If you're a fan of the luxe life, there's nothing like going to Dubai. Being in such a superlative city that offers you equally superlative experiences is really something else! Here are our top 10 luxury experiences & attractions in Dubai:
1. Enjoy a personal helicopter tour
The sky is quite literally the limit when it comes to luxury experiences in Dubai. Top of the list is taking a private helicopter tour of the city. With amazing landmarks such as the Palm Jumeirah, Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa to see, there's nothing like getting a bird's eye view. Flight times range from as little as 12 minutes to a 40 minute tour. Price ranges from AED 645 (US$175) to AED 1,838 (US$500), depending on duration of the tour. You can book the experience through Heli Dubai.
2. Luxury Desert Safari
Platinum Heritage rules the roost when it comes to luxury desert safari experiences. You will be taken in your Range Rover across the stunning sand dunes on a little wildlife expedition to admire the local animals in a sanctuary, such as the majestic Arabian Oryx. After your safari, you will be seated in a luxury majlis and be treated to some date juice, canapes while you witness a stunning falconry show. Following this, enjoy a 6-course meal by your very own private chef and enjoy henna painting, shisha and more. A private car for two costs AED 5,880 (US$1,600).
3. Personal shopping experience
Dubai is home to the world famous shopping festival, but shopping is a culture all year round. The VIP service at all malls enable you to hands-free shop and they even have classy wagons around the mall to take you from shop to shop! There are also several personal shoppers available, especially at Dubai Mall in Downtown Dubai and the Mall of the Emirates, where you will be styled to perfection by personal shoppers at Harvey Nichols. Bloomingdales and Galleries Lafayette in Dubai mall all carry top-end brands. City Walk is a local favourite for finding edgy, haute couture brands.
4. Stay at the Burj Al Arab
A deluxe suite at the Burj Al Arab will set you back a cool AED 5,000 (US$1,361). You have the option of roaming around town in chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royces, taking helicopter trips from the hotel's iconic helipad, private beach access and luxury leisure on a breathtaking terrace with pools and cabanas. The hotel features suites that offer discreet check-ins and also come with a host of personal butlers. It's opulent in every turn. You can't get any more luxurious than this, and the options for luxury hotels in Dubai are numerous!
5. Take a luxury cruise like no other
If you love boats, yachts or cruises, you will be spoilt for choice in Dubai. Taking a luxury cruise with family and friends is the norm in good weather. You can hire a yacht with Xclusive Yachts complete with luxury car transfers, red carpet welcomes, hostesses, butler service, meals, drinks, DJ, and even your very own personal photographer.
6. Be part of the world's most expensive world cup
With a prize of US$12 million, the Dubai World Cup is truly meant for the creme de la creme of society. If you want to truly enjoy it like a VIP, head for the Nad Al Sheba Suite at Meydan, which boasts prime views over the Parade Ring and a package including afternoon tea as well as a lavish menu and house beverages for a cool AED 3,250 (US$884).
7. Tour the city in a supercar
Noone loves fast cars more than Dubai residents. You will often see limited edition cars around the city, and what's more - you can even rent one to see the city as well. You can rent a 2017 Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 SV for AED 7,000 (US$1,905) per day.
8. Dine like royalty
With the advent of the Michelin guide to the city, Dubai has some unmatchable dining locations. Start off with a lovely lunch at one of the most picturesque underground restaurants in the world - Ossiano at Atlantis the Palm. Other great dining locations include Zuma, Tresind Studio, and Kohantei near the Dubai Opera.
9. Golf like the pros
With so many golf tournaments such as the Omega Desert Classic and the DP World Tournament happening, it's no surprise that Dubai is home to some of the best places for golf. Check out the newly opened golf club at Dubai Hills, or even head to the Greg Norman Fire and Earth course at Jumeirah Golf Estates.
10. Relax at an ultimate luxury spa
Relax and unwind in some of the most award-winning spas in Dubai. The advantage of living in Dubai is that its spas have a wide range of therapies, right from soothing Balinese massages to healing Moroccan hammam rituals. The Talise Spa at Madinat Jumeirah and the Burj Al Arab both host these therapies in addition to several more, in addition to complimentary use of the steam room, sauna and swimming pool. Their "romantic moonlight swim experience" can set you back AED 7,000 (or USD 1,905).