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.
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Feb 4, 2013
Impeccable service. Very cordial and helpful staff. All the facilities and especially the perfectly equipped gym,steam rooms,locker rooms and pool area were fantastic. The construction across the street in front is out of their control but it will soon be over and the Mall at the beach completed.The dozen or so Restaurants within 100 metres of the front door is a big plus and culinary variety abounds.A return stay would be a new delight. The somewhat expensive local telephone calls, bar drinks and Hotel Restaurant meals are only a minor distraction which can easily be avoided except for the price of alcoholic drinks which are only served on Hotel properties. All in all a definite 9.5 out of 10.
"Great Residence Hotel in a Fantastic Spot (BYOB)"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Jan 20, 2013
Highly recommended! The hotel is ideally located in 'happening' location and across the road from the main hotel. The beach has nice white sand and the pool / amenities of the hotel are wonderful. Full access is granted to residence guests and there is also a pool at the residence building. Our room was a two bedroom condo located on the 18th floor with a breathtaking ocean view - it was clean and modern with full amenities (including a washer/dryer!) Service was outstanding and the concierge is very helpful. We did the 4x4 desert sand dune excursion which was an absolute blast - not to be missed!! Taxi transportation is relatively inexpensive compared to most major cities in NA...the must see spots: Emirates Mall is ~ US$10, Dubai Mall is ~ US$15 and the gold/spice souks are ~ US$20 (tipping taxis, at restaurants and in hotels is not typical). Breakfast is worth the extra money...food is tasty and carries you to dinner with an afternoon snack. The building was originally designed as a condo and the elevators are a little slow for hotel traffic. While they are busy, they have staff at the lobby and 2nd floor (buffet location) to expedite traffic. If you want to enjoy a cocktail or two, bring some with you duty-free from your place or origin. There is no place to buy alcohol in Dubai except at hotel bars/restaurants and they are rather pricey.
"Excellence with Time Grand Plaza Dubai"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Jan 3, 2013
I was greatly impressed with my stay at the Time Grand Plaza hotel in Dubail. All the staff from the moment I arrived to the moment I left ensured that my stay was top notch and comfortable. The restaurant was great and the food excellent with great variety. My room was a superior room and was also fantastic. I have stayed at numerous 5 star hotels that could actually learn from this hotel and its staff. Highly recommended.