Spencer Spellman 2017-06-08 21:18:58
Luxury is infused in every aspect of Dubai life, from its cultural history to its modern cosmopolitan society. Rome may have not been built in a day, but it would appear as if Dubai was. Long ago a fishing village and port town, Dubai, located in the United Arab Emirates, is now described as the “City of Gold,” where skyscrapers, most of which are less than 20 years old, dot the skyline, making it a global leader in trade and commerce and one of the world’s fastest growing cities, according to a report from the Brookings Institution. However, as metropolitan as Dubai may be, it’s also the world’s most cosmopolitan city, as reported by the International Organization for Migration, with 83 percent of its population foreign-born. More than 200 nationalities are represented in Dubai, contributing to an intersection of food, culture and adventure like nowhere else in the Middle East, and perhaps the world. SIGHTS AND SOUKS While Dubai’s urban landscape may be young, it’s not lacking in culture, which is abundant in Old Dubai. As longtime resident and local tour guide Nada Badran puts it, “A visit to modernday Dubai is only complete when experienced with the backdrop of its cultural origin, Old Dubai.” And that backdrop begins at the Dubai Museum, located in the Al Fahidi Fort, which dates back to 1787. Explore Dubai’s history, long before oil was discovered, while viewing artifacts that are centuries old and learning about Dubai’s rise from Middle East village to worldclass metropolis. Experiencing that history and culture first-hand begins at a souk, a traditional Arab marketplace, of which there are none more famous than the Gold Souk, lined with traders selling gold in a wide variety of forms. Mere blocks from the Gold Souk is the Spice Souk, where shimmering sights are exchanged for aromatic smells. Follow your nose to all manner of spices, herbs and flowers wafting through the air. While you can experience Dubai’s markets and streets like this on your own, guides offer tours of the spice and gold souks, as well as the Textile Souk for an insider’s perspective. GASTRONOMIC GREATNESS As the most cosmopolitan city in the world, Dubai’s diversity is most exemplified in its dining scene. Here, you can take a culinary trip around the world in one city. Enjoy cigars and rare Scotch whiskies at The Cigar Bar, which features private hand-crafted cigar lockers within its walk-in humidor for distinguished guests as well as an in-house cigar sommelier. Later, dine at the adjacent Brazilian churrascaria-style restaurant, Frevo, overlooking the Dubai skyline or sample contemporary Indian cuisine waterfront at Indego By Vineet, from Michelin-starred Chef Vineet Bhatia. This is merely a taste of the lineup of diverse food and drink experiences you might experience in a day in Dubai. The peak of fine dining, however, is literal, atop the tallest skyscraper in the world, Burj Khalifa, at the highest restaurant in the world, At.mosphere on the 122nd floor. Dining here is an exclusive experience, requiring advanced reservations, where guests are met with an opulent indulgence of the senses, from the towering view above Dubai to the gluttonous aromas and tastes from a dinner menu that includes foie gras, Wagyu steak, smoked oysters and caviar. Dubai’s food scene culminates every winter with the 17-day Dubai Food Festival. Among the festivities: A restaurant week featuring some of Dubai’s best restaurants hosting exclusive prix fixe menus, street food vendors from around the world, and the Etisalat Beach Canteen, which hosts live entertainment, cooking classes with celebrity chefs and food trucks. ELEVATED ESCAPADES Though it is a metropolis, Dubai is easily one of the top adventure cities in the Middle East, if not the entire world. In Dubai, there are extraordinary activities you can experience few others places, such as indoor snow skiing, available at Ski Dubai. The first indoor ski resort in the Middle East, Ski Dubai has several runs and a terrain park as well as a 10-foot ramp, and even penguins, which march in the snowpark daily. For adventure sports of the water variety, there’s wakesurfing, in which guests are pulled by speedboat while on a surfboard, all to the backdrop of the Dubai skyline. But even the more ordinary adventures are a level above in Dubai, such as skydiving. While many destinations offer the free-falling exploit, none afford the view of Skydive Dubai, which offers experiences from high above the iconic Palm Jumeirah archipelago. Or, for other skyhigh adventures, consider a desert hot air balloon ride, which raises the bar of the common journey by featuring a falconry experience and gourmet breakfast. This rapidly evolving, shimmering city of skyscrapers is a desert oasis where the world’s finest can be found and indulged in. GOING FOR GOLD While Dubai may not be considered a sports town, like many of the world’s other metropolitans, it’s home to a number of major international sporting events. OMEGA DUBAI DESERT CLASSIC Considered professional golf’s “Major of the Middle East,” The Omega Dubai Desert Classic is a long-standing event, which started in 1989 as the PGA European Tour’s first Middle East tournament. Taking place every winter at the Emirates Golf Club, the Omega Dubai Desert Classic’s past winners have included Tiger Woods, who has won twice, and Ernie Els, who has won three times. DUBAI DUTY FREE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS Also in the winter, the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships takes place at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Centre (formerly The Aviation Club). Inaugurated in 1996, the WTA tournament has seen many of the world’s best tennis players win championships here, including Roger Federer, Andy Roddick, Rafael Nadal and, most recently, Andy Murray. DUBAI WORLD CUP The Dubai World Cup is a thoroughbred horse race that’s been held annually at the Meydan Racecourse, where for years, it boasted the world’s highest purse at $10 million. Held the last Saturday in March, the event also brings some of the world’s biggest live entertainers, with past performances including Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Seal and, most recently, Sia. EMIRATES AIRLINE DUBAI RUGBY SEVENS Dubai Sevens is an annual rugby tournament as part of the HSBC Sevens World Series, which is held in several of the world’s top cities, spanning several continents. Dubai was among the first host cities, with games the last few years being played at The Sevens Stadium.
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