Well, the summer holidays may be over – but that is no reason not to start planning another “escape”.

With the Eid holidays just a week or so away, this could be the right time to plan a “staycation” – and Dubai really is a city made for holidays.

With revenues from the hotel industry expected to touch US$11 billion by 2019, Dubai is the Middle East’s home of luxury hospitality. Ever since the Burj Al Arab opened in 1999, Dubai has become known for extravagant hotels: be it the Four Seasons Resort, the newly-opened Palazzo Versace or the One & Only Royal Mirage at The Palm.

A hotel is meant to be a “home away home”, but it also needs to be an escape from your everyday life into a world of complete luxury. This makes design paramount to hotels.

Interspace Dubai is a company which, over the years, has specialised in hotel design and while their projects may be more in the four-star category, in this and neighbouring markets (such as the DoubleTree by Hilton at RAK), their four-star hotels are on par with five-star hotels in most other important cities in the world.

Says Interspace co-founder Melani Sabhaney, “Design-wise, I most definitely think Dubai is on par with the rest of the world. While we are still new at the boutique hotel concept that one finds scattered all across Europe, when it comes to luxury, lavish, and good standard hotels, Dubai caters to a far larger market and betters the oth-er half of the world. More info

By Sujata Assomull  www.khaleejtimes.com