The guide for choosing the best accommodation in Dubai

Deciding where to stay in Dubai can be a struggle if you never been there and don’t know very well the city. Dubai offers a vast range of accommodations, but the most important thing is to understand which are your needs. Maybe you want to discover all the best attractions, or you are looking to relaxing at the beach and beach clubs. It’s also remarkable how long you are going to stay. Our basic suggestion is to book accommodations near a Metro Station. Anyway, no problem, let’s see the best areas where to sleep! 

Best neighbourhoods to stay in during your visit to Dubai


1. Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina is one of the most fascinating and beautiful quarter of the city full of tourist activities. You can enjoy a fantastic walk along its pedestrian waterfront promenade decorated with palm trees where you will find many fancy shops and boutiques, restaurants, cafes and clubs, most of them with a breathtaking view of Dubai’s skyscrapers. Its small port is a starting point for many cruises and parties and the beach, very well equipped, is one of the most popular and beautiful of Dubai. The neighbourhood is quite far from the other quarters but is very well served by the metro, tram, bus, and taxi. 

Here the list of the best Hotels in Dubai Marina.

Metro Station: Damac properties and DMCC (red line). Here you’ll also find the Dubai Tram with several stops through the area.

2. Downtown Dubai

The downtown area is the heart of the city and the most popular area among tourists. When you think about Dubai, downtown is what comes in mind. Here you’ll find the iconic Burj Khalifa, the tallest tower in the world, the Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping mall which boasts hundreds of retails, restaurants, cafes, and many attractions, the Dubai Foutain, the world’s most extensive choreographed fountain system or the Opera House. The Downtown is an excellent choice for your stay and is very well served by taxi, bus, metro, and tram. 

Here the list of the best Hotels in Dubai Downtown.

Metro station: Dubai Mall/Burj Khalifa, Business Bay and DIFC (red line).

3. Jumeirah Beach

Very well known area for one of Dubai’s icons, the seven-star hotel Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah area lies on the west coast from Dubai Creek. In Jumeirah, you can also visit the beautiful Madinat Jumeirah Souk, built like an ancient Arabian village, and the Wild Wadi Waterpark. It is a perfect place where to relax and enjoy the beach even quite far from Downtown Dubai. The closest attraction out of this area is the Mall of the Emirates.

Here the list of the best Hotels in Jumeirah Beach.

Metro station: this area is not served by the Dubai Metro, therefore you have to catch a bus or a taxi.

4. Palm Jumeirah

The Palm Jumeirah with its fantastic shape of a palm tree is a famous man-made island located in one of the most beautiful areas of Dubai. Here you can find some of the most luxurious and exclusive hotels and beach resorts far from the hustle and bustle of the city. So if you are looking for some relax and quiet, this is the perfect neighbourhood for your holidays.

Here the list of the best Hotels in Palm Jumeirah

Metro station: the Palm Jumeirah is served by a monorail that links this iconic place with the Dubai tram stop. after taking the tram, you’ll get off at Damac properties Metro station (red line). The area is connected by Dubai Tram with Dubai Marina.

5. Deira

Deira lies on the eastern bank of Dubai Creek and is one of the more authentic and busiest areas in the city. This old quarter boasts most of the souks in the city such as Spice Souk, Gold Souk, Perfume Souk, Fish Souk as well as the Heritage Museum and many restaurants, shops, malls. Here you can find many affordable hotels, but also luxurious accommodations along the promenade creek and enjoy a magnificent Dubai view. It is a functional area also for those that need a place for a stopover because Dubai International Airport is in Deira’s south-east. We often slept at the Landmark Grand Hotel, only 5 minutes walk from the Al Ghurair shopping mall, the busy Al Rigga road and Union square Metro station.

Here the list of the best Hotels in Deira.

Metro station: most of the hotels are nearby Union Square Metro Station (green and red line) and Al Rigga Metro station (red line).

6. Bur Dubai

Situated in front of Deira, on the other side of Dubai Creek, Bur Dubai is another old area of the city where you can breathe the culture. This area is popular among the tourists because the restored historic quarter Bastakiya, where are located many museums and organized many cultural events, the former fort which houses the beautiful Dubai Museum, the Grand Mosque situated next to the Dubai Museum, the Textile Souk and the recreation of Bedouin village in the Heritage and Diving Village and much more. This big neighbourhood is always our first choice when we visit Dubai since it offers a good location and fair prices for accommodation. The best district where to find accommodations are Al Riffa, al Karama and Al Mankhool since they are close to a Metro Station. Our favourite hotel is the City season Tower Hotel (it is next to Burjuman Mall and 5 minutes walk from Bur Juman Metro station (red and green line). We also slept at Raviz Center Point Hotel and Rainbow Hotel.

Here the list of the best Hotels in Bur Dubai

Metro station: Bur Dubai has several Metro stations like Bur Juman (the interchange station of the red and green line), ABCD (red line) and Al Fahidi (green line).

Need to Know

1) When to go

The best season to visit Dubai is from October to March when the heat doesn’t hit so much, and you can enjoy pleasant weather. It is perfect for exploring the city, its attractions and have some relax on their beaches. From April until September the weather is sweltering (July and August are unbearable), and at the peak of summer, the temperature can easily reach even 45° Celsius.

2) Where to eat

The food in Dubai is not a problem because you can find anything everywhere! There are tons of restaurants, cafes, bars, malls and so on around the city so you can choose according to your taste. In this significant amount of eateries, our favourite restaurants are Fish Beach Taverna, the Shimmers and the Boardwalk

Check here the TripAdvisor restaurants list.

3) Transportation

Dubai is served by Metro, tram, Buses and water taxis. Anyway, Dubai is extensive and reaching some of the main attractions catching the local transports is not that useful because it takes a long time.

Click here to know more about local transportation

Dubai’s taxis are available everywhere at just about any time, day or night and they are cheap compared with other cities, so it is an excellent way to move around.

If you prefer to rent a vehicle, click here to see the fares of a Rental car. You can also use the smart app Uber for your device and get your ride.

Alternatively, if your holiday is short, we highly recommend to use the comfy Hop-on Hop-off Bus: there are 2 different companies, Big Bus Tour and CitySightseeing, offering different routes to visit the city in the best way possible and their packages are very convenient because they include discounts and free entrance in some attractions.

4) Tour packages

Another useful idea for arranging Dubai guided tour, activities, buying tickets but also daily trip to visit the spot out of the city, is to use the web platforms as Viator or GetYourGuide. They offer good deals and discount to enjoy the city and get the most out of your holiday.

Are you looking for the best websites and companies to save money with?

Check out our Travel Resources for the best companies to use for arranging your trip! And don’t forget your Travel Insurance!


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