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How to Save and Splurge in Dubai

From Jet-ski tours to the tallest restaurant in the world, here's how to balance your budget in the city.

Rooftops

40 Kong

40 Kong

At.Mosphere ($$$)
To get an over-the-top take on the city, head to the sleek restaurant on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa. Grab a seat by the floor-to-ceiling windows and indulge in a seven-course tasting menu of hand dived scallops, foie gras parfait, dry-aged beef tenderloin and Oscietra caviar – when in Dubai, after all.

1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd., atmosphereburjkhalifa.com

 

40 Kong ($)
For something (ever-so-slightly) more grounded, reserve a high top at this 40th-floor open-air cocktail lounge. Toast the sunset with a round of Doudous, a tequila-and-Tabasco Lebanese staple, or one of their signature cocktails, like The Kong, with bourbon, ginger beer, fresh lime and mint.

The H Dubai, 1 Sheikh Zayed Rd., 40kong.com

Adrenaline rush

Mclaren Sprint Experience

Mclaren Sprint Experience (Photo: Dubai Autodrome)

Mclaren Sprint Experience ($$$)
Buckle up for a fast-and-furious ride – like 0−100 km/h in three seconds kind of fast. After a practice session in an Audi with a pro instructor on the Dubai Autodrome, you’ll graduate to a McLaren Sprint and its 625 bhp of V8 power. A few laps around the track, and you can pick up your certificate (and bragging rights).

dubaiautodrome.com

 

Jet Ski Tour ($)
Get out of the city’s pervasive a/c and join the jet set – if only for 30 minutes. Ride in Dubai takes small groups out on state-of-the-art jet skis to tour the beaches and structural marvels that line the city’s waterfront. Keep your eyes open for dolphins and sea turtles enjoying the clear warm waters.

Umm Suqeim 1, Fishing Harbor, rideindubai.com

Brunch

JG Kitchen

JG Kitchen

JG Kitchen ($$$)
For chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, weekend brunch starts with a basil margarita. While away the afternoon at this sun-drenched restaurant in the Four Seasons with sharing plates like Sorrento lemon jam burrata, sushi on crispy chipotle ponzu rice cakes and an avocado pizza plated like tarte tatin.

Four Seasons Resort, Jumeirah Beach Rd., jean-georges-dubai.com

 

Tom & Serg ($)
Located in the up-and-coming neighbourhood of Al Quoz, this bright eatery serves fresh all-day breakfast and lunch options. Focus on the egg-ceptional free-range dishes, like spicy scrambled eggs topped with roasted coconut and Thai herbs, or the flavour-popping shakshuka with a sprinkling of black sesame dukkah.

15A St., Al-Joud Center, Al Quoz, tomandserg.com

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