Best Of The Best 2006: Purebred Arabian

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If Madinat Jumeirah were in Las Vegas, the resort’s “old Arabia” theme might seem contrived, if not downright tacky. But in Dubai, which was part of old Arabia, the 867-room property’s flying-carpet-fantasy atmo­sphere rings authentic.

Set on 100 acres of prime beachfront in Dubai, Madinat Jumeirah comprises a 75-shop souk, 23 bars, 45 restaurants, a 1,000-seat amphitheater, and three distinctly different hotels: the 292-room Mina A’ Salam; Al Qasr, a palacelike structure that overlooks the resort’s private, mile-long beach; and Dar Al Masyaf, a 283-suite, low-rise villa complex modeled after traditional Arabian summer homes. Water taxis, known as abras, wind through canals that connect Madinat Jumeirah’s hotels and other attractions.

Madinat Jumeirah
877.854.8051
($640–$3,950)
www.madinatjumeirah.com

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