8 to try: weekend breaks and staycations in the Middle East
Where to stay: The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre
The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre offers a dynamic setting and opulent retreat for any traveller. Standing 14 stories high, the hotel epitomizes understated luxury and elegance behind its handsome limestone facade. Guests enjoy a string of sumptuous amenities, a direct walkway to The Gate which is the heart of the Financial Centre, plus the added convenience of the city of Dubai at their fingertips. What to do: The central location makes this hotel a great hub to visit Dubai’s world-famous shopping attractions. The Dubai Mall, in particular, is located within a short drive of the Dubai International Financial Centre district. It is the region's premier shopping, lifestyle and entertainment destination. With more than 1,200 stores and attractions such as an Olympic size skating ring, a world class aquarium, and a wide range of cafés and restaurants, The Dubai Mall is quickly becoming the city’s favorite destination for shopping and family outings. Details: The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre
$225-640 per night
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