17 things that prove Dubai is the most over-the-top place on earth
And while many know that the aptly-named City of Gold is awash in opulence, said opulence is so extreme it's often hard to fathom.
We've found 17 things that prove just how decadent Dubai is.
1. Dubai's police drive $1.79 million super carsDubai's police force drives cars most people can only dream of, like the Aston Martin One-77, which costs around $1.79 million, the Ferrari FF, which costs a cool half million, and the Lamborghini Aventador for approximately $397,000. Those cars cost more than you'll spend sending your kid to college.
2. It's home to the "World's Most Luxurious Hotel"
The Burj Al Arab is often referred to as the world's only 7-star hotel, and calls itself the "World's Most Luxurious Hotel." With 202 obscenely luxurious duplex suites, guest amenities like 24-carat gold iPads and private butlers, a helipad, four pools, and airport transfers in a Rolls Royce or helicopter, it's not an overstatement.
3. The hotel is dripping in gold
Living up to Dubai's nickname of the City of Gold, the Burj Al Arab is decorated with approximately 19,267 square feet of 24-carat gold leaf.
It even offers 24-carat gold plated iPads (as well as iPhones and BlackBerrys) to hotel guests to use free of charge. They are also for sale in the hotel's boutique for around $10,000.
4. One night in a Dubai hotel suite costs more than most people's annual rent
A night in the "cheapest" one bedroom suite at the Burj Al Arab will set you back at least a cool $1,360 (more than $2,000 depending on the season) - a steal compared to the around $20,000+ a night for its most opulent suite, the Royal Suite.
5. Brunch comes with butler service and endless bottles of super expensive champagneChampagne brunch in Dubai is the real deal. Despite being a Muslim state, on Fridays and Saturdays in Dubai, most hotels have decadent brunches with endlessly flowing high-end champagne - Moët, Bollinger, Laurent Perrier - alongside abundant buffets full of lobster and caviar.
The most decadent brunch is at The Royale Brunch at Imperium, part of the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, which costs $680 per person. You'll be handed your very own bottle of Dom Perignon (which usually costs about $200 a bottle), as well as a private butler.
At the Madinat Jumeirah, however, you'll be handed a map, as Friday brunch is spread over three restaurants and 37 cooking stations, covering the entire ground floor of the Al Qasr hotel. Brunch here, with free-flowing Moet, will set you back around $200 a head.
6. The city boasts the tallest building in the world - which in turn boasts four world records
7. It's also building the biggest airport in the world
Dubai's Al Maktoum International Airport is undergoing a massive $32 billion expansion that will make it the world's largest airport, at a whopping 54 square miles. The mini city is expected to be able to handle more than 120 million passengers a year once completed in six to eight years.
8. Dubai created its own islands with insane beachfront properties
Only in Dubai could someone decide to simply build a bunch of islands, and then import enough sand to fill the Empire State Building 2.5 times - and that's just the Palm Islands (on the left). Billed as the "8th Wonder of the World," it is the world's largest man-made island, cost $12.3 billion to build, and is made of 3.3 billion cubic feet of sand.
Even more outrageous is The World, an archipelago of islands that literally forms a map of the world, allowing the insanely rich to "buy a country."
9. It's home to the world's largest shopping mall
10. But it's building an even bigger mallWhy have the world's biggest mall when you can have the world's two biggest malls? Since there's no competition quite like competing with oneself, Dubai announced last year that it is building a huge temperature-controlled "city" of a shopping complex, said to house eight million-square-feet of retail space once completed. Called the "Mall of The World," the entire project will be 48 million square feet in size, and include approximately 100 hotels, a theme park, and medical tourism facilities.
11. It created a winter wonderland and a full indoor ski resort in the middle of the desert
12. It's also planning to build more insane developments underwater
Maybe winning above-sea level superlatives was becoming too easy, but Dubai has its sights set on developing what's under water. While it already has underwater hotel rooms, it has plans to build an entire hotel below the sea. The Water Discus Hotel, designed by Ocean Technology, would consist of two sets of discs, one above and one below the ocean, the underwater one containing 21 hotel rooms, as well as an underwater dive center and bar. Also, plans for an underwater tennis court recently surfaced.
13. Its horse races feature multi-million dollar prizes
Nothing in Dubai is half baked, and thus the Dubai World Cup, the world's richest horse race, attracts racers the world over to compete for the grand prize of almost $10 million - and the day's nine races total a prize money of $30 million.
14. Spa treatments involve 24-carat gold and other precious metals
For only $540, extreme skin restoration can be yours. The "La Prairie Platinum Rare" facial at Jumeirah's Zabeel Saray spa features infusions of pure platinum said to restore your skin's balance.
And if gold is your precious metal of choice, the Raffles Dubai hotel offers a $500 "Egyptian Gold" facial, which involves 24-carats of gold sheets placed over your face that promise ultimate skin rejuvenation.
15. There's an $817 scoop of ice cream
Scoopi Cafe in Dubai has an ice cream called "Black Diamond," which is made with Italian truffles, Iranian saffron, and 23 carats of edible gold. It costs $817 a scoop.
16. There are $1,000 cupcakes
Bloomsbury's Golden Phoenix cupcake is one of the world's most expensive sweets, clocking in at $1,000. Each cupcake is made with Italian chocolate, Ugandan vanilla beans, and strawberries dipped in 23-carats of edible gold.
17. And there are cocktails made with diamonds that cost thousands of dollars
The Skyview Bar of the Burj Al Arab hotel sells an equally costly drink. Costing a whopping $1,347 per glass, the "Diamonds are forever" cocktail is made with L'Héraud Vintage Grande Champagne 1906 Cognac, as well as Comtes de Mazeray Brut gold flake champagne. Oh, and it comes in a Swarovski cocktail glass made with a diamond-filled stem, which you get to keep. However, the most expensive drink on the menu is The Birth of an Icon, which is basically a daiquiri made with St. Lucia Distillers Nine Cask Founders Rum, aged Cointreau, and dehydrated gold dust that costs an inexplicable $4,083 per glass.