15 of The Most Extravagant Cities in The World
Luxury and extravagance are often associated with exclusivity and wealth and certain parts of the world cater for this sort of lifestyle.
Whether purpose built for high rollers and money makers or just attracting that sort of crowd by the businesses and leisure facilities they have in place, we look at the playgrounds of the rich and famous via the 15 most extravagant cities in the world.
1. Dubai - United Arab Emirates
In just three decades, Dubai has transformed itself from nothing but endless desert into a shining metropolis of towering skyscrapers, including the world's biggest. Designer boutiques and bays full of luxury yachts have all come about from the oil boom and as the country tries to diversify its economy it has turned its eye to luxury tourism and this is where most of its efforts are focused.
The famous Burj-Al-Arab hotel is often referred to as the world's first 7-star hotel (although management doesn't endorse this statement) it has $20,000-night rooms for those who really want a taste of the high life.
2. Las Vegas - Nevada, USA
There's a reason this glowing Oasis in the desert has been dubbed 'The City of Sin'. Built up as a gamblers paradise in the Mojave desert, gambling and prostitution are legal in this city of bright lights and big rollers as the world famous 'strip' is filled with 24-hour casinos, nightclubs, and lavish hotels. An iconic American city, rumor has it, it was built by mob money.
Many entertainment acts and superstars are attracted here for 'residencies' where they are paid big bucks to perform weekly concerts for one exclusive casino or arena.
3. Zurich - Switzerland
Not particularly renowned for its excess and indulgence, Zurich is, however, one of the most expensive places in the world to live.
A hub for international banking and finance, just a basket of regular groceries can cost an obscene amount and so it tends to be a city of the rich filled with expensive shopping malls and boutiques filled with designer items
4. Geneva - Switzerland
Like Zurich, Geneva is renowned for its banking prowess but it also has stunning scenery with lake Geneva and being nestled in the Alps.
With an amazingly high quality of life, it attracts the well-to-dos from across the globe to its streets and is the most expensive city on earth where you can pay about $30 for a club sandwich!
5. Hong Kong
With one of the highest concentration of Billionaires in the world, Hong Kong is the premier financial hub of the East with a modern future-scape of innovative skyscrapers set against the green mountains. Homes sell for $100m and private clubs abound.
It is also not an uncommon sight to see the latest designer store with a queue out the door as people clamor to get their hands on the latest tech or fashion.