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The resort is styled as a traditional Arabian fortress, with the rooms located in clusters of two-storey buildings around the atmospheric complex.
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The 115 bedrooms are clustered around the atmospheric courtyard. The resort has a plethora of facilities, which include a large infinity pool with stunning desert and sunset views and a swim-up pool bar, a refreshing 'rain room', a well-equipped gym and a spa offering a variety of massages and treatments.
For those who want to get out and explore the local area there is a wide range of activities on offer such as guided horse riding on genuine Arabian horses, camel rides, archery and falconry displays. Four-wheel drive excursions over the undulating desert sands are also available, with sundowner drinks on the dunes. Bab Al Shams has several restaurants, including an Indian, a pizzeria and an open-air Arabic serving traditional food in a desert encampment atmosphere. There is also a rooftop cocktail bar with shisha (water pipes). Bab Al Shams has a great shaded children's pool, and the Sinbad's Kids Club provides a programme of activities for children.
Why we love it
Bab Al Shams - meaning 'Gateway to the Sun' - is a five-star desert resort & spa, great in combination with one of the beach resorts on Dubai's gulf coast.