In fact, the UAE is one of a select number of countries in the world where annual tourists outnumber residents.
And so it is that with the opening of Westin’s second development in Dubai and its 1,004 rooms, the emirate has now reached the majestic sum of 100,000 hotels rooms.
Very impressive we know, but according to Dubai Tourism the growth is relentless. By 2018, the total sum is expected to be 134,000.
In order to celebrate the achievement, Time Out has decided to showcase some of the most special hotels and suites in Dubai:
Winston Churchill Suite at the St. Regis. Costing Dhs75,000 a night, it’s bigger than the hotel’s ballroom. As its name suggests, it’s a shrine to Britain’s legendary wartime Prime Minister.
JW Marriott Marquis Dubai With both of its towers standing at 355 metres and having 76 floors each, the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai is officially the tallest hotel in the world. The twin-tower complex also houses 1608 rooms.
Royal Bridge Suite at Atlantis The Palm Arguably the most expensive hotel room in the city with a nightly price tag of Dhs139,560 plus 20 percent charges. In case you were wondering, it is palatial, with three bedrooms a grand living room, a dining room which seats 16, a majilis and two spacious terraces.
Underwater Suites at Atlantis The Palm Same hotel, different style (an underwater one). Gives the expression ‘sleeping with the fishes’ a whole new and far more luxurious meaning.
Rosemont Hotel and Residences Admittedly it’s yet to be built but once completed it will be the only hotel in the world to house a rainforest!
Aspen Chalets at Kempinski Hotel It’s already surreal and supercool to be able to ski on snow in the middle of the desert, but the Kempinski offers you the chance to indulge in the whole ski experience in its cosy and lavish suites.
Anatara Over Water Villas This ultra-lux resort on The Palm transports its guests to the Maldives, with its see-through glass floors giving the impression you’re levitating on water.