Tucked behind the Sheikh Zayed Road and surrounded by a moat-like manmade lake, the Al Murooj Rotana offers the convenience of being close to Dubai’s main thoroughfare without the traffic noise.

The hotel is in the shadow of the rapidly rising Burj Dubai, but with this privilege sadly comes the ongoing drone of construction work, for the time being anyway.

The rooms are comfortable and contemporary, the pool area pleasant, and there’s a well-equipped gym and spa at which to purge your sins. The hotel is principally geared towards business travellers, with its excellent meeting and conference facilities, but leisure travellers not excited by the beach should be more than happy.

One word of warning; avoid the second floor rooms near the perenially busy and noisy Double Decker pub if you’re a light sleeper.