It is easy to enjoy luxury travel to Dubai, but first you have to find it. Many tour companies offer trips to Dubai, but to cut costs you will have very small leg room on the plane. You are packed into planes, buses and hotels with dozens of others. It’s not so much fun as an annoyance at times. However, there are some reliable operators around, with professional planners that can give you everything you want, so more on these later.
First Dubai. Part of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), there is more money invested in its development than on any other construction site in the world. One of its largest projects is the Three Palms. These are three artificial islands constructed in the shape of palm trees, with the top of the tree forming a breakwater to protect each island. Although each palm will be multifunctional, the Jumeirah will focus on international hotels, the Jebel Ali on entertainment and leisure and the Deira on residential use. They have been described as the 8th Wonder of the World.
Dubai also boasts the tallest building in the world, the Burj Dubai. However, that is not why you would be there - you can see tall buildings and islands anywhere in the world. No, Dubai offers more, including the famous souks, or markets, the gold souk and the spice souk being two of the most popular with tourists. The gold souk is particularly crowded, where the glittering treasures on offer are sold by their gold weight. This is rather than the work put into creating the piece. There are fantastic bargains to be had here. The spice souk offers frankincense and cinnamon, and everything else in between, and epitomizes the mystery of the Middle East.
Don’t forget that luxury travel to Dubai must include a visit to the desert. There is more to do there than you might think. There are many ways to explore the desert, from the modern 4x4, or 4WD, to the more traditional camel. You can also sand ski and sand board, although falling into the sand at speed is not as pleasant as you might think. Best to stick to archery, falconry or one of the other popular local sports, but try to visit an oasis if you can. Dubai consists of the old and the up-and-coming, and no trip there would be complete without a visit to one or more museums. The Dubai Museum itself displays the various treasures, including skeletons, found during digs in the area. The historic Dubai Creek is also worth a visit. On the Bur Dubai side of the Creek, the Grand Mosque Dubai is one of the largest mosques in the United Arab emirates. It can accommodate 1200 worshippers. It contains 45 domes, and looks spectacular when lit at night.
When visiting Dubai keep in mind that it can get very hot, so make sure to wear loose fitting clothes. It is also a Muslim city, so dress conservatively, particularly if you are visiting rural areas where you could get into serious trouble if you wear anything too revealing, particularly women. Enjoying luxury travel there is the same as traveling to any other foreign country: respect their way of life and customs and laws, or you might be unwelcome. Dubai’s weather is most pleasant between November and April, so arrange your tour for then, while it is warm. Temperatures can exceed 40C in summer. Unless you are aware of, and able to observe, all the codes of conduct needed during the month of Ramadan. This is strictly observed in Dubai. You should avoid this period, even though hotel prices are slashed to 50% of normal.
The basis of any luxury trip is service and comfort. You should make sure of business class flights at the very least, and if you can find a travel planner that can offer personal service such as your own limo driver, and also the very luxurious hotels and food, that is where the luxury will come from. When you enjoy luxury travel to Dubai, you are experiencing the very finest in one of the richest cities in the world, if not the richest. You will certainly rub shoulders with some of the most influential people in the world. So enjoy it.