With some of the most expensive luxury properties worldwide, year round summer weather and countless leisure activities, the UAE has become one of the world’s number one destinations for international celebrities. Many have purchased luxury properties in Dubai’s most prestigious developments. The Beckhams have a house on the Palm Jumeirah; a few years back Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt purchased a man-made island within Dubai’s “The World” exclusive off shore development; Rod Stewart and the late Micheal Jackson also have luxury villas in prime Dubai locations. The following are just a few Dubai hot spots renowned for celebrity spotting.
1 Emirates Palace
The $4 billion Emirates Palace is the epitome of opulence. Since its opening international celebrities, musicians, Presidents, and Statesmen have set foot within its gold walls. Paris Hilton, Andrea Boccelli, President Obama, Elton John, and Stephen Schwartzman are just a few names on the long list of A-list personalities. Who could resist a visit within this colossal structure made of gold and marble with superb cuisine and some of the most luxurious rooms imaginable? Plan a visit for yourself.
Abu Dhabi +971 26909000
2 Atlantis, The Palm Jumeirah
Built on a man-made island of colossal scale, the Atlantis transports visitors into another imaginative and glittering realm. Among its impressive features include 17 restaurants appealing to all tastes and styles, an Ambassador Lagoon which is home to 65,000 marine animals, two kilometers of beautiful private beaches, a variety of esteemed luxury boutiques, and 5,600 square meters of meeting rooms and functional spaces. The magnificent structure has seen the likes of Antonio Banderas, Robert De Niro, Lindsay Lohan, Mischa Barton and Lily Allen on its premises. Australian divas Kylie and Dannii Minogue performed their debut for the Atlantis' grand opening in 2008 which included Michael Jordan, Chris Tucker, and Wesley Snipes among its esteemed guests.
The Palm Jumeirah +971 44262000
3 One & Only Royal Mirage
One of the most luxurious resorts and long time favorite for celebrity getaways, the One & Only Royal Mirage is a like stepping into an oasis of calm and eternal beauty. With 60-acres of landscaped gardens and a private beach, this is the ultimate place to relax in privacy. If you're lucky, you might catch some notable international personalities laying on the beach.
The Palm Jumeirah +971 43999999
4 Shangri-La Hotel
The award-winning Shangri-La Hotel in Dubai offers luxurious accommodations, exceptional dining and wonderful hospitality in the heart of Dubai. The hotel's recently opened The Act nightclub has seen a host of international performers come to the hotel as well as international such as Jude Law.
Sheikh Zayed Road +971 44343 8888
5 Armani Hotel
Since its opening in 2010, countless of celebrities (including Mr. Armani), have walked through the hotel's doors. Set out in a subdued and classic ambiance resembling the designs of the Armani brand, the hotel boasts 160 guest rooms and suites in addition to a luxurious spa and top-notch restaurants.