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The Best of Luxury in Dubai

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Visitors to Dubai – one of the world’s most opulent destinations – are spoilt for choice when it comes to this luxurious spot. 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 full, flat bed with a mattress.

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.

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 meters/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 delectable food. To enjoy at its best, try to book mid-week, away from the crowds.

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…

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