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Dubai is one of the few cities in the world where you can see the past and the future in a few short steps. Not long ago Dubai was a humble bedouin port village on the Persian Gulf. Oil has changed everything of course and today Dubai is the model of modernity with shimmering new towers being erected by the day it seems. The tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa, is just the beginning to a dizzying array of world-class attractions erected to lure the world’s elite.
While you’re taking a helicopter over The World, a man-made archipelago real estate development, to choose which private island to purchase you might as well swing over to the Burj al Arab which has its own helicopter landing pad on the top floor. Jumeirah’s sail shaped Burj al Arab boasts the title of “world’s most luxurious hotel.” Your suite comes with a chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce, a world-class spa and nine award laden restaurants. Request one of the panoramic suites for incredible views of the coast and surrounding metropolis.
Most of the year Dubai’s high temperatures would wilt the average traveller. The ideal time to visit is during the winter months from November until March when the thermometer readings are less extreme.
When viewing the city by car, keep in mind that sandstorms and winter rains can sometimes slow traffic to a crawl. As advanced as the city is, it is not really built for rain and streets can be overwhelmed quickly. If you do end up in traffic try to avoid rude gestures or curse words as local customs are conservative by Western standards. Additionally public displays of affection and even eating in public during the daylight hours of Ramadan are forbidden.
Look Down on the World from At.mosphere
A massive restaurant/lounge on the 122nd floor of the tallest building in the world; your night is not complete without taking in a night-cap at At.mosphere. The evening views of Dubai are beyond belief and the music is low enough that you can take it all in from the top of the world at 2717 feet.
In the heart of the Dubai International Financial Center you will find Zuma. This Japanese inspired restaurant is the top rated in the entire Gulf region and popular with Dubai business executives. Because it is so busy they have a strict timetable for reservations with two slots for dinner each night. We recommend the soft-shelled crab with the raw yellow-tail a close second.
Found on the lobby level of the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa; Armani Ristorante is among several can’t miss experiences in the city. As one would expect from a Georgio Armani restaurant, the pasta is made on location, however, locals will tell you that they come for the desserts. We suggest the nougat semifreddo; wafers of white chocolate with fresh raspberry balanced on top.
The unique creation of the late three-Michelin-starred chef Santi Santamaria; this was his first restaurant built outside of Spain. The experience begins as you are seated in the dining room where the wall is taken up entirely by aquarium windows revealing spectacular sea-life. Set underneath Palm Jumierah’s Atlantis Hotel, this is yet another “only in Dubai” experience. We suggest the “Prestige Tapas Menu” which brings an astounding array of fresh seafood to your table.
Al Qasr is Arabic for “the Palace,” and its ornate architecture and embellishments are intended to make its guests feel like they’ve entered the Sheikh’s summer retreat. Al Qasr is one component of the massive Madinat Jumeirah resort complex. The highlight is a stunning stretch of Jumeirah beach which looks out on The World Islands man-made archipelago. The suites come with private patios and perfect ocean views. Guests have full access to Al Qasr’s facilities including their decadent spa and a water-park for children.
The first glance of the Burj Al Arab as you approach is sure to impress. The towering 1,000 foot structure is designed to embody the sails of a distant ship. Most arrive by car, but there is a heli-pad on the top floor if you really want to make a grand entrance. The hotel’s exterior is a show unto itself as playful lights illuminate the structure after dark. The interior is equally stunning with luxurious duplex suites. The best choice is the Royal Suite that features an imposing 4-poster canopy bed on a rotating pedestal to take in the best views of Dubai from all angles. Each hotel floor of has a dedicated reception desk and team of butlers ready to assist you with requests, whether you require a chauffeured Rolls Royce or a table at one of Dubai’s best restaurants.
For a romantic Dubai retreat the Bab Al Shams is our recommended hotel. Located just outside of the city, the hotel is a more intimate size with suites peering out over an expanse of desert. With eight restaurants and bars on the property, and a stellar spa you can choose to relax at Bab Al Shams or head into Dubai for the city’s many attractions. The signature restaurant, Al Hadheerah, is an open-air dining experience that reminiscent of a classic Arabic market, complete with a slew of belly dancers roaming the grounds.
Location: Jebel Ali, UAE
Type: Commercial Airport
Callsign: OMDW - DWC
Runway Length: 16076ft/4900m
Distance: 23mi/37km SW of Dubai
Location: Al Garhoud, UAE
Type: Commercial Airport
Callsign: OMDB - DXB
Runway Length: 13123ft/4000m
Distance: 3mi/5km E of Dubai
Dubai International (DXB) is a the primary airport for the city for commercial aviation. The city has built three new terminals here since the year 2000 as its capacity has ballooned to over 60 million per annum. The Gulfstream G650 is the ideal aircraft to have in Dubai as it was specifically built to be able to fly from Dubai to New York nonstop. The G650 carries fourteen passengers and has sleeping berths that allow passengers to arrive rested on the other side of the world.
Al Maktoum International (DWC), or “Dubai World Central” is Dubai’s alternate and as so much development has been going on at DXB many commercial flights as well as private jets have been landing here. The location is just 37km southwest of Dubai so either airport will allow you to reach the city conveniently.