Spoiled for choice in Dubai

The National - News - - ARTS & LIFESTYLE -

With so many lux­ury ho­tels in Dubai, the hard­est part of a good stay­ca­tion in the UAE’s most-vis­ited city is choos­ing where to go. Down­town Dubai has un­der­gone a huge trans­for­ma­tion in the past two years with the cre­ation of Dubai Canal. This 3.2km wa­ter­way winds from the Creek through Busi­ness Bay and across Sheikh Zayed Road be­fore head­ing into Jumeirah and the Ara­bian Gulf. A whole new wa­ter­front com­mu­nity has sprung up around the canal in­clud­ing Al Habtoor City – a ho­tel and leisure com­plex con­sist­ing of three lux­ury ho­tels. Take your pick from the fam­ily friendly Westin Dubai (www.westin­duba­ial­habtoorcity. com), the off­beat W Dubai Al Habtoor City (www.wduba­ial­habtoorcity.com), or ul­tra-luxe The St Regis Dubai (www.streg­is­dubai.com). En­joy a cruise down the new canal or book tick­ets to La Perle, Dubai’s new­est the­atre ex­pe­ri­ence. If es­cap­ing city life is more what you want, then Mad­i­nat Jumeirah’s lat­est ad­di­tion is a good choice. Jumeirah Al Naseem (left; www.jumeirah.com) is set among land­scaped gar­dens and an end­less stretch of coast, and the re­sort ex­udes ef­fort­less Mediter­ranean style. Spend the day at Sum­m­er­salt Beach Club with views of the Burj Al Arab and re­lax pool­side. With its open ter­races and al­fresco din­ing, this is a good choice for any­one crav­ing a slice of a Euro­pean sum­mer. Rates at Jumeirah Al Naseem start at Dh1,800 per room per night in­clud­ing taxes (excl Dh20 tourism fee). To cel­e­brate Na­tional Day, UAE res­i­dents can save 10 per cent on a stay in De­cem­ber and en­joy com­pli­men­tary break­fast, din­ner, Kids’ Club and Wild Wadi Water­park ac­cess, plus a one-day ca­bana ex­pe­ri­ence at Burj Al Arab Ter­race when book­ing a suite

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