"What do you mean only 14 stories?" one might say upon hearing about the Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre. Wait a second, though, just because something isn't penetrating the clouds, doesn’t mean it's not exquisite. And that's just the case here in the center of the business district; restraint and flawless execution have birthed an instant classic.
When not doing business at The Gate, take a moment of calm in your room, one of 341. Kick back on your 400-thread-count sheets, turn on the news, and crack open your laptop to free WiFi. Stocks on the rise? Good - time for some fun then.
Looks are important, so perhaps a quick refresh at the spa is the first order of business. A lot of whirlpool time, and a little dab of Kyoku for Men face cream, and you're off.
To where? To dine, of course. The French bistro fare at Can Can is tempting, as is the aromatic Thai at Blue Rain. Those with a taste for the world's best cuts of meat will surely settle on Center Cut, though - coaxed in by heavenly scents.
Later, if you feel the need to contemplate the wonders you just ingested, retire to The No. 5 Lounge & Bar for a nightcap. Scotch, cocktails, or just a glass of wine; you can be assured No. 5 will have something to cure what ails you.