While UAE can be expensive, there are some very reasonable hidden gems with wonderful pools and beaches, if you’re visiting UAE on a budget. We review the ten best affordable hotels in UAE. We focus on cheaper and budget beachside resorts and those inland.
1. The Pearl Hotel & Spa
The Pearl Hotel & Spa is your oyster of comfort in the beautiful emirate of Umm Al Quwain in the United Arab Emirates. This hotel is one of the cheapest beach hotels in UAE yet still offers a luxury that most families would be delighted with.
Just 45 minutes drive from Dubai airport, you can stroll on the private beach’s silver sands or catch a glimpse of cormorants, flamingos, herons, plovers, terns, and gulls stretching their wings on the island across from the bay.
This beautiful hotel boasts its own private beach, 48 well-appointed rooms, and room service. The Pearl Spa offers a wide array of therapies and traditional treatments, from Balinese, Indonesian, Thai, and Indian therapies to Deep Tissue Massage, a Sports Court, a Fitness Centre with a steam room, and a children’s playground next to the beach.
In terms of dining, there’s a wide variety of options on offer. Barako Grill specializes in authentic Filipino Cuisine, while the Barako Grill resto-bar is the place to hang out, enjoy, relax, have a great meal, and sing your favorite Karaoke songs. Little Bavaria & BeachGarten offer modern style authentic Bavarian dining with homemade German cuisine alongside a wide range of Brews and other beverages and a wide selection of sheesha flavors. Backwaters restaurant and bar is a traditional authentic Kerala restaurant treating your taste buds with mouth-watering flavors from God’s own country Kerala, while the bar is the perfect place to unwind with varieties of cocktails, mocktails, and traditional dining options. Finally, Coral Banquet Hall is the ideal location for events and family celebrations.
2. InterContinental Fujairah Resort
InterContinental Fujairah Resort is a beachfront property situated on the shoreline of Al Aqah Beach, beneath the spectacular backdrop of the Hajar Mountains, just 90 minutes from Dubai and 120 minutes from Expo 2020. The resort presents the perfect host as a wedding destination as well as business groups looking for unique meetings. The resort has 190 guest rooms and suites.
Rooms here are stunning and luxurious, but the grounds and beach are a real pull here. With silver sands and numerous smart pools, this is a gorgeous beach resort much cheaper than those in Dubai.
3. Oceanic Khorfakkan Resort & Spa
Around an hour’s drive from Sharjah, you will find Oceanic Khorfakkan Resort & Spa. Backed by distant mountains and offering a super pool right on the beachfront, this hotel offers a brilliant escape.
Oceanic Khorfakkan Resort is nestled in the coastal town of Khorfakkan. The spectacular rolling hills of the Hajjar Mountains surround this beach resort. The resort is just a 90-minute drive from Dubai Airport and Sharjah Airport.
The resort is just 20 minutes from the bustling cities of Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah and a few minutes away from vibrant downtown attractions, which include lots of restaurants, stores, a championship golf course, and one-of-a-kind dive sites.
This Arabian luxury resort allows you to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. The beach is central to life here, and what a beach; secluded and private with warm sands, gleaming waters, and lush greenery. The beach is large and quiet. The sands, along with the pool, offer a lovely place to cool down. The pool and deck area offer waiter service, and there’s a pool grill for food. Water sports are available, including snorkeling, kayaking, banana rides, and diving. There are also a wealth of business facilities, including an Executive Business Centre, outdoor function areas, and a vast, glamourous ballroom.
4. Jumeirah Creekside Hotel
Jumeirah Creekside Hotel is located only a short distance from bustling downtown Dubai and just 2km from the international airport in Dubai. Jumeirah Creekside Hotel is a waterside escape with five restaurants, two swimming pools, and Soul Senses Spa and Wellness. Rooms are soundproofed and have blackout curtains and come in triple, suite, and quad rooms types which are ideal for families.
The views over Dubai Creek and skyline are spectacular, and you can re-energize in the state-of-the-art wellness facilities at The Aviation Club. Extensive lush lawns are perfect for a bit of star gazing and also host impressive events.
5. Hotel Indigo Dubai Downtown
Hotel Indigo Dubai Downtown can be found on the doorstep of Dubai Downtown. This was the first boutique hotel in the UAE located just 5 minutes away from the Dubai Mall. Once through the doors, decades of vibrant culture inspire carefully curated rooms with lavish mother-of-pearl bathrooms, funky Moroso designer chairs, and envy-inducing views. Work out at the gym or just freestyle it out in the 25-meter infinity pool.
Outside, cruise the relaxing vibe of the waterside as you explore the city’s galleries and hotspots, or hang with the locals over locally roasted specialty coffee and contemporary Mediterranean cuisine at Open Sesame social eatery. As night arrives, swing over to the signature speakeasy cocktail bar Off The Wall for a uniquely crafted cocktail infused with local flare. Experience views of the city skyline you’ll never forget as you chill with beats and shisha at the pool deck Orange Feels Bar & Shisha Lounge.
6. Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk
A landmark destination in the heart of Dubai, attached to WAFI Mall, the 5-star hotel Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk provides guests with timeless elegance. The iconic building is adorned with a gold pyramidion and in the shape of an obelisk, representative of the Luxor Obelisk currently in Paris. This is where modern French art de vivre and ancient Egyptian heritage elegantly merge with the UAE’s essence and culture.
Attention to detail, Art Deco flair, and a marriage of cultures and heritage are hallmarks of Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk’s overall architecture and design. This is also prevalent for some of the 498 luxury hotel rooms and suites, as well as 96 furnished and Serviced Apartments & Residences.
7. Grand Hyatt Dubai
Towering majestically over the edge of Dubai’s historic creek or overlooking the glorious Dubai skyline, Grand Hyatt Dubai is a city resort that offers amazing pools and gardens and a slide into a ball pit for the kids. Rooms are large and luxurious, and there are numerous eateries to choose from.
8. Th8 Palm, Managed By Accor
Th8 Palm, Managed By Accor, is a modern, art-inspired hotel with views of the Palm Jumeirah and Dubai’s iconic skyline. Choose from 161 luxury rooms and suites. With a laidback atmosphere that goes from day to night, the resort offers an infinity pool, water sports, a signature beachfront restaurant, VIP cabanas, and outdoor entertainment areas.
Ideally located to explore Dubai’s shopping and entertainment attractions, the hotel is minutes away from Aquaventure water park, The Pointe with its Guinness World of Records fountains, and Nakheel shopping mall.
9. La Ville Hotel And Suites City Walk Dubai Autograph Collection
La Ville Hotel And Suites City Walk Dubai Autograph Collection is a 5-star UAE hotel situated in an urban neighborhood & is just 1.3 km from the Coca-Cola Arena. Whether attending events at the Dubai World Trade Centre, meeting clients or taking in the sights, you’ll find everything you wish for nearby.
There are 156 modern rooms & apartments at the hotel, with a host of pampering amenities. Enjoy incredible views of Burj Khalifa & Dubai’s skyline from our rooftop bar LOOKUP, sample excellent wines at GRAPESKIN, dine on freshly prepared cuisine at CHIVAL & GRAZE or retreat to our rooftop infinity pool, La Ville Spa Relaxation Suites & fitness center.
10. 25hours Dubai One Central
Guests of the 25hours Hotel Dubai One Central can experience how the ancient traditions of the Bedouins are brought back to modern life. Overlooking the Museum of the Future, near Dubai International Financial Centre, the hotel boasts 434 rooms and suites in addition to flexible events and co-working space. A total of five characterful restaurants and bars take guests on a culinary trip around the world.
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