Luxury things to do in Dubai
Arabian Nights (or One Thousand and One Nights) may be a book of make-believe, but the riches described within aren’t that far from experiences to be had in modern-day Dubai. Enjoy a holiday beyond your wildest dreams with these incredibly lavish – and completely unforgettable – luxury experiences.
Cruise the Arabian Gulf on a private yacht
A handsome yacht, a cooler full of refreshing beverages and snacks, and a smiling crew ready to take you on a journey along the coast… Dubai’s thriving charter yacht initiatives turn a Hollywood-style daydream into reality. Hire a yacht and crew, and weave your way out of Dubai Marina and down the coastline, visiting beach side landmarks such as the Burj Al Arab hotel, and dropping anchor for a spot of fishing while lunch is cooked and brought to your sun lounge. Bliss.
Join a marquee at the Dubai World Cup
With a prize purse of US $1 million, the Dubai World Cup at Meydan Racecourse attracts the world’s top horses, riders and trainers. Enjoy the action of this top-tier sporting event by booking a place in a pavilion tent to enjoy A-list-style treatment you mingle with the city’s social movers and shakers. Of course, the race is as much about the fashion as it is about the horses, so dress to impress!
Taste 23-carat ice cream
For AED 3000 a scoop, enjoy the world’s priciest ice cream from Dubai’s Scoopi Parlour on Jumeirah Beach Road. Their Black Diamond flavour blends a Madagascan vanilla base with strands of Iranian saffron and slices of Italian black truffle, garnished with 23-carat edible gold leaf and served in a Versace dish. If that’s a bit rich for your tastes, their classic European chocolate in a cone (AED15) still hits the spot.
Golf like the pros
Tee off at the Emirates Golf Club Majlis course, and follow in the footsteps of golfing greats such as Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Ernie Els (the current course record-holder at 61 strokes). Widely recognised as one of the most challenging and rewarding rounds of the European Tour, the 18-hole course’s meandering fairways are must-plays for any golfer worth their patterned slacks. Designed by Karl Litten, it was the first grass course in the Middle East and is also the host of the annual Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
Live like royalty
Rising up from the Arabian Gulf coastline, the city’s iconic Burj Al Arab is recognized as one of the most luxurious hotels in the world. For the full experience, we highly recommend the Royal Suite for your sweetest dreams ever. At 780 square meters, the suite is stretched across two levels and is resplendent in marble and gold detailing, as well as plush Arabian-inspired furnishings. It’s also the hotel’s largest suite, and comes complete with a full team of personal butlers, a private library, priority use of the helipad, and a view that just might be worth the AED 88,000 per night rate.