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50 of the best hotels in the GCC

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Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa

Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa

A resort nestled in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, where guests share the desert dunes with Arabian Oryx and gazelles, is bound to be one of the GCC’s most favoured hotels by both tourists and residents of the UAE. The Al Maha Resort, which is located 45-minutes away from Dubai, not only provides a luxurious secluded staycation or vacation, but showcases the heritage and architecture of the Bedouins while offering cultural and adventurous activities ranging from early morning falconry to dune drives. The resort, which opened in 1999 and boasts 42 private suites with private swimming pools and sun decks, is part of American hospitality giant Marriott International.