but thanks to the hotel being fully booked, they weren't able to give... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great experience in the heart of the dessert👍🏻 oasis🌺🌴 there're only you and stars, nobody else) one of my favorite hotels, which I prefer to stay much more often than ion the other places❤️ great atmosphere which help you to be closer to authentic culture⭐️

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is one of the most beautiful hotels I've stayed ! The staff are great and very friendly. Make sure you to have dinner at Al Hadheerah restaurant and watch their spectacular show! Definitely will be back !

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Thank LIAAGLADZE
Mohamed A, General Manager at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear LIAAGLADZE, Many thanks for your review! I was happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and hope to see you again soon! Kind regards, Mohamed Aghoury, General Manager More 

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28 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Having researched desert resorts near Dubai for a day visit we chose Bab al Shams for 5 adults and a 3 year old. The daily rate at 375 dirhams each sounds expensive but the 3 year old was free and all the adults thought it was a fabulous day and actually very good value. The facilities for adults and children... More 

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Mohamed A, General Manager at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Simon T, Thank you very much for your wonderful review on TripAdvisor. I truly do appreciate your kind comments; it is heartwarming to know that our hospitality and service does not go unnoticed. Please rest assured that I shall personally be sharing your feedback with the entire team. We thank you for your recommendation and hope to welcome you... More 

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27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I recently stayed for 3 nights following on from a 4 night stay in Dubai City. This was our third visit to Dubai and I wanted to experience the desert and see a different side to the country. It took approx an hour to get there from our hotel out on the palm and enabled us to... More 

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Mohamed A, General Manager at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear HelenAnnThomas, Very many thanks for your extensive review, which will surely also be appreciated by other travelers! I was very happy to see that you enjoyed your stay with us and found the room, service, facilities, and food to your full satisfaction. Thank you for staying with us and we hope to see you again soon! All the best,... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Extremely overpriced for what you get. The resort facilities like the pools and restaurants were quite nice. The staff are amazing. The rooms are quite dated and small by Dubai standards. The king terrace room was interesting, set in a cave-type environment but again, was small and old. The royal suite was more like a very junior suite. Though it's... More 

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Mohamed A, General Manager at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Boshra T, Thank you for posting a review regarding your recent stay here at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa. We really appreciate your positive feedback especially on how you were assisted by all hotel staff during your stay. On the other hand, we would like to extend our sincere apologies if the rooms were not up to... More 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed for 1 night and had jolly good time. Good place to relax far from busy city life. Traditional room design combined with modern amenities like cement oval bath tub, queen size bed,:etc. The Arabic dishes falafel, hummous, salad, blue berry ginger mojito drink all were excellent at Sarab Restaurant. We could not get booking at Masala Restaurant, need... More 

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Mohamed A, General Manager at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Robinhood2014, Many thanks for reviewing us! I was happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay here at the Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa and we all hope to see you again soon! Kind regards, Mohamed Aghoury, General Manager More 

Beirut, Lebanon
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26 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited Bab Al Shams for a short business meeting. The overall experience was excellent. The services, the surrounding facilities and accommodation experiences were really great. The restaurants are of exceptional quality and superior services. The property is well maintained and of exceptional cleanliness. The staff was very helpful and courteous. It was a great experience to be recommended for people... More 

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Mohamed A, General Manager at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Tony B, Thanks for reviewing us! It was great to see that you had an enjoyable stay at the Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa and liked your room, the food, and the service. It'll certainly be a pleasure to welcome you back again and we hope it won't be too long a wait! Kind regards, Mohamed Aghoury,... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed in this hotel for 10 days. Absolutely stunning from start to finish. 60min from Dubai airport right in middle of the desert. Very quiet and relaxing place. Entertaining place in evening " Al Sarab Rooftop Lounge " the Manager Boules is amazing, everything you need he'll do it for you. All staff is very polite, welcoming and helpful. Thanks... More 

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Mohamed A, General Manager at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Julien L, Thank you very much for your wonderful review on TripAdvisor. I truly do appreciate your kind comments; it is heartwarming to know that our hospitality and service does not go unnoticed. Please rest assured that I shall personally be sharing your feedback with Boules and Duminda as well as the entire team. We thank you for your... More 

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nice and comfortable hotel to unwind from the crowd and noise of Dubai. The hotel is well located has very good restaurants. The pool is very nice also. We had the chance to being upgraded to Junior Suite which was very nice. However, and it is intentional to respect the tradition ad local culture, please be aware that the... More 

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Mohamed A, General Manager at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Nicolas T, Thanks for reviewing us and for your kind words. It was good to see that you had an enjoyable stay with us and we hope to see you again soon! Kind regards, Mohamed Aghoury, General Manager More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Translated from Arabic as "Gateway to the sun", the *award-winning 5-star Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa is designed to resemble a fortified rural Arab village amidst the desert landscape. Featuring low-rise architecture, this sandy coloured style fort boasts the main tower with Reception area and lobby and clusters of two-storey buildings housing guest accommodation, restaurants, spa and meeting facilities interconnected by seemingly endless little walkways. The charm of Arabia is personified in every corner of the property with small lanes running through the hotel, scattered around ponds and secluded seating areas, shaded courtyards, water fountains and trickling streams bestowing the feel of cool tranquillity. The abundance of green garden areas and manicured lawns adds to the quiet and soothing environment of the resort. The rustic Arabian theme of exterior design continues to flow in the carefully selected interior decorations and settings featuring uncovered natural stone floors, bare plastered walls, dark wood and iron fixtures, warm dimmed lighting and an abundance of artefacts showcased throughout the property. The resort boasts 113 rooms and suites offering cosy accommodation in an authentic Arabian style with majority of the rooms having a private terrace. All guest rooms and public areas have complimentary Wi-Fi access. *World's Leading Desert Resort, World Travel Awards. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa

Address: International Endurance City, 308th Rd | P.O Box 8168, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Region: United Arab Emirates > Emirate of Dubai > Dubai
Price Range: $331 - $1,018 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 113
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Also Known As:
Bab Al Shams Desert Hotel Dubai
Bab Al Shams Desert Resort And Spa
Hotel Style:
#8 Top resorts Hotel in Dubai
#38 Spa Hotel in Dubai
#40 Business Hotel in Dubai
#47 Family Hotel in Dubai
#50 Luxury Hotel in Dubai
#53 Romantic Hotel in Dubai
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“Ask for a room facing east on the first floor. Sunrise is spectacular.”
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“Stick with the standard rooms...every bit as good as the suites.”
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“terrace room overlooking the dessert sunset or pool area”
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“Try to get one facing the desert.”
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