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What is the best area to stay in Dubai besides the Burj?

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What is the best area to stay in Dubai besides the Burj?

I would like a nice 4-5 star hotel that is centurally located. I plan on doing all the touristy things.

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1. Re: What is the best area to stay in Dubai besides the Burj?

There are 2 main locations as you already know; the beach and downtown dubai.

If you want to go for the beach then the best hotel to go for is one of the madinat hotels. If you want a busy hotel then go for mina a salaam, if you want a quieter hotel then go for the al qasr and if you want a really romantic and private hotel go for the dar al maysaf. These hotels are well located in that you are 5 mins from the main mall MOE where ski dubai is. You are right next to the madinat souk where there is a wide variety of restaurants, bars and coffee shops. As well as only being 20 mins drive from central dubai where the souks and creek is located. With these hotels you also get free access to wild wadi as well as being able to use all the jumeirah hotel groups facilities. You can also get into the burj al arab at certain times of the day to have a look around. If you don't like the look of these hotels then it is also worth having a look at LRM, new westin, Royal Mirage and the Ritz Carlton.

If these are out of your budget then you could try the hilton jumeirah beach, oasis beach or habtoor grand although there is quite a bit of construction work going on around it.

The other hotels mentioned above are a further 10mins drive from the madinat hotels so are a little further from all the action.

City wise there are plenty of nice hotels with good locations. I recommend you look at the grand hyatt, park hyatt, hilton dubai creek, raffles - quite expensive, fairmont and shangri-la. All of these are centrally located.

I recommend you do have dinner one night at the madinat souk.

Tea/drinks at the burj al arab also seem to be a must.

Desert safari- try googling arabian adventures dubai

Shopping at the malls

Dinner on the creek

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2. Re: What is the best area to stay in Dubai besides the Burj?

Agree with the above.

This may help you to put together an better idea idea of how Dubai is put together.

As you will see the distances are quite big sometimes which is why people use taxis a lot. They are metered, cheap and plentiful.

This is to try and explain how Dubai is put together and show that there aren’t really areas that are closer to the shops than others etc.

I have taken some licence here to try and keep it simple, as the simpler it is hopefully the easier it will be to understand.

I have split the City into 4 areas:

1) The older part which we’ll call the Creek area.

2) New Dubai / Jumeirah Beach/Marina area.

3) Jebel Ali area.

4) DubaiLand

Here’s a link to see a map of Dubai.


The bits coloured yellow are areas that are currently under construction or areas that have projects planned. The map is from June ’06 and obviously other projects have been announced, but it gives you a decent hint as to the magnitude of what is going on. You should be able to make the photo bigger by playing with the size.

The dimensions of the map on the ground are something like 75kms / 46 miles by 52kms / 33 miles. Shopping malls are spread all around the Creek, Jumeirah / Beach / Jebel Ali areas. So staying near all the shops is really a non starter as they’re spread pretty much across most (of the non-yellow bits) of the map. Use cabs they are clean, metered and cheap.

This map is also handy as it has squares so we can give you a hint of what is where. Again a lot of licence with this, but it’ll give you a hint.

From the top left of the map.

Jebel Ali.

A1, A2, A3, B1, B2, B3.

New Dubai / Jumeirah Beach/Marina.

C1, C2, C3, D1, D2, D3.


E1, E2, E3, F1, F2, F3.

DubaiLand fairly neatly takes in pretty much everything else that is yellow!

A bit about what is / will be in each.

If you see an area that you want a closer look at then this map is a .pdf so you zoom in / out of your selected area.:


Creek - This area is split into two by the Creek.

The older part of the City that has most of the culture / heritage.

The current airport is close to that area.

Deira is the part farthest from the Jumeirah area and on the other side of the creek. The gold and spice souqs are there, as is the Heritage Village and the Dubai Museum.

On the other side of the creek is an area called Bur Dubai.

Textiles / tailoring either Meena Bazaar, Bur Dubai or similar in the Satwa area.

Karama which is a large shopping area (not mall). Loads of regular shops, some of which sell “fake” goods.

There are a lot of hotels, but generally no beach access.

Shopping Malls.

This is generally the area where you find some of the cheaper hotels as well as some of the 5* hotels, eg Grand Hyatt, Park Hyatt, Raffles etc.

New Dubai / Jumeirah Beach/Marina.

All along the beach many good standard hotels / restaurants.

Hotels here tend to command a premium over their equivalents in the Creek area because of the beach.

Shopping Malls.

Gold & Diamond Park.

Palm Jumeira.

Ski Dubai and Wild Wadi Water Park and a host of other things.

Jebel Ali.

Not a whole lot there at the moment (relative), but it will be massive in the next few years. Residential / office complexes that will be about 1 ¼ million people when completed.

The above does not include a brand new airport that will be bigger than the combined size of London Heathrow and Chicago O’Hare when completed.


Here’s an idea of what is planned: http://www.dubailand.ae/

Then click on “interactive map”

Part of the above will be a 10kms strip of themed hotels and when finished it is projected that there will be an extra 60,000 rooms.

If you now want to see what is in a specific area of the City then download this .pdf. You can zoom in and out and it’s up to date as of Oct ’07:


Google Earth is another good way to check things out although it will be a bit historic.

Here’s another series of specific area maps:


It’s worth noting that the original main highway that runs through Metro Dubai (end to end) is called Sheikh Zayed Road and you could well find yourself travelling on it quite a bit as you get around the City seeing this and that.

Nearly all the big (current) shopping malls are close to it and that includes:

Deira City Centre.

Wafi City

Lamcy Plaza.

Mazaya Centre.

Mall of the Emirates

Times Square.

Gold and Diamond Park

Ibn Battuta Mall

A lot of the 5* hotels are either on SZR or a short run off it.

The consensus on the forum seems to be that you pay the toll on SZR if you have to. The amount of time saved, at certain times of day, far outweighs the cost at only 4dhs per toll gate.

We know that there are lot of things that we have not put on here, but we wanted to keep it as simple as possible.

Please do not send us PM's with questions, put them on the forum for everyone to see.

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3. Re: What is the best area to stay in Dubai besides the Burj?

Agree with the above apart from the Madinat being the best hotel's on Jumeirah Beach.

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