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Warning: Reading ahead will make you want to break your bank and splurge like there’s no tomorrow. And you should too—one life, right? Dubai, the city of gold, has abundant luxury experiences to offer, that go far beyond the quintessential Dubai shopping. From taking a luxury yacht cruise to fine dining at the world’s tallest restaurant—you dream it and Dubai has it. Read on…
Go on an Off-road Luxury Desert Safari
For those wishing for an exclusive dune bashing experience, hire an off-road safari ride service (your hotel concierge will be able to help you with this). Far from the run-of-the-mill safari rides, these off-road tours include luxurious day trips to the desert where you’ll be served multiple meal courses under the moonlit sky after a day of driving through the sands—you can even choose your luxurious ride! The camps are usually set up around a beautiful desert oasis at a premium location, with warm ambient lighting.
Traveller tip: Drive off into the midst of the serene Arabian Desert and experience an authentic Bedouin locale.
Top safari operators for luxurious off-road trips in Dubai: The Desert Safari Dubai, Platinum Heritage, Desert Fun Adventures and Dubai Dream Safari.
Dine at At.Mosphere—World’s Highest Restaurant atop Burj Khalifa
Ever wondered what it’d be like dining at the world’s highest restaurant? Private dining at At.mosphere spells luxury like no other restaurant! Overlooking the stunning Dubai skyline, At.mosphere at Level 122 of Burj Khalifa (world’s tallest building) has earned the title of world’s highest restaurant. The premium dining experience here involves exploring gastronomical wonders of Arabian Gulf and sampling exotic fusion cuisine—all created by the At.mosphere Culinary Team.
Traveller Tip: At 442 metres from the ground, the restaurant requires all its guests to reserve space prior to their visit (much in advance, we’d say!). Try the best of Caviar, Lobsters, Oysters, and choose from a large variety of appetizers, mains and desserts.
Play Golf Amidst the Dunes
Dubai is home to some of the most immaculate golf courses that are poised to redefine your golfing experience. Some overlooking sand dunes, a few all-glass courses, and some with waterfront oases, these grounds are challenging and stunning at the same time.
Best golf courses in Dubai: Try Emirates Golf Club, Majlis (has hosted the annual Omega Dubai Desert Classic for nearly 30 years), Emirates Gold Club – Faldo which sprawls over 7000 yards, and Jumeirah Golf Estates – Fire which is ideal for the average golfer due to its fairly receptive greens. The Arabian Ranches Golf Club is home to a 560-yard elevated green set peppered with shrubs and sand dune portions.
Attend a Horse-racing Event
The highlight of Dubai’s horseracing calendar is the Dubai World Cup, a Thoroughbred horse race held annually since 1996, and contested at the Meydan Racecourse. Meydan remains one of the premier racing venues in the city, holding a capacity of 60,000 spectators. If you’re a horserace enthusiast visiting Dubai, don’t forget to pack a suave outfit to witness the race.
Take it a notch higher: Choose to stay at The Meydan, the world's first five-star trackside hotel, home to 285 luxurious rooms for an indulgent vacay!
Sail the Seas on a Private Yacht
Get ready to ride the waves of the Arabian Sea on a premium yacht on your luxurious trip to Dubai. Choose from a large fleet of yachts available with various yacht operators, and get pampered with concierge services, as well as food and drinks on board. Admiring the Burj Al Arab and Atlantis, The Palm from the deck of your yacht is one experience you won’t forget easily!
Note that offerings on the yacht differ for each operator. Top operators for luxury yachts in Dubai include: Royal Yachts, Yacht and Boat Rental, Marine Concept, Royal Blue Coast and Xclusive Yachts.
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