We spent three nights in Dubai a few years ago, to time-adjust on our way to an East Africa safari. Emirates air service was amazing, but we got a taste of real elitism on our return flight: Although we had pre-paid Business Class seats, window-Aisle in the 2 part of 2-5-2, we found, without warning, that we had been moved to the middle seats of the 5, so that a fat-cat "member" (and I'm sure he/she spends plenty of money at Emirates) could have our private 2 seat section. (Note: This is, in effect, "Domestic" business class, not the over-water, very private partitions that never have you hip to hip with ANYONE.)
We hated Dubai. It was vacation season, 110 degrees in the daytime. An historic building in Dubai is one that's over 15 years old. So there is no real "history" there. Even the civic museum, which could have been an emissary to foreigners like us, had the charm, quality, technology, and dust of a New England "barn museum"! We're not shoppers, so we couldn't find much to do in the heat. Restaurants were expensive and franchise-y.
To save money, we stayed at a Hilton with a Club Floor. The club was inhabited by vast numbers of expatriate professionals, all of them (?) lonely, talkative, affect-disordered, and borderline alcoholic. (The drinks are free at the Hilton Executive Club, if you don't know ... ) Our room did have a magnificent view of the only historic thing we saw, the loading stages for the older dhow (?) small shipping boats.
I'd like to tell you I learned something in those three days, because I did learn something in, for example, East Germany before the wall came down, and I didn't "like" it there either.
Edit: I thought of a positive! Like an idiot, I left my pricey Bose noise-cancelling headphones in the seat back pocket. Amazingly, after my lost-and-found call, Emirates found them, and sent them to the Manhattan Emirates office for free, where I could pick them up.