Exceptional Experiences: Dubai

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Camels on the town.

Uniquely U.A.E.

Dinner Under the Stars, Dune Drives, Incredible Architecture

Travelers posing in front of Burj Khalifa.
Off-roading in the dunes.

Enchantment Among the Dunes
A thrilling four-wheel-drive journey
leads you deep into the heart of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve for a romantic dinner under the star-blanketed desert sky. Camels await to carry you to a private, secluded spot in the dunes, where flaming torches light the way to traditional rugs and cushions from which you can watch the glorious sunset and enjoy a traditional barbecue feast. Later, relax with an aromatic shisha (waterpipe), enjoy a belly dancing performance or have your fortune told.

From Behind the Burka
Gain insider access to the U.A.E. women’s community
and learn about its role in modern society. Bait Al Banat—“The Girls House,” established to break down stereotypes of Emirati women—opens its doors just for you. At the multifaceted Women’s Museum, you’ll discover how women have helped define the culture through various exhibits. Then enjoy the rare chance to meet with a local woman and hear about life in today’s Dubai.

A New Dawn in Dubai
Explore Dubai’s fascinating history
through iconic landmarks and architectural wonders. Tour the Lost Chambers Aquarium, take a ride on The Palm Jumeirah monorail, visit the Dubai Mall and Souk Al Bahar, and soar 2,722 feet above the city to At the Top, Burj Khalifa’s observation deck.

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Originally appeared in Virtuoso Best of the Best: 2014 Guide to the World's Best Hotel Experiences.

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