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Hotel Review: Raffles Dubai

Built in the shape of an Egyptian pyramid, Raffles Dubai is one of the Emirates’ most iconic hotels.


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Mixing Middle Eastern and Asian architecture with a suitably exotic décor, this is one stay-cation location that will make you think you’re in another world.

With 252 guestrooms and suites, plus the Deira souks and Al Bastakiya only a short taxi drive away, Raffles Dubai is the perfect weekender for those searching for culture over sand.


Let’s face it, eating out is an essential part of a mini break and Raffles Dubai doesn’t disappoint. The Raffles Garden with private cabanas set in a resplendent garden oasis serves Arabic themed dishes, beverages and shisha.

Solo , the award winning Italian restaurant and bar offers a twist of haute cuisine with generous portions served in a relaxed, convivial setting.

TOMO, famed for its authentic Japanese treats overlooks the Dubai skyline and for party-goers, starting the night at the Crossroads Cocktail Bar before heading to People by Crystal to dance the night away, is a must.


With its Middle Eastern theme set by its stunning façade, Raffles Dubai’s interior design is suitably exotic: a treasure trove of ancient legends, exceptional artworks and architectural excellence.

Prime examples can be found in the lobby, displaying an effortless blend of luxury, with a majestic waterfall, brass chandeliers featuring swirling arabesques and imposing columns embellished with hand-carved hieroglyphs.

The four elements of life – Earth, Wind, Fire and Water can also be found in the private Raffles Garden, as well as the four opulent Presidential Suites, each designed after one element.

Attention to detail, decadent design and warm tones are hallmarks of the suites, with many measuring 70 square meters with stunning views of Dubai’s skyline.


After a big night out, or even as an end of week treat, the Raffles Spa is a haven for relaxation and includes five private spa suites, a couples’ spa suite and a private garden retreat for two.

An array of spa packages, an outdoor swimming pool and state-of-the-art fitness facilities will have your wellness levels nicely topped up.

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