Dubai is the Middle East’s most extravagant metropolis and home to many world records: the tallest building, the highest hotel, the first-ever rotating skyscraper, set to be unveiled in 2020. The evolution of the city has been dramatic over the past 20 years, and as tourism has risen, the number of unique and luxurious hotels has multiplied. There are underwater suites with views typically limited to submarines, palatial villas and a variety of ultra-contemporary designer hotels, where guests can immerse themselves in the vision of fashion’s most esteemed brands. Ahead, we chart some of the most extraordinary hotels in the city.

Bulgari Resort Dubai


Adding to a collection of spectacularly elegant hotels in Milan, London, Bali and Beijing, Bulgari unveiled its Dubai hotel last December. It swiftly became one of the most coveted (and expensive) addresses in the city, attracting a fashionable and affluent crowd. The property is home to Bulgari’s first-ever Marina and Yacht Club, which is located on an exclusive island and is inspired by a Mediterranean village, bringing the la dolce vita spirit of the brand to the Arabian Peninsula.

Gevora Hotel

Bigger, better and flashier is often the philosophy in Dubai, so it is no surprise that it boasts the world’s tallest hotel, The Gevora, which took the record from the JW Marriott Marquis in February. The hotel stands at 1,167 feet (356 meters) and is marked with symbols of grandeur, from gold-coated revolving doors to a sprawling rooftop pool where guests can take in the glittering city skyline.

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