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Bab Al Shams Desert Resort - Dubai
Bab Al Shams Desert Resort - Dubai
Bab Al Shams Desert Resort - Dubai
Bab Al Shams Desert Resort - Dubai
Bab Al Shams Desert Resort - Dubai
Bab Al Shams Desert Resort - Dubai
Bab Al Shams Desert Resort - Dubai

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8.7

Excellent

4,690 reviews

4,690 reviews

Swimming Pool9
Housekeeping7
Breakfast5
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8.5

Excellent

Location rating score

Excellent location
Parking
FREE
Popular landmarks
Dubai Miracle Garden 27.1 km
Ski Dubai 33.6 km
Wild Wadi Waterpark 36.2 km
Burj Al Arab 36.4 km
Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark 37.0 km
The Dubai Fountain 42.4 km
Burj Khalifa 42.6 km
Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo 42.6 km
The Dubai Mall 42.8 km
Dubai Creek 50.4 km
Nearby landmarks
Qudra Lake 3.0 km
The Tallest Block of Dubai Marina 7.9 km
Al Maktoum International Airport 10.6 km
Al Qudra Lake 11.5 km
The Corniche 15.5 km
Dubai Investment Park 19.4 km
Medical Fitnes Services Center Jabel Ali 20.1 km
PoshPaws Kennels and Cattery 20.1 km
Dubai Golf City 21.8 km
Al Qudra Cycle Path 21.8 km

Bab Al Shams Desert Resort - Dubai

Next to Endurance Village, Jebel Ali, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 8168 - See map

The car parking and the Wi-Fi are always free, so you can stay in touch and come and go as you please. Conveniently situated in the Jebel Ali part of Dubai, this property puts you close to attractions and interesting dining options. Don't leave before paying a visit to the famous Burj Khalifa. Rated with 5 stars, this high-quality property provides guests with access to massage, restaurant and fitness center on-site.

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Highlights

Sparkling clean

Front desk [24-hour]

Excellent room comfort & quality

Airport transport

Complimentary WIFi in all rooms

Wellness
Everything you need for a rejuvenating retreat for both body and spirit.
Spa & Beauty
Massage
Sauna
Spa
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Eco & Adventure
Horseback riding
Workout and Leisure
Exercise area
Swimming pool [outdoor]
Important announcement -- "Some facilities and Food & beverage services at this property may be limited or unavailable due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)"
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Some facilities and Food & beverage services at this property may be limited or unavailable due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Facilities

Front desk [24-hour]

Transport to airport

Bicycle rental

Valet parking

Exercise area

Spa

Complimentary WIFi in all rooms

Luggage storage

Your dates are popular among travelersPopular destination! Properties in Dubai are being booked every minute!
Value for money8.2
Distance to city center40. Km
Location rating8.5
Nearest airportAl Maktoum International Airport (DWC)
Distance to airport10.6 km

Rooms available at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort - Dubai

Excellent
Room comfort & quality

8.9

Deluxe Suite
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  • Room size: 65 m²/700 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 king bed
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Desert Breeze Room - Dinner Included
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  • Room size: 37 m²/398 ft²
  • Courtyard view
  • 1 king bed or 2 single beds
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Superior King
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  • Room size: 37 m²/398 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 king bed
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Terrace Desert King Room
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  • Room size: 47 m²/506 ft²
  • Outdoor view
  • 1 king bed
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Junior Suite
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  • Room size: 50 m²/538 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 king bed
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Superior Twin
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  • Room size: 37 m²/398 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 2 single beds
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Terrace Desert Twin Room
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  • Room size: 47 m²/506 ft²
  • Outdoor view
  • 2 single beds
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Terrace King
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  • Room size: 47 m²/506 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 king bed
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Terrace Twin
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  • Room size: 47 m²/506 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 2 single beds
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Desert Breeze Super Sale
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  • Room size: 37 m²/398 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 king bed or 2 single beds
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Frequently asked questions

What time is check-in and check-out at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort - Dubai?

Check-in is from 03:00 PM, and check-out is until 12:00 PM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The resort offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.

How do I get to Bab Al Shams Desert Resort - Dubai?

Bab Al Shams Desert Resort - Dubai is easy to access from the airport. In fact, you can even book your airport transfer in advance for greater peace of mind with the additional charge of 250 AED. Just use the "Let us know what you need" section of the booking page to let the resort know you want a ride, and they will contact you via the Agoda messaging service. For those who wish to drive their own cars, Bab Al Shams Desert Resort - Dubai has a car park on site, as well as additional parking nearby if the first car park is full. Parking is free for guests. Parking options include a full-service valet for total ease. If you're looking for an easy way to get around Dubai with private transportation, the resort can arrange both taxis or car rental.

Is breakfast offered at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort - Dubai?

Start your mornings right, with the continental and buffet breakfast options offered at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort - Dubai. Adults can enjoy breakfast offered with an additional charge of 150 AED if not included in the room rate. You may save on breakfast costs with Agoda by booking a room with breakfast, which is often included for less than buying it at the resort.

What are my dining options at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort - Dubai?

Bab Al Shams Desert Resort - Dubai features 3 on-site restaurants for your dining convenience. To meet any special dietary requirements, halal diet is prepared with the utmost care and attention.

Can special events be hosted at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort - Dubai?

You may choose an outdoor venue for your special gathering.

What is the smoking policy at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort - Dubai?

Bab Al Shams Desert Resort - Dubai does permit smoking in some areas and is not 100% smoke-free.

What is the closest airport to Bab Al Shams Desert Resort - Dubai?

The closest airport is Al Maktoum International Airport, 10.5 km away from Bab Al Shams Desert Resort - Dubai.

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What people love about Bab Al Shams Desert Resort - Dubai

  • 8.4

    Excellent

    "Hotel is very nice and rooms are too."

    Mar

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    January 16, 2022

  • 9.2

    Exceptional

    "The stay was very good."

    Juby

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    August 23, 2021

  • 10

    Exceptional

    "Very cute and peaceful getaway from the city’s fast pace life with all the luxury service and facilities."

    Henriett

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    August 17, 2021

Overall rating:

8.7

Excellent
4,690 reviews
Cleanliness
9.1
Facilities
9.0
Location
8.5
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Bab Al Shams Desert Resort - Dubai

Make everyday special with all that Dubai has to offer with a stay at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort - Dubai.
At Bab Al Shams Desert Resort - Dubai, the excellent service and superior facilities make for an unforgettable stay. Free internet access provided within the resort keeps you connected throughout your stay. Airport transfer services can be booked before your check-in date, to ensure a smooth and convenient arrival or departure. Exploring Dubai is made even more convenient with the taxi and car hire services available at the resort.
For guests arriving by car, parking is provided free of charge. Always get the assistance you need with front desk services including concierge service, luggage storage and safety deposit boxes. Booking the best tickets and getting the hottest restaurant reservations are made easy with help from the resort's ticket service. For longer stays or whenever you need it, the dry cleaning service and laundry service keep your favorite travel outfits clean and available.
Feel like doing nothing? Available services like 24-hour room service and daily housekeeping let you get the most out of your time at the Bab Al Shams Desert Resort - Dubai. For guests who would like to smoke, the designated smoking areas are available.
All rooms at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort - Dubai are designed and decorated to make guests feel right at home. Enjoy your stay even more at the resort, knowing that some selected rooms include linen service and air conditioning. Some rooms at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort - Dubai are available with design features like a balcony or terrace. For a bit of entertainment, guests will find television and cable TV available in some selected rooms.
Don't worry about being thirsty as bottled water, a coffee or tea maker, instant coffee, instant tea and mini bar are provided in some guestrooms. Bab Al Shams Desert Resort - Dubai also provides a hair dryer, toiletries, bathrobes and towels in bathrooms for select rooms.


Dining and things to do

Each morning you can start the day with a delicious in-house breakfast offered at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort - Dubai. Don't start your vacation days without your morning coffee, available every morning in the café. A number of great dining options at the resort assures that you'll always have convenient and delicious choices. Bab Al Shams Desert Resort - Dubai caters to its guests varied dietary restrictions with cuisine types such as halal available.
A great night out couldn't be easier! Enjoy a fun evening without traveling outside at the bar.
Bab Al Shams Desert Resort - Dubai offers an excellent variety of recreational facilities. A relaxing end to every day is possible with a visit to the massage, steam room and sauna. Don't forget to make a visit or two to the resort's pool. At Bab Al Shams Desert Resort - Dubai, every effort is made to make guests feel comfortable. Enjoy your favorite drink in your swimsuit at the resort's poolside bar.
Burn off you vacation calories with a quick visit to the resort's fitness facility. Available in-house recreation activities include horse riding. Family time on relaxed evenings is easy with the resort's games room. Got someone special waiting for you back home? Then easily pick up a memorable gift at the souvenir shops.

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Amenities and facilities
Excellent
Facilities

9

Most talked about facilities

Swimming Pool

21 mentions

Food & Dining

16 mentions

View

5 mentions

Breakfast

4 mentions

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Arabic
  • Chinese [Mandarin]
  • Filipino
  • French
  • Hindi
  • Indonesian

Outdoor

  • Bicycles

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible

Internet access

  • Complimentary WIFi in all rooms
  • Internet services
  • Wi-Fi in public areas

Things to do, ways to relax

  • Exercise area
  • Game room
  • Garden
  • Golf course [on-site]
  • Horseback riding
  • Massage
  • On-site entertainment
  • Pool with view
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Steam room
  • Swimming pool [outdoor]
  • Ticket services
  • Tours

Cleanliness and safety

  • Anti-viral cleaning products
  • Breakfast takeaway service
  • Cashless payment service
  • Daily disinfection in all rooms
  • Daily disinfection in common areas
  • Doctor/nurse on call
  • Face coverings on staff
  • First aid kit
  • Guest rooms seal after sanitization
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hot water linen and laundry washing
  • Hygiene certification
  • Individually-wrapped food options
  • Physical distancing of at least 1 meter
  • Professional-grade sanitizing services
  • Protective screens in common areas
  • Room sanitization opt-out available
  • Rooms sanitized between stays
  • Safe dining setup
  • Sanitized kitchen and tableware items
  • Staff trained in safety protocol

Dining, drinking, and snacking

  • Bar
  • Coffee shop
  • Happy hour
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant [halal]
  • Restaurants
  • Room service [24-hour]

Services and conveniences

  • Air conditioning in public area
  • Cash withdrawal
  • Concierge
  • Currency conversion service
  • Daily cleaning
  • Disabled facilities
  • Doorman
  • Dry cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Food delivery
  • Gift/souvenir shop
  • Grooming service
  • Hair salon
  • Invoice provided
  • Ironing service
  • Laundry service
  • Luggage storage
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
  • Safety deposit boxes
  • Smoking area
  • Terrace

For the kids

  • Kids club
  • Kids meal
  • Playground
  • Swimming pool [kids]

Access

  • CCTV in common areas
  • CCTV outside property
  • Check-in/out [private]
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Front desk [24-hour]
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Pets allowed
  • Safety/security feature
  • Security [24-hour]
  • Smoke alarms

Getting around

  • Bicycle parking
  • Car park [free of charge]
  • Car park [nearby]
  • Car park [on-site]
  • Rental car
  • Taxi service
  • Transport to airport
  • Valet parking

Sports equipment rental

  • Bicycle rental

Available in all rooms

  • A/C
  • Alarm clock
  • Bathrobes
  • Bathtub
  • Closet
  • Coffee/tea machine
  • Complimentary coffee (instant)
  • Complimentary drinking water
  • Desk
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Laptop safe box
  • Linens
  • Lock box in room
  • Phone
  • Pool facilities
  • Private bathroom
  • Radio
  • Safety/security feature
  • Satellite/cable channels
  • Shower
  • Sleep comfort items
  • Slippers
  • Smoke alarm
  • Socket near the bed
  • Tile/marble flooring
  • Toiletries
  • Towels
  • Trash cans
  • Wake up call
  • Wi-Fi [complimentary]
Food and dining
Breakfast options
  • American
  • Continental
  • Halal
  • Buffet
Restaurants on site

Al Forsan

  • Cuisine: International
  • Menu: Buffet, A-la-carte

Al Hadheerah

  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern
  • Menu: Buffet, A-la-carte

Al Sarab Lounge

  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern

Le Dune - Temporarily Closed

  • Cuisine: Italian

Masala

  • Cuisine: Indian

Pool Bar

  • Cuisine: International

Ya Hala Lounge Bar

  • Cuisine: International
Location
Next to Endurance Village, Jebel Ali, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 8168
Excellent
Location

8.5

Airports

  • Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC)
    10.6 km 49 min drive
  • Dubai International Airport (DXB)
    50.5 km 1.0 hour drive

Cash withdrawal

  • ATM on-site
What's nearby

Popular landmarks

  • Dubai Miracle Garden
    27.1 km
  • Ski Dubai
    33.6 km
  • Wild Wadi Waterpark
    36.2 km
  • Burj Al Arab
    36.4 km
  • Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark
    37.0 km
  • The Dubai Fountain
    42.4 km
  • Burj Khalifa
    42.6 km
  • Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
    42.6 km
  • The Dubai Mall
    42.8 km
  • Dubai Creek
    50.4 km

Nearby landmarks

  • Qudra Lake
    3.0 km
  • The Tallest Block of Dubai Marina
    7.9 km
  • Al Maktoum International Airport
    10.6 km
  • Al Qudra Lake
    11.5 km
  • The Corniche
    15.5 km
  • Dubai Investment Park
    19.4 km
  • Medical Fitnes Services Center Jabel Ali
    20.1 km
  • PoshPaws Kennels and Cattery
    20.1 km
  • Dubai Golf City
    21.8 km
  • Al Qudra Cycle Path
    21.8 km
Distances shown are straight-line distances on the map. Actual travel distances may vary.
Property policies
Children and extra beds

Extra beds vary by room. Please check each room's capacity for details.

All children are welcome.

Infant 0-5 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding.
Baby cot/crib available upon request
Children 6-11 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding.
If you need an extra bed, it will incur an additional charge.
Guests 12 years and older are considered as adults
Must use an extra bed which will incur an additional charge.
Others
  • Breakfast for the half-board meal plan will be served at Al Forsan Restaurant.
  • When booking 6 or more rooms, special policies may apply.
Some helpful facts

Check-in/Check-out

  • Check-in from15:00
  • Check-out until12:00

Getting around

  • Airport transfer fee250 AED
  • Distance from city center40. Km
  • Travel time to airport (minutes)45

Extras

  • Breakfast charge (unless included in room price)150 AED

The property

  • Non-smoking rooms/floorsyes
  • Number of bars/lounges2
  • Number of floors1
  • Number of restaurants3
  • Number of rooms 115
  • Year property opened2004
Property announcements

Some facilities and Food & beverage services at this property may be limited or unavailable due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Bab Al Shams Desert Resort is temporarily closed for complete renovation. All guest rooms, food & beverage outlets, event venues, and leisure facilities will not be operational

Reviews of Bab Al Shams Desert Resort - Dubai from real guests

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8.7
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Cleanliness9.1
Facilities9.0
Location8.5
Room comfort and quality8.9
Service9.1
Value for money8.2
High score for Dubai
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8-9 Excellent (104)
7-8 Very Good (61)
6-7 Good (18)
<6 Below Expectation (19)
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9.6
Exceptional
Jennifer from Australia
Solo traveler
Superior King
Stayed 1 night in May 2018

Desert Paradise”

I needed a time out from the world so chose a secluded location. Bam Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa was the furthest away from the bustling city with the desert being so quiet. It was a truly amazing setting with the desert outside my king suite door; sipping cocktails by the pool; complimentary grapes n chocolate; and lunch lounging under the cabana. Dinner at Masala Indian restaurant was great with live music and attentive staff. The resort staff service was of high quality all round. Despite the spa massage being good by lovely massage therapist, I was disappointed with the price of the 50 minute massage being so expensive. I have gotten better full body massages with face massage included for less than half the UAE 550 price! The breakfast buffet had a fantastic and diverse variety of choices, however, as with most hotel breakfast buffets, food set out was cold by the time I got to my table. Overall it was a beautiful resort with the most beautiful bathroom and luxurious room.

Reviewed May 18, 2018

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9.7
Exceptional
KRISTINA from Australia
Family with teens
Superior King
Stayed 2 nights in November 2015

Perfect getaway”

everything everything everything

We travelled about an hour from hectic Dubai to arrive at Bab Al Shams- what an oasis greeted us! From the front arched stone entrance to the stunning Arabic styled reception , then through beautifully landscaped areas that had well positioned seats overlooking reflection pools , we arrived to our room that was so simply ,but well thought out and decorated. warmly coloured in tones of the desert , with a lovely ambience , we had arrived to our destination that certainly didn't disappoint. Comfy bed, powerful shower, coffee machine in room , paper in the morning and beautiful breakfast to start the day . We thought everything was just fine . The pool area had lots of recliner loungers and the pool had fabulous views overlooking the desert . If you like a resort where its got everything but yet still feels a bit relaxed and not glitzy then maybe this is the place for you . There were enough restaurants to have options, and a wonderful sunset cocktail shisha bar from which to watch the sun go down. Camel rides before dusk , just perfect for us to celebrate our special occasion - our daughter's 21st ( the staff gave her a cake ) our 25th wedding anniversary and our other daughter's 18th and end of school. A perfect place to unwind and chill and enjoy and feel special.

Reviewed November 11, 2015

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8.4
Excellent
Kevin from United Kingdom
Couple
Superior King
Stayed 1 night in December 2016

Our short trip”

Dear Agoda, Thank you for your email, it's a pleasure to share with you our experience in Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa. We were excited to spend our time in your Resort but unfortunately it didn't start very well the moment we entered the room. The air in the room wasn't fresh but was very heavy and smelling. Then we decided to spend our day at the swimming pool and we ordered two alcoholic beverages but got non alcoholic instead. After the first round we ordered another alcoholic cocktails but sadly it happened again. In the evening we decided to have a dinner in your Arabic restaurant, Al Sarab, to watch the sunset. We order a Chardonnay wine and it was served in a cracked glass witch was unacceptable especially for a 5* Resort. Also the salad that we ordered was served with Brie cheese intead of Fetta cheese. Hopefully our feedback will help you to look more to the details and to improve your services. Kind regards, Kevin Steckel

Reviewed December 10, 2016

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9.7
Exceptional
Mario from Germany
Couple
Terrace King
Stayed 1 night in June 2013

Perfect hideout - get away from the busy city”

design of the hotel, location, pool

In short: a prefect get away from Dubai Bab al Shams is fast and easy to reach from Dubai but still offers the quiet surrounding of the open desert. Fast check in followed by a guided walk to our room – great service! After getting refreshed we had a tour through the hotel – looking for the best spot to have a drink and chill out, watching sun set & moon rise. The traditional barbeque buffet, served in an nicely arranged open air restaurant, offers a huge variety of local and international cuisine. A small show (Dancing Dervish, Heritage & Belly Dancing) is more for first timers to the golf but nevertheless nice to watch. Breakfast buffet was good – and the offer for late check out appreciated. Planning to go again :-)

Reviewed June 25, 2013

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8.3
Excellent
Siddharth from India
Couple
Stayed 1 night in December 2011

Lovely Property, A bit lacking in warmth of staff”

Arabian Architecture Rooms

bab al shams is about a 30 minute drive from the city of dubai, which to residents is an ideal location for a one night getaway. my husband and i celebrated our anniversary there and the stay was very relaxing. the hotel is built with an arabian theme throughout which is extremely unique and adds to the charm of the property. our room was also reflective of arabic architecture and was of a good size – my favourite part was that it had an attached balcony with a small seated area. in terms of dining, we ate at masala their indian restaurant and the pool bar. i was a bit disappointed in masala – it being their signature indian restaurant. while nothing is wrong with the food, it didn’t blow me away – perhaps we are used to a higher standard of indian food from the city. food at the pool bar was good with several quick bites to choose from. unfortunately, we did not get a chance to dine at their arabic souk style restaurant, al hadeerah – at 500 dirhams per person, it seemed like a bit too expensive, given our appetite. i would highly recommend a walk through the restaurant though as it is a very different concept. during sunset, bab al shams offers complimentary camel rides and falcon show for guests. i think it was a lovely touch. except for a few minor hitches, our stay was very pleasant and i would definitely recommend bab al shams.

Reviewed December 22, 2011

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9.2
Exceptional
Alice from Hong Kong SAR, China
Group
Superior Twin
Stayed 1 night in November 2018

Unforgetable Experience”

Though the hotel is a bit far from city Dubai, it's not still costly hiking a private ride to there. The hotel has very beautiful desert scene and Arabic design which are very impressive. We enjoyed the watch the sunset, sunrise there and also the camel ride. It only has 3 restaurants there and one of them didn't open during our stay. So it's not much choice for our dinner. We went to the Indian one; nice food and friendly guys there. We sure did have a wonderful stay with Bab Al Shams and definitely would stay again for next visit

Reviewed November 09, 2018

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Dear Alice, Thank you for having chosen to stay at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa and posting such positive feedback about our resort. We are glad to know that you had a memorable and enjoyable stay with us and that we left such a good impression upon you. Thank you for highlighting your excellent dining experience at Masala Restaurant. Your flattering remarks on food and service quality are much appreciated and will be shared to the culinary and service team. It was a pleasure to have you with us and we hope to welcome you back at Bab Al Shams in the near future. Kind regards, Ziad Sleiman Executive Assistant Manager Operations

Responded November 11, 2018
Bab Al Shams Desert Resort - Dubai
9.7
Exceptional
David from Canada
Solo traveler
Superior King
Stayed 1 night in June 2015

Beautiful and unforgettable experience”

The pool, the lounging area, the bed

I stayed at Bab Al Shams alone, which was a great experience to relax away from the city and life's concerns. If you are taking a taxi, I learnt from the staff that the best places to take a taxi to and from is from Internet City Station or Mall of the Emerates. The resort has wonderful places to relax: the gigantic pool, the lounging areas, the beautifully decorated rooms and large bath, or on top of the building to watch sunset on the desert sand.

Reviewed June 24, 2015

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9.0
Exceptional
Saide from Australia
Solo traveler
Superior Twin
Stayed 3 nights in May 2015

Amazing stay at Bab al Shams Resort”

Amazing staff with exceptional hospitality and manners. The view was sensational and breath taking. Horse and camel riding.

Best stay ever. So relaxing and the views of the desert and wildlife in their habitat was amazing. Hour long horse and camel rides in the open desert after sunrise and at sunset was the most breathtaking experience to have. Best pasta I have eaten and their lemon and mint juice is amazing. The staff at Bab al Shams had the best hospitality and manners and truly went above and beyond to make our stay as pleasurable and comfortable as possible. Was so sad to leave.

Reviewed June 03, 2015

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10.0
Exceptional
Nyree from Australia
Solo traveler
Superior Twin
Stayed 2 nights in March 2017

Arabian luxury at its finest”

From the moment you stepped out of the car til you got back into it to leave you were treated like royalty. The rooms have that old arabic feeling to them. The bath amenities are a novelty...loved them. Breakfast is the most amazing spread of food and it tastes delightful. The only lowlight would be the lack of service around the pool; perhaps also consider providing guests with chilled bottled water when they relax poolside? The Arabian Night is a bit of fun, although the belly dancing was disappointing. But everything else is fabulous. I would definitely come back to stay here and for longer. Reality sucked after staying here. Thanks to all at Bab al Shams. Faisal at front desk...thank u for yr smiles in welcoming us and checkout.

Reviewed March 25, 2017

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8.3
Excellent
Chan from Hong Kong SAR, China
Couple
Stayed 2 nights in September 2011

Great hideaway desert resort ”

Desert Resort with beautiful pool

Bab Al Shams is the best choice of desert resort !All the decor are abrabic style ,natural stone ,stone wall with a infinity pool which is desert view !feeling relax and amazing that there have a such beautiful resort inside desert !also the resturant Al Hadheerah is just so cool !with belly dance show ,camels ride ,highly recommend to stay here !only a bit far from down town ,not easy get a taxi both go out or return .also shuttle bus of hotel only provide 10:30am go out ,and back at 6:30pm ,need to be improve !

Reviewed October 02, 2011

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9.3
Exceptional
CHU from China
Couple
Terrace King
Stayed 2 nights in April 2015

Extraordinary Desert Experience”

1. the ambience and decor are excellent with every little detail that sounds. 2. Free Falcon Experience everyday. 3. Dinner, atmosphere, show and sheesha at Al Hadheerah were fantastic!

We were travel by car in this trip. It was about 1 Hour 15 Mins driving to Bab Al Sham from The Plam. We arrive there at night with limited street light, it just like a cool night safari. Anyway, it definitely worth the long travel from down town in order to enjoy the unique experience and quality standard offered by Bab Al Sham. Highly recommend to everybody who really like the Arabian design and living style.

Reviewed April 11, 2015

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7.0
Very good
Christopher from United Arab Emirates
Couple
Terrace King
Stayed 2 nights in December 2015

Not as remote as I would like.”

The sense of tranquility, it really is a world away from the hustle and bustle of Dubai; the pool area is well designed with an infinity pool looking out to the desert and palm trees; the staff are ve

Much of the desert outside Dubai is really beautiful, undulating sand dunes with clusters of trees, bushes and other foliage. I was hoping for this when booking Bab Al Shams but was quite disappointed by the setting. Although the resort itself offers a sense of tranquility, the immediate desert area in which it sits is flat and uninteresting, and sightlines are spoiled by roads, flyovers, powerlines and other reminders of the modern world. You do not feel cut off in a remote desert location. A second disappointment was some of the food. The chef in the Italian restaurant is not from Italy and this definitely tells in the mushroom risotto, it was inedible and I ended up sharing my wife's chicken taglietelli which was ok. We didn't try the Indian, about which I've heard good things, and apart from that the choice is mostly Arabic food, grills and the like which is ok. The lunchtime menu at the pool bar and restaurant is ok to good, but none of it is a fine dining experience. A further annoyance were the mosquitos, the first I have experienced in a hotel in the UAE, and I have lived here for seven years. My wife and I both had several new bites each morning when we woke up - take some repellent! For all this Bab Al Shams does have a certain charm, the Arabic influenced resort and room design and layout works well and I probably will go back in future, if I can't find a hotel in a true remote desert location.

Reviewed December 08, 2015

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9.7
Exceptional
Pamela from Philippines
Solo traveler
Stayed 2 nights in October 2014

Paradise in the middle of the desert!”

Arabian Ambiance, Amenities/Facilities, Staff

Loved this place! It was truly a desert paradise in Bab Al Shams. Gorgeous Arabian interiors and exteriors, wonderful amenities, and 6-star service! Would recommend to everyone visiting Dubai!

Reviewed November 22, 2014

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8.8
Excellent
Dane from United Arab Emirates
Couple
Superior King
Stayed 1 night in April 2018

Desert Paradise”

Amazing oasis out in the desert. 5 star resort with 5 star facilities. Bab Al Shams is the most relaxing of environments, with the infinity pool looking out to the desert alone making it worth the trip. Food at Masala was outstanding but be prepared to pay for it.

Reviewed May 02, 2018

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Dear Dane, Thank you for sparing some of your valuable time to share your recent experience at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa. We certainly pride ourselves on the level of customer service that we provide and we always strive to make all our guests feel comfortable, relaxed and valued as much as possible. Thank you for highlighting the excellent food at our Masala Restaurant. Please rest assured that we do our utmost to provide a wide selection of competitively priced products and services for guests to enjoy. Once again thank you for having stayed with us and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards, Reuben Mifsud Cluster General Manager

Responded May 07, 2018
Bab Al Shams Desert Resort - Dubai
9.3
Exceptional
Christiaan from Netherlands
Couple
Stayed 1 night in May 2012

Perfect hotel with perfect service”

Traditional design, amazing pool area, service with a smile

We left hectic Dubai for a one day stay in Bab Al Shams, a 45 minutes taxi drive from emirates mall. We enjoyed a day of full relaxation. A big pool area, possibility to do a quick camel ride, plus it was easy to get an late check-out. There are a few restaurants connected or inside the hotel.

Reviewed May 25, 2012

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9.0
Exceptional
Pierfrancesco from Italy
Family with young children
Terrace Twin
Stayed 2 nights in October 2014

Amazing location”

location, the beauty of the structure, and the facilities

I really liked Bab Al Shams. It was an amazing experience, in the middle of the desert with top class facilities and very good personnel. No issues to be flagged, only the food is expensive

Reviewed October 12, 2014

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8.4
Excellent
YADEVINDER from United Kingdom
Family with young children
Superior King
Stayed 2 nights in May 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

Reviewed May 14, 2016

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9.2
Exceptional
Tissa from Sri Lanka
Couple
Terrace King
Stayed 3 nights in May 2016

Fantastic desert experience ”

Loved the hotel architecture, which gave a real authentic Bedu-desert feeling. Rooms are very comfortable. Bed is excellent and huge! Staff is from all over the world and largely very attentive. Food at Arab Restaurant Al Hadheerah is amazing - the whole experience is amazing, but very touristic. Superb attentive staff at this restaurant. Other restaurants were 'so lala' due to waiters misrepresenting dishes on the menu. Location is the right antidote to glitzy, fast Dubai City. We'll be back for sure!

Reviewed May 11, 2016

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9.7
Exceptional
Jodi from Australia
Couple
Terrace King
Stayed 3 nights in September 2015

perfect”

pool the service and the food

We had a fabulous time. It was a bit further out than I thought but the experience of being in an ali baba type desert resort was just what I wanted. The food was fantastic thanks to Pascal, service by the pool with your staff was great. Would definitely come back to stay when next in Dubai

Reviewed September 07, 2015

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9.2
Exceptional
Hayan from South Korea
Couple
Superior King
Stayed 1 night in March 2016

Great atmosphere and staff performance”

Stayed Bal Al Shams during weekend. Desert wasn't that good because of the heavy rain few days ago. But staff performance was fantastic, every staff member was friendly. And room interior was so beautiful especially arabic light.

Reviewed March 14, 2016

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