Dubai has one of the fastest growing hotel industries anywhere in the world, and it threatens to overtake Las Vegas in terms of sheer over-the-top gaudiness and excess within the next decade.Â Every hotel seems bigger and more decadent than the next.Â In a situation like this, you might find it hard to locate anything resembling a budget hotel on your medical tourism vacation.Â The good news is that there is no shortage of hotel rooms. Â The government expects to have its annual tourist influx up to at least 15 million visitors in the next 10 years, and there are at least 60 hotel projects currently in the pipeline.Â
Budget and Moderate Accommodations
Your best bet at finding a room that costs less than $150 per night might be to search in the Bur Dubai and Deira areas.Â Sheikh Zayed Street also has a few budget accommodations.Â The Maktoum Road area features a few mid-range hotels that include in-house restaurants and bars, as well as more imaginative decor.Â Remember that the most expensive hotels tend to attract the best English speaking staff, so you might be stuck with unreliable hotel service if you stay at a mid-range or low priced accommodation.
Gold taps, temperature controlled plunge pools, Bulgari fittings in the bathrooms, and an extensive "pillow menu" consisting of more than 30 varieties of pillows and quilts - nobody could accuse Dubai's luxury hotels of being subtle or understated.Â Critics complain that nothing about the luxury properties here is original or displays imagination.Â One look at all the gold leaf around you, and you might agree.Â On the other hand, this is Dubai.Â Living over the top is part of the fun.Â
The city is currently home to what is supposedly the world's first seven star hotel, and Dubai is in the process of constructing a larger 6,500 room monstrosity, which will be the biggest in the world.Â Many of the soon-to-be hotels draw inspiration from the Vegas Strip, with sketches of the British Parliament and Egyptian palaces in the works.
The best place to experience Arabian-style luxury is the Jumeirah beachfront.Â Ocean-facing views, beachside villas, charter yachts, and private butler services - each hotel here tries to outdo the other.Â Sheikh Zayed Street is the commercial, and business center of the city and is home to some five star hotels that are geared towards the international corporate traveler.Â If the bling of the holiday properties doesn't appeal to you, then check these hotels out for your medical tourism accommodations.
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