Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa

Luxury Arabian-style hotel is a quiet desert retreat Reviews

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A cheaper but less exclusive alternative to Al Maha, Bab Al Shams is a luxury hotel in the middle of the dunes.

This grid of low-rise buildings made from pre-scratched, crumbling mock-sandstone is filled with hidden corridors and secret stairwells: rooms open directly onto the sands, while a swimming pool, spa and four restaurants cater to guests’ needs. The range of activities isn’t as extensive as at Al Maha (and mainly revolves around desert excursions), but there is a well-equipped children’s centre, which should keep your ankle-biters entertained.

At night, enjoy a sunset shisha at Al Sarab bar or try out the Al Hadheerah desert restaurant, which offers a Disneyfied Arabian experience complete with belly dancer, band and some fairly potent shisha.

By Time Out Dubai Staff
Time Out Dubai,


  • Location: Dubailand, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 809 6100
  • Travel: Next to Endurance Village
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  • No. of Rooms: 115
  • No. of Floors: 2
  • Hotel Rating: 5 star

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  • Activities: 
  • Outdoor pool, 
  • Spa & Health club
  • Room amenities: 
  • In-room safe, 
  • Mini bar, 
  • Television

User reviews

  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Honeymoons

User reviews:

Posted by: Karin van Niekerk on 18 Feb ' 12 at 04:54
  • Would you go back to this hotel? Yes

We were there on Valentine's day, best service ever, food was amazing, hostess Sunal was the best, and the best waiter is Subaja, know the value of treating clients the best way ever. Thank you for a lovely night.... We will definatly be back..Thanks guys for wonderful valentines day

Posted by: D on 23 Sep ' 09 at 10:28
  • Would you go back to this hotel? Yes

Superb experience. Best time to go in winters

Posted by: Tinkiroo on 22 Sep ' 09 at 11:30
  • Best for: Honeymoons
  • Would you go back to this hotel? Yes

An escape from the city. Good for new comers to Dubai who are looking forward to having the Arabian experience. Love it love it love it. (except that you haven't even settled down and their customer service is alreasy trying to get feedback from you through the phone, but you can always politely ask them to go away) :)

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