Savour the best of Dubai
If you want luxury experiences, Dubai's the city that can make it happen. From personalised shoes to supercar tours, Dubai offers plenty to keep discerning travellers happy. Here are some of our favourite ways to live it up while you’re in town.
Order bespoke footwear
Can’t find the perfect shoe? Fret not, for Level Shoe District at The Dubai Mall has found a solution for the luxury footwear district’s more particular customers. The in-house Cobbler offers a bespoke formal shoe customisation service for men, plus a range of classic slippers that can be designed by hand to suit the wearer’s whims. Level also has occasional pop-up events hosted by designers and industry insiders, where avid shoe aficionados can sometimes snap up limited-edition shoes and accessories – keep an eye on their website for upcoming workshops.
Arrive in a helicopter
In a rush or can’t be bothered travelling by road? There’s a good reason Dubai's five-star hotels come with their own helipads. If you, too, prefer to arrive by helicopter, hotels such as the Burj Al Arab offer a heli-service for guests wanting to pop in for high tea. Just book through their concierge for your sky-high travel arrangements. Otherwise, book a ride through HeliDubai – their VIP service is at your beck and call for transfers to hotel, golf courses or even the mall.
Embark on a VIP shopping experience
Join the ultimate “preferred customer” clique, offered only to The Dubai Mall’s most privileged clients. To be added to the exclusive list, shoppers need to spend upwards of Dhs100,000 per month within the mall to gain and retain their membership. Perks include access to the exclusive mall lounge, valet parking, a porter service, invitations to special events and previews, and the opportunity to be transported around the mall in a golf buggy.
Cruise on a private yacht
One of the expat community's favourite weekend activities (after brunch, of course) is cruising the Gulf aboard a boat. Go one better and book a luxury yacht for a personalised tour around the city shoreline. Xclusive Yachts hire comes with a full crew and an open itinerary tailored to guests’ specifications. And the views of the coastline are certainly hard to beat.
Enjoy a day at the polo
Known as the Sport of Kings, polo is a popular pastime within Dubai. Top among the polo events is the Cartier International Dubai Polo Challenge under the patronage of HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Matches hosted at Desert Palm Resort top the polo season’s social calendar between October and April, with well-heeled guests soaking up the sun and the company. High-profile players are fixtures in the international tournaments, with Prince Harry one of those to previously grace the grounds.
Swim with dolphins
Over at Atlantis The Palm’s Dolphin Bay, animal lovers are able to experience a one-on-one private experience with the ocean’s friendliest mammals. By special request, guests can swim with a pod of dolphins before heading indoors to meet the water park’s resident sea lions for a truly special family day out.
Rent a Ferrari
In a city where even the police force patrols in Lamborghinis, performance vehicles are a must-have accessory for the city’s socialites. Fit in by renting a supercar from a supplier such as VIP Luxury, which has Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Maseratis in their stable.