On the cusp of the Persian Gulf, Abu Dhabi City oozes high-end style, as you'd expect from one of the world's financial nerve centers. Lavishly lit skyscrapers like the ADIA make up the glittering skyline, while the pearl-white Sheikh Zayed Mosque, lined with over 80 domes, is a stunning landmark. After wandering the lavish malls and emerald-green parks, head over to Corniche waterfront to take in the views.
Dubai's often thought of a sleek, uber-modern metropolis, but there's plenty of history to be had in the Bur Dubai district. You'll see for yourself in Al Bastakiya, with its winding alleys and quaint courtyards. As well as showing off ancient archaeological treasures, Dubai Museum is itself the oldest building in all of Dubai. You'll also be gobsmacked by the Grand Mosque, which boasts the highest minaret in the land.
By the shimmering waters of Dubai Creek, Deira is a blend of the ancient and ultra-modern. Yes, there's the sleek labyrinth of Deira City Centre mall, with its hundreds of stores, but you can also wander the old markets – including the famed Gold Souk, a place gleaming with precious stones where your bartering skills will be tested. Don't forget to visit the dhow wharf with its traditional wooden merchant boats.
The word cosmopolitan doesn't quite cover Jebel Ali. This buzzing expatriate port town is a world in itself, with thousands of companies based here. You can expect an exciting cocktail of cultures wherever you go, with restaurants to suit every taste and plenty of sights to see by the lapping waters of the port. The new Al Maktoum International Airport is bound to make it an even buzzier hub.
Immaculate white sands and waters which sparkle as if speckled with diamonds – it’s no wonder Jumeirah Beach is lined with exclusive hotels including the Burj Al Arab hotel – the sail-shaped symbol of Dubai. Have a go on jet skis, go wind-surfing, soak up the rays, and – if you can bear to tear yourself away from the beach – Jumeirah Mosque allows non-Muslims to take a tour of its sumptuous interior.
"Convenient Location, Decent Hotel"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Feb 16, 2013
We travelled to Dubai for a short 4 days stay during Chinese New Year holidays from Singapore. Booked at PArk Regis Kris Kin based on tripadvisor reviews. We enjoyed our stay at Dubai...the Hotel is decent and is located conveniently between 2 metro stations. Close to Burjuman mall, Spinneys. If you are a foodie...there are immense options around the Hotel area - mostly Indian food places - Sukh Sagar, 56 Bhog, Puranmal, Mumbai chaat place, there is another small joint which has great Biryani and kebabs. About the Hotel - rooms are clean, big and good, comfortable bed, wifi in the room. The only small feedback to teh Hotel would be to increase their food options. We also liked their roof top pool...on our last day after all the sight seeing, shopping, we just chilled out at the roof top pool with a drink. Did not expect to enjoy so much in Dubai...but had a good time there - Fountain show near Burj Khalifa, At the TOP on Burj Khalifa, All the malls - Dubai Mall, Mall of Emirates, Ibn Batuta.., going around to Deira side to see Gold Souk, Spice Souk on an ABRA, Desert Safari was amazing too... In all a great break...will definitely return back and yes will stay at Park Regis Kris Kin!
It was good, for a 20 year old hotel it was ok, needs a revamp now I think. The only negative thing is that the pool area looked old & dirty & certainly not 5 star quality & to have to pay 5 dirhams to use the pool table was a bit cheap I think.
"Great boutique hotel in a good location"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Jan 26, 2013
My girlfriend and I stayed four nights at Villa Rotana early January 2013. Check in was a breeze even late at night. The boutique hotel is very clean and new. The room was big and clean and we had no complaints with the bed. The rooftop pool, although small was more than adequate for us and plenty of sun loungers to go around. The view from the rooftop is spectacular as well. Breakfast was ok, the spread could have been much bigger although it was good that they changed some of their dishes each day to show variety. One thing to note is that there is no free wifi at all in the hotel, I am not sure if this is the norm for hotels in general in Dubai but we found it odd that there is none even in the lobby. Overall, my girlfriend and I had a very pleasant stay, service was very good and the location was very central and they were able to accommodate my request for a room with a view of the Burj Khalifa.
"Top place to stay."
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Jan 2, 2013
The apartment we stayed in was vast. And beautifully equipped. With stunning views towards sheik zayed road and the coast. Really very nice place and 24 hour restaurant and store downstairs. Was very happy to stay here and to recommend to anyone