Dubai is known to the world as being a very luxurious country. There’s gold practically everywhere and as many millionaires as there are grains of sand in the neighboring deserts. So we’ve taken inspiration from how people usually do it in Dubai and come up with a list of ten things that only the rich can afford to do in the city.
1. Stay at the Burj Al Arab Hotel
With bragging rights as the world’s only 7-star hotel, the Burj Al Arab Hotel is the gold-standard for luxury. Guests can enjoy chauffeured Rolls Royces, 24-carat gold-plated iPads, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and an overall royal experience. The luxurious Royal Suite is a whopping $24,000 per night!
2. Take a Hot Air Balloon Tour
Nothing beats the views of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve from a hot air balloon! From high above, this tour allows you to see the sunrise over red sand dunes, behold desert oases, admire wildlife, and witness a spectacular falcon show from 4000 feet above ground. After this, a gourmet breakfast concludes the tour.
3. Private helicopter flight
On the ground, Dubai is a magnificent city, but from the sky, it’s a whole new world of wonder. Rich folks who want to avoid traffic can charter a helicopter to speedily get to their destination. Others can schedule a sky-high city tour to see the wonders of Dubai from a bird’s eye view.
4. Zoom around in a supercar
Dubai is known for having some of the world’s most expensive traffic jams because so many locals own high-end luxury sports cars. Even the police drive around in Lamborghinis! If you’re rich, you can rent a supercar and speed along Dubai’s long stretches of impeccable roads. The options include but aren’t limited to: Lamborghinis, Ferraris, and McLarens.
5. Indulge in the world’s most expensive ice cream
At $816 USD per scoop, this ice cream is reserved for the wealthy. Served on a Versace dish, this ice cream is an explosion of other-worldly flavours. It is made with Madagascan vanilla, Iranian saffron, and Italian black truffle. Finally, it is garnished with a 23-carat gold leaf that makes it appealing to the eyes and taste buds.
6. Enjoy a Luxurious Desert Safari
Not many people can say that they’ve been serenaded by an Opera Singer or Pianist while they went dune bashing, camel riding, or sandboarding in a desert. Similarly, only few have immersed in Emirati culture at dusk, indulging in local cuisine, belly dancing, Shisha smoking, and overnighting in a tent fit for a king. Surely, a luxury desert safari in Dubai is far from ordinary and only reserved for those who can afford it.
7. Rent a Private Yacht
Billionaires, gather your friends and rent a yacht to escape the crowds! Some yachts are equipped with private chefs, a captain, attendant, and all the amenities that you can ever want, such as luxurious cabins, recreational and dining areas. It’s a great option for a private party, or if you just want to soak up the sun.
8. Dine at the top of the world
It’s no surprise that the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, is in Dubai. One of Dubai’s best luxury restaurants can be found here, where you can dine among the clouds while eating one of the best meals of your life. Of course, fine-dining comes at a price; the average meal can cost well over $100 USD.
9. Rejuvenate at a luxury spa
Whether your body feels tense, drained, or if you just want to pamper yourself, the luxury spa options in Dubai are endless. Offerings include massages, body wrap treatments, foot and hand care, and yes, even facial done with 24-carat gold masks.
10. Go to the world’s most expensive horse race
With a winning prize of up to $10 million USD, Dubai attracts world-class horse riders, trainers, and yes, horses for their annual “Dubai World Cup”. Join the likes of Dubai’s most elite and prominent as they watch the race from their pavilions, yachts, or from the Presidential Suite at the Meydan Hotel.