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Most expensive hotel stays in the GCC

Arabian Business looks at some of the most expensive hotel stays in the GCC region

Most expensive hotel stays in the GCC
Fresh from Royal Jet’s announcement of its $75,000 two-day break in Dubai, Arabian Business hit the phones and now brings you its list of the most expensive hotel stays in the Middle East. Where possible, we have used the rack rate rather than any deals that are ongoing at the moment, and the prices include any additional taxes. The cost is for one night. \n

While we did contact a significant number of hotels, some – surprisingly – didn’t pick up their phones or were engaged – so we can’t claim our list is exhaustive. However, it gives provides a strong indication that the heart of the luxury hotel market in the Middle East still rests overwhelmingly either in or near Dubai. (ITP Images)\n

Note: (Information is dated Jan 22, 2010)
Most expensive hotel stays in the GCC
10. Yas Hotel – Diwan Suite – $6,300 \n

The newest entry on this list is the Yas Hotel, which opened its doors last year to coincide with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Yas’ Diwan Suite features three bedrooms and 572 square metres of living space. Also included is private terrace access, a lap pool, a private elevator, a full chef’s kitchen, and a dining room accommodating up to sixteen people. (ITP Images)\n

Note: (Information is dated Jan 22, 2010)
Most expensive hotel stays in the GCC
9. Qasr Al Sharq – Qasr Al Sharq Suite - $9,600 \n

The most expensive hotel in Saudi Arabia is Jeddah’s Qasr Al Sharq, with its signature suite consisting of two en-suite master bedrooms with dressing rooms and whirlpools. But don’t take our word for it. Qasr Al Sharq describes the suite as 'a private bastion of luxury [that] will envelop you as you float over magical carpets adorned with the finest Italian furnishings and accessories'. \n

At around 1,000 square metres, the suite also includes an office, a majlis, dining room, kitchen and in-suite spa facility. (Google Images)\n

Note: (Information is dated Jan 22, 2010)
Most expensive hotel stays in the GCC
8. Al Maha Desert Resort – Presidential Suite - $9,700 \n

Owned by the Emirates Group, the Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa is located about half an hour’s drive outside Dubai in the midst of the Arabian desert. The resort’s presidential suite includes a large temperature-controlled swimming pool surrounded by decking, along with three large bedrooms, spacious bathrooms, an extensive kitchen, residential quarters for guests or private staff and a barbecue. (ITP Images)\n

Note: (Information is dated Jan 22, 2010)
Most expensive hotel stays in the GCC
7. Palace Hotel – Imperial Suite - $11,400 \n

Located in the heart of the Dubai’s Old Town and close to the Burj Khalifa, The Palace Hotel is one of Dubai’s finest. It has some of Dubai’s finest prices to boot. The Imperial Suite – on the last floor of the hotel – encompasses four bedrooms, two living rooms, two dining rooms (for when one just isn’t enough), four bathrooms and a study room. \n

The 500 square metre suite also has a spacious private balcony with primary views of the Dubai Fountain. (Google Images)\n

Note: (Information is dated Jan 22, 2010)
Most expensive hotel stays in the GCC
6. Monarch Hotel – The Monarch Suite – $14,000 \n

The 'crowning glory' of Dubai’s Monarch Hotel is the eponymous Suite, based on the 32nd and 33rd floor. The area offers over 1,130 square metres of 'state of-the-art technology with an artistic blend of contemporary design and flashes of Arabian décor'. \n

In addition, guests staying at the suite can take advantage of a private cinema and library, as well as a private terrace, pool, steam room and sauna. (ITP Images)\n

Note: (Information is dated Jan 22, 2010)
Most expensive hotel stays in the GCC
5. Raffles Hotel – Royal Suite – $15,000 \n

Raffles has two signature Royal Suites – one with an Asian theme and one Middle Eastern – along with the usual four-poster beds, en-suite bathrooms and a dining room. Also included is a gentleman’s bar, an entertainment room, and an adjoining terrace. (ITP Images)\n

Note: (Information is dated Jan 22, 2010)
Most expensive hotel stays in the GCC
4. Emirates Palace – Palace Suite – $17,400 \n

Abu Dhabi’s landmark hotel the Emirates Palace also has some landmark prices. The Palace Suites – 'a palace within a palace' – include a master bedroom, two guest bedrooms, together with a bath, Jacuzzi and rain shower. (Getty Images)\n

Note: (Information is dated Jan 22, 2010)
Most expensive hotel stays in the GCC
3. Zighy Bay – Private Residence – $17,600 \n

The highest-priced night’s stay outside Dubai in the Middle East is at the Six Senses Hideaway Zighy Bay, in Oman. Located on its own stretch of private beach, the Private Reserve is a 3,000 square metre area which includes three villas, a gym, a wine cellar, private security quarters and an 'oversized infinity pool'. \n

Also included in the price is either a speedboat or paragliding arrival, a two-hour private champagne and canapés evening cruise, a signature massage per person per stay and a live-in butler. Why not? (ITP Images)\n

Note: (Information is dated Jan 22, 2010)
Most expensive hotel stays in the GCC
2. Burj Al Arab – Royal Suite – $18,000 \n

Dubai’s iconic hotel isn’t renowned for its bargain-basement prices on suites. So it’s no surprise to see it coming in at second place, with the Royal Suite costing $18,000. \n

For that price, guests can relax in a two-level 780 square metre area with 'lavishly appointed interiors, majestic colour scheme and sumptuous furnishings.' Also included is a private elevator, a private cinema, as well as a rotating four-poster canopy bed in the master bedroom. A chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce is available for transfers, or you can be flown there by helicopter for an extra charge. (Getty Images)\n

Note: (Information is dated Jan 22, 2010)
Most expensive hotel stays in the GCC
1. Atlantis, The Palm – Bridge Suite – $42,000 \n

For the painful price of $42,000 – way more than twice the cost of the second most expensive evening in the Middle East - guests at the Atlantis’s Bridge Suite can look out over the Arabian Gulf from the hotel’s signature arch. What else is thrown in? A dedicated elevator and butler, plus a reception lounge, a dining area with a gold-leafed table, a library with a media centre and three large bedrooms. (Getty Images)\n

Note: (Information is dated Jan 22, 2010)