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Over the last few decades, the city of Dubai has grown to be one of the most unique places on the planet. The people who call it their home are known for the most opulent goods the world has to offer, and it seems that every imaginable item is available for purchase in Dubai. There's hardly anything the locals can't afford! For the most expensive things that can only be found in Dubai, read on!
The residents of Dubai have made it an art form to spend their money on extravagant products that the majority of the world could only dream of having. The automobiles on display in Dubai will almost definitely raise a few heads, but none will do so more frequently than this Mercedes covered in actual real diamonds. This magnificent car belongs to Saudi Prince (Amir) al-Waleed bin Talal bin Abdul-Aziz.
It has over 300,000 diamond decals. As one of the world's richest individuals, the $4.8 million price tag was nothing to him.
Luxurious Underwater Hotels
While Dubai is best known for its skyscrapers and marvelous man-made islands, this city of wonders also boasts a number of hotels that offer tourists the opportunity to stay in underwater hotel rooms. Guests experience amazing underwater views in exchange for a costly fee while staying in the Ambassador Lagoon, which is the suite's most famous location. The most popular of the underwater suites can be found at Atlantis, The Palm – The estimated value of staying one night is $6,225.
There are other suites that are equipped with floor-to-ceiling glass that allows visitors to have a close look at the more than 65 thousand marine species. A single night's stay at some of the world's most luxury underwater hotels may cost you over $25,000!
Robotic Camel Jockey
A slew of human rights violations marred camel racing in the United Arab Emirates before 2004, including the employment of tiny children as jockeys for the races that date back to the pre-Islamic era. In 2004, the United Arab Emirates' response to the criticism was to ban human jockeys. Therefore, they came up with robot jockeys. The use of robot jockeys is actually slowly phasing out the use of human jockeys.
The robots, which are made of aluminum, have the potential of transmitting the camel's heart rate and running pace to the racing crew, which is closely monitored and controlled from a safe distance.
Despite the fact that WaterCar is an American company with its headquarters in Southern California, it is quite popular in Dubai. WaterCar is a company that specializes in the designing and development of premium amphibious vehicles. It was formed in 1999 by Dave March, who was inspired by another amphibious luxury vehicle from the 1960s, the Amphicar, that he created his own version of it. The company debuted the Panther in 2013, the first commercial water vehicle.
Recent models have become popular in Dubai, not just among the wealthy, although Dubai's Crown Prince, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al-Maktoum owns six of these vehicles. These James Bond-esque cars can achieve water speeds of over 60mph.
Helicopter Taxis For Cars
Drivers worldwide have the same experience when they are caught in bumper-to-bumper traffic: they are frustrated and can’t do anything because there is nowhere to go except to wait. While there seemed to be no solution to this problem, Dubai had other plans: Helicopter taxis. In Dubai's sky, you may witness helicopter taxis delivering the cars of the affluent and famous people. Residents of the Burj Khalifa regularly witness these heli-car taxis soaring throughout the city.
The initiative began in 2017 when a German firm agreed to be the world's first aerial taxi service. Volocopter provided the 18-rotor AATs (autonomous air taxis). A cab for a group of six individuals costs around $144 per person.
Dubai Police Supercars
Given that there are an enormous number of high-end automobiles in Dubai, it appears that police officers also have to ride in style, but more out of need than for enjoyment. It is more common than one would anticipate seeing police officers patrolling the streets of Dubai in high-end luxury vehicles such as Bugattis, Ferraris, and Lamborghinis. The Lamborghini Aventador is a unique police car without a doubt. With a 0-60 mph time of 3 seconds and a peak speed of about 220 mph, it's no surprise that drivers in Dubai don't often break the law.
Getting pulled over by an Aventador would be quite the experience. Speeding tickets in Dubai are expensive, so don't take any chances. Ticket prices range from $273 for minor infractions to over $800 for significant violations.
Extreme sports fans and water sports enthusiasts in Dubai have virtually limitless options for spending their spare time, despite the fact that there is a significant amount of competition. It is unnecessary to travel to the Persian Gulf to locate the next thrill-seeking weekend pastime if high-rise tennis courts and pet tigers are not enough to satisfy one's need for adventure. Hydro-flying boots are available for purchase in the Persian Gulf.
Flyboarding is the latest trend among people with a few thousand extra bucks to spend. Water pressure from the gadget is directed through jet nozzles in the boots, allowing the wearer to float on water. The boots can propel their user over 70 feet in the air or underwater at speeds up to 25 mph.
Artificial Man-Made “The World” Islands
The real estate industry in Dubai is always innovating and coming up with new and state-of-the-art methods to outdo itself with each ad every project. At the same time, as other nations are developing airport islands off their shores, Dubai is creating entirely new worlds. The effort done to develop the Palm Jumeirah appears like a warm-up for the mammoth endeavor that is “The World” Islands, which is still ongoing.
From above, the islands are designed to resemble a map of the world. When finished, “The World” will be 3.7 by 5.6 miles in size, with seven groups of islands totaling close to 260.
Pet a Penguin In the Middle of the Desert
When it was completed in 2005, The Mall of the Emirates surpassed all previous records as the world's largest shopping mall. Visitors believed they had seen all the mall had to offer until a ski resort developed adjacent to the mall five years later. A few years later, The Penguin Experience opened within Ski Dubai, enabling visitors to interact with King and Gentoo penguins. Entry tickets prices vary, and the most costly tickets allow penguin fans to engage with and pet a penguin, under supervision, of course.
The cheaper admission allows you to wander inside an ice cave and observe the penguins up close. So what if it's in the middle of the Arabian desert?
Indoor Skiing in the Mall
In 2005, Ski Dubai, which was built by the Majid Al Futtaim Group, opened its lifts for the public for the first time. With three lifts that take skiers to the top of one of the five lines on this indoor mountain, which is about twenty-five floors high, Ski Dubai is conveniently located within the Mall of the Emirates. Ski Dubai also has a 30,000 square foot snow park with an ice cave, toboggan runs, ice slide, snowball battle area, and a penguin enclosur.
This ski resort's internal temperature is kept at around 30 degrees Fahrenheit (around -1°C) all year round to ensure excellent winter conditions.
Going to the hospital is never a pleasant experience. It can be highly stressful for the patient, so Dubai came up with a different method of reducing patient stress. It involves the employment of a fleet of converted limos that have been outfitted with everything a patient could possibly want to reduce stress. Anyone in Dubai with regular medical coverage is entitled to a ride in one of the limousines.
One of the benefits of riding in one of these ambulance limos is that there is always room for one more person. However, these limo ambulances aren't for emergency cases.
Luxury automobiles have now become a regular sight in Dubai, and we can see them on almost every corner. When it comes to personal vehicles, Emiratis don't hold back. They either get flashy vehicles or customize cars and motorcycles to give them a distinctive touch. They drive anything from Lamborghinis and Buggatis to double-wide Jeeps. A mustang motorbike in Dubai is not the same as a classic bike in America. The bike was designed after an Arabian Horse for a horse lover in Dubai.
Others have copied it but no one can compete with Emiratis. Understandably, these Emirati “Mustang-Motorcycles” have become the buzz of the town.
Flights For Falcons
Individual possession of a falcon is considered to be one of the prestige symbols in Dubai. As the national bird of the United Arab Emirates, the falcon is given the highest level of respect. So it is no surprise that the bird is treated better than people there. It's normal for pet owners to worry about their pets when flying, as keeping one's pet in a different part of a plane for the whole voyage is enough to cause alarm.
Falcons are so cherished in the UAE that they are permitted to ride uncaged in the passenger cabins, with their own personal seats, no less.
ATMs For Gold
If anyone needs some additional spending money or perhaps a gold bar while on vacation in the UAE, there is nothing to worry about; ATMs are accessible for exactly such occasions. In 2010, the Gold To Go gold bar ATM made its debut in the United Arab Emirates. The machine offers a range of personalized coins as well as weighted, 24-carat gold bars (worth roughly $1.46 million) that are packed in plastic.
To avoid theft, the Gold To Go features cameras that record every transaction, and it is designed like an armored truck and has been tested with explosives.
Gold-Painted Jeep Grand Cherokees
If anyone wants to live in Dubai, they'd have to feel or even look luxurious. Although boasting a lavish lifestyle is not mandatory for everyone, it has become a norm there. Take an example of gold-plated vehicles that are popular in Dubai. So if anyone cannot afford a new Lamborghini or Ferrari, they opt for the more common Jeep Grand Cherokee. While the urge to make one's Cherokee stand out during rush hour is understandable, it is not required.
For a few hundred thousand dollars extra, Jeep owners may have their cars painted in 24K gold. Repainting Jeep costs between $3,000 and $5,000. Add on the costly gold paint and you're looking at up to $10,000.
Real Life Batmobile
When it comes to escaping from the reality of the Western world and living in an adult playground, Dubai is the place to be. It's a massive city, with shiny accessories and super-fast automobiles. This is the place where people come to enjoy life and do stuff that makes them stand out from the rest. In Dubai, the opulent, over-the-top automobiles look to be remnants from video games like Gran Turismo or Grand Theft Auto.
Take an example of this Batmobile that is a good illustration of how people like to look unique. However, we doubt Bruce Wayne is behind the wheel.
Artificial Palm Island
Thanks to the substantial revenue generated by oil sales in Dubai, the construction of The Palm Islands was relatively inexpensive at – wait for it – $12 billion. It was completed in only six years. When it came to dislodging and correctly spraying the 120 million cubic meters of sand that was retrieved from the ocean's depths to build the trunk and branches, the dredgers relied on a high-tech GPS system and worked around the clock to complete the task.
The Palm Jumeirah has roughly 1500 luxurious mansions. The sand needed to create the Palm Jumeirah could erect a two-meter wall three times the Earth's diameter. According to Bayut.com, this equates to 3.319 billion cubic feet of excavated sand.
High-Rise Tennis Courts
The Burj al Arab hotel's rooftop tennis court is the highest of Dubai's high-rise rooftop tennis courts. In 2005, Roger Federer and Andre Agassi were asked to play a friendly match on the world's tallest rooftop court to promote the Dubai Duty-Free Open. Playing tennis at the Burj al Arab costs between $1,000 and $28,000 a night, however, every visitor can play a set or two. So who could refuse such a chance?
Remember that if a ball is struck out of boundaries, the court is above water, so that will not be a problem. So who's up for a quick game of tennis high in the sky?
Emiratis have been known to keep tamed Cheetahs as pets as a prestige symbol for their wealth and power. Despite the fact that the cats are typically reserved creatures, they may be spotted accompanying their owners on walks or riding shotgun in one of the luxurious automobiles that their owner is guaranteed to be in possession of. Having a wild, unpredictable animal as a pet might lead to some disastrous events., though
To be honest, owning a pet cheetah is unethical. These lovely cats are native to central Iran and Africa, and confinement can cause a range of health issues. They should be left alone rather than imprisoned and tamed to display a person's riches.
The Burj Khalifa: World’s Tallest Building
Construction of the Burj Khalifa began in 2004, and the structure was completed in under five years, according to schedule. The construction of the Burj Khalifa, which stands at a whopping 2,716.5 feet tall, was not without obstacles. Emaar's property developers came into early funding challenges, as many other large projects do. Thanks to the funding by the UAE ruler Sheikh Khalifa, the funding no longer remained a problem. That explains why it was named after him.
The building's architecture and construction have been praised widely. The Burj Khalifa has benefited the neighboring hotels, residences, and stores in Downtown Dubai significantly more than the structure itself.
Rolls Royce Taxi
With the advent of ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft, we are all accustomed to the convenience of getting a cab to travel at any time from point A to point B these days. But what would you do if a $500,000 automobile showed up in front of you and offered to transport you to your location? In Dubai, this is not an unusual occurrence. The Dubai taxi service celebrated the Dubai Motor Festival by acquiring a number of high-end cars.
In addition to the usual taxis, there are Rolls Royce, Lamborghini, and Ferrari cabs available. This sort of luxurious service can only be found in Dubai.
Edible Gold Desserts
The United Arab Emirates has swiftly established itself as a popular destination for travelers who appreciate the finer things in life. In Dubai, you can get anything from luxurious automobiles to exotic pets, and the city is also a terrific destination for individuals who enjoy eating pricey delicacies. Besides serving up the customary palate-pleasing food, Dubai has begun to establish its own gold standard in the world of dining.
Bloomsbury's Cafe is one of Dubai's bakeries that sells golden sweets and is located within one of Dubai's numerous shopping malls. The ‘Golden Phoenix Cupcake' is a regular cupcake with one notable feature: a 24K edible gold sheet.
24-Carat Gold Facials
No one can deny the fact that there are several golden possibilities available in Dubai, and the Zabeel Saray is certainly not lacking in this regard. The '24K Gold Facial Treatment', available at the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray on the Palm Jumeirah, is one of the most luxurious treatments available anywhere in the world. Make no mistake about it: this isn't simply a face treatment; it's an unforgettable royal experience.
It has everything from an Argan oil massage to a caviar lunch, but the $6,800 bill isn't simply for fine food and a wonderful massage. People are prepared to spend top dollar for this procedure because of the 24K gold facial mask. These masks are expensive, but the gold is said to have rejuvenating powers that make skin seem younger.
When traveling to a new place, tourists are certain to encounter sights and experiences that they had not anticipated. In some places of North America, it would not be unusual to find a person with a pet fox or alligator as a companion. For many years, it was not uncommon to see people carrying their pet tiger or lion along the street in Dubai. Fortunately for these big cats, owning a jungle cat in Dubai is not so common these days.
Owning a lion, tiger, or cheetah as a pet was deemed illegal in Dubai and the UAE over four years ago. People who want to brag about their status are prepared to face a $136, 000 fee to keep their image clean.
A Luxurious Rush Hour
Being stranded in traffic at rush hour may certainly spoil someone's day. Sitting in a car for hours on end, gazing blankly ahead, hoping for nothing more than that the car in front of you would move a few meters at a time, may drive even the most patient person insane. However, unlike other cities, Dubai's rush hour is rarely boring and resembles a luxury auto display more often than not.
Driving in Dubai is never boring. Because Emiratis like costly automobiles like Ferraris, Bugattis, and Lamborghinis, rush hour can be quite the spectacle. Every day in Dubai, one might witness a dozen or more cars costing over $1 million.
Driving Cars On 2 Wheels
When driving through Dubai, it is possible to observe individuals participating in high-rise rooftop zip-lining; however, if driving near the sea, it is possible to watch flyboarders pushing themselves through the air and over the water. Abu Dhabi is a terrific destination for adrenaline seekers from all walks of life, and if it's more extreme activities that one is looking for, Dubai can accommodate those as well. Dubai offers one of the most stunning skydives in the world, and at only $600 USD, it is one of the most economical activities to do while in Dubai.
Dubai is also renowned for its aggressive base jumpers and vehicle surfing on crowded roadways. So do get there for some crazy time.
In light of the escalating expenses of cell phones these days, it should come as no surprise that some Emiratis have chosen to stay with what they are acquainted with and have gone back to an old classic. However, it is not because of their elegant designs or excellent operating systems that Nokia cell phones have recently regained a lot of popularity in Dubai. It's for the same reason as most other things: to save money.
The Nokia Supreme is a high-end cell phone that features 12.5 carats of pink diamonds that have been meticulously hand-set into the phone's frame. Even if a gold-plated iPad would be impressive, a diamond-encrusted cell phone, which costs $170,000, serves as a status symbol for those who can afford it.
Horse Stables Made Out of Marbles
One way to flaunt wealth in Dubai is by surrounding oneself with expensive items and exotic animals. If someone has a few thousand dollars to spend on a golden desert, they will almost certainly spend a significant portion of that sum to ensure that their animal companions can enjoy every amenity that is made available to them. Besides keeping some of the most expensive horses in the world, rich Emaritis ensure their friends have a good overall life.
The Godolphin Stables, home to the world's biggest horse race, has marble floors and painted walls. Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's indoor stables are temperature-controlled, and the top equines are well-cared-for.
Rooftop Boxing Practice
The Sofitel The Palms Dubai has an excellent boxing gym with amazing views. The Extreme Fitness rooftop boxing gym is reasonably priced too. For approximately $80, Sofitel Hotels & Resorts provides guests with an hour of professional training and a spectacular view. Even if someone isn’t a fan of boxing or never done it before, it would be best to try it for the sake of thrill and fun.
Hiring a rooftop boxing ring with this view costs around $15/hour. Due to high demand, booking the ring a few months in advance is advised.
Luxury Race Car Test Drives
Since the introduction of their test-drive program in 2015, Dream Racing in Dubai has been assisting racing car enthusiasts in living their dreams of driving their favorite cars. It costs $5,500 to participate in the event, which includes equipment, a training session, and – most critically – liability insurance. Participants can choose between the F1 Jaguar 2000 or the F1 Arrows 2002, both piloted by former F1 drivers Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Eddie Irvine.
Both cars can reach speeds of approximately 200mph, so anyone intending to test drive one should be familiar with manual and high-speed driving.
Hot Air Balloon Ride over Dubai Desert
Take a moment to imagine what it might be like to glide across the desert sky above Dubai. From hundreds of feet above the surface of the planet, you can see everything and nothing at the same time. An unending sea of rolling red and orange waves is created by the reflection of the sun rising over the sand dunes. For approximately half the price of a tandem skydive in Dubai, one might view these vistas and have a very different experience.
The package includes breakfast, a falcon display, and a 60-minute air safari with stunning views of the Dubai desert.
Gold and Diamond Pacifiers
All because kids cannot communicate and spend most of their time sleeping, eating, or pooping does not rule out the possibility that newborns should also be entitled to the same golden rewards as the rest of their household. That is why high-society parents are ready to spend a lot of money on Babybling's best-selling 18-karat gold and Swarovski crystal-studded pacifier, which is now the best-seller. Camilia Mohebi, the owner of Babybling in Dubai, understands the need for children to emulate their parents' achievements.
It costs around $5,500 to purchase a diamond-studded golden pacifier from Mohebi's boutique, which is the most costly item she offers for sale.
Jaw-Dropping Restaurant Bills
This restaurant bill clearly shows that the people of Dubai are not averse to parting with their money in order to have a good time. The total bill is close to $105,627 dollars. The booze was the primary reason for the high cost, but the meal was also not inexpensive. The cost of the little birthday cake for this occasion was $33. The birthday bill is relatively ordinary for a wild night out in Dubai.
Tourists from the US and UK may anticipate spending 50% to 100% extra on alcohol in Dubai, especially in clubs like Cavalli.
Some of the world's most well-known singers and rappers have received millions of dollars in compensation for private concerts in Dubai. Emiratis are wealthy enough that they don't have to stand in line for a performance; instead, they may hire an artist to come to their location. For example, in 2011, Jay-Z and Kanye West received a $6 million payment from a private concert booking company in Dubai.
Sheik Mansour (the UAE president's brother) hired them for his niece's sixteenth birthday. Sheikh Mansour owns Manchester City F.C. The duo also played songs from Watch the Throne in addition to their solos.
Zipline Over Dubai Marina
One of the world's fastest and steepest ziplines, the XLine transports visitors over Dubai Marina in a matter of seconds. The XLine is 0.62 miles long and rises to a height of 558 feet above the ground. You can go at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour with it. Because of its high speed, the XLine is not recommended for the faint of heart. The stunning beaches, five-star yachts, and crystal-clear sea of Dubai Marina can be seen from above as you zipline through the sky.
If you prefer a more urban setting, you can take a ride on the XLine above Downtown Dubai, which provides a stunning view of the city's sleek high-rises and glitzy neighborhoods.