Hi, it will depend on your budget and what you want to do whilst in Dubai.
Its going to be hot and sticky so you may or may not want the beach. Some hotels will offer you a city location and a free shutle to the beach - for example, Emirates Towers. Other hotels are right on the beach - Madinat Jumairah or the Hilton Jumairah.
The Gold Souk is good fun, but be prepared to barter. If you want to do a trip, I would hire an abra for the afternoon and sail up and down Dubai Creek, visiting the museum there.
At the moment, a lot of hotels are offering great summer rates - big name and little name hotels. If you give me a clearer idea of your requirements, I am happy to let you have some suggestions. about 5 years ago
I stayed at Arabian Courtyard Hotel, near Dubai Creek and right across the road from the Dubai museum. I found the Hotel great and good value for money, fantastic Indian Restaurant, and English Style Bar (bars are few and far between in Dubai). Ideal location for Silk Market (100 yards) and Gold and Spice Markets, a ferry boat ride across the Creek, all worth seeing. This part of Dubai is the most interesting in my opinion and Dubai Creek boat tour is worth doing.
Desert BBQ and 4 wheel drive trip is also worth doing.
This is not the best position if you want Beaches and Shopping Centres, but taxis are relatively cheap to take you to the major sights and Centres.
Hop-on, Hop-off bus can be a pain especially on hot days, no air-con, takes you round the houses, better to pay a bit extra and go where you want by Taxi.
3 days is about right for Dubai, everyone I met was very friendly. about 5 years ago
Sorry, didnt see your reply. I guess my reply is probably a bit late now.
Shops tend to open in the malls around 10am and stay open until 10pm - possibly later. But, Ramadan is just about to be announced which will mean that some shops will be shut during the afternoon, and then reopen after iftar which is around 6pm and then they stay open really late.
Most tourist areas - the shops dont shut for siesta, but they may close during Ramadan.
Restaurants located in hotels will stay open later. Bars are not few and far between, but they are located in hotels rather than independent. Note that during Ramadan alcohol is only available after iftar and no live/loud music will be being played. about 5 years ago
Karen - there are plenty of options for alternative accommodation, including some fab serviced apartments and smaller hotels that are not on the main streets.
Rose Garden Hotel apartments - two locations. We stayed at the one near the Mall of the Emirates, but if you want to share a room with a member of the opposite sex they will ask for proof of marriage. Also its a "dry" hotel, although we took in our own alcohol. Great Thai restaurant right opposite http://www.rosegardenuae.com/barsha.php?page=contact
Holiday Inn in Al Barsha had some great deals on http://www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/dubai/dubhi/hoteldetail?rooms=1&adults=1&children=0&ratePreference=6CBARCnull
Arjaan by Rotana are some nice serviced apartments and although the area is good (Media City), there are not that many shops around it as yet http://www.rotana.com/hotelaccom-29-4-2.htm
Had friends stay at Minc Apartments and rated them highly http://www.mincapartments.com/
For must see/do's in Dubai:
Burj al Arab if you have to, but afternoon tea on the terrace at Madinat Jumeriah is much better and you get a wonderful view of the Burj
Dubai Mall - especially at the time the fountains go off
Trip to Mussandam to see the dolphins
Hit one of the gorgeous restaurants or bars - such as Gary Rhodes at the Grosvenor House Hotel or Gordon Ramsay at the Hilton
Splurge and go to the Buddha Bar or similar
March is a nice time to visit - not too hot and humid and cool at night. Bring a shawl/pashmina/cardigan (!) as the malls and restaurants can be verging on the very cold side! almost 4 years ago
hey guys, i'm desperatly need ur help asap!! I'm trying to prepare a visit to visit Dubai for 3 days by the end of February and do as much as i can . What are ur recommandations for a must do activities?? and is there a cheap stay that would be close to the different attractions.
Thanks and waiting for ur advicessss as soos as possible. over 3 years ago
dude do they really asked for proof of marriage? who brought marriage certificate when they travel. and it's totally against our right. almost 3 years agoAnswered by harris via Travellr.com
I have been living here in the UAE for 9 years. Most of 3-5 stars hotels really do ask for the proof of marriage . I know it is ridiculous but this is how things work here. You cannot even kiss in public. almost 3 years agoAnswered by Mrs. Jean via Travellr.com
You have answered nothing! People please be objective! We only want the name of ONE discrtict to stay. Guests here do not know the places. We have to plan. Wouldn't it be easier if you just say ONE name of a district?? Where you can find everything, food, market, close or in downtown... that is where tourists of 3 days want to stay!!!!!!! over 2 years agoAnswered by carla via Travellr.com
festival city over 2 years agoAnswered by Anon via Travellr.com
There is this excellent website called Airbnb, where you can rent out shared or private rooms in people's homes by the night or week, it works out cheaper compared to hotels, and you get to experience the place through the eyes of a local resident.
I live in the US, and am a airbnb host and guest having used it in NYC several times, with outstanding results.
The payment is done online securely and easily through paypal, and there is a minute fee for that. As a budget traveler, it is great, because really, you need a space to sleep and put your shopping down, why need a expensive hotel when u can use a bed space?
There are several airbnb listings in Dubai downtown. I would look at them, for 100-150 Dhs a day, and that way you support the local economy, versus the impersonal corporate chains of hotels, and you get the best experience ever.
www.airbnb.com , I think another similar service is roomorama.com but their fees are much higher!
My father has a listing on airbnb that is open now - discounts offered for stays of 4 or more days - http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/415025 you wont regret it! over 2 years ago