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15 Crazy Things You Will Only See And Do In Dubai

Picture of Jessica Milek
Updated: 6 February 2017
The ever expanding metropolis of Dubai is home to over 20,000 millionaires. According to The Wealth Report 2016, Dubai is the 5th most important city in the world for the ultra rich (people who have 30 million dollars or more in net assets), so it’s certainly a playground for the wealthy. Here are our picks of the top crazy things that you can only see and do in Dubai, if money were no object.

Commute In Style

Looking for a taxi? Why not try a helicopter Uber, or hire a chauffeur and ride around town in a Rolls Royce. If you prefer to drive yourself, rent a luxury car like a Ferrari. Just be careful not to speed, as the Dubai police will catch you with one of their luxury sports cars, including, Lamborghini, McLaren and Bugatti.

Bugatti Veyron Dubai police car | ©Moto "Club4AG" Miwa / Flickr http://bit.ly/2kie75x
Bugatti Veyron Dubai police car | ©Moto "Club4AG" Miwa / Flickr http://bit.ly/2kie75x

Exotic Pets

Cheetahs in Park | Max Pixel http://bit.ly/2kEqmr2
Cheetahs in Park | Max Pixel http://bit.ly/2kEqmr2

Ever wondered what it would be like to cuddle a cheetah or take a tiger for a walk? In Dubai it is still legal to own exotic animals. If buying a big cat doesn’t tickle your fancy, you can always visit the exotic pets that have been donated to the zoos across the UAE.

A Day In The Sun

Aquaventure Waterpark | Courtesy of Atlantis
Aquaventure Waterpark | Courtesy of Atlantis

Spend a day in the sun with your family and friends. Hire a private hot air balloon and have dinner in the desert. Or, completely rent out an amusement park like Aquaventure or Wild Wadi.

Party Like A Millionaire

Rent a 5-star mega yacht and sail around the coast of Dubai. The view of the city from the sea is stunning, especially if there are fireworks as there are on New Years or National Day. We all know that playing with fire is a safety hazard, so be careful not to set fire to anything, but if you do, know that the Dubai Civil Defence has jetski jetpacks for fighting fires in the water.

Lindsay McQueen, world hydroflight champion on the flyboard | Wikipedia http://bit.ly/2jlb9hA
Lindsay McQueen, world hydroflight champion on flyboard | Wikipedia http://bit.ly/2jlb9hA

Lots Of Gold

Show off and beautify all of your valuables. Gold plating items like cars, furniture and electronics has become a trend in Dubai. If you prefer good old fashioned jewellery instead, head over to the Gold Souk. It is so overflowing with gold it’s hard to look at, and even harder to look away.

One of many Gold Souk shops | Wikimedia http://bit.ly/2jljuBy
One of many Gold Souk shops | Wikimedia http://bit.ly/2jljuBy

Extreme Fun

Ever wondered what it would be like to jump out of an airplane? Rent a plane, grab your friends and enjoy views of the man made Palm Jumeirah island while freefalling through the sky. If VIP services aren’t your cup of tea, Skydive Dubai also offers individual tandems and private gyrocopter rides.

Skydiving over the Palm Jumeirah | Wikimedia http://bit.ly/2kJp7Kn
Skydiving over the Palm Jumeirah | Wikimedia http://bit.ly/2kJp7Kn

Iconic Event

The Burj Al Arab’s helipad is known for hosting stunts such as a tennis match between Roger Federer and Andre Agassi, and a doughnut run by a Red Bull Formula One car. If hosting a stunt is too extreme, you can experience this iconic hotel from 920ft in the air by renting out the helipad for dinner or a wedding.

Tennis match on the Burj Al Arab helipad | ©Brett Jordan / Flickr http://bit.ly/2kJew2a
Tennis match on the Burj Al Arab helipad | ©Brett Jordan / Flickr http://bit.ly/2kJew2a

Bond, James Bond

Be like James Bond by following in the footsteps of the crown prince of Dubai. His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has a collection of amphibious cars that drive on land and on sea. Dubai Customs has also launched their own model that is environmentally friendly. If you’d like to experience a 007 moment without buying an amphibious car, try an underwater jetski or seabreacher.

James Bond style amphibious car | wikimedia http://bit.ly/2jIHUU9
James Bond style amphibious car | wikimedia http://bit.ly/2jIHUU9

Be An Explorer

The World consists of 300 man made islands, strategically placed to resemble the global map and they are available to buy from 7million US to 1.8 Billion US. If that’s a bit out of your price range but you would still like to explore, the Lebanon Island has a beach club and private chalets that are available to rent.

World Islands in Dubai | Online Design http://bit.ly/2kKhboe
World Islands in Dubai | Online Design http://bit.ly/2kKhboe

More Gold

Usually when you go to a cash machine you expect the machine to give you cash. But in Dubai you also have the option of taking out 24k gold at the Gold To Go machines.

Gold vending machine in Dubai | ©Guðmundur Ólafsson / Wikimedia
Gold vending machine in Dubai | ©Guðmundur Ólafsson / Wikimedia

Lavish Luxury Vacation

Relax aboard Emirates Airlines as a first class passenger, complete with showers, lounge and private bed. Then stay at Atlantis The Palm, one of the most expensive hotels at the world and bask in luxury. Or book a visit at the Burj Al Arab and enjoy 7 star service. At the Burj Al Arab every floor has a butler and all guests are given complimentary gold plated ipads to use during their stay.

Underwater room at Atlantis | ©Charly W. Karl / Flickr http://bit.ly/2kKzxFv
Underwater room at Atlantis | ©Charly W. Karl / Flickr http://bit.ly/2kKzxFv

High Class Service

Enter the world of the rich and famous. Get more done and enjoy more free time by hiring help. Personal staff include chefs, butlers, and maids. Other helpful services include at home salons, tailors and personal trainers as well as personal shopping advisors. But the most popular services in Dubai include grocery delivery and car washing at parking lots.

Car being washed | ©Vintage Blue / Flickr http://bit.ly/2kJziyH
Car being washed | ©Vintage Blue / Flickr http://bit.ly/2kJziyH

Cool Off

Take a break from the sun and head down to the only indoor ski slope in the Middle East, and the largest indoor ski slope in the world. Activities include, skiing, snowboarding and playing with penguins. If you’re still wanting to beat the heat after a day of fun, feel free to stay over at one of the Camp Outs.

Ultimate Penguin Encounter at Ski Dubai
Ultimate Penguin Encounter at Ski Dubai | Courtesy of Majid Al Futtaim Leisure and Entertainment LLC

High Speed Chase

Have you ever wanted to race a car? How about drive a luxury race car? The Dubai Autodrome is home to Ferrari, McLaren and Radical racing cars that are available to the public to test out. Take one of these cars out for a spin on the same tracks that have seen Grand Prix and FIA championships.

Racing a Jaguar | ©Jaguar MENA / Flickr http://bit.ly/2judwtr
Racing a Jaguar | ©Jaguar MENA / Flickr http://bit.ly/2judwtr

Extreme Swimming

Rent a boat and go scuba diving off of the UAE’s coast where you can swim with wild dolphins, turtles and reef sharks. But if you don’t have a scuba license, the Dubai Mall is home to the largest aquarium in the world and offers diving experiences in its shark-infested waters.

Scuba diver in The Dubai Mall Aquarium | ©Scott Edmunds / Flickr http://bit.ly/2kJAS3B
Scuba diver in The Dubai Mall Aquarium | ©Scott Edmunds / Flickr http://bit.ly/2kJAS3B