For the visitor, the UAE has one of the most spectacular ranges of tourist accommodation in the world. There are both modern hotels of breathtaking beauty, which can be extremely expensive, and more modest accommodation. Cheap accommodation is available, but like everywhere else, its condition is shockingly variable.
There are an impressive number of luxury hotels, including the sail-shaped Burj al-Arab (Tower of the Arabs), a monument in Dubai known as a “7-star hotel” – a non-existent category, but still opulent in every way. The Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi also aspires to the same standard, for a fraction of the price.