It doesn’t surprise us that at one of the richest places in the world things can get a little crazy. Dubai is the oasis for people who are obsessed with expensive things and weird habits so there are some things that you can only come across in Dubai. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t visit. It just gives you an even better reason to hop on a plane and see this luxury for yourself.
1. Extravagant police cars
No one can get away from the police in Dubai, because they are driving some of the best, most expensive cars ever produced. The Dubai police fleet consists of vehicles such as Nissan GT-R, Lamborghini Aventador, Audi R8 V10, Bugatti Veyron, and numerous other cars that police in other parts of the world can only dream of having. This humble fleet of cars cost around $5 million, with the Bugatti Veyron costing $1.6 million alone.
Let’s all move to Dubai and apply for a job at their police department!
2. Gold Souk
Everyone will advise you to at least take a stroll down the Gold Souk even if you have no intention (or money) of buying anything. Gold Souk stores offer gold at ridiculous prices and you can even haggle for it. If you’re persistent enough, the vendors may even drop the price by half. Just staring at the glittering windows full of gold and diamond jewelry will make your jaw drop and the best part is that all the merchandise has to be approved by the authorities so you can be sure that all the gold is genuine.
3. Burj Khalifa
The government wanted to put Dubai on the international map, to make it really stand out and be recognizable to the whole world. Obviously, for such a venture, no expenses were to be spared. That’s why Burj Khalifa, the tallest building on the planet, was built. It stands at 2,722 ft and it has 163 floors and 57 elevators. The building cost a striking $1.5 billion! Now, Dubai’s skyline is truly sensational and unique in the world.
4. Desert Safari
You absolutely can’t leave Dubai without trying this amazing and once-in-a-lifetime experience. You will get an opportunity to spend an evening in the magical desert or even stay there overnight. The safari includes a drive through the desert, dune bashing, dune driving and camel riding. Of course, after these activities, there is always some time left for a session of sunset photography. After the sun sets, there is an extravagant dinner experience with belly dancing, Arabic coffee and shisha. After you’ve had an exciting evening, you get to tuck yourself in blankets and admire the starry night in the desert.
While the rest of the world prefers surfing, Dubai doesn’t really have a lot of waves to help promote this hobby. Instead, they are big fans of stand up paddleboarding. You basically need crazy-balance skills to be successful at this sport, as it requires standing on the board and paddling. Wind is there to make things more difficult, and if you’re a man from Dubai, you are also required to wear a Kandora. Not an easy feat, paddling in such uniform, but it’s an excellent way of training the whole body.
Yes, you can see Starbucks in almost every larger city in the world these days, but nowhere quite like in Dubai. Everything has to be top-notch luxury here, and so does your Starbucks experience. So make sure you check it out if you stop by Ibn Battuta Mall.
As it happens, the Starbucks in this mall is placed under a mesmerizing hand-painted dome and is by many called “the best Starbucks in the world.” While you enjoy your coffee, you may lose track of time observing the amazing architecture around you.
7. Tennis Court at Burj Al Arab
Burj Al Arab is in itself a breathtaking building and a trademark of Dubai, but its most interesting feature must be the helipad standing at 650 ft that serves as a tennis court. Some of the most successful tennis players dream of giving it a try at the world’s highest tennis court, but in 2005, Roger Federer and Andre Agassi actually got the opportunity. They were invited to play a few rounds in the sky and they had a fantastic time. However, some of us are getting dizzy just by looking at the photos.