Excellent 8.6
Based on 211 reviews

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About Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa


Secludedly set in the middle of a desert, this property is only an hour drive from Dubai's city center. Guests will have easy access to the Endurance Village, the home of the Dubai World Cup. Boasting 115 well-appointed guestrooms and suites, all are tastefully furnished and equipped with modern amenities for guests’ utmost comfort and convenience. Guests will enjoy a choice of dining opportunities at this desert oasis from the traditional Al Hadheerah Desert Restaurant to the more relaxed, international cuisines at Al Forsan Restaurant. The hotel also offers meeting rooms and banquets for guests’ memorable events. For leisure, guests can take a refreshing dip at the on-site swimming pool or indulge at the Satori Spa. Offering the world-class standard in comfort and hospitality, Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa is an ideal place to stay in Dubai.
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  • free Wi-Fi in all rooms
  • Wi-Fi in public areas


  • valet parking
  • car park
  • airport transfer
  • car hire
  • bicycle rental

Fitness & recreation

  • fitness center
  • sauna
  • spa
  • massage(s)
  • steamroom

Swimming & soaking

  • outdoor pool

Land sports

  • table tennis
  • horse riding

For kids

  • kids club
  • pool (kids)

Food & beverage

  • 24-hour room service
  • room service
  • restaurant(s)
  • coffee shop
  • poolside bar
  • bar


  • pets allowed

Cleaning services

  • daily housekeeping
  • laundry service
  • dry cleaning

Guest services

  • express check-in/check-out
  • luggage storage
  • babysitting
  • newspapers
  • tours
  • concierge

On-site facilities

  • fireplace
  • facilities for disabled guests
  • family room
  • garden
  • elevator
  • salon
  • shop(s)
  • smoking area

Health and security

  • 24-hour security
  • 24-hour front desk
  • safety deposit boxes
  • lockers

Business & money services

  • meeting facilities
  • business center
  • ATM/cash machine on site
  • currency exchange

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Arabic
  • French
  • German
  • Hindi
  • Indonesian
  • Spanish
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Child and extra bed policy
Infant 0-3 year(s) Stay for free if using existing bedding. Note, if you need a cot there may be an extra charge.
Children 4-12 year(s) Stay for free if using existing bedding.
  • Guests over 12 years old are considered as adults.
  • Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose, please check the individual room policy for more details.
When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
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Useful info

Airport Transfer Fee: 450 AED
Breakfast Charge (when not included in room rate): 125 AED
Check-In From: 3:00 PM
Check-Out Until: 12:00 PM
Distance from City Center: 40. Km
Distance to Airport: 50. Km
Non-Smoking Rooms / Floors: Yes
Number of Bars: 3
Number of Floors: 2
Number of Restaurants: 4
Number of Rooms : 115
Time to Airport (Minutes): 45
Year Hotel Built: 2004
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Recent customer comments

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  • Hotel Condition/Cleanliness 9.1
  • Facilities 8.9
  • Location 8.5
  • Room Comfort/Standard 8.9
  • Service 8.9
  • Value for Money 8.1
  • Food/Dining 8.2

Adel F.
United Arab Emirates
July 10, 2016
Very nice break

Afandi N.
July 09, 2016
Excellent Service
All the staff was helpful, resourceful and courtiers and polite.

Steven G.
June 06, 2016
Poor service, bad food and over priced
When you stay in a 5 star hotel and pay premium prices, you expect premium quality flood and excellent service. This hotel lacks food quality and service. We stayed in this hotel around 5 yrs ago when they were under the Jumeriah brand and everything was amazing. This time the trip was a total disappointment

Skirmantas S.
United Arab Emirates
June 05, 2016
Nice hotel, but crazy Overpriced. Makes no sense at all. There are much better places for this money.

Sandy T.
June 01, 2016
We will be back!!

George B.
United Kingdom
May 29, 2016
Great location a must for any Dubai resident
This place is a must if your looking to escape the hussle and madness of central Dubai.

jennifer S.
May 26, 2016
Fantastic hotel experience
My best experience by far in Dubai A wonderful hotel in the desert Pure Arabian nights Excellent value

Robert H.
May 23, 2016
Amazing stay
Simply stunning location, such an atmospheric place, and great facilities

Nur A.
May 14, 2016
Perfect for honeymoon
I give two thumbs up

United Kingdom
May 14, 2016
Great hotel, super location...pity about the food
The resort is located miles from anywhere, in the middle of the desert, which is its attraction. It seems to be well known amongst taxi drivers and cost 175 Dh to get there by metered taxi from the airport at 5am (145 Dh on the way back). Impressive at first sight, it models heritage bedouin style architecture, totally suitable for its location. An early check in was provided but the front desk staff was not as engaging or friendly as could have been, and had we not returned to lobby early than advised after arrival, we could have been waiting several hours more despite the room being ready. The hotel complex has a myriad of buildings and corridors, which take a little time to get used to but the pool area is easy to find and can be used as a central point. Common parts are well maintained and clean, with impressive traditional furnishings. Our room was large and well equipped, although lighting was insufficient and it was seen that the room hadn't been properly cleaned in areas such as behind tables and under the bed. Housekeeping was otherwise superb, checking on the room several times throughout the day to see if anything was required. In fact, probably the best housekeeping service experienced to date. Plenty of drinking water was supplied, which was welcome, as was the plate of fresh fruit and small pack of dates provided daily. There isn't much to do at the resort but relax by the 3 pools, which really is the attraction. The activities well looked after and monitored by lifeguards much of the time. Pool service was very good, the attendants being helpful in laying towels on loungers and positioning sun umbrellas. The loungers could so with a good deep clean though. There are activities, such as horse/camel riding in the desert, that can be booked at the activities desk, although these were not very well advertised. There is an opportunity to have a free short camel ride for about a minute and to have a picture taken holding a falcon, in the desert area by the


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