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By Chris | September 27 2007
Elite Traveler has selected the most exclusive VIP experiences available in Dubai
One of the few independent yacht charter agencies based in the Middle East, Eden Yachts aims to create bespoke VIP cruising opportunities with a difference.
Each experience can be tailored entirely to your requirements; previous exclusive packages have included adventure sailing on sports skiffs, and viewing sporting events such as Formula 1 motor racing from the sundeck of a superyacht.
A popular itinerary for golfers includes lunch and dinner on board a luxury motor yacht with two rounds of golf at the Emirates and Dubai Creek golf clubs. Corporate entertainment and romantic sunset cruises along the Dubai coastline are particular specialties. Cruising destinations are numerous around Dubai, and include the fjords of Musandam and the wild Omani coastline, as well as the sleek new marinas of Dubai and Abu Dhabi where a sunset cruise is a stunning way to see the city. Among the Eden Yacht’s UAE fleet is the 315–foot Sunrise, the 280–foot Moonlight II, Majesty 88 and the Club Swan 42, but whatever your itinerary or yacht, expect luxury service right from the limousine collection to the service of crew and captain.
Here is a sample VIP day itinerary from the company’s founder, Philippe Saad:
Start the afternoon with a limousine collecting you from your hotel and taking you to the Dubai Marina Yacht Club, where you will be greeted on board one of our finest yachts with a glass of champagne. The ideal cruise itinerary will typically involve sailing around the Palm Jumeirah and the World Islands as you head towards Port Rashid, where the majestic Queen Elizabeth II is berthed. Drop anchor behind one of the small offshore islands for a swim before watching the setting sun reflected on the Burj Khalifa, turning it a spectacular gold in color. Arrive back at Mina Seyahi and anchor close to Logo Island where an excellent dinner will be served under the stars.
Managing Director: Philippe Saad
+971 5 0458 6171
Eden FZE, PO Box 191666
ANNUALLY IN MARCH
This thoroughbred horse race was founded in 1996 by the Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
The race alone is always spectacular but it is merely the highlight of a whole evening of illustrious entertainment. The entire horse racing world watches in amazement as acrobatic and theatrical shows unfold in front of the stadium. Horse and rider displays galloped the length of the course, and top musicians performed. The now legendary Meydan racecourse is a fitting host for the world’s most extravagant horse race. The new Meydan course offers many elite ways to witness the spectacle. The course has its very own marina, allowing you to watch the race from the sundeck on either your own or a chartered yacht. Alternatively, rent the Jumeirah Hotel’s Presidential Suite, which spans two levels featuring two bedrooms and a bar. Views of the racetrack are integral to the suite, and even the bath has a prime view of the winning post. However, the most luxurious location from which to see the Dubai World Cup is The Meydan Rooftop, a private space with its own infinity pool and bar which boasts the Meydan’s finest view.
Abdin Nasrallah, Vice President Meydan Hotels & Hospitality
+971 4 381 3333
Meydan Racecourse, Al Meydan Road, Nad Al Sheba, P.O. Box 9305