Top Luxury Things to Do in Dubai for Every Kind of Traveller

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Dubai is known as a hub of luxury and extravagance, offering a variety of high-end experiences that cater to the most discerning of travellers. From soaring skyscrapers and opulent hotels to world-class shopping and dining, Dubai has it all. Visitors can indulge in a range of luxury activities, such as helicopter tours over the city, private yacht charters, spa treatments at award-winning resorts, and exclusive desert safaris.

Staying in style in Dubai

Whether looking for opulent suites, beachfront locations, world-class dining, or stunning city views, Dubai is one of the best cities in the world to indulge and spoil yourself with a luxury stay. Some of the iconic luxury stays in Dubai include:

Burj al Arab, Jumeirah

The Burj al Arab is one of the world’s most iconic buildings. Its sail-shaped structure is instantly recognisable and has become a symbol of Dubai’s modernisation and opulence. The hotel is known for its lavish amenities, such as private butlers, chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce cars, a private beach, and an underwater restaurant. Burj Al Arab is often considered a 7-star hotel due to its exceptional luxury and service standards.

Bulgari Resort Dubai

Bulgari Resort Dubai (also called Bvlgari Resort Dubai) is a part of the renowned Bulgari Hotels & Resorts collection, known for its luxurious amenities, sophisticated design, and attention to detail. The resort is on an artificial island and offers stunning views of the Dubai skyline and Arabian Gulf. The island is connected to the mainland by a 300-meter bridge, adding to the exclusivity and privacy of the resort. A fusion of Italian and Arabic architecture, Bulgari Resort uses sophistication and luxury materials such as marble, oak, and onyx. With an outdoor pool and beach, you’ll find plenty of places to enjoy the sun. The resort also features the world’s first Bulgari Marina and Yacht Club, which can accommodate up to 46 meters long yachts.

The One&Only The Palm

The One&Only The Palm is a luxurious resort on Palm Jumeirah Island in Dubai. The hotel offers luxurious rooms and suites, each with its private balcony or terrace and stunning views of the Arabian Gulf or the Dubai skyline. The rooms are elegantly decorated with natural materials and feature luxurious amenities, including marble bathrooms, oversized bathtubs, and rain showers.

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Luxury adventure experiences in Dubai

Dubai offers a wide range of adventure experiences that will get your heart pumping. Here are some of the best:

Hot air balloon ride

A hot air balloon ride in Dubai can be a fantastic experience to take in views of Dubai’s desert landscape, including the dunes and wildlife, such as camels and gazelles. The rides typically take place early in the morning around sunrise, as well as in the calm weather. They usually last around an hour. Plenty of hot air balloon companies offer this experience with some add-ons, such as a gourmet breakfast and falconry experience.

Dubai Marina Yacht Tour

With a yacht tour, you can enjoy the sights and sounds of the Marina, relax in the sun, and take in the stunning views of the skyline of Dubai. Yachts can have onboard amenities such as a kitchen, air conditioning, comfortable seating, and sound systems. Additionally, many yacht tours offer the opportunity to cruise along the coast of Dubai, taking in the beautiful beaches and famous landmarks like the Palm Jumeirah and the Burj Al Arab.

Helicopter ride

A helicopter tour in Dubai can be an incredible luxury experience that allows you to see the city’s stunning skyline, architecture, and iconic landmarks from a unique perspective. Tours can range from 12-40 minutes and are an excellent way to see many of Dubai’s famous landmarks, including the sprawling desert landscape and the Dubai Miracle Garden, one of the world’s most extensive flower gardens.

Several tour operators in Dubai offer helicopter tours, and the tour duration and prices can vary depending on the operator and the type of tour.

Dubai desert and sunset tours

A Dubai desert tour is a thrilling and popular excursion to enjoy. There are also private, dinner and stargazing options available which would be a luxurious and romantic experience where you can enjoy the beauty of the desert.

Tours typically involve a 4×4 safari ride through the Dubai desert, a fun and thrilling experience. Some tours include a welcome drink, henna tattooing, and a chance to dress up in traditional Emirati clothes. You could enjoy a delicious BBQ dinner under the stars, with live music and entertainment. Some tour operators enhance this experience with camel riding, sandboarding, and falconry demonstrations.

Jeeps in Dubai Desert
Desert 4×4 safari – Photo © unkreatives |

Luxury culinary experiences in Dubai

Dubai is home to some of the most exclusive culinary experiences in the world, ranging from high-end restaurants with stunning views to unique and innovative concepts of how the food is served. Here are some of the exclusive experiences for a luxury foodie in Dubai:

Exclusive dining:

At. Mosphere, Burj Khalifa

Located on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, At. Mosphere offers unparalleled views of the city skyline. The restaurant serves contemporary European cuisine, emphasising seafood, and has a luxurious lounge area for pre-dinner drinks.


Al Mahara, Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah

This underwater-themed restaurant, located in the Burj Al Arab Hotel, offers a unique dining experience surrounded by a giant aquarium filled with exotic fish. The restaurant serves modern seafood dishes and has an extensive wine list.


One&Only The Palm

This luxury resort is home to several award-winning restaurants, including ZEST, which offers a Europe, Asia and the Middle East inspired menu. The overwater 101 Dining Lounge and Bar offers stunning views of the Dubai skyline and serves a range of seafood and other delicious dishes, and STAY by Yannick Alléno, a Michelin-starred chef who serves French-inspired cuisine.


High-end high tea:

The Lobby Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton

Offering a traditional English afternoon tea experience featuring a selection of teas, finger sandwiches, scones, and pastries.


Raffles Salon

Located in the iconic Raffles Dubai Hotel, offers a luxurious and elegant setting for a high tea experience based on a floral theme. Enjoy salmon with hibiscus, delicious scones and jasmine-flavoured chocolate ganache; everything here is flowery!


Mosaico, Palazzo Versace

Experience the luxurious Mosaico lounge in the lobby of Palazzo Versace, which offers a captivating vista of the Dubai Creek to admire along with their high Tea experience. You can choose from various packages for afternoon tea, such as the Palazzo Versace High Tea, Cream Tea and Vegan High Tea.


The Noor Lounge, Mandarin Oriental

Amidst the canopy of gilded trees with picture-perfect views of the Arabian Sea, enjoy an afternoon tea at The Noor Lounge that melds present-day Dubai and the oriental essence in its High tea experience.


Visit some of the world’s distinctive monuments

Dubai has several iconic landmarks and monuments worth visiting. Here are some of the top monuments in the city:

Burj Khalifa

The tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa is a must-visit landmark in Dubai. You can take a trip to the observation deck on the 124th and 125th floors to enjoy stunning city views.

The Dubai Fountain

Located at the base of the Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Fountain is a stunning water and light show that features choreographed performances set to music. You’ll get to witness colourful jets of water dancing in time with the music and this starts at 6pm daily. Read more about the fountain performance.

Dubai Fountain Show
Dubai Fountain show – Photo © neiezhmakov |

Palm Jumeirah

An artificial island shaped like a palm tree, Palm Jumeirah is home to several luxury hotels, restaurants, and attractions.

Dubai Mall

One of the largest shopping malls in the world, the Dubai Mall is a popular tourist destination with over 1,200 stores, an aquarium, an ice rink, and a cinema.

The Museum of Future

The Museum of Future showcases interactive exhibits that captivate visitors with various aspects of futuristic ideas. The building is a remarkable achievement in computer-aided design and engineering. Constructed from stainless steel, it boasts 1,024 art pieces intricately crafted by robots capable of shaping complex forms. Enhancing its beauty, the museum is illuminated by Arabic calligraphy.

Dubai Miracle Garden

Dubai Miracle Garden is the world’s largest flower garden and is a beautiful attraction with over 150 million flowers and covering 72,000 sq meters. The flowers are arranged in intricate designs and patterns and is an impressive and fascinating experience.

Dubai Miracle Garden
Miracle Garden – Photo © sainaniritu |


Whether indulging in the finer things in life or seeking out unique and thrilling experiences, Dubai is a playground for those seeking the ultimate in luxury travel. Add some of the Dubai luxury experiences above to enhance your trip when visiting the city.

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