Where to Stay in Dubai

Dubai may seem like one giant skyscraper-meets beach resort, but its different districts each have a unique feel. There are great places to stay in Dubai for every style of traveller. Whether you’re in town for the spas and sun loungers, the empty sand-dune covered roads, the rich culture or the world’s biggest shopping malls, there’s a neighbourhood to suit.


As Dubai’s oldest neighbourhood, culture and history fans will love this area. Deira is filled with traditional architecture, rich culture and myriad sights and sounds waiting to be explored. The accommodation options are varied, ranging from comfortable 2-star options to 5-star international chains. 

Jumeirah Beach

Jumeirah Beach is probably the most popular area to stay in if you’re after easy accessibility to the sights with a high dose of resort life. The incredibly 7-star Burj Al Arab is here, along with a huge number of options ranging from simple and affordable to the utmost luxury complete with private beaches and butler service.

Palm Jumeirah

A trip to Dubai wouldn’t be complete without visiting The Palm. Reclaimed from the ocean, this feat of engineering has produced kilometres more coastline for the popular resort destination, and staying on the Palm is a special experience. Atlantis The Palm is luxury at its finest, complete with underwater suites, while One&Only The Palm and the Waldorf Astoria are other 5-star options here. While 5-star resorts dominate the shores here, there are 4-star and 3-star options available too.

Downtown Dubai

Right in the heart of modern Dubai, this area is home to the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, the monstrous Dubai Mall and a handful of other notable things to see, including the Dubai Opera and the Souk Al Baher. Accommodation in this area is also varied from budget to 5-star, but most sit in the upper realms of luxury.

Sheikh Zayed Road

Lined with skyscrapers like Downtown Dubai, this area is in an excellent location for exploring different regions of the city and beyond. The Mall of the Emirates, with the huge indoor snow slopes of Ski Dubai are here, and the accommodation range serves most styles and budgets.