Anybody who’s visited or lived in Dubai can tell you the importance hotels have on the day to day lives of the city’s people.
We use hotels to direct taxi drivers to a location, we eat at restaurants housed within them and if there’s any important event we’re going to attend, chances are it’s in a hotel.
They are after all the epitome of Dubai’s lavishness and one of the driving factors behind the emirate’s booming tourism industry.
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.