Travel Dubai Like The Real Housewives of Melbourne

The most lavish ladies of Oz recently travelled to one of the most opulent cities in the world.

The Real Housewives of Melbourne stars toured the luxurious capital of the United Arab Emirates in style, complete with 5-star hotels, delicious food, and - of course - a lot of shopping.  

Here's how you can follow in the ladies' footsteps:

Stay in style

Dubai is home to some of the most extravagant hotels known to mankind, and The Real Housewives of Melbourne stayed at perhaps the most iconic resort on the plant - Atlantis The Palm.  

Set on the iconic Palm Jumeirah island with views of the Arabian Gulf, this luxurious resort even has an underwater city. 

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Shop ‘til you drop

If you want to shop like a Real Housewife, head to the world’s largest mall, The Dubai Mall, hire a buggy (you don’t want to walk too long in those super high heels) and cruise the 1,200 stores.

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Go straight to the top!

The height of Gina Liano’s hair has got nothing on Burj Khalifa - the tallest building in the world. With the Dubai Mall at the base, after you're done shopping head up the 828 metre tower to take in the spectacular views. While you're up there, head to the world's highest restaurant, At.Mosphere, for a champagne cocktail and afternoon tea. 

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Enjoy some 'me time' 

Dubai has no shortage of world-class and award-winning spas – which, of course, the Housewives got to know well!

The Shui Qi Spa at Atlantis The Palm was named the Best Spa in the World at the 2016 World Luxury Spa Awards, so make sure to treat yourself to the best!

Party by the beach

With a breathtaking view of Dubai’s skyline, Nasimi Beach is one of Dubai’s most vibrant hot spots.  The shoreline terrace with beachside cabanas and white sofas on the sand are beloved by visitors and locals alike. Frequented by celebrities, the venue has hosted performances from artists including Richard Durand, Avicii and Timo Ma.

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Explore the desert

When in the city, you may forget it sits amid a vast desert.  The RHOM enjoyed an Arabian Adventures sunset desert safari dinner and dune-drive, which included a tour in 4x4, a falcon demonstration, and camel rides at sunset. 

As the night falls, you must have dinner under the stars, with traditional Middle Eastern salads, hummus, breads and meats. Traditional dancers and entertainment will top off the night before you return to the hotel.

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Visit the Old Town

Immerse yourself in the local culture in Bastakiya, in the Al Fahidi District and and learn about the traditions and heritage of the region with a traditional lunch at the Sheikh Mohammad Centre for Cultural Understanding hosted by a local Emirati.

Wander around the old preserved buildings and sip of a coffee in one of the courtyard cafes such as Arabian Tea House, before heading to the textile souks to barter for amazing fabrics and pashminas. For under $1 you can take an abra ride (a traditional boat made of wood) over the creek to the gold and spice souks where you will be able to find some bargains.

Dine in luxury

With over 5,400 restaurants in Dubai and people of 200 different nationalities, there’s a whole world of flavours just in the city. For Arabic food with a modern twist, head to Qbara and enjoy a feast over a selection of wines and cocktails. For the finest seafood, dine at Atlantis The Palms’ underwater restaurant Ossiano. For something a little more western, check out some the options from some of the world's best chefs, such as Marco Pierre White’s Wheelers of London or Gary Rhodes W1.

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The Real Housewives of Melbourne screens Sundays at 8:30pm on Foxtel’s Arena Channel.

Luxury Escapes is giving visitors to Dubai the chance to stay at the world-famous five star Atlantis, The Palm, just like the housewives, with a limited special offer: visit or call 1300 88 99 00.

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