Hey, I am looking to travel to Dubai for a few days in Aug 2011. I am travelling with my boyfriend and am paranoid over booking a hotel or apartment as I have heard rumours of proof of marriage on arrival. We are looking to stay somewhere central and do not know which place is the best to stay we are looking for shopping, site seeing etc. Would a hotel beside the Mall of Emirates be a good location or could somebody suggest somewhere else. Also if anyone could answer if a "dry hotel" means you cannot bring your own alcohol into the hotel. Would appreciate any suggestions, thanks :)
Welcome to Dubai, when you come. August is going to be super hot so prepare yourself.
A dry hotel is indeed that, ie, no alcohol served and alcohol is not permitted on the premises. There are not that many large hotels that are dry - although a brand new 5* in Abu Dhabi has just opened up and that is totally dry. Some of the smaller apart-hotels are dry in Dubai, such as Rose Garden Apartments which is ideally located near Mall of the Emirates but no alcohol and funnily enough, the only place to have ever asked me for a copy of a marriage certificate.
Central Dubai is hard to come by as there isnt really one central area - its almost like one long road with bits off to each side such as Al Barsha (where Mall of the Emirates is), Jumeriah Beach, Downtown etc.
You could stay at Mall of the Emirates and there are lots of well prices apart-hotels close by, but I would suggest that you wont be walking anywhere in August and would need to get taxis. Another area I like is Jumeriah (the beach) and if I have the money, I love staying at either The One and Only, or Dar Al Masyaf Villas. The Hilton Jumeriah is good value as are the hotels in Media City which isnt that far away.
Festival City is a little way out of Dubai but has a couple of nice hotels and some nice shopping if you like M&S!
You could stay on the creek and might get a good deal at the Hilton as its an older hotel and not in a bad location. This would place you well for scooting up and down the creek and for visiting the museum.
I personally wouldnt stay out near the airport as most of the things that you will want to see are a little way away.
Just an FYI - August will be Ramadan which means no eeating or drinking in public places during sun up to sun down. This applies to everyone although hotels are a little more lenient to their guests, but for example, in a mall you will not find a coffee shop or restaurant for food until after sun down.
You may wish to factor this into your trip. about 9 years ago
Hi. I've been twice in Dubai and once in Abu Dhabi,and I had the same concern that you have about marriage proof, since both times i was with my girl friend. Actually nobody asked if we were married on arrival, not in the immigration nor in the hotels. I think that when you travel as a couple they simply assume that you are married. At least in the hotels that belong to international chains that's what happpens. I dont know if it's the same if you stay in a local hotel or inn.
August is not the best time of the year to visit Dubai: besides it's Ramadan (no eating, drinking and not even chewing gum in public are allowed), it's a really hot season.
I strongly recommend you stay in one of the hotels in Festival City, it's not far from de center and it's by the creek.
The Hilton, well located in Jumeirah, is also a good choice, specially because it has a nice string of private beach. But personally, i enjoyed staying in Festival City even more! It unites everything: shopping, eating and site seeing.
The surrounding of the Mall of the Emirates are far from everything else. I would not recommend it.
I hope to have helped and enjoy you and yout boyfriend a nice trip about 9 years ago
You can come and stay with us at Versailles Hotel, Al Rigga in Deira -we are a full service hotel .As regards your issue about staying together,there wont be any issue at our hotel.Check out any online travel agent or email me with the details-
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Recently I visited Dubai. With 63 other students i've stayed in the Marco Polo hotel in Dubai. The Marco Polo hotel is a really nice hotel! It is located in the district of 'Deira' From their it is easy to go to the metro station. The marco polo hote is nice as the breakfast is good( you can choose from a lot of dishes and the food is good!). The swimming pool is also really nice and the staff is friendly. Inside the Marco Polo hotel you can find several good restaurants, like Chopsticks. almost 9 years ago