Just off the Sheikh Zayed Road, the Emirates Towers are slap bang in the heart of the business district, just a small roundabout away from the Dubai International Financial Centre. A network of roads, carparks, gardens and water features surround the towers, while a rather high-end fashion-focused mall links the two at the base. The nearest beach will take around 10 minutes in a taxi, as would the journey to the airport.
Being a decade old, the rooms – while spacious and comfortable – are a little old-fashioned in their décor, with few flashes of the 80s slipping into the shading. The views, as you would expect in a giant tower, are excellent, either showcasing the city skyline or the Palace Stables and the desert.
On the ground floor of the hotel – just by the reception desks – sits the airy and spacious lobby lounge, furnished with comfortable seating. It’s an extremely popular spot for business meetings and is usually soundtracked by the sound of deals being made and Blackberries beeping .
Eating and drinking
On the 51st floor of the hotel tower, Vu’s Bar is a cosy, albeit slightly expensive, spot for a cocktail overlooking the city skyline. For vertigo sufferers, there’s The Agency down towards the ground floor, Dubai’s original wine bar. Of the tower’s numerous eateries, The wooden benches of The Noodle House are firm favourites among locals, with a cheap and extremely cheerful selection of South East Asian dishes.
There are two well-equipped gyms in the Emirates Towers, plus the H2O spa and a large outdoor pool.
Friendly and efficient throughout.
Who stays there
Although a few tourists do stop by, the Emirates Towers is primarily a hotel for business travellers.
Room prices include breakfast, plus complimentary access to the Wild Wadi Water Park and Madinat Beach, plus shuttle service to both.
- Business travellers
- Great views / scenery
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Business location
- Slightly dated