Dubai is known as a global leader in luxurious living with a host of elite activities and exclusive venues synonymous with VIP status. The best way to arrive in the UAE? Lying back and enjoying the finer things in life in Emirates airline’s ultra-luxurious first-class cabin of course. Once you’re on the ground in Dubai, personal shoppers and concierge services are on hand to handle your reservations and ensure that your wardrobe ‘wows’ the crowds while luxury car rentals, yacht trips and VIP desert safaris and excursions will ensure that your vacation snaps and Instagram stories set new standards in VIP travel. Personalised services and experiences, intimacy and exclusivity have been some of the major trends in luxury travel in recent years – VIPs have been social distancing for years! With these standards in mind Top Spots Dubai has curated the best VIP activities and VIP services in Dubai.
1. Personal Concierge
Time is the most precious commodity and by utilising a personal concierge service you’ll win yours back. VIP travel means personalised and private services and experiences rather than moving around with the masses. A personal concierge can manage your schedule securing dinner reservations at Dubai’s most sought after spots from Nusr-Et to Nammos as well as handling your day-to-day activities. Soak up the sun at a private beach, spend the night in a private bedouin camp or entice envy on a yacht charter. A personal concierge is also very useful when it comes to arranging more personalised activities such as personal shoppers and private tour guides. Thanks to their network and local contacts concierges can also help in sourcing rare items that you might not come across easily by yourself such as limited edition watches and handbags.
Tip: Top Spots Dubai has its own in-house concierge team to ensure a top experience.
2. Ain Dubai Private Cabin, Bluewaters Island
Unmatchable sky-high views enjoyed in the most exclusive manner. Gather your entourage and entertain them from new heights. Ain Dubai (Dubai Eye) is the world’s tallest observation wheel located on Bluewaters Island, an artificial island close to JBR and Dubai Marina.
The luxurious glass-walled, air-conditioned cabins are fitted with plush seating and reveal views of Palm Jumeirah. Dubai Marina, JBR and beyond to the surrounding seas. To make the most of these spectacular views, step away from the crowds and book a private cabin, the perfect setting for an intimate gathering with a difference. Rides last for approximately 38 minutes and the cabins can fit groups of up to 20 people – perfect for a mini party or special celebration. There are various packages to pick from that include food and beverages to suit the requirements of your occasion.
Tip: For a VIP experience from start to finish book the Private Plus option which includes premium check-in as well as F&B credit and a selection of dishes and beverages delivered to your cabin.
3. Burj Khalifa Lounge, Downtown Dubai
Burj Khalifa ranks high on any Dubai tourist’s agenda. Pass by the guests on the main observation deck on the 125th floor and 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 canapés. Stick around until golden hour to soak up the most gorgeous sky high city views.
Tip: Book the Tea In The Clouds package for the ultimate luxurious high tea experience. Tea In The Clouds includes a tour of the outdoor terrace – perfect for those awe-inspiring holiday snaps.
4. Yacht Charter, Dubai Marina and Dubai Harbour
There’s nothing more exhilarating than a day spent off-shore. Spark social media envy, enjoy Dubai by sea and charter a boat for the day. Yacht cruises leave daily from Dubai Marina as well as other marinas in the city 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 VIP fun can book a yacht with options for DJs and catering to suit various budgets.
Tip: VIP’s only go for the best. Top Spots Dubai has access to some of the most impressive yachts available in Dubai.
Dubai is a city where people like to work hard and play hard. The city is famous for its world-class nightlife venues cherry-picked from party capitals like Las Vegas such as 1 Oak as well as Beirut’s Sky 2.0 and White. There are also fun-filled homegrown concepts like the bohemian Soho Garden known for its roster of international DJs. We recommend that you make the most of Dubai’s warm night air and dance the night away in the chic open-air venue, White, while taking in the striking city skyline or head over to Billionaire Dubai and go all out in true Dubai VIP style with sparkling bottle service.
Tip: Dubai is a fast-paced city. New venues are regularly opening so contact Top Spots Dubai ahead of your outing to get access to the hottest and most exclusive nightlife destinations in town.
6. Fishing Charter
Gather your friends and head to the open seas, a Dubai fishing charter is a favourite among avid anglers. The seas surrounding Dubai are filled with an array of marine life from catfish to barracuda, snapper and grouper. Fishing yachts typically come stocked with refreshments and an icebox, towels, a sounds system as well as fishing equipment and all-important safety equipment. Check with individual operators ahead of booking to discover their specific offerings. Some operators even let you BBQ your catches at the end of the excursion.
Tip: Arrive prepared for an action-packed day in the sun, bring your valid ID card, sunscreen and swimwear.
7. Luxury Vehicle Rentals
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 a luxury car or 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: Top Spots Dubai has access to some of the sought-after and rare vehicles in the city.
8. Nara Private Desert Escape
The ultimate in bespoke desert experiences, you will never forget a Nara Private Desert Escape. Nara creates personalised experiences with a difference, balancing luxury with authenticity and catering to your personal desires. Private Desert Escapes include options for camping, gastronomy and wellness as well as a roster of activities for adults and children. The camping edition includes the set up of a private camp with luxurious bedouin-style tents that can fit up to four. Days can be spent camel riding, sandboarding, playing volleyball or soft archery or sitting back and taking in a belly dancing or falconry show. Enjoy fire shows or discover the stars with an astronomer by night before tucking into the cuisine of French Chef, Franck Sanna. If you’re craving a moment of zen Nara can even curate your own bespoke wellness schedule with options including yoga, Thai massage, shiatsu, meditation as well as desert hikes and nature tours.
Tip: Combine your Nara Desert Escape with a Nara Nomad tour, these intimate, curated outings offer experiences for specific tastes. The fashionistas edition includes the chance to meet with local UAE designers while the art lover tour navigates the city’s most compelling galleries as well as traditional and contemporary architectural sites.
9. Private Desert BBQ Dinner
Escape the city’s hectic dining scene and opt for something truly memorable, a desert BBQ dinner prepared exclusively for you! A private BBQ dinner is an amazing way to experience the magic of the Dubai desert with your chosen guests in a tranquil environment. Make your way into the desert in a pre-arranged 4×4 and then sit amongst the sand dunes and take in the surrounding nature. As the sun sets the campfire gets going, sit under the stars and take in the twinkling skies while your delicious BBQ dinner is prepared for you.
Tip: Desert temperatures can be high during the day and then drop at night. We recommend checking the weather forecast in advance and packing sunscreen for the day and a light jacket for the evening.
10. Personal Fashion Shopper
Dubai is a shopper’s paradise with a selection of the world’s most sought after luxury brands from the top French fashion houses to the leader’s in Italian luxury as well cutting-edge homegrown brands. The city is also home to an ever-expanding number of shopping malls and districts from The Dubai Mall which holds the title of the world’s largest shopping mall to open-air retail spaces such as City Walk. Making your way around all of these options can be overwhelming and time-consuming so for those that wish to save time and would like a pair of expert eyes cast over their wardrobe a personal shopper is an excellent option.
Tip: Before engaging with a personal shopper write down what you hope to achieve from the session and take note of the style directions you like to ensure that you get the most out of your experience.