Where to stay in Dubai – What you need to know
In general terms, accommodation in Dubai is quite expensive for Middle Eastern standards and even if you compare it to big Western cities such as Paris or Rome. Top hotels in good locations are rarely below the USD 120 mark, but it is true that it is possible to find mid-range options close to USD 50. Finding cheap accommodation in Dubai can be complicated and backpacker options are practically inexistent.
Unlike in the West, the cheapest months for acommodation in Dubai are July and August. However, these months are probably not the best for a visit, as temperatures can reach up to 48ºC (120ºF).
With regards to the best areas to stay and the cheapest areas to stay in Dubai, the most budget-friendly options tend to be around Burj Dubai and Deira and start climbing up as we get closer to the Downtown area and the beach.
If money is not and issue, then the best area to stay in Dubai is no doubt Downtown Dubai, as it’s close to most of the modern attractions in the city, such as the Dubai Mall and its fountain. Downtown Dubai is also really convenient to reach the Old Town and the beach.
If it’s luxury you’re after, then the best area to stay in Dubai will probably be around Jumeirah, with jewels like the Palm and the Burj al Arab and the beaches right at your feet.