Luxury Living: Once in a Lifetime Experiences to Enjoy in Dubai


If you’ve got money to burn, Dubai is the place for you. It’s considered one of the most luxurious places on Earth, nestled in the United Arab Emirates on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf. And, it’s the definition of “decadence.” Before you leave this paradise, here’s what you need to take in.

Fly In Style

Use a site like Hipmunk to find great deals on flights into the city. Make sure that deal includes the famous Emirates First Class service with a private suite. What’s first class like when flying into Dubai?

Well, you get a bed, access to showers, T.V., and amazing food. The seats are more like small rooms. During the flight, you get High Tea, hors d’oeuvres, and of course the spa. Meals are served on Royal Doulton bone china with Robert Welch Cutlery.

Move into the upper deck and enjoy your own dedicated bartender. The in-flight entertainment system has 1,600 channels and on-demand entertainment as well as music, video games, and news channels.

Get a Great Hotel

You won’t want to land, but you will, eventually. And, when you do, make sure you check into one of the best hotels in the city – the Al Maha. It’s positioned in a verdant palm oasis, offers amazing views (since it’s part of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve), and contains some of the best restaurants you’ll find in Dubai.

But, just because you’re in the middle of a desert doesn’t mean you’ll have to suffer with the unrelenting heat. There are plenty of leisure activities like the AlDiwaan Organic fine dining experience, dune driving, falconry, horse riding, nature walks, and camel trekking. There’s even a spa with a hydrotherapy bath.

If you want to ski indoors, you can – in the middle of a desert. There are also indoor golf courses and the Dubai World Cup – thoroughbred horse racing like you’ve never seen before.

The ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, envisioned horse racing as a mainstay of the city in 1996, and it’s since become the richest horse racing event in the world. You can watch a race from the usual places inside the massive stadium, or you can sit atop the marina on top of the racecourse and enjoy it from your own private chartered yacht.

Eat At Nobu

There is no shortage of Michelin star dining in Dubai, but perhaps the best is Nobu, a Japanese restaurant founded by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, located at the Atlantis, in The Palm. This restaurant features amazing Japanese cuisine mixed with Arabian culture. There’s also a sushi bar and of course the scenery. If you’re feeling especially inspired, there are cooking classes.

Go To The Spa

The One&Only spa is definitely a place you want to relax in at least once. There are two steam rooms, a marble massage table, two Jacuzzis, and two private massage rooms, plunge showers, and a whirlpool and resting area. The Oriental Hammam has separate hours for women and men, but massage experts from Morocco, Turkey, and Tunisia work you over with care.

Enjoy A Sunrise

You don’t always have to spend money to enjoy yourself in the city. Dubai is in the desert, and as such, you will see some of the most amazing sunrises (and sunsets) in the world. The quietness of the Arabian wilderness, the hot air balloon flights, and the gentle breezes are a nice contrast to the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s also one of the best ways to appreciate the magnificence of Dubai from afar – a city that rose from the desert to become one of the most luxurious in the world.

Fiona Moriarty works for Hipmunk as a content strategist. She loves sharing her travel and entertainment experiences. Her articles can be found on many lifestyle and travel websites.

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