Madinat is the brand new shiny Arabic style souk that's virtually it's own mall though it's no doubt got a hotel within it's grounds/resort because as well as the shops, fake creek, boats to take you from one side to the other and all kinds of places to eat, you can also drink along the waterfront and being able to drink somewhere in Dubai means that somewhere within the business there's a hotel as that the rules of the drinks license. The preconception before going to Dubai was that you could only drink in hotel bars but the reality is that you can drink in bars all over the place but they are always in the grounds of a hotel and hotels can have numerous bars and clubs in close proximity which you can wander between without actually feeling like you're in or near a hotel. There was even mention of 4 room hotels opening in the city with a bar attached!
For the photo enthusiasts out there, this is an 8 image 180 degree handheld panoramic photograph stitched in CS4 which is amazing at stitching images. Geek moment over!