Raffles Dubai

I was only going to be in Dubai for 24 hours so I thought somewhere closer to the airport would be the way to go. A client, having just returned from a stay at the Raffles Dubai, recommended I give it a try. The hotel is a short five minute cab-ride from the airport and is attached to the Wafi Shopping Center. The Raffles Dubai is easy to spot as it is built in the shape of a pyramid similar in many ways to the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas.

Raffles Dubai Entrance

Raffles Dubai Entrance

The hotel is located right next to a busy expressway though, so I was a little hesitant about the noise. This turned out to be a non-issue as the sliding glass doors and windows were very thickly paned.

Raffles Dubai Lobby

Raffles Dubai Lobby

After nearly freezing to death in London, I was happy to note the forecast was for sunny and 32 degrees celsius. I was still a bit sleepy from the flight and decided to take a quick nap and head down to the pool after lunch.

Pool View Room. Right Before the Haboob

Pool View Room. Right Before the Haboob

I woke up in a panic thinking I had overslept and missed my flight to Doha. I’d actually only slept about an hour but my room was pitch dark. I looked outside and new my visit to the pool would not happen. Haboob!! (love that word 🙂 ) A large sandstorm had begun to blow in from the desert while a coldfront was coming off the Persian Gulf. Result–dust, thunder, lighting and wind followed by a downpour. This mixed with the dust and the previously enticing pool looked like there was a mud fight going on!

Haboob On Its Way. World's Tallest Building, Burj Al-Khalifa Tower Dubai

Haboob On Its Way. World’s Tallest Building, Burj Al-Khalifa Tower Dubai

Alas, my first time to Dubai was spent in my room and walking around the nearly empty Wafi Shopping Center instead. The Raffles Dubai opened in 2007; it’s seems to have fallen off the radar somewhat. If you’re in Dubai for business and need to be close to the airport though, I think you will like it. Rooms are really big and well-appointed, staff were eager and friendly and the room rate was very reasonable.

Raffles Dubai Website

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