Bab al Shams

Al Qudra Rd., Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Fodor’s Expert Review

Bab al Shams, translating as "doorway to the sun," is a five-star adobe brick oasis, a vision you'd expect to find on the edges of the Sahara desert, or perhaps as a set for a movie. The hotel is low-rise and melds with the dunes, scattering rooms and suites around courtyards with a continuous falaj system, ponds, desert gardens, and the spectacular pool area. Rooms are large, decorated in sandy tones with deep red Persian carpets, dark-wood furniture, and cool stone floors. The connecting bathrooms are cavernlike, with these sandy stone tones continued, and a bath large enough for three. On-site dining is very good, in particular, the all-out Middle-Eastern feasting venue at Al Hadheera, or the rooftop terrace and pizzeria (La Dune).

PROS

  • beautiful, one-of-a-kind Arabian atmosphere
  • incredible pool area
  • On-site desert experiences available (desert drives, falconry, archery, camel rides)

CONS

  • not in the most beautiful part of Dubai's desert (see Al Maha)
  • no connecting rooms

Location

QUICK FACTS

Resort
Intimate
Remote
$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 4-809–6100

HOTEL DETAILS

115 rooms
Rate Includes: Breakfast

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