Destination Dreaming: Dubai

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Wanderlust happens to the best of us, and lately, much of the buzz has been about the allure of Dubai. The dynamic city located in the United Arab Emirates is a paradise for the traveler looking for luxury, glamour, and innovation. While the to-dos and to-sees are endless, here are just a few of our dream destinations to satisfy your own travel bug.

The journey
Kick off your trip to one of the most extravagant cities in the world in absolute luxury with Emirates Airline, the superstar carrier that makes it clear to us that not all planes are created equal. Economy features pure pampering, with gourmet dining and up to 1,800 channels of inflight entertainment. For something even more luxurious, passengers may be eager for a first-class like they’ve never experienced before, complete with fine-china dining and high tea. The Emirates A380 proves untouchable, with onboard lounges featuring the perfect midflight diversions for business and first-class and two relaxing shower spas for first-class travelers.

The stay
Voted the Travel Channel’s number one luxury hotel in Dubai, the Burj Al Arab is the tallest hotel in the world, with one of the highest-rated reputations to match. It’s built in the shape of a sail, making for a beautiful sight on the city skyline. Shall we list the “seven-star” hotel’s unmatched amenities? A fleet of white Rolls-Royces ready to transport guests in style, Hermès toiletries, a gorgeous afternoon tea, and a 24-karat-gold iPad for guests upon check-in.

The sustenance
Armani/Amal is a fan favorite in Dubai, located downtown at the Armani Hotel and offering a menu that combines traditional Indian dishes with contemporary twists. With a focus on fusion, modernity, and design, this high-end culinary gem is a must-try.

The sights
From the seaside to the desert, you’ll want to soak in the sand covering much of Dubai’s natural landscape. Most visitors take advantage of the beachfront located outside their hotel. As for a desert excursion, book a tour on a camel or an ATV.

The shopping
Does 466 retail stores all in one place sound like an expansive-enough shopping experience? That’s what you’ll get at the Mall of the Emirates, which includes brick-and-mortars ranging from Balenciaga to Bebe. When you’re done dropping cash on couture, check out the mall’s movie theater, restaurants, and—wait for it—indoor ski slopes.