When it opened, the InterContinental put the new Dubai Festival City development on the map as a place to visit. What was once a backwater is now a thriving shopping and entertainment destination. The depth of style of the new InterCon offering comes as a bit of a surprise, with far more attention to cutting-edge detail than normally associated with the brand. Bedrooms are big, bright and well designed, with sleek modern bathrooms. Highlights of the hotel include a beautiful pool area, the fab French restaurant Reflets by Michelin-starred chef Pierre Gagnaire, and the Vista Lounge, a popular cocktail bar that lives up to its name with panoramic views of the Creek. The hotel’s award-winning concierge staff have excellent local knowledge, so don’t hesitate to ask their advice. At Dubai Festival City you can catch the latest concert, shop till you drop at the mall, or just stroll along the waterfront and watch the dhows laden with cargo come up the Creek as they have for centuries.