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Doing Dubai Right: The Most Luxurious Experiences Available

Burj al Arab, Dubai.
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Dubai is one of the most luxurious cities in the world and these are the most desirable destinations to explore when you visit. Visiting Dubai opens up a world of luxury experiences that simply aren't available in other cities in the world. Here, in this glittering gem in the crown of the UAE, you can step from one kingly or queenly experience to another and live the life of the rich and famous. If you need some guidance on where to find top-tier experiences in this beautiful city, our luxury list will help you find the most enriching and luxurious places to go, things to see, and meals to enjoy.


If it's the luxury experience you’re after, there's only one way to travel: book a private jet. Arriving at your destination refreshed, relaxed, and rejuvenated means that you’ll be able to enjoy your holiday from the second you set foot in the UAE rather than needing time to recover from uncomfortable travel before you set out to enjoy the city.

Dubai is a sprawling city, so we suggest you hire a driver to take you around and see the sights or move from your first port of call to the next. If you’re not a local, the streets can be confusing and create unnecessary stress while trying to relax and enjoy yourself.


There are several incredibly luxurious places to stay in Dubai, and these are the cream of the crop.

One&Only The Palm

The calming, neutral tones of the decor that graces every room at One&Only The Palm is one of the things that makes this place so special. From the private beach at the hotel, you’ll be able to feast your eyes on the city's gorgeous skyline and look out over the Arabian Gulf at the same time. If you’re hungry, you can book a table at the exquisite Michelin-starred restaurant and dine on French cuisine poolside. End your day with a visit to the Guerlain Spa, where you can indulge in massages and other luxury treatments.

Bulgari Resort Dubai

Though this resort is in the heart of the bustling city, your stay at the Bulgari Resort will bring a feeling of complete peace. Designed in the style of a classic Mediterranean village, this resort has a lot to offer. There are 15 private mansions on the grounds, villas (each with its own pool), sea-facing hotel apartments, and even its own marina and yacht club if you fancy an excursion. Naturally, the food at the Michelin-starred restaurant (Italian this time) will completely blow you away.

Dubai city at night
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Bab Al Shams, A Rare Finds Desert Resort

This resort will take you an hour outside the city, but the drive is more than worth it to experience this desert oasis for yourself. The property that houses the Bab al-Shams was designed to look like a village rising out of the desert, and if it doesn't take your breath away at first sight, nothing will! The adventures and excursions that the resort offers are another reason to try it out: learn archery, watch a falconry display, take on the dunes in a 4x4, or get the best view of the desert from the basket of a hot air balloon at sunset or sunrise.


There is a lot to see in this gorgeous city, so why not do it in the highest style possible?

Helicopter Tour

The best way to see the city, its sights, and the nature hemming it in is from the air. Booking a helicopter ride means you’ll get a birds-eye view of the towering Burj Khalifa as well as getting to see the true layout of Palm Jumeirah the way it was meant to be experienced. There are a number of tour options ranging from as short as 12 minutes to as long as 40, depending on how long you'd like to be in the air. Heli Dubai offers an incredible set of options.

Luxury Yacht Cruise

The view of the city from the water is completely different from the one you’d get from the air. Cruise around with Xclusive Yachts, and you’ll get access not only to an incredible cruise experience but also to luxury car transfers, a red carpet welcome, excellent butler service, experienced hostesses, five-star food, and a DJ to keep your party entertained.

Explore in a Supercar

Driving fast cars is part of the elite Dubai lifestyle. If you want to see the city and all it has to offer the way its wealthiest residents do, hire a limited-edition sports car and cruise around the city streets all day and night.

fountain at mosque in Dubai
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Want to get to know Dubai better? Experience these things to get a true picture of this stunning city.

Golf Like the Best

Spend a little time outdoors (take note that this is not possible at the hottest times of the day or during peak summer months — the heat is simply too much) and see the beauty of Dubai from a lush, green golf course. Some of the best tournaments in the world are hosted on Dubai’s golf course for a reason — they are of exceptional quality. Dubai Hills and the Fire and Earth course at Jumeirah Golf Estates are particularly enjoyable.

Relax At A Hammam

Arabian luxury is at its peak in the many traditional hammams at various hotels and locations across the city. Talise Ottoman Spa is a particularly lovely one, showing off classic Arabian architecture featuring gorgeous dark woods, white marble, and traditional treatments that typify luxury in the UAE.

Feast at Orfali Bros Bistro

Middle Eastern cuisine is something you must experience when you visit Dubai. Syrian chef Mohammad Orfali and his two brothers, Omar and Wassim, have created a dining experience that is essentially gastronomic storytelling. Choose a la carte or a tasting menu and devour things like wagyu kebabs with cherry ketchup or classic pides elevated by incredible local ingredients.

The Gem of the UAE

The only way to truly experience Dubai is at the height of luxury. Live the lifestyle of Dubai’s elite when you visit, and you’ll never want to travel any other way again. These experiences and locations are the best of the best — which will you see first?

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