Food + Wine

The Dream List: Once-in-a-Lifetime Trips

by Brook Wilkinson

Dubai: Touring the Old City

The specialist: Lindsey Wallace, Linara Travel; Eagle, Idaho

The Dream Trip: "Most people don't think much about history or culture in Dubai, but the royal family has been in control since their bedouin tribe of 800 or so people left Abu Dhabi back in the nineteenth century. I can get clients into one of the royal palaces, where Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and his family live—providing you pass their thorough background and security checks. You'll arrive in a Rolls-Royce, and a member of the ruling family's staff will show you around the immaculate grounds and various parts of the palace: ballrooms, the library, though not their bedrooms. (The tour is tailored to the visitor's interests, so since I love movies, they showed me the home theater.) This is not an old palace with tons of history but rather a modern-day palace built less than a century ago. It's still elegant, yet with plasma TVs and speakers hidden in the ceiling. And it's fascinating to hear how the sheikh and his father helped Dubai go from nothing to a financial and tourist hub of the region. They created a major city where there wasn't one before, in just a few decades [$7,000 for two, including a donation to charity]."

Lindsey Wallace
Tel: 800 335 6033

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