More and more luxury travelers are heading to Dubai for a getaway. The lavish Middle Eastern city boasts some of the most opulent accommodations in the world, all with access to gorgeous traditional markets, thrilling local attractions, and world-class cuisine. If you are heading to Dubai, these a few things you must not miss.
Where to stay
Get an authentic taste of Dubai, while still enjoying the height of luxury, Madinat Jumeirah. The enormous 5 star resort was inspired by an ancient Arab citadel and sprawls over 100 acres of landscapes and gardens. More like a small town than a hotel, Madinat Jumeirah is comprised of two luxury hotels, a world-class spa, a 1000-seat theater, and 44 restaurants and bars.
Review our other suggestions for luxury hotels in Dubai for even more accommodation ideas.
Dubai is famous for its shopping; its Middle Eastern-style bazaars — called souks — entice thousands of visitors each year. Be sure to visit the Gold Souk to survey jewelry and gems from Dubai and India in the world’s largest gold market. Then head to the Perfume Souk to create your own personalized fragrance.
I hope you didn’t forget to pack your skis. Yes, the desert city of Dubai has a ski resort. Ski Dubai is located in the Mall of the Emirates and is the first indoor ski resort to open in the Middle East. Ski down five runs of varying difficulty, from the bunny slope to the black run, along with a freestyle area for snowboarders and tobogganers.
Skiing not for you? Every day The Dubai Fountain performs a spectacular choreographed water show jetting water almost 500 feet in the air. The beam of light shining upward from the fountain can be seen more than 15 miles away.
Dining and Pampering
Make sure to build in enough time in your itinerary for a spay day at the spa in the Armani Hotel. The full service spa will have you feeling refreshed and relaxed for the remainder of your trip.
For the absolute best view of Dubai book at table at At.mosphere on the 122nd floor of Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower. Enjoy world class cuisine from Chef Jiti Joshi while you take in the breathtaking aerial views.
Dubai has all you could ask for in a luxury getaway. Is Dubai on your travel itinerary for this year?