While the article cites one instance of low summer rates at Ramada Downtown Burj, it then goes on to note that bookings are actually up this summer, and that in fact, hoteliers are optimistic about demanding higher rates than last year for July and August:
"'It will be a stronger summer than last year from a rate and occupancy point of view,' said Brett Armitage, the senior vice president of sales and marketing at Atlantis The Palm, the biggest hotel in Dubai, with more than 1,500 rooms. 'The great value that we offer in the summer, that's really what drives it.""
So you've got an enormous hotel like Atlantis the Palm expecting tons of guests, and places like Emirates Palace and Rotana Hotels offering inclusive packages (free breakfast, a sunset cruise, discounted drinks) that sound nice but whose rates aren't exactly "deals" as we like to think of them.
So, are there legitimately lower rates to be found this summer in Dubai?
A quick search on Hotels.com spat out a few good-looking rates that were able to pique our interest. On the lower end, Ibis World Trade Centre showed up for $51/night, as well as Le Meridien Fairway for $54/night, Four Points by Sheraton Downtown for $71/night, and Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa for $62/night.
Meanwhile for hotels located either downtown or on the beach, which tend to be priced higher than the rest, we found Moevenpick Jumeirah Beach for $123/night, Radisson Blu Downtown as well as Radisson Blu Marina both for $109/night and Sofitel Jumeirah Beach for $127/night.
You tell us. Would you consider any of these rates when booking a trip to Dubai in the hottest season of the year? Do you know of better deals? Let us know!
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