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The Best Luxury Hotels in Dubai

Quite often at Hotels Fairy we get emails asking us to recommend hotels around the world. For example, a pet friendly hotel in London or some luxury hotels in New York or an eco-friendly hotel in Hong Kong or a beachfront hotel for a honeymoon in Marrakech. The list is endless.

Even though it is not possible to reply to every single email that we get, we do try to get inspiration from what our readers are asking.

So when we can we send our office fairies on working vacations to discover and experience the local hospitality around the world and report back to us with their findings and many, many photos and stories from their travel adventures.

Nick, just came back from Dubai, where he spent two weeks sampling the local hospitality. Bellow you can find a short list that he compiled for us with the best luxury hotels in Dubai.

Luxury Hotels in Dubai

One & Only The Palm Dubai

One and Only - Luxury Hotels Dubai

One & Only The Palm Dubai, offers luxurious beach-front accommodation on Palm Jumeirah’s peninsula. Here you can enjoy the panoramic views, a private beach and the very best cuisine of Michelin-starred chef Yannick Alléno.

The One & Only has really spacious rooms, suites and villas that are either situated within the hotel’s Manor House or in the private beach area.

The rooms and suites have direct access to a huge swimming and the palm-shaded terraces. The Beach Villas offer direct beach access for more secluded escapes.

Here you will have the choice of three exclusive restaurants and if you need more choice you can always get a water taxi to the One & Only Royal Mirage Dubai to have dinner at any of its seven restaurants!

IMG World of Adventures and Hub Zero Dubai are just a 35-minute drive from the hotel.

Raffles Dubai

Raffles Dubai in Dubai

The Raffles Dubai is one of the must stay luxury hotels in Dubai.

The architect of the hotel was inspired by the great pyramids of Egypt and his design reflects that inspiration. The Raffles Dubai is a stunning landmark in Dubai’s skyline. An award-winning hotel features an outdoor pool, and an extensive spa.

Many handcrafted ornaments and luxurious fabrics decorate the rooms at Raffles Dubai, each with a generously-sized private balcony with views of the Dubai skyline. Dubai International Airport is a 15-minute drive away.

Grosvenor House a Luxury Collection Hotel Dubai

Grosvenor House Luxury Hotel in Dubai

If you want to feel like a celebrity the world-class service of Grosvenor House Hotel and Apartments will not disappoint you.

The 5-star Grosvenor House hotel is located on the Dubai Marina promenade and offers panoramic views of the marina, as standard comes a personalized butler service, an outdoor pool and an impressive range of culinary experiences.

The modern rooms and suites have marble bathrooms and come with Byredo amenities, a soaking tub with rain shower.

Grosvenor House’s fine dining options include a weekly seafood buffet at Sloane’s. Also highly recommended is the lively Buddha Bar & Restaurant which serves far-east and Asia cuisine.

Make sure you check out the Bar 44 which offers fantastic cocktails.

The Address Dubai Marina

The Address Dubai Marina

From all the luxury hotels in Dubai, this is the one to book if you want to be in the center of the action on the Dubai Marina. The marina is the largest man-made marina in the world. It is housing upscale retail stores, Michelin restaurants and trendy late-night bars & lounges.

The Address Dubai Marina is directly linked to the Dubai Marina Mall, which has more than 160 boutiques with high-end designer brands and electronics.

This luxury hotel has an elevated infinity pool on level 4, perfect for spending the whole day in the sun with its outside dining, poolside bar and spectacular views of the Dubai Marina and beyond.

Palace Downtown Hotel

Luxury Hotels - Palace Downtown Hotel Dubai

If you stay in this luxury hotel, you will feel like a royalty, a true palace decorated in a contemporary Middle Eastern style offers luxury rooms with balconies.

The Palace Downtown Hotel overlooks the Dubai Fountain and the lake surrounding Burj Khalifa.

Four different restaurants will be at your disposal providing fine dining opportunities, ranging from Argentinian meat to Thai curries. You can also spoil yourself with branch served buffet of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes.

JA Palm Tree Court

JA Palm Tree Court Hotel Dubai

JA Palm Tree Court’s rooms provide 5-star accommodation with all the top luxury amenities that you can desire. It also features a 9-hole golf course, a Jacuzzi, a beauty centre and a sauna.

Those staying at JA Palm Tree Court can start their morning at Calm Spa & Salon, or enjoy the various fitness amenities, including outdoor tennis courts, a driving range and squash courts.

For a quick getaway, you can park your yacht or seaplane on the private marina next to the hotel!!!

The hotel boasts convenient dining options, including seafood dishes at Anchor Restaurant and Mediterranean food at Captains Restaurant & Bar. Divaz offers a fine dining experience, and serves seafood cuisine in an intimate and romantic setting.

If you wish to discover the great outdoors, JA Palm Tree Court is close to many popular fishing and scenic spots. The staff at the tour desk of the hotel are always keen to recommend and organize tours and activities in Dubai.

You can choose between Dubai Desert 4×4, Dune Bashing, Sandboarding, Camel Safari. These are only a few of the tours available at the tour desk.

I hope we have given you a brief idea of what is available among top end and luxury hotels in Dubai. So if you wish to spoil your loved one, Dubai is the place to do it. Enjoy!!!

A Digital Nomad’s confession: Driving for Uber & coding Uber clone script

Uber app

A lot of people that I meet in my travels, tend to ask me how I manage to travel for 12 to 15 months at a time? How do I support myself financially? I must be coming for a wealthy family?

The truth is a combination of hard work and smart work, with proper and meticulous planning.

I was born in the US, into a single parent family and from very early stage in my life I learned to work hard for myself.

I did plenty of casual jobs as a teenager but when I got my driving license, I decided to use our family car and drive for Uber in the weekends while I was still at university learning C++, Java, Python and Swift.

Driving for Uber  

Driving for Uber was and still is a great way to make money for traveling, I got many rides from fellow students on Saturday and Sunday nights from downtown. Quite often I use to get back home with close to $250 for a 10 hours drive over the weekend.

However, driving for Uber intrigue my curiosity into mobile apps and how they are changing the landscape of the modern economy. Many people across the world are making a living or supplementing their income by driving for Uber and Lyft.

The sharing economy of Airbnb and the gig-economy are challenging the 9 to 5 stereotypes that our parents’ generation was brought up with.  

The old economy could not support a nomadic lifestyle but the new sharing economy thrives on it.

Coding apps and Uber clone script

Uber clone script

My first apps where simple games that I sold on Freelancer and Flippa, it was nothing major like you seen on the news with the Angry Birds app or the Summly app which was bought by Yahoo on those days for more than $25.000.000.

Or even the Flappy Bird app which by the end of January 2014, it was the most downloaded free game in the App Store for iOS.

During that time, its developer said that Flappy Bird was earning him $50,000 a day from in-app advertisements as well as sales. Not bad for a free gaming app.

I was not in that league but my first apps gave me enough cash to buy myself a ticket to Asia and experience Thailand for couple of months without worrying about money. There I met more like-minded app programmers and got into designing Uber clone script for various taxi startups.

Becoming a Digital Nomad

By learning to code and learning iOS development with Swift, I can now make tailor made apps for Digital agencies and even sell directly to local taxi companies. I have managed to become a location-independent freelancer.

I have been doing this for the last 4 years, and made a reasonable income, and lived all around the world.

Nikola - Uber clone script


From a pure enjoyment and the freedom perspective, I prefer to create my own apps and make a business around it. If you are smart and driven, you can definitely make a living doing just that.

Regardless of whether you write code or designing a product, make sure that your idea solves somebody else’s problem. That is that key to successful outcome.

David, the author of “A Digital Nomad’s confession: Driving for Uber & coding Uber clone script to fund my travel” works for Smart Car Tech an innovative app design company.