A taste of Middle Eastern luxury

My husband and I have always wanted to travel to the Middle East. We have been putting money away for this trip for some time and I have heard that travel to this part of the world has become more affordable which is great. If so, where would you recommend for an affordable taste of Middle Eastern luxury?

My husband and I have always wanted to travel to the Middle East. We have been putting money away for this trip for some time and I have heard that travel to this part of the world has become more affordable which is great. If so, where would you recommend for an affordable taste of Middle Eastern luxury?

There is no doubt that if it is Middle Eastern luxury you are after, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates is the perfect destination for you. Widely renowned as a top relaxation spot for the rich and famous, Dubai now offers the ultimate combination of affordable prices and the experience of a lifetime. The warm, sunny but comfortable temperatures between October and March are a welcome break from the Irish weather.

If it is sun, sea and sand you are after the beaches along Jumeira Road will be your first port of call. The soft, white sand and warm, radiant blue of the Arabian Sea is an ultimate luxury that costs nothing but the time you will be willing to spend there. Although parking may be limited, taxi service to the beach is cheap and means you can easily bring all you can carry.

If you are after a few more thrills and spills, the sea is perfect for beginner or mediocre surfers. There are also many waterskiing activities dotted along the shoreline that provide an exciting and unique way to take in Dubai's breathtaking coastline. After this, you can relax with a beachside barbeque or indulge in the offerings of the many nearby restaurants that boast everything from gourmet pizza to traditional Emerati cuisine, with most providing an affordable menu.

Golf is another way to relax and enjoy all the country has to offer, and Dubai is widely renowned as one of the best golf destinations in the world with most courses available to visitors. If however, it is retail therapy you require to unwind, Dubai's mega-mall phenomenon has meant it will prove the destination of your dreams. Dubai boasts over 70 shopping malls, the pick of which being Dubai Mall containing over 1200 stores meaning there is little you wouldn't be able to find. If your other half is not interested in fashion, the Mall offers many other facilities including an ice rink, an underwater aquarium, and many architectural attractions, the pick of which is the Oasis Fountain Waterfall which proves to be an unbelievable installation.

Contrary to popular belief, unlike other Middle Eastern countries you will be able to have a drink after a long day of luxury due to relaxed alcohol laws for tourists. There are hundreds of amazing restaurants offering the world's best cuisine in all price ranges, and you or any couple will enjoy the views of or from the spectacular buildings that light up the desert sky.

Where to Stay

Jumeira Rotana - Dubai (****) Private and Comfortable

Prices start from €77 per room per night on Hotels.com

Relax and play in paradise in this hotel that boasts a private beach, full health and leisure club facilities as well as many restaurants. Enjoy the multitude of activities and services available in this hotel, or its prime location means you have easy access to many all that Jumeira Road has to offer.

Metropolitan Palce Dubai (*****) Value for Money

Prices start from €85 per room per night on Hotels.com

This distinct and luxurious hotel offers everything from barbeque to ballroom making it the ideal location for the couple that want to experience all Dubai has to offer. As well as a private beach and waterfront, the hotel can arrange desert safaris, camel racing and boat trips on Dubai Creek meaning the only thing you have to do is choose.

Al Bustan Rotana- Dubai (*****) Metropolitan Luxury

Prices start from €101 per room per night on Hotels.com

A poolside bar and nightclub, as well as the steam room and sauna would make you never want to leave this hotel. The hotel also offers a global variety of restaurant options with cuisine from Japan, America, Thailand, Italian and even Lebanese so you can sample the best has to offer from the comfort of your hotel.

Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers- Dubai (*****) Spectacular Views

Prices start from €101 per room per night on Hotels.com

Apart from the hotel being an amazing piece of architecture, the view from your room could be on the spectacular waterfront and distant skylines of Dubai Creek. The hotel is in prime location is the city with town car services making the cities many amenities easily accessible to all. If you wish to stay in the hotel you won't be disappointed, with a vast rang of facilities from leisure services and hair salons to amazing waterfront views from the hotel's many restaurants and nearby local creek-side cuisine.

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