Under the visionary leadership of the Al Maktoum family, Dubai has become one of the foremost cities in the world. Rising like a mirage from the desert, Dubai is an astonishing architectural revelation.
Nowhere else in the world has a city developed at such a rapid pace in such a short period of time.
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A Meteoric Rise & Luxurious Leisure Opportunities
Nowhere else in the world has a city developed at such a rapid pace in such a short period of time. Renowned for its stunning skyline this global city has been led by the Al Maktoums for two centuries. Dubai is now one of the most vibrant cities in the world and has attracted the world’s most discerning individuals to take up residence here. Visited as early as the 16th century for its lucrative pearl industry Dubai grew under this reputation and began to flourish. As a result of Dubai’s increasing affluence the Emirate has become one of the most diverse and attractive cities in the Middle East. There is no better example of this than the Palm Island, which accommodates the most exclusive communities in Dubai on reclaimed land.
You cannot, however, overlook the rich history and tradition that is woven into the soul of Dubai. The colourful life size dioramas at the Dubai Museum present vivid depictions of the history of Dubai. Located in Al Fahidi Fort, the one-hundred and eighty year old museum is the oldest existing building in Dubai and its most impressive exhibit recreates scenes of legendary pearl divers.
As one of the world’s most global cities, Dubai is a conflation of culture with an array of luxury leisure opportunities ranging from extravagant shopping to world-class sport. Dubai hosts numerous top sporting events, but one of the most notable is the Dubai Desert Classic Golf Tournament that attracts some of the biggest names in golf. If you are interested in playing and not just watching, the most luxurious places to play are The Montgomerie, which has first class clubhouse facilities, and The Faldo at the Emirates Golf Club.
Globally recognised as the shopping capital of the Middle East, Dubai is a shopping aficionado’s paradise, where choice is infinite. From dazzling jewellery to high-end designer fashion, Dubai showcases the world’s finest luxury brands. The most luxurious shopping mall is the Dubai Mall, however, for an authentic shopping experience, Dubai’s glittering Gold Souk is an oasis of bespoke gold, diamonds and gulf pearls. Such is the prominence of shopping as a pastime in Dubai, one of the most prevalent events each January and February is the Dubai Shopping Festival which gets bigger and better every year. Entertainment highlights of the month-long festival include in-mall fashion-shows and a huge opening ceremony featuring light shows and fireworks across the Dubai Creek.
From beachside bars to top-floor lounges, a selection of the most exclusive and stylish nightlife venues in the world await to entice you. 101 Dining Lounge and Bar is a chic dining lounge complimented by an open bar and resident DJ most evenings. Located by the private marina of The Palm resort, guests can arrive by private boat, and the lounge offers sweeping views of the Dubai skyline beyond, with an energised vibe carrying day effortlessly into night.
The elegant black and white interior of the Armani/Privé is the preferred after-hours destination for Dubai’s elite and en vogue partying crowd. Host to Dubai’s strictest VIP parties and most exciting fast-paced club nights, Armani/Privé is a sophisticated nightlife concept featuring international guest DJs and Venetian themed masquerade nights to keep you revelling well into the night.
The three lounges at the Cavalli Club, created by famed designer Roberto Cavalli, epitomise glitz and glamour, and the exclusivity of the club attracts many famous faces to its events. Join Cavalli's decadent bar to taste award winning cocktails before you dance the night away.
A Gastronomic Melting Pot
Dubai may be best known for its shopping and nightlife, but its culinary scene is equally thriving, with hundreds of top class restaurants representing a gastronomic melting pot. To dine overlooking a 360 degree view of Dubai 442 meters up, At.mosphere is located on level 122 of Burj Khalifa and is as one of the finest, and highest, luxury dining and lounge experiences in the world. Presenting a unique dining concept integrating the choice of lounge and grill, At.mosphere is a delight for all gastronomes and also offers an impressive selection of rare whiskies and vintage wines.
In a truly remarkable setting within world renowned Burj Al Arab, Al Mahara welcomes you to a new age of fine dining, stimulating the senses with intense Mediterranean flavours and unparalleled taste and texture in all of its seafood dishes. The restaurant features a stunning floor to ceiling aquarium so you can be mesmerised by a world of colourful sea life as you enjoy the oceans finest fare.
For a harmonious dining experience with the highest quality service, The Exchange Grill at the Fairmont is the ideal steakhouse with an exclusive wine list to compliment your dish of choice.
At Zest One & Only, the elegant and inviting ambience is the ideal choice for laid-back dining with friends and family. Fusing culinary influences of the Middle East, Asia and the Western world, Zest serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and although the Arabian-inspired interior of the restaurant is light and spacious, the best dining experience is alfresco, where outdoor seating overlooks the grand pool and Moorish inspired gardens.
The Pinnacle of Luxury Hotels
As a city of superlatives, it is no surprise that Dubai is at the pinnacle of luxury hotels. The iconic Burj Al Arab Hotel placed Dubai to the top of the world’s list of luxury destinations, setting a standard of Middle-Eastern opulence for many more hotels to follow. From the use of a gold-plated iPads for the duration of your stay to a chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce or a game of tennis on a rooftop tennis court, it is no wonder that the Burj Al Arab has been repeatedly voted as the world’s most luxurious hotel; the service and facilities throughout are truly extraordinary.