The Oberoi is in Dubai's business district rather than the more touristy beach area of Jumeirah, but this gives it an unusually peaceful atmosphere, and makes it a bit of a hidden jewel.

The pool area is positively serene compared to some of Dubai's glitzier hotels - no footballers or reality-TV stars here. The hotel's rooms are modern, and their glass-walled bathrooms overlook a spectacular futuristic landscape of vertiginous skyscrapers, so you can literally shower with a view.

Saturday brunch is becoming a big deal in Dubai, and The Oberoi's offering at their Nine7One restaurant tops the competition. The puddings alone will leave you speechless - think melt-in-the-mouth passion fruit clouds, served in dry ice with crème brûlée spun sugar. And don't miss the moreish watermelon Martinis in the buzzing Iris bar on the roof of the hotel, resplendent with Perspex dancefloor, beautiful people and panoramic views of the city.

WOW FACTOR The world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, is a must-do, and The Oberoi is slap bang next to it.

FLIGHT TIME 6hrs from the UK

GO A deluxe room costs from £481 www.oberoihotels.com; Virgin Atlantic www.virgin-atlantic.com flights start at £419

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