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How to plan the perfect luxury trip to Dubai – post-COVID

You barely have to lift a finger thanks to Luxury Card’s concierge service.

This article is sponsored by Luxury Card, a leader in premium credit cards with a mission to shape the industry through innovation, value and service — and help cardholders travel in style.

If you like to travel in style, we know COVID travel restrictions have kept you from taking part in your favorite pastime. Thankfully, vaccinations and travel protections have largely allowed travel to resume. What better way to celebrate than planning a trip to Dubai? Take advantage of the Luxury Card Mastercard® Black Card™ concierge service and start planning a one-of-a-kind luxury trip to this ultra-modern city. Best of all, you can leave the bulk of the heavy-lifting to your concierge service.

What’s the Luxury Card and how does its concierge service work?

As the name suggests, the Luxury Card is a credit card designed for the luxury-minded. It offers an array of features that can save you time in your own busy schedule, all the while earning rewards on your purchases. The card is exclusive – not all who apply will be eligible, but this allows Luxury Card to create an experience not offered by others on the market.

Key among those features is the Luxury Card concierge. You can contact your concierge and make any number of requests, from researching and booking the next available first-class flight to your destination to finding a list of the best-rated restaurants to check out once you’re at your destination.

Travel to Dubai in style

If you have a Luxury Card Mastercard® Black Card™ in your wallet, you’re ready to make the magic happen. Book your flight using Luxury Card’s concierge and they will do their best to ensure your transportation experience is easy, fast and and to your preferred comfort.

Your Luxury Card concierge team can be as involved as you’d like. They can take charge of your entire booking process from start to finish. Or, they can offer guidance and assistance on an as-needed basis. No matter how involved, you can rest assured that your concierge will make sure every detail is covered, including any COVID-related travel requirements you need to follow.

After they do the research, all you have to do is choose your preferred flight based on the available options. There’s also no need to spend time on the phone with your concierge: You can make requests entirely through the Luxury Card app using the live chat.

Avoid the airport crowds.
Luxury Card’s Airport Meet & Assist can help you streamline your airport experience. Meet up with a professional representative and let them escort you through the airport process.

Relax before your flight at a Priority Pass lounge.
Your Luxury Card Black Card comes with complimentary access to Priority Pass Select membership. With this perk, you’ll have access to more than 1,300 airport experiences and lounges worldwide, whether that’s resting in an exclusive lounge or receiving a discount at an airport restaurant. Oh, and the best part? The Priority Pass Select membership allows your guests to join your lounge visits.

Stay at the best hotels

To keep your luxury experience going, it pays to book an eligible hotel through Luxury Card’s travel platform. These hotels offer a suite of VIP amenities, such as full breakfast for each guest daily, complimentary massages, early check-in when available and more. These hotels are ideally located close to all that Dubai has to offer and have stunning views of the city. You have five options for your Dubai stay through Luxury Card Travel.

No need to book these hotels yourself as your Luxury Card concierge can take care of everything. Just let them know your check-in and check-out dates, and what kind of room you’d like, and they’ll work to make it happen.

  • Burj Al Arab
  • Jumeirah Al Naseem
  • Jumeirah Emirates Towers
  • One&Only Royal Mirage
  • Taj Dubai

Burj al Arab

Eat at exclusive restaurants

The Luxury Concierge team stands at the ready to assist in your search for authentic Dubai eats. Traditional fare spans a variety of sweet and savory plates, from fresh fish to succulent dates. Reservations are available, but seating typically doesn’t start until 9 p.m., so be sure to save your appetite. Here are just a few of the dining options available to you in Dubai.

Dinner in the Sky Dubai

  • Address: Al Seyahi St, Dubai Marina.
  • Hours: 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily.

Forbes calls Dinner in the Sky Dubai one of the 10 most unusual restaurants in the world. And it’s not difficult to see why: This dining experience suspends its patrons 50 metres above the Dubai skyline for a 90-minute meal that’s sure to leave a lasting impression. Prices start at $134.00 per person on weekdays and $164.00 per person on weekends. Once booked, the cost is non-refundable.

Shabestan Restaurant

  • Address: Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek, Baniyas Road.
  • Hours:
    • Lunch: 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily.
    • Dinner: 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily.

Indulge in a gourmet taste of Persia that includes mouth-watering fresh-baked bread, slow-cooked lamb and aromatic rice. Authentic, eye-catching decor and live music complete the experience to offer a treat for all five senses.

Pierchic

  • Address: Jumeirah Al Qasr Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street.
  • Hours:
    • Lunch: 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday to Saturday.
    • Dinner: 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday to Saturday.

Venture out to the Pierchic: a restaurant perched on the cusp of the Gulf, exclusively accessed by wooden boardwalk. This restaurant serves imaginative seafood dishes with a contemporary Mediterranean spin, complimented by a robust wine list that’s sure to impress.

The Boardwalk

  • Address: Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club, Dubai Creek Club Street.
  • Hours:
    • Noon to midnight Sunday to Thursday.
    • 11:30 a.m. to midnight Friday to Saturday.

The Boardwalk offers wholesome, delicious eats served on a set of tiered decks perched over Dubai Creek. There are few places in the city that offer such an atmosphere — so don’t be surprised if you need to wait for a table.

Explore the sights

There’s no shortage of sights to see in Dubai, and your Luxury Card concierge team is ready to suggest some off-the-radar spots and help you make itinerary arrangements. For example, you can enjoy a seven-hour tour of the Red Dunes, complete with camel rides, sandboarding, BBQ and more. Or if something cooler is more your speed, how about a Jet Ski tour of Dubai’s most gorgeous spots? Or a tour of Abu Dhabi?

Plus, with the help of the Luxury Card Concierge, you can nab experiences that aren’t widely available to the public — like exclusive perks with five-star hotels. Just like booking a flight, you can ask your concierge to research activities and tours based on your preferences. Once you’ve picked your favorites, your concierge will get to work reserving your spot.

But here’s where you have the advantage: Luxury Card concierge serves as a status signal. When they call to arrange your reservations, it tells the tour group,

“This is someone willing to pay a professional to handle their planning and arrangements.”

That little detail could very well make the difference between securing that exclusive experience and having to sit it out until your next visit.

Treat yourself to a luxurious spa day

What vacation is complete without a few spa days? Dubai has no shortage of luxury spas within the city and you’ll want to make sure at least one of them is on your itinerary.

  • The Pearl Spa. Located in the Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, this spa offers amenities such as a whirlpool, ice fountain, environmental rain shower and more. Plus, you can try one of several unique journeys and rituals, such as the Memories of Arabia ritual, where you’ll get a treatment of full body coffee exfoliation and oils of camel milk and honey.
  • The Talise Spa. Located in the Madinat Jumeirah Resort, this spa offers several couples suites if you’re traveling with a loved one. And if the sound of an outdoor massage sounds ideal, you’ll find that as well located in one of the spa’s garden cabanas.
  • The Anantara Spa. This spa is located in a less bustling part of the city within the Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort. You can enjoy a traditional Turkish bath ritual, which involves a hearty exfoliation followed by a foam massage with olive oil soap.

Already packing? Apply for the Luxury Card Black Card today.

If you want to enjoy all the convenience and access you’ve been missing, apply now for the Luxury Card Black Card and let your concierge handle the rest.

Luxury Card Black Card alternative: Luxury Card Mastercard® Titanium Card™

If the annual fee is a dealbreaker, but you still want in on the primary benefits the Luxury Card Black Card has to offer, have a look at the Luxury Card Mastercard® Titanium Card™ instead. For less than half the annual fee of the Luxury Card Black Card, the Luxury Card Titanium Card comes with the same travel benefits and concierge service – and slick metal design.

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