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5 luxuries not to miss in Dubai

Visitors to Dubai – one of the world’s most opulent destinations – are spoilt for choice when it comes to seeking luxury. The city has become one the most popular playgrounds of the rich and famous, and has made many a statement with several of the world’s tallest buildings, man-made islands and even a huge indoor ski slope… and all this in the middle of a desert. Here are five luxuries you won’t want to miss on a visit to Dubai. Flying first class Start your Dubai holiday without jet lag by flying first class and arriving fully refreshed. The First Class Private Suites from Emirates (found on all Emirates A380 and and Airbus A340-500 aircraft, and most Boeing 777 aircraft) come with optional privacy in the form of a sliding door, ambient light, your own personal minibar, and – perhaps most importantly – a reclining seat that can be converted to a fully flat bed with a mattress. Emirates first class Visiting the souks Many will tell you to head for the gold souk where there’s said to be 25 tonnes of rings, bracelets and necklaces.  Arguably more interesting for a visitor and without doubt a greater assault on the senses is the nearby spice souk where you’ll find every spice imaginable. Dubai also has souks for fish, meat, vegetables, textiles and electronics. Spices Afternoon tea from more than 1,000 feet up Afternoon tea at At.Mosphere brings new meaning to the term ‘high tea’.  Here you’ll find yourself on the 122nd floor (442 metres/ 1,350ft up) of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. A harpist serenades guests as they take in the stunning views and enjoy the delectable food. To enjoy at its best try to book mid-week away from the crowds. At.Mosphere Dubai Hot air ballooning over the desert If you still have a head for heights, then why not see Dubai and the surrounding desert from a hot air balloon? Balloon Adventures can take you on a unique, personal journey over an endless ocean of sand dunes and emerald green oases. From above you can observe oryx, gazelles and wandering camels and witness a breathtaking sunrise with the backdrop of the majestic Hajjar Mountains. Dubai hot air ballooning Dining in one of Dubai’s many excellent restaurants There are many great places to dine out in Dubai and a growing number of Michelin stars, as well as many other excellent restaurants without Michelin star status. Try Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire – TimeOut Dubai’s Restaurant of the Year – which you’ll find in the Dubai InterContinental Hotel and where Pierre Gagnaire serves incredible Michelin-starred French cuisine. Pierre Gagnaire

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. The Dubai yacht scene is one of the best in the entire world. Located on the coast of the Arabian Gulf, Dubai has a beautiful yacht season that begins in mid-September and usually lasts until early May. With the breath taking skyline including iconic buildings such as Burj Al Arab, the Emirates Towers and of course Burj Khalifa, yachting in Dubai will surely be a relaxing and enjoyable experience.

  2. This is simply great. I m here and will try all this as Dubai is all beautiful these days like Karachi.

  3. Last year I have traveled Dubai with my friends and we enjoyed so much. Dubai has drawn our attention.. Basically I liked hot air Balloons over the desert. It’s just awesome experience to me. I have no word to say about the feelings. We enjoyed our exclusive dinner party. We want to go to Dubai again if I get any chance.

  4. yea paul emirates is undoubtedly luxurious but i found their crew very biased with Asians. I also went for ballooning that was fabulous, thanx for the memories..

  5. emirates is really luxurious, a lot of stunning places you can experience them,
    hot air Balloon over the desert is spectacular
    thank you for sharing your moments.

  6. Dubai is the most populous city & well known for luxurious destination. I would love to visit Dubai & want to spend at least night in Burj Khalifa. Does it get really crowded at the top of the Burj Khalifa?

  7. In my opinion, Dubai is known as city of wonders. Such a wonderful city that welcome all latest innovations and people from all countries. I recommend everybody must visit this place at least once in life time.

  8. Dubai is an epic city to experience true luxury. Chartering on yachts, high tea at Burj al Arab hotel, Stay in Atlantis palm hotel are my recommendations

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