Get creative at the XVA hotel
Often described as Dubai’s own bit of bohemia, this tiny boutique hotel is tucked away above locals' favourite XVA Gallery & Cafe in the cultural Bastakiya area of town. Each room has been designed by a different local artist and you’ll find the hotel follows the Arabic ‘majlis’ idea of plenty of open-air living spaces. Try not to feel short-changed by the fairly expensive price for a small-ish (for Dubai) room with no mod cons. Close by the hotel, you’ll find a maze of galleries, Dubai’s (only) museum and small, independent stores and cafes to amble in and out of.
Al Musalla Road, Bur Dubai, (04 353 5988).
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