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“Amazing, just amazing.” 5 of 5 stars
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Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   International Endurance City, 308th Rd | P.O Box 8168, Dubai, United Arab Emirates   |  
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Ranked #56 of 514 Hotels in Dubai
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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62 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Amazing, just amazing.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2012

I went with a couple of friends to Bab Al Shams and it was AMAZING. Its a desert resort with pools and restaraunts. One of THE BEST resorts in Dubai. After a dip in the pool go ride a camel in the sunset or walk on the arabian's desert 's soft sand. Its a wonderful place for family&friends!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2012

I organised 6 rooms for friends to share in my husband birthday. The place had such ambience. Beautifully done, it was quiet but brillant service from the staff. If only I could afford another night, we would all be back immediately! Thank you for all birthday treats my husband received.

Room Tip: Ask for one with a a small patio
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2012

We have just returned from the Bab Al Shams and overall it was a lovely experience Its like staying at an amazing Arabian palace with so many little interesting courtyards and an amazing pool area.
The rooms are very authentic feeling but maybe a little bit on the small size for the price.There were lovely little touches like boxes of dates and fresh fruit in our room every day.It is such a wonderful tranquil contrast to the busyness of Dubai!
The restaurants are nice if not a little bit on the expensive side and if like me you're not a massive buffet fan then you don't have much choice.
I did feel however that some of the staff are maybe not aware that they are working in a 5 star resort.In particular the reception staff and the bar staff.The check in experience was a bit hap hazard,no one to greet us or tell us where to go,we were eventually served by a very nice English man but other than him we found the staff behind reception to be a little unfriendly.It would also be nice to have Wifi in the room.I think in this day and age it really should be available.
Overall though I would highly recommend the Bab al Shams and I look forward to returning again next year!

Room Tip: We had a beautiful desert view which I would recommend.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2012

Stayed here for 2 nights and regret not staying any longer, it was a wonderful experience, i had read the reviews here on tripadvisor and also had a family member who had stayed here before so knew what to expect. and have to admit i wasnt disappointed.

To start with the check wa smooth no hassles here, we had arrived early in the morning so we had to wait a bit as the hotel was running full, we waited at the pool whcih was a excellent part of the hotel. we got a lovely room, nice and good. lovely toilet & shower etc.

The breakfast was good, the outside seating area is great, we got it the 2nd day, the 1st day it was full, fair enough.

we had fresh fruits in our room every evening and arabic Dates with almonds to eat for evening which were also delicious.

all in all a hotel which i would definately book again when i need to relax a few days in Dubai. away from everything.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2012

Wonderful calm resort. Great service.... lots of little treats delivered to your sun lounger and room throughout the day.

Room Tip: The ground floor rooms with their own patio which gives a lovely bit of outdoor space.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Doha, Qatar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012

Visiting Dubai is certainly about the new age but Bab Al Shams is a marvellous place to experience the architecture, the life style, the charms and dignity of an earlier era. A collection of traditional buildings and wonderful spaces with beautiful pools, Date Palms, carpets and bolsters. The hotel is surrounded by sensuous dunes best enjoyed from the rooftop restaurants at sunset.
The welcome and guidance at arrival, the caring staff and excellent, personable restaurant services could not be faulted. The hotel is 45 minutes from Dubai centre and can be comfortably visited for its restaurants and entertainment.... better still, stay the night and enjoy breakfast in one of the subtlely decorated courtyards. As a resident of Dubai, it is our favourite place to take visitors.
I hasten to add,the best experience is the setting, restaurants and building character. We have on numerous occasions spoken with tourists who were staying in the hotel and they enjoyed it so, the reviews on this hotel by others could probably be countered by many more who had a positive experience.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2012

It is a luxury resort from Meydan and it lives upto its name....very cultured staff...best restaurant MASALA....will stay everytime in in Dubai :)

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa

Address: International Endurance City, 308th Rd | P.O Box 8168, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Location: United Arab Emirates > Emirate of Dubai > Dubai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Top resorts Hotel in Dubai
#36 Business Hotel in Dubai
#48 Family Hotel in Dubai
#53 Luxury Hotel in Dubai
#57 Romantic Hotel in Dubai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 113
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Translated from Arabic as "Gateway to the sun", the *award-winning 5-star Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa is designed to resemble a fortified rural Arab village amidst the desert landscape. Featuring low-rise architecture, this sandy coloured style fort boasts the main tower with Reception area and lobby and clusters of two-storey buildings housing guest accommodation, restaurants, spa and meeting facilities interconnected by seemingly endless little walkways. The charm of Arabia is personified in every corner of the property with small lanes running through the hotel, scattered around ponds and secluded seating areas, shaded courtyards, water fountains and trickling streams bestowing the feel of cool tranquillity. The abundance of green garden areas and manicured lawns adds to the quiet and soothing environment of the resort. The rustic Arabian theme of exterior design continues to flow in the carefully selected interior decorations and settings featuring uncovered natural stone floors, bare plastered walls, dark wood and iron fixtures, warm dimmed lighting and an abundance of artefacts showcased throughout the property. The resort boasts 113 rooms and suites offering cosy accommodation in an authentic Arabian style with majority of the rooms having a private terrace. All guest rooms and public areas have complimentary Wi-Fi access. *World's Leading Desert Resort, World Travel Awards. ... more   less 
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