With Expo 2020 Dubai less than three months away, hotels across the city are preparing for an influx of international guests.
Hoteliers predict increased demand in the weeks leading up to the event, which starts on October 1. In the past few years, development close to the 480-hectare site in Dubai South has gained momentum.
Hotels, apartment blocks and a new Dubai Metro line were constructed to cater for people travelling to Expo 2020 Dubai. Here, The National has put together a list of some of the hotels that are only a hop, skip and a jump from the site.
Studio One Hotel
Location: Dubai Studio City
Distance: 16.4km from Expo 2020 Dubai site
Michelle Purnell, marketing and communications manager at Studio One Hotel said with the Expo site in full swing, the hotel has already seen an increase in Expo related bookings.
"This growth is expected to continue through the summer and into October," she said.
Studio One is a casual and friendly hotel option and although it’s family focused, it also has lots of business check in’s. Rooms start from Dh450 ($122) per night in October.
Radisson Dubai Damac Hills
Location: Damac Hills
Distance: 12km from Expo 2020 Dubai site
Newly opened this year, this four-star hotel is hoping to become a community hub for the Damac Hills neighbourhood and it will greatly serve those looking to visit Expo 2020 Dubai too.
It has 481 rooms and apartments, all with balconies looking over the green surrounding area. There are also a number of golf courses on the property as well as a gym, pool, spa and several restaurants. Rooms start from Dh587 ($159) per night in October.
Vida Downtown Dubai Hotel
Location: Downtown Dubai
Distance: 39km from Expo 2020 Dubai site
Located in Downtown Dubai and just a stone's throw from the Burj Khalifa, Vida Downtown is about a 35 minute drive from the Expo 2020 Dubai site but Dubai Mall metro is just over the road. The hotel offers a great mix for those visiting the city for business and pleasure. Rooms start from Dh879 ($239) per night in October.
Rove Expo 2020 Hotel
Location: Dubai South
Distance: On site
This property is the only hotel at the Expo 2020 site. It can be reached through the Mobility Arrival Plaza or the Dubai Metro Arrival Plaza, depending on which transport method you use.
Rooms cost from Dh1,000 a night and include Expo 2020 tickets for the duration of stay.
The hotel’s rooftop swimming pool and most of the 300-plus rooms overlook the Al Wasl Plaza, the “crown jewel” of the Expo 2020 Dubai site.
Oaks Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel Dubai
Location: Jebel Ali
Distance: 8km from Expo 2020 Dubai site
With 396 rooms, this is one of the largest hotels near the Expo 2020 Dubai site. Room rates for October start at Dh705 per night.
The property has a fully equipped fitness centre and a rooftop pool. It is a five-minute walk from Ibn Battuta Metro Station, which connects to Jebel Ali metro and the Route 2020 line.
Location: Dubai Production City
Distance: 9.6km from Expo 2020 Dubai
Sited 9.6 kilometres from the Expo 2020 Dubai site, Aloft Me’aisam Dubai is in a prime location for business and leisure travellers to connect. While there is no direct metro line nearby, there are bus stops near the property that will take guests to the nearest Route 2020 line stations in Discovery Gardens and Al Furjan.
The four-star hotel has spacious rooms with free hotel-wide Wi-Fi. Room rates for October start at Dh491 per night.
Location: Jumeirah Lakes Towers
Distance: 32km from Expo 2020 Dubai site
Rooms start from Dh720 ($196) per night in October. The hotel is just a short walk to the metro station, which visitors can jump on for access to Expo 2020 Dubai.
Location: Dubai Investments Park
Distance: 3.2km from Expo 2020 Dubai site
Maisan Hotel is a seven-minute drive from the Expo 2020 Dubai and a short walk from the new Dubai Investments Park metro station on Route 2020.
Room rates for October start at Dh180 ($49).
Media One Hotel
Location: Dubai Media City
Distance: 34km from Expo 2020 Dubai site
Vibrant and stylish, the Media One Hotel is located in the urban Media City district, close to Emirates Golf Club and Dubai Marina. It is just a five minute walk from the Al Khail metro station. Rooms start from Dh540 ($147) per night in October.
Courtyard by Marriott Dubai, Green Community
Location: Dubai Investments Park
Distance: 5km from Expo 2020 Dubai site
Overlooking a picturesque lake, the Courtyard by Marriott Dubai in the Green Community has outdoor pools for children and adults with a relaxing terrace.
Like many of the hotels that are in demand with Expo 2020 workers and visitors, the property is near the DIP Metro Station on the Route 2020 line, which takes you directly to the entrance gates of the site.
Room rates for October start at Dh259 ($70).
Signature One Hotel
Location: Barsha Heights
Distance: 33km from Expo 2020 Dubai site
This is a great option for the budget-friendly visitors and is located close to the Dubai Internet City metro station, where you can connect to the Route 2020 line and zip along to the Expo site. Rooms start from just Dh229 ($62) per night in October.