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Dubai: Best Shopping, Nightlife & Where to Stay

Dubai is a city of superlatives, home to glittering skyscrapers, world-class shopping and a dizzying array of cultural attractions. The city oozes glamour on a grand scale, from supersized hotels and luxury malls to an over-the-top nightlife scene. The concept of moderation doesn’t vibe with Dubai. Here, the unofficial motto is “go big or go home”.

With over 400 million annual visitors to HotelsCombined, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide on the best shopping and nightlife in Dubai. The top hotels nearby boast on-site perks, such as gourmet restaurants, posh spas and opulent rooms and suites with personal butlers.

Shopping in Dubai

Dubai is a shopper’s paradise, boasting everything from mega malls and beachside boutiques to traditional souks. You could spend an entire day at the over 1,000 stores in The Dubai Mall, while The Beach at JBR is an outdoor maze of shops next to the beach. Pick up luxury goods at City Walk, enjoy endless entertainment at the Mall of Emirates or snag a bargain at Outlet Village. Want to see the world’s biggest themed mall? Visit Ibn Battuta Mall.

Hotels Near Dubai’s Best Shopping

Movenpick Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel Dubai

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Across the road from Ibn Battuta Mall, Movenpick Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel Dubai features Moroccan-inspired rooms and suites. Classic Rooms have flat-screen TVs, mini bars and Sheikh Zayed Road views, while Family Suites add separate living rooms. Executive Rooms offer access to the luxurious Executive Lounge with its separate welcome reception and lounge areas.

Unwind in the rooftop pool or enjoy a pampering treatment at the spa. Savour cuisine from China, India, Arabia and the Mediterranean in one of the eight on-site restaurants and bars including cocktails, mezuzah and shish at Moroc Lounge & Bar and home-style Italian dishes at Sicilia.

Hotel Highlights

  • Signature curries and masalas at Chor Bazzar and live cooking stations at Mistral.
  • A rooftop swimming pool with plush sunbeds.
  • The fun activities at the Little Birds Club.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 99 – USD 850
Guest Rating: 9
Address: Adjacent to Ibn Battuta Shopping Mall, Jebel Ali Village, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

JA Ocean View Hotel

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A five-minute walk from Marina Beach, JA Ocean View Hotel lures travellers with its infinity pool and sea-view rooms. Watch the sun set over the Arabian Gulf from your living room in the Family One Bedroom Suite or opt for a club lounge access on the 24th floor while staying in the Club Sea View Room.

Pizza lovers can enjoy pizza-by-the-slice at Caffe Via, while sports fans can cheer on their team at Offside, which features a resident DJ, quiz nights and darts competitions. Book a massage at Calm Spa while little ones get entertained at the CoolZone.

Hotel Highlights

  • Guaranteed sea views from a private balcony in every room and suite.
  • Mezzo, shisha and belly dancing at the poolside Sehr Al Bahar.
  • A 10-minute drive from Ibn Battuta Mall and Mall of the Emirates.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 88 – USD 456
Guest Rating: 9
Address: Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai Marina, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai

Photo| Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai | Provided by ICE PORTAL

Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai is located on Sheikh Zayed Road, minutes away from Dubai’s best shopping areas. Stay in a Deluxe Burj Khalifa View Room for a deep-soaking tub, mini bar and panoramic city views or splurge on a One Bedroom Suite for a separate sitting and dining room.  

Food lovers are spoilt for choice when it comes to dining, from Vietnamese cuisine at Hoi An to Chinese delicacies at Shang Palace. Sunbathe at the pool, unwind with a spa treatment at CHI, The Spa or enjoy a cocktail at the rooftop Ikandy Ultralounge.

Hotel Highlights

  • The spa’s Massage for Two, Aromatherapy Massage and Soothing Foot Massage.
  • Elegant leather armchairs and craft cocktails at Balcony Bar.
  • Only four kilometres from The Dubai Mall.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 128 – USD 377
Guest Rating: 9.1
Address: Sheikh Zayed Road, Trade Centre 1, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa

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Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa offers a luxury beach vacation on its private beach at the edge of Palm Jumeirah. Rooms feature balconies or terraces as well as flat-screen TVs and private beach access, while suites add kitchens and butler services and villas have private pools.

There are multiple pools on-site as well as the signature steakhouse restaurant Porterhouse and Moana serving seafood and Asian-inspired dishes. For Polynesian-themed cocktails, head to the poolside Maui Beach.

Hotel Highlights

  • A diverse menu of Szechuan and Cantonese cuisine at Hong Loong restaurant.
  • Seafood platters, lobster Thermidor and resident DJs at Laguna Lounge.
  • A 20-minute drive from Dubai Marina Mall.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 186 – USD 620
Guest Rating: 9.1
Address: East Crescent Road, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Rixos The Palm Dubai Hotels & Suites

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HotelsCombined visitors love the views at Rixos The Palm Dubai Hotels & Suites, a beachfront hotel nestled against the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf. Admire the view from floor-to-ceiling windows in a Deluxe Room, which also has a deep-soaking tub and flat-screen TV, or upgrade to a Wellness Room for a furnished terrace and direct access to a plunge pool and beach.

Enjoy water sports at the beach or a cocktail poolside, then visit the spa’s Turkish hammam. At night, listen to resident DJs while dining on signature dishes at Toro Loco Steakhouse or enjoy organic shisha at Nargile Lounge.

Hotel Highlights

  • The oversized living area and private balcony in the Family Suite.
  • A Turkish hammam, steam room, sauna and Jacuzzi in the on-site spa.
  • The kid-friendly cooking classes, magic shows and pool games at Rixy Kids Club.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 206 – USD 2,868
Guest Rating: 8.9
Address: East Crescent Plot C- 40, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Grosvenor House a Luxury Collection Hotel Dubai

Grosvenor House Luxury Collection Premier Executive Suite 1051T2 Bedroom
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A short drive from Golden Mile Galleria, Grosvenor House a Luxury Collection Hotel Dubai is located in the renowned Dubai Marina. The two towers boast gyms, terrace pools and luxury spas, while foodies will flock to its long list of dining destinations, including the world-famous Buddha-Bar with Far-Eastern flavours and innovative cocktails.

Deluxe Rooms feature flat-screen TVs and 24-hour butler services, while Royal Suites add kitchenettes, Jacuzzis and dry saunas. For spacious living areas and expansive balconies, upgrade to a one, two or three-bedroom apartment.

Hotel Highlights

  • Signature South American dishes at Toro Toro restaurant and Indian delicacies at Indigo by Vineet.
  • Panoramic views of Dubai Marina at Siddharta Lounge by Buddha-Bar and champagne and single malts at Bar 44.
  • Access to the private beach at Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 150 – USD 503
Guest Rating: 9.8
Address: PO Box 118500, Dubai Marina, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Raffles Dubai

Raffles Dubai penthouse
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Connected to WAFI Mall, Raffles Dubai is an iconic pyramid-shaped hotel offering 5-star luxuries. Elegant rooms feature butler services, floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies with city skyline views, while spacious suites add separate living areas, kitchenettes and private terraces.

Cool off with a tropical drink at the outdoor pool’s swim-up bar or visit Raffles Spa for rejuvenating treatments. Indulge in authentic Japanese cuisine at TOMO or home-grown Italian favourites at Solo Italian Restaurant & Bar, then unwind with a Dubai Sling at Crossroads Cocktail Bar.

Hotel Highlights

  • An array of rejuvenating treatments at Raffles Spa, including a spa suite with customised massages and a Jacuzzi for couples. 
  • An Arabic-themed menu with open-air cabanas at Raffles Garden.
  • Delectable savouries and sweets at Afternoon Tea in Raffles Salon.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 173 – USD 633
Guest Rating: 9.8
Address: Sheikh Rashid Road, Wafi Mall, Bur Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina

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Overlooking Jumeirah Beach, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina boasts seaside vibes and neoclassical architecture. Discover multiple outdoor pools, a spa and modern gym, as well as a private beach and Bubbalicious Brunch with cuisine prepared by three of the on-site restaurants.

Unwind in the Grand Deluxe Suite with Arabian Sea views from an oversized balcony or save money on a Deluxe Room with a king or two queen-size beds, deep-soaking tub and flat-screen TV. Families will cherish the extra space and Kids Club access in the two-bedroom Family Suite.

Hotel Highlights

  • Thai cuisine at Spice Thai Emporium and imported wines at Oeno Wine Bar.
  • The spa’s male and female relaxation rooms with saunas, steam rooms and Jacuzzis.
  • A 20-minute drive from the Outlet Village.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 129 – USD 984
Guest Rating: 9.1
Address: Al Sufouh Road, Dubai Marina, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Hotel Location

Nightlife in Dubai

Dubai offers a wide range of nightlife options, from late-night entertainment venues to chic bars. WHITE Dubai is one of the best nightclubs in the world, while the glamorous Cavalli Club was inspired by fashion designer Roberto Cavalli. Dress your best and enjoy live performances at Armani/Prive or immerse yourself in the circus-themed action at Cirque Le Soir. Want to party like a billionaire? Don’t miss the iconic Billionaire Mansion.

The country’s strict drinking laws allow tourists to enjoy alcohol in licensed venues, but make sure to follow the rules to avoid hefty fines or jail time.

Hotels Near Dubai’s Top Nightlife

The Oberoi Dubai

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Two kilometres from Armani/Prive nightclub, The Oberoi Dubai features a late-night lounge, outdoor pool and lavish spa. Premier Rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows with iconic Burj Khalifa views and separate living areas, while lavish suites add private balconies, personal butlers and dining rooms. Travelling with the family? Book the spacious Three Bedroom Family Suite.

Visit Ananta restaurant for signature Indian dishes or join the popular Friday brunch at the Nine7One. Waka boasts authentic Latin American cuisine and live DJs. On the 27th floor, Iris Dubai is an exciting late-night venue with live music and creative cocktails.

Hotel Highlights

  • Featured experiences, including city tours, desert safaris and cooking classes.
  • The spa’s Aromatherapy treatments, Sodashi facials and signature Oberoi massages.
  • A 24-hour fitness centre and yoga deck with views of the Burj Khalifa.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 139 – USD 6,675
Guest Rating: 9.3
Address: Downtown Burj Khalifa Street, Business Bay, Emirate of Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The H Hotel Dubai

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Sitting 600 metres from the Cavalli Club, The H Hotel Dubai boasts its own nightlife with a 40th-floor rooftop cocktail lounge. Enjoy all-day dining at Eat & Meat, then relax poolside with a cold drink or recharge at Mandarin Spa.

Couples can get cosy in the Deluxe King Room, which features a mini bar, flat-screen TV and floor-to-ceiling windows, or splurge on a SKY Suite for a separate dining and living area. The Royal Suite exudes opulence with a private elevator, indoor pool and large terrace.

Hotel Highlights

  • Live sports at The Lion pub and Diademas, a sophisticated cigar lounge.
  • The spa’s thermal and hydrotherapy steam chamber and sauna.
  • Panoramic city views and creative cocktails at the rooftop club, 40 Kong.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 87 – USD 4,123
Guest Rating: 8.9
Address: Sheikh Zayed Road, Trade Centre 1, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Grand Hyatt Dubai

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HotelsCombined visitors rave about the on-site dining and outdoor pools at Grand Hyatt Dubai. You can marvel at the open kitchens at The Collective by Market Cafe, enjoy Arabic singers and belly dancers at Awtar or indulge in Italian dishes at Andiamo! restaurant.

Rest easy on plush Hyatt Grand Beds in each of the luxurious rooms, which also include city skyline views from floor-to-ceiling windows. For a jetted spa bathtub and spacious parlour, upgrade to the Royal Suite King.

Hotel Highlights

  • Peppercrab restaurant’s authentic Singaporean food and live seafood station.
  • Fine Italian wines at Vinoteca wine bar and contemporary Jazz nights at Cooz Bar.
  • A 10-minute drive from Cirque Le Soir.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 85 – USD 1,543
Guest Rating: 9.2
Address: PO Box 7978, Bur Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

V Hotel Dubai Curio Collection by Hilton

Photo| V Hotel Dubai Curio Collection by Hilton | Provided by ICE PORTAL

A 10-minute drive from WHITE Dubai, V Hotel Dubai Curio Collection by Hilton boasts its own nightclub, BOA Lounge and Club, as well as a trendy V Lounge. Recharge after an evening of fun at the outdoor pool or fully-equipped V Gym.

With a futuristic avant-garde style, the rooms here are anything but boring. King Deluxe rooms feature flat-screen TVs and mini bars, while a King Grand Deluxe Suite adds an entertainment room, music wall and city views.

Hotel Highlights

  • Private cabanas, DJs and cocktails at the poolside V Deck.
  • Mediterranean cuisine at Level Seven and Korean favourites at Namu.
  • An ultra-luxurious Sky Villa with two bedrooms, panoramic city skyline views, a runway stage, bar and DJ area.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 102 – USD 1,725
Guest Rating: 8.6
Address: Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Habtoor City, Business Bay, Emirate of Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai

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JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai is one of the tallest hotels in the world, located in Dubai’s bustling downtown district. Stylish rooms and suites boast flat-screen TVs, marble bathrooms and floor-to-ceiling windows, while luxury suites add separate living areas.

Swim in the outdoor pool or workout in the fitness centre, then get pampered at SARAY Spa or indulge in a sweet treat at La Farine. Prime68 is one of the city’s premier steakhouse restaurants, while Kitchen6 serves global cuisine.

Hotel Highlights

  • Traditional Indian dishes at Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra.
  • The 71st and 72nd-floor views of Downtown Dubai from Vault lounge.
  • A 10-minute drive from the Armani/Prive club.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 57 – USD 450
Guest Rating: 9.1
Address: Sheikh Zayed Road, Business Bay, Emirate of Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Hyatt Regency Dubai

Photo| Hyatt Regency Dubai | Provided by ICE PORTAL

Hyatt Regency Dubai is located on the Corniche, a renowned waterfront promenade, just a 15-minute drive from Dubai International Airport. Al Dawaar Revolving Restaurant features 360-degree views of the city and a live kitchen, while Miyako showcases authentic Japanese cuisine.

Make the most of your travel budget in a 1 King Bed, which features a flat-screen TV, mini fridge and king-size bed, or treat yourself to a lavish stay in the Regency Suite King for sea views and a separate living room. For extra space, upgrade to the two-bedroom Royal Suite. 

Hotel Highlights

  • Dubai Creek views at The Bar, sporting events at Carpenter’s Sports Bar and live entertainment at Hibiki Karaoke Lounge.
  • Home to Al Dawaar Revolving Restaurant, the only revolving restaurant in Dubai.
  • A 15-minute drive from City Walk and Cirque Le Soir.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 65 – USD 3,779
Guest Rating: 8.9
Address: Al Khaleej Road, Deira, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Experience the Glitz and Glamour of Dubai

From traditional souks and mega-malls to buzzing nightclubs, Dubai is a multicultural city with some of the most extravagant shopping and nightlife in the world. Play hard, then retreat to one of these top hotels with outdoor pools, luxury spas and chic restaurants and bars.

Where do you want to stay in Dubai? Let us know in the comments below.

Author: Charity De Souza

Born and raised in Orlando, Florida, I have been travelling with my battered backpack full-time for over a decade. My favourite travel memories include skydiving in Switzerland, wine tasting in Portugal, road tripping through Iceland, snorkelling in Indonesia and watching a sunset in the Sahara Desert.


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2 thoughts on “Dubai: Best Shopping, Nightlife & Where to Stay”

  1. Thanks for sharing this very useful blog. Amazing pictures you have shared and very well explained. I also agree with Steve. Accommodation is a little bit expensive in Dubai.

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