Updated: 26th September 2022
A favourite among celebrities from Kim Kardashian to Will Smith, the Emirate of Dubai is a global leader in luxurious living. There’s a multitude of fine dining options, standard-setting hotels and shopping malls brimming with premium brands as well as a range of activities and attractions to visit that offer the option for VIP treatment. From curated camping to chopper rides over Dubai Marina, Top Spots Dubai has selected 10 luxury things to do in Dubai to elevate your Dubai itinerary to celebrity status.
1. Burj Khalifa Lounge, Downtown Dubai
Burj Khalifa ranks high on any Dubai tourist’s agenda. Give your visit to the world’s tallest building an upgrade by booking the Burj Khalifa Lounge. Spanning levels Levels 152, 153 and 154 the world’s highest lounge is the place to head to if you want to soak in the Burj Khalifa’s spectacular views in comfort and privacy. Sip tea, coffee, house beverages or bubbly and enjoy gourmet canapes.
Tip: Book the Tea In The Clouds package for the ultimate luxurious high tea. Tea In The Clouds includes a tour of the outdoor terrace – perfect for those awe-inspiring holiday snaps.
2. Helicopter Tour, Palm Jumeirah
The jet-set gaze down upon Dubai from above. Starting off at Atlantis hotel on Palm Jumeirah, Dubai helicopter tours expose guests to the city’s iconic skyline, stretches of coastline and major attractions including Burj Al Arab, Downtown Dubai, Dubai Marina and Burj Khalifa.
Tip: For a luxurious post-helicopter ride lunch, head to Atlantis hotel, home to several fine dining options including Nobu, Hakkasan and Sea Fire.
3. Yacht Cruises
There’s nothing more exhilarating than a day spent offshore. Enjoy Dubai by sea and charter a boat for the day. Yacht cruises leave daily from Dubai Marina and Dubai Harbour and cater to a range of requirements. Couples and friends looking for an intimate experience can charter a private yacht, swim and catch the sunset. Groups looking for fun can book a yacht with options for DJs and catering to suit various budgets.
Tip. At Top Spots Dubai, we offer a superior selection of yachts to suit every budget.
4. Platinum Heritage Desert Safari
Desert safaris are one of the best ways to experience the wonders of the Dubai desert from wildlife to Bedouin culture and exhilarating site-specific sports. While there are many providers to choose from, Platinum Heritage caters to those that embrace the finer things in life. Book an educational nature drive in a Range Rover conducted by a professional conservation guide or, for a vintage experience, step into a museum-quality 1950s Land Rover and delve into the heart of Bedouin living as you navigate safari, falconry, camel riding as well as other cultural activities and traditional treats.
Tip: The Dubai desert is home to some world-class resorts, spend the night at Bab Al Shams resort or Al Maha resort.
5. Private Hot Air Balloon Ride
Enjoy a gourmet breakfast and then glide over the dunes of the Dubai desert in a magnificent hot air balloon. Early morning hot air balloon flights offer dreamy desert views and the chance to spot the UAE’s wildlife from above including gazelles, oryx and camels.
Tip: Experience the desert by night and day. Platinum Heritage offers a package with an overnight add-on that includes a private night safari and astronomy session.
6. Sonara Camp Sunset and Dinner Experience
The ultimate alfresco dining experience, the striking Sonara Camp has become a favourite among those that like to embrace the spirit of the desert while enjoying the best of Arabian hospitality. The eco-friendly, sustainable Sonara Camp is nestled in the heart of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve and is surrounded by the desert’s ubiquitous wildlife including oryxes and gazelles. The Sunset and Dinner experience at Sonara includes a chef-prepared dinner consisting of fresh seasonal ingredients as well as beverages, a camel ride, live music, a fire show and falcon show and the chance to experience dynamic desert sports including archery and sandboarding.
Tip: Movies under the stars ensure that little ones are always entertained.
Across the UAE glampers get a taste of outdoor living from the supreme comfort and luxury of their glamping set-up. While temperatures and conditions vary, typically the best season for glamping spans the end of October until April. Glamping options range from the traditional to all-out decadent.
Lovers of luxury can make their way to the desert to discover Bedouin tents, adorned inside with chic furnishings and amenities with staff on-hand that will gladly light a campfire for you to cosy up to. During a desert glamping retreat, you can spend your day picnicking on the dunes or trying out sports like archery. If the ocean is calling you there are also several glamping options by the sea. You can fall asleep to the rhythm of lapping waves in an elevated two-storey VIP majlis.
Tip: Contact Top Spots Dubai for our handpicked recommendations and bespoke glamping experiences.
8. Private Tour of Dubai
Privacy is the ultimate luxury. Skip the crowds and hire a personal tour guide to immerse you in Dubai’s most popular sites and hidden gems. Downtown Dubai, the city’s modern heart is home to the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, Dubai Fountains as well as the architecturally inspired financial district, DIFC. A short journey along Sheikh Zayed Road offers an entirely different pace of life. In Jumeirah, one can discover the peaceful Jumeirah Mosque as well as the stretch of pristine coastline that culminates at Madinat Jumeirah, the Burj Al Arab and then Palm Jumeirah. Old Dubai is a must-see for visitors keen to understand Dubai’s rich history and heritage. Old Dubai, also known as Bur Dubai, is home to the fascinating Dubai Museum. Pay a visit to the historic quarters and then journey across the creek in a traditional wooden abra before venturing to the bustling spice and gold souks.
Tip: Top Spots Dubai offers a select list of private tour operators, handpicked based upon our years of experience. We work with the best in town to ensure that you enjoy unparalleled insiders’ knowledge.
9. Chauffeur Driven Limousine
Dubai’s motto is ‘see and be seen’, if there’s one place that your ride counts it’s here. Enjoy all that the city has to offer in luxury and book a classic chauffeur-driven limousine. Gather your entourage and make your way from beach clubs to evening soirees in style. Operators have fleets with options to suit all tastes from stretched-Hummer to Rolls Royce. There’s space for up to 18 guests in some models. Tip: Arrive in style and steal the show. Dress to impress and take your limo to Dubai’s chic hotels and world-class restaurants.
Tip: Arrive in style and steal the show. Dress to impress and take your limo to Dubai’s chic hotels and world-class restaurants.
Ain Dubai (Dubai Eye) is the world’s tallest observation wheel located on Bluewaters Island close to JBR and Dubai Marina. To elevate your observation experience to new levels, book a premium cabin – there are several options to select from that suit various age groups and agendas – all revealing breathtaking panoramas.
The Skybar Vibes package is perfect for those that love to socialise and includes beverages served up by the Skybar bartender in a shared, air-conditioned cabin to the beat of music. The Jumeirah and Sushi package is great for those under 21 and offers daytime guests the chance to enjoy a dining experience with a difference. Jumeirah and Sushi package guests experience a premium check-in with a welcome drink followed by a sushi platter in the Jumeirah Lounge and a mocktail on board the Ain Dubai cabin.
Tip: Book the sunset slot for the most majestic views.