January 14, 2014

Top 5 Must-Do Luxury Experiences In Dubai

Dubai is a cosmopolitan oasis, a futuristic cityscape that towers over the Arabian Desert. This is a city of superlatives, home to the world’s largest dancing fountain; tallest building (Burj Khalifa), only 7-star hotel (the Burj al-Arab), largest artificial islands (the Palm Islands) and largest natural flower garden (the Miracle Garden). Rent a dune buggy for a desert adventure, bargain at the open-air market, or cheer on your favorite humped hoofer at the Camel Race Track. 

According to UNWTO, the Middle East has been the fastest growing tourist region globally in recent years and despite being hit by the financial crisis, Dubai has becoming increasingly attractive for long-haul inbound travel. Like its neighboring emirate, Abu Dhabi, tourists flock to Dubai for its thriving, ever-growing hospitality industry and luxurious ambiance, be it the larger than life, Atlantis Resort or the Burj Khalifa. It’s recent ‘Hello Dubai 2013 Campaign’, as well as the ‘Vision 2020 Campaign for Tourism’ are testimony to the efforts of the government in investing billions of dollars for building exotic locales and entertainment sectors as a part of its tourist attractions.

With all its modern structures and magnificent skyscrapers, shopping malls, hotels and manmade islands, we take a look at our Top 5 favorite things in this city which makes it one of the most sought-after destinations in the Middle East.

Flying into Dubai

Emirates offers flights to Dubai from more than 130 destinations around the world, operating the very latest aircraft, with the very best service on board. Many of Emirates Dubai flights feature luxurious cabin features, such as private suites in First Class, lie-flat seats in Business Class, and a comfortable full-service Economy Class. 

After arriving on a Dubai flight, there are a number of options to take you into the city itself.  The Dubai Metro has a station at Terminal 3, and is an efficient way of getting into town after a flight to Dubai. 

Staying in Dubai

The distinctive sail-shaped silhouette of Burj Al Arab is more than just a stunning hotel, it is a symbol of modern Dubai. Yet for all the wonder this stunning structure provides when you finally see it in person, it is the service within that really makes the Burj Al Arab so extraordinary.

Repeatedly voted the world's most luxurious hotel, this magnificent destination offers you the finest service and facilities throughout – right down to an optional chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce. Burj Al Arab suite-only accommodation offers discreet check-in within your rooms, a private reception on every floor and a host of personal butlers, each a warm messenger of our unparalleled hospitality.

Experience Dubai

From indoor ski-slopes to world-class golf courses, there is no shortage of experiences for a luxury tourist in Dubai. Amidst these, the Dubai World Cup which takes place annually in March is one of the city’s biggest events. This thoroughbred horse race was founded in 1996 by the Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and is today the richest horse racing event in the world.

Held at the Meydan racecourse, visitors are offered many elite ways to enjoy the spectacle. The racecourse has its very own marina, allowing you to watch the race from the sundeck of your own or a chartered yacht. Alternatively, guests can rent the Meydan Hotel’s Presidential Suite, spread over two levels with views of the racetrack including the winning post. Guests can also watch the event from The Meydan Rooftop, a private space with its own infinity pool and bar and which boasts the Meydan’s best views.

[Dubai World Cup]

Pampering in Dubai

The One&Only Spa located in one of Dubai’s most stylish beach resorts, the One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai is well known destination spa located within the serene surrounding of the property. Together with ESPA, the Spa has 12 private treatment suites offering a range of holistic and tailored experiences to help aid the relaxation of mind, body and soul. Signature treatments include The Royal Hammam Experience, the Royal Mirage Ritual or the Deeply Relaxing Bodycare with Hot Stones.

Dining in Dubai

With its comprehensively international population, Dubai can offer almost any style of food you want, and at almost any price, from cheap street-food to pricey gourmet cuisine. As in the rest of the Middle East, Dubai’s traditional dish is the shawarma – a Lebanese-style kebab of grilled meat wrapped in a fresh flatbread.  But alongside the traditional shawarma joints now sit many international fast food brands and international chains. There are still plenty of independent restaurants scattered over Dubai, though, and while the surroundings of many may be less than glamorous, the food can often be superb – try Smiling BKK in the back streets of Satwa for excellent Thai food, for example.

Al Mahara, 'The Oyster Shell' in Arabic, doesn’t just tantalise your palate; it’s a dining experience that will stimulate all your senses. The stunning floor to ceiling aquarium inside the restaurant sets the scene for a meal where only the best will do. Sink into the soft seats and be mesmerised by the world of colourful sea life swimming beside your table, while our team of award-winning chefs prepare you something very special.

Must visit in Dubai

Amidst its skyscrapers and many shopping malls, Dubai boasts of a rich cultural and historical history. For those who have experienced the glamorous Burj Khalifa and have rode over its many desert dunes, the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding is a breath of fresh air.

Once the visitors are educated on the UAE customs, history and religion and have explored the many alleyways of Bur Dubai, they can enjoy a hearty Emirati breakfast or lunch. The Sheikh Mohammed Centre will also give tours of the Grand Jumeirah Mosque, a unique chance for Muslims and non-Muslims to see and understand this architectural marvel of Islamic geometry.

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