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The New Palace by the Sea in Dubai
The New Palace by the Sea in Dubai

Dubai is a city where anything is possible, a city without limits, a city where extravagance is the everyday. As home to the world’s highest building, biggest shopping mall and longest automated metro system, Dubai certainly doesn’t do things by halves. That’s why it’s the perfect home for a new Kempinski hotel.

On the 29th November 2018, Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai opens its doors for the first time and welcomes guests into its luxurious arms. Here we run through everything you need to know before your trip to Dubai, including the inside guide on our spectacular new hotel.

Things to know before going to Dubai

While the Middle East is far from the parallel universe some make it out to be, there are a few cultural differences it’s worth noting before visiting any of the countries in the region.

Dress-code is perhaps one of the most famous examples, with women the subject of most of the requirements. When in public, they should ensure that both arms and legs are fully covered, with more casual dressing reserved purely for private spaces, like hotels - so beware of shorts and tank tops!

Such areas are also the best spots for those looking for an alcoholic drink, as despite common belief, visitors to Dubai are able to enjoy alcohol, as long as they’re in licensed hotels, bars or restaurants.

Practical advice

Getting around Dubai is a breeze, with a state-of-the-art metro system transporting guests and locals across the city. The Red Line takes travellers through the city centre and stops near major sights.

Taxis are another option worth considering, as despite being slightly more expensive than the metro, they are reasonably priced and take you right to your destination. There’s even talk that they’ll soon be equipped with wifi, so users can keep up to date with world affairs.

People are expected to tip taxi drivers, but generally in Dubai tipping is left at the customer’s discretion. As a rough guide, for meals out, a reasonable tip would be about 10% of the overall bill.


Things to do

Despite being best known for its modern skyscrapers and expansive malls, you don’t have to look far to discover a fascinating, and often overlooked, history that is well worth exploring. The Dubai Museum is a great place to start, with the 18th century building housing impressive exhibits that celebrate the city’s heritage.

From the past to the glistening present, the Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest building, with 160 storeys and the world’s highest observation deck, standing at 555m. The elevator itself is an experience - no elevator on the planet travels further.

To properly experience the area, visitors must also head out of the city and leave the skyscrapers behind. Desert safaris are justifiably popular and allow travellers to experience the beauty and heat of the Arabian Desert. Browse around operators and choose the tour that best matches your interests, as some offer add-ons, like sandboarding and camel rides.

Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai

Found at the landmark destination of Palm Jumeirah, Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai will slot in seamlessly amongst the glitz and glamour of Dubai’s waterfront. Each room and suite is embellished with hand-crafted Italian touches, while the building itself is inspired by the palaces of continental Europe.

With world-class facilities, such as a 500m private beach and eight exquisite culinary experiences, guests have all the luxuries they could wish for right at their disposal.

The team at Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai can’t wait to start showing guests around the magnificent property and they would be delighted to help you plan your stay.

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