Does anyone else sort of get the feeling that maybe the good people of Dubai could possibly be just a little bit upset that they didn’t get number one? I mean, I know it probably isn’t the type of list you necessarily want your city to top however, they seem to be shooting for the biggest and best of everything else. They are like the kid at school that just never seemed happy until they were the best at everything. The only difference is, I don’t think that Dubai is trying to prove anything to its dad.
Dubai is one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates. You can think of it as an independent city-state. A phenomenally progressive and modern city, Dubai has soared in the tourism and trade sectors over recent years.
The main reason for high hotel prices in Dubai has typically been simply due to high demand. This has eased somewhat during the past couple of years, and you can now find some pretty good rooms at less than US$200. Having said that, the Bloomberg list still tells us that the average price for a hotel room in Dubai sits at US$273. This might not seem like the cheapest place to spend your time, but it could very well be one of the most unique. Is it worth the cash?
Dubai has come to possess fantastic infrastructure and superb tourism amenities. Being half way to a lot of places, it makes a very good spot to halt for a few days to break up a journey, and indulge in a bit of relaxation, sunbathing, fine dining, partying, sporting events, and perhaps the most important one; shopping.
It is a city where superlatives are a part of every introductory spiel. It has the biggest, tallest, fastest, first, and highest of so many things. Of course, we mentioned the shopping bit. Dubai is one of the most visited cities in the world and so much of that has to do with shopping. It has more than seventy shopping centres and of course, the very largest shopping mall on Earth; Dubai Mall. Inside Dubai Mall, you will find Candylicious – the world’s largest sweets shop (I just felt like we should throw that one in there…). Then there’s Dubai Miracle Garden, the largest flower garden in the world – of course it is….
Of course, with all of these “biggest” things, coupled with the reason we made this list in the first place, we have to talk about the biggest hotels. The hotel known as the Burj Al Arab, is often said to be a “seven”-star luxury hotel. Although the hotel’s management has never made such a claim, many people like to put a spin on it and bill it as the world’s only seven-star hotel. Which is fine because it is Dubai we’re talking about here, but what the hell could seven stars actually be? This place, along with the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi each only claim to be five-star properties despite what others may occasionally sensationalise it with. On the other hand, there have been reports that the Town House Galleria in Milan, Italy has itself claimed to be a seven-star hotel. It claimed it had been acknowledged and registered as such with SGS Italy. Problems being however, that SGS Italy only ranks up to five stars plus, it isn’t even the country’s official tourism agency. So the moral of this whole big long-winded story is that there is probably no such thing as a seven-star hotel. If there was, the Burj Al Arab in Dubai probably would be.
What about the Burj Khalifa?! I believe that there is an Armani hotel and suites in there. To be fair, there could be others in it as well. Who knows?! It’s massive! This place is the tallest man-made structure in the world. Yep….the tallest building humanity has ever come up with. Ah, Dubai….