Where to Stay in Dubai

If you are organizing a trip to DubaiWhether for business or pleasure, you may be wondering which is the best area for your stay.

Doubt for who has to choose where to stay in Dubai, usually that is if you book a hotel on the beach and then in the area Dubai Marina o Jumeirah, close to “Walk”, or opt for the Downtown the metropolitan district of Dubai.

It is impossible to say which is the best area to sleep in Dubai, because there is not one in particular but it depends on your preferences and various factors. In this definitive guide we see how to choose the area that best suits your needs and your budget.

Where to Stay in Dubai

First of all, it is essential to better understand what Dubai is like.

The city develops in length, about 45 km in extension for just 5 km in width. There is no real center, but there are various areas where some of the main attractions can be found.

The most central area is the Downtown, which is the heart of the new city, where the famous is located Burj Khalifa.

Precisely because of its conformation it is impossible to find an area close to everything, but you have to choose the ideal place to stay in Dubai based on what you are looking for.

  • If you are in Dubai purely for one sea ​​vacation then it is better to opt for the area of Marina Dubai o Jumeirah;
  • Especially if you want to visit the city and stay close to the Dubai Mall then it is better to stay at the Downtown, in this case, however, to go to the beach you will have to travel by taxi or shuttle, if your hotel provides this service;
  • If you are looking for a more authentic atmosphere you may want to choose a property near Give the Bur Dubai.

On the other hand, hotels on La Palma are not recommended, as they are beautiful and charming but very expensive and located in an awkward position and a little out of the way.

Generally the best areas in Dubai are Marina e Downtown, the latter to be preferred for the value for money. But let's see them better in detail, so as to clarify any doubts e choose the right solution for a perfect holiday.

The areas of Dubai

Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina is the best choice where to stay in Dubai for those who want stay a stone's throw from the sea.

You will be close to the free beach and you can go to the sea whenever you want without having to take a taxi or public transport. At the same time, the area is well connected to Downtown by Metro and it is also convenient for visiting other areas of the city. Some hotels provide free shuttle service to major attractions.

If you want to enjoy the beach during your stay in Dubai, your best bet would be to have a private beach hotel with sun beds and umbrellas.

Some hotels, even if they do not have a private beach, allow free entry to the beach clubs of other resorts, with which they have agreements. For example the Grosvenor House has an agreement with the Meridien Resort and Spa.

In addition to the sea, the great advantage of Marina Dubai is to have beautiful pedestrian areas (The Walk) with several restaurants and shops.

Keep in mind that hotel costs are quite high, but if you look ahead you can find some good deals.

Jumeirah Beach Residence

Also known as JBR, Jumeirah Beach Residence is an area of ​​about 2 square km located in the heart of Dubai Marina. There are beautiful hotels and various restaurants. A pleasant area for walking both day and night.

For those who want to stay close to the beach Jumeirah beach is the perfect choice!

Marina Zone Hotels – JBR

Ramada Plaza Jumeirah Beach Residence

Bahar 7, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai 0, United Arab Emirates

Hotel located in the Marina area in an excellent position about 800 meters from the Metro and a few minutes walk from the free beach (the hotel provides everything you need, towels and umbrellas). If you want to take a nice walk, the Walk is also very close.

Also very convenient for getting around the city, the Ramada Plaza Jumeirah Beach Residence Hotel It is a 10-minute drive from the Mall of the Emirates and a 30-minute drive from Dubai International Airport.

Always very friendly staff, excellent breakfast and restaurants.


Downtown is la zona del Dubai Mall e del Burj Kahlifa, one of the most suitable areas if you do not need to stay near the beach and if your priority is to visit the city.

Particularly convenient for travel is the area along Sheikh Zayed Road near Downtown, where there is the subway with which you can also reach Dubai Marina

If you plan to spend New Year's in Dubai, here you can admire the fireworks from Burj Khalifa. However, keep in mind that on New Year's Eve the area will be very crowded.

Staying in Downtown Dubai is also the best solution for those who have only one night available to see the city.

As with Dubai Marina, the downtwon also has the advantage of having a pedestrian area where you can stroll among shops and restaurants.

Hotel Zona Downtown

Rove Downtown

312 Happiness Street | Zabeel 2, Dubai 119444, United Arab Emirates

The strength of the Rove Downtown is the location, very close to the Burj Khalifa, within walking distance, warm weather permitting. In addition, the hotel offers a free shuttle service to the Dubai Mall and the beaches.

The value for money is great, the rooms are large and clean and there is also a swimming pool overlooking the Burj Khalifa.

Holiday Inn Express Dubai – Safa Park

Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Wasl Road | Safa Park, Dubai, Emirati Arabi Uniti

It is certainly an excellent choice for value for money.

However, there is not much around the hotel, there are no clubs or restaurants. At 400 meters there is the metro stop or alternatively you will find many taxis. It is located in Downtown near Safa Park and not far from the Dubai Mall and many other famous Dubai attractions.

The hotel also offers a free shuttle to the beach. The rooms are clean, the breakfast is good and the staff are reliable and helpful.

Barsha Heights (Tecom)

Tecom is a residential area of ​​Dubai, it is 15 minutes by taxi from Dubai Marina and the Mall of The Emirates.

The neighborhood is a good solution to stay overnight in Dubai if you are looking for a cheaper structure, the important thing is that it is located near a subway stop.

For example a very cheap hotel located just 5 minutes from the Metro is l'Atana Hotel. In addition, the hotel offers its guests a free shuttle to the main tourist areas of Dubai.

Bur Dubai

If you are looking for a cheaper area than the Marina or Downtown, but above all more characteristic and suggestive, Bur Dabai is the one for you.

This is the old part of the city. It is pleasant to walk in the pedestrian area along the creek where there are several restaurants, shops and the souks.

However, consider that you will be further away from the Downtown and the Marina, so if it is purely an economic issue, it is better to privilege the Barsha / Tecom area.

If you plan to stay in Bur Dubai, I recommend that you choose a hotel near the Creek.

Where to Stay in Dubai: Final Considerations

In this guide we have made a general overview to guide you in choosing the perfect location for your vacation in Dubai. In summary we can say:

Dubai Marina e JBR: for those who want to be a stone's throw from the sea and don't have big budget problems;

Downtown: best location for visiting the city and its main attractions;

Tecom: good location and good value for money facilities;

Bur Dubai: historic district, ideal for those on a low budget and who prefer a more characteristic area.

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