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.
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"Great hotel to stay in"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Feb 26, 2013
Lovely staff and friendly too. Always ready to assist and their attention to detail is amazing. Presented a surprise birthday cake to me in my room with a letter from manager and staff just coz they had my passport copy and that was just excellent. Restaurants, coffee shop and sports bar with different screens and different sports with great food to boot.
"classic & elegant"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Feb 23, 2013
I would like to thank hotel.com for all what they did to find me a replacement for my reservation.I was travelling to Dubai for 2 days engineering seminar,I reached evning very tired,and found that there is a mistake in my reservation holds me in the reception for 2 hours,issue solved by hotel.com in a professional way,and send me to Radisson blue,the hotel building and fit out is little classic(not modern),but elgant with very professional service looking for customer satisfaction,room furnature is very comfortable especially beds lining,pillows and covers(Muhldorfer),very quick check in and out,location is very good near all services,recommended for buisiness travellers
"beside mall of emirates"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Feb 22, 2013
my second stay in less than 12 months. They have improved from my first time there. They no longer take checking in deposit. They now give free wireless internet access to one of your gadgets. It is better known now, by airport taxis, so easy and fast drop from airport. Standards are still being maintained. Also beside a train station, for an alternative mode of transport.
"Valentines Day and Weekend Getaway with Friends"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Feb 20, 2013
Our bellhop, not what official title they have, was very friendly our whole stay there. The room was huge but was at the rear of the hotel. The iron we had delivered to our room should have been tested prior to delivering it to our room because it delayed us on our Valentines dinner. The price of the internet could be alittle less in the rooms. The Dolphin Bar on the roof was very relaxing and the shisha service was good as well. We booked the room during a discounted time, but the hardness of the bed isn't worth the full price of the room. Overall the stay was fine!