You get to pick your location and conditions – London by night, Hong Kong in the rain – and the sensation is frighteningly real.
Miraculously, I didn't crash the plane as I attempted the skillful sharp right turn through high-rise buildings to land at the old Hong Kong airport.5.
Scale the Burj Khalifa At 828 metres and 160 storeys, the Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world.
The viewing area is not at the very top but that is hardly relevant as the views are still spectacular.
You swear there are no stars but in the absence of artificial illumination suddenly a tapestry of little sparkling pinpricks appears.2.
Wander around the souks of Al Raffa Despite all its swish modernness, Dubai does have an old quarter.
Souk Al-Bahar is right by the Dubai Mall, which aside from selling every brand from Gucci to Guess boasts an ice-skating rink, aquarium, and the skeleton of a dinosaur discovered in Wyoming in 2008.Despite their skill, the drivers get stuck – you'd think the problem would be the dips, but the real trap is bottoming out on the top of a dune.Surprisingly there is wildlife, including native sand giselles and Arabian oryx.Tip: when a camel kneels down it is a very sharp incline so hang on tight to avoid a less than graceful dismount.Arguably the highlight of the evening is the moment the camp lights are turned out to show off the night sky.It's a diverting place to stop for a day or two, and Emirates offers 24-hour packages that allow passengers to check into a hotel as soon as they arrive – a boon for Kiwi travellers given EK449 from Auckland arrives at 5.30am.One warning: the Kiwi stopover service is new and the Emirates call centre denied all knowledge of it when I tried later to make a personal travel booking.As night falls the drivers pull up to a Bedouin-style camp where plush Middle Eastern carpets and cushions provide seating while a barbecue sizzles.Alongside the Landcruisers camels wait to give the tourists a quick spin around the car park.It's a popular tourist stop so book ahead to avoid the queues.4.Experience flying an A380Aviation is a significant industry in Dubai with the headquarters of its national carrier Emirates a major local employer.