Middle Eastern & African Luxury Hotels Ratings

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How are Middle Eastern & African Luxury Hotels Rated?

Middle Eastern & African Luxury Hotels Ratings

Without a doubt, Middle Eastern hotels are some of the most prestigious and luxurious in the world. One need only look at the Burj Al Arab in Dubai to see how luxury can be redefined. Don't be surprised to hear of six-star or even seven-star hotels, though these are more self-proclaimed accolades rather than measured by an independent body. No matter -- those hotels are almost always on everyone's top lists, such as the Travel + Leisure 500 or rated by the Mobil or AAA guides as five stars, for lack of a higher rating.

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