Dubai: Your Complete Travel Guide to this Land of Excess

If you’ve been dreaming of skiing and suntanning in the same day, drunk on $5k bottles of Cristal, Dubai is your opulent paradise.


Oberoi Hotel    

Ever imagined opening your eyes to a view of one of the most marvelous skylines in the world, to toss around the bed and roll over the other side to see Burj Al Arab, a lavish building built on an a small man-made island? Well, your dreams can become a languid reality here since you’ll be surrounded by Tumblr-like views every direction you turn.

Dubai: Your Complete Travel Guide to this Land of Excess

The Oberoi Dubai

The Oberoi Hotel is a contemporary luxury hotel and its most striking feature is that it overlooks the iconic Burj Khalifa. Imagine coming to your hotel room at night, with tired feet and a bunch of paper bags filled to the brim with clothes and adornments, and dipping your feet in a warm bath inside your bathroom with a large window that overlooks the tallest building on Earth. That’s a dream that will definitely come true at the Oberoi Hotel.

The hotel is near Sheikh Zayed Road (or the road with the best shopping outlets, as the locals call it), making it even easier for you to reach various malls. There are 252 rooms in the hotel, all having floor-to-ceiling windows that give you an enthralling view of the Dubai skyline.

Dubai: Your Complete Travel Guide to this Land of Excess

The Oberoi Suite 11

Dubai: Your Complete Travel Guide to this Land of Excess

Hotel Room at The Oberoi

Besides being a hotel of an eclectic style, it is also the home for the restaurant Nine7One. Nine7One offers cuisines ranging from traditional Arabic, Arabic-Western fusion to Indian and Mediterranean. You can have all your crazy-cuisine cravings fulfilled here.

Dubai: Your Complete Travel Guide to this Land of Excess


The Oberoi Hotel also offers a spa that has various relaxing Thai massages, a sauna and a mud bath.  There are also holistic therapies drawn from Ayurveda in India, along with internationally influenced therapies that are available in their spa.

Yup, Dubai puts the metro in metropolis.

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Paakhi lives in the United Arab Emirates and is an avid reader of historical fiction. She is a passionate feminist and blogs about politics and feminist issues. She likes to listen to music and document her life in a series of journals she will probably never show to anyone.

Reader Discussion: 56 Comments

  1. Avatar of Ariel Myers

    Ariel Myers

    Dubai is really awesome. Really rich county. you can tell just by the clean streets and high-end buildings. Such luxurious country.

  2. Avatar of Rubby Hankins

    Rubby Hankins

    Dubai is one of the best and most beautiful places in the world. It has world tallest building” Burj Khalifa” which has 163 Floors and you can look at the entire city, the best time is sunset its called Prime hour.

  3. Avatar of Geraldina Lee

    Geraldina Lee

    Dubai is the place where I enjoyed my best time with my friend last year. Their structural view and saw the sea-beach is just mindblowing. I am a great fan of Dubai.

  4. Avatar of Francis Walton

    Francis Walton

    I know Dubai is one of the best city to Travel, but still, I do not go there. But I hope to travel there with my friend as soon as possible. This article makes me more crazy to visit Dubai.

  5. Avatar of Cody Pierce

    Cody Pierce

    Thanks for the article. Dubai its a place of magic, a place for entertainment and adventure, a lot of activities for children and whole lot of fun to go with family and friends, desert safari is just amazing car ride; bounce is a must go and for food and shopping 🙂

  6. Avatar of Deborah Henry

    Deborah Henry

    It is a very well written blog and a whole lot of information put together in one place. After reading this it has eased many jitters I was having. I am definitely going to refer this to plan my upcoming trip to Dubai! Thanks a lot again!

  7. Avatar of Kimberly Thompson

    Kimberly Thompson

    Great guide! Wish it was published a month ago. Last month on a visit to Dubai, we went out to Babs Al Shams for cocktails, dinner and a beautiful sunset. It was a nice escape from the concrete jungle of Dubai and it was only 45 minutes away by private car. Next trip, we are staying out there for a few weeks. ?

  8. Avatar of Lin Del Rey

    Lin Del Rey

    Love the article! I too am a solo female traveler. I have a question not necessarily about safety or harassment but about regulations. I heard that you have to be a certain age to be able to stay in Dubai if you are alone. I’m 24 years old and would like to go to Dubai but am I allowed to enter and stay in Dubai if I don’t have anyone with me the whole time?

    • Avatar of Paakhi Bhatnagar

      Yes of course you are. There’s really no truth in that. I think Dubai is a very safe place to travel, especially solo. Tourism is one of their main sources of revenue and they take tourist safety really seriously.

  9. Avatar of Jae Medina

    Jae Medina

    Very good read with lots of insider info someone might not be able to find in a typical guidebook. Excellent tips! I will certainly be paying attention to these on my upcoming trip to Dubai ?

  10. Avatar of Kaitlyn Barrett

    Kaitlyn Barrett

    Great advice for having a beautiful trip to Dubai. As on coming month I am going for a trip to Dubai with my friends group. I hope your tips will be helping us to have memorable days out there.

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