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Themed packages are the most fun and usually include a combination scrub, bath, massage and facial, along with use of the steam room and wet area, herbal teas, juices and a healthy lunch. They might range from a 90-minute treatment to a more indulgent full day at the spa. Better add that day to the itinerary now.

9. Where restaurants are more gold service than silver
From tasty shwarma to credit card-maxing haute cuisine, Dubai does not lack breadth when it comes to dining. With the multicultural make-up of the city, you can indulge in just about any global cuisine that you desire. While Gordon Ramsay's Verre has been schooling every wannabe haute cuisine joint in town about how to run a fine-dining restaurant, there are more hotels in Dubai on the way with big-name chefs attached than anywhere else in the world.

10. Enjoy sunrise over the desert or an aerial view of Dubai's dramatic coastline
Dubai's backyard is a sweeping expanse of desert dunes, magical and surreal at dawn when the sands glow a rich reddish-gold. To experience the silence and tranquillity of the Arabian desert, a hot-air balloon flight provides a stunning contrast to the frantic chaos of the city. From the basket's eagle-eye perspective green oases, wandering camels and the occasional tarmac road wind through the vast sea of dunes that stretch, seemingly endlessly, to the horizon. It is a great way to appreciate the harsh and isolated landscape Dubai has strived to tame.

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