More and more residents of the UAE are turning to hotels for longer stays.
Aside from things like room service and regular housekeeping, long-term hotel stays seem to be easier and more flexible than signing a one-year lease. For some, it’s a way to cut costs, given the rising rent and all the other fees that come with such leases, including paying business and utility bills.
In the UAE, there are many options for long-term access, many of which are located near major businesses or, if you’re in Dubai, near a metro station.
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Located in Bur Dubai, this hotel is 10 minutes away from Downtown Dubai, making it a great choice for those who also want access to Dubai’s attractions, such as the famous Al Fahidi area.
Long-term stays at the property include weekly housekeeping and access to laundry facilities. Guests also get several discounts – 30 percent on laundry services, 50 percent on room rates and 15 percent on hotel restaurants.
Monthly cost: Prices vary depending on the room, but start at Dh3,999 for 30 nights in a luxury palace; rotana.com
Rove Hotels has nine locations across Dubai, most of which are located in prime areas, such as the Marina, Downtown and City Walk.
The deal includes a 50 per cent discount on the laundromat and on-demand laundry service, 30 per cent on food and drink at The Daily restaurant and a 20 per cent membership discount on the Letswork service.
Monthly cost: Prices vary by location. The cheapest is Rove At The Park, where prices start at Dh2,999 for one month; rovehotels.com
Edge Creekside Hotel
The four-star hotel near old Dubai offers its guests – short and long – an outdoor pool and a 24-hour gym, as well as select rooms with river views.
The deal includes twice-weekly room reservations, 25 percent off laundry services, and 20 percent off food and beverages.
Monthly cost: A penthouse overlooking the city costs Dh6,000 per month, while a one-bedroom with river views costs Dh13,000 per month; edgehotels.com
A great option for a low-cost, budget hotel, which has properties in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, is offering a long stay with free breakfast every day. The brand is popular with long-term guests – about 240,000 tenants stay in its hotels in the UAE and Qatar every year.
In addition to the daily breakfast, there is also a discount of up to 30 percent on other food and beverage purchases, as well as laundry services.
Monthly cost: Prices start at Dh2,640 per month; mena.premierinn.com
Studio One Hotel
This resort is popular with hoteliers who want to stay longer.
Three rooms are available for this offer, which also includes a 20 percent discount on food and beverages, a swimming pool and gym, and two laundry tokens per week. Guests can also receive special rates for the hotel’s meeting facilities and movie theater.
Monthly cost: Prices start at Dh5,500 per month; studioonehotel.com
Ibis Al Barsha
A budget hotel in Al Barsha near the Mall of Emirates has been renovated. The lobby serves as a co-working space, as well as a lounge with foosball and pool tables.
Long-term stays come with free parking for one car and scheduled twice-weekly housekeeping.
Monthly cost: Prices vary depending on the room, starting at Dh3,999 for 30 nights for a standard king room; all.accor.com
Media One Hotel
The four-star property in Dubai Media City is close to many of the office buildings in the area. Dubai Marina is also a quick drive from the hotel.
A 30-day stay provides guests with twice-weekly daily trash collection, indoor parking, dining discounts at hotel restaurants and guest access.
Monthly cost: Prices start at Dh9,870 for 30 nights; mediaonehotel.com
Guests can reserve a room at the Business Bay hotel for six months at a special price. The deal comes with daily housekeeping, parking, and a fitness center and swimming pool. There is also a 25 percent discount on all food and beverages at the venue. Guests can pay more to add breakfast.
Monthly cost: The six-month rate starts at Dh8,500 per month, including taxes. Breakfast can be added for 1,500 AED for 30 nights; book.ennismore.com
Jumeirah Living Marina Gate
The Jumeirah Hotel property in Dubai Marina offers an exclusive option for those booking 30 nights or more.
Guests can choose between studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, all with open kitchens. Housekeeping can be scheduled three times a week and guests can negotiate a flexible payment plan.
There are special rates for access to Wild Wadi Waterpark and guests booking one or two rooms get access to the beach.
Monthly cost: Prices depend on the unit. A 30-night studio stay starts at Dh13,470; jumeirah.com
Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi
The hotel has studios and one-bedroom apartments for its long-term guests. Both apartments have a fully equipped kitchen.
Guests can get special discounts at the hotel’s food and beverage outlets, as well as at the resort. The deal also comes with weekly housekeeping, access to the swimming pool and gym, plus a private laundry machine.
Monthly cost: A studio costs Dh9,500 per month; dusit.com
Anantara Eastern mangroves Abu Dhabi
Visitors looking for five stars can check out this place. It also offers its long-term guests a 30 percent discount on clothing, a 20 percent discount on food and beverages, and a 20 percent discount on the hotel’s spa facilities.
Anantara Resort offers the perfect getaway, overlooking Abu Dhabi’s unique mangroves. Guests can take advantage of the hotel’s spa facilities. The hotel is also located near the Eastern Mangroves promenade, where food and drinks are available.
Monthly cost: Prices start at Dh8,499 for 30 nights; www.anantara.com
The four-star hotel has five locations across Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Ras Al Khaimah.
Long-term guests receive twice-weekly housekeeping, valet parking, and complimentary use of the hotel’s on-site recreational facilities. There is also a 20 percent discount on food and beverages.
Monthly cost: Prices depend on stock. A sea-view apartment at Jannah Burj Al Sarab in Abu Dhabi costs Dh7,500 a month; jannah-hotels.com
Updated: July 19, 2023, 10:02 AM