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- Sinead Mitchard
Business travel to Dubai is popular for a number of reasons. It is a strategic location between Europe, Asia and Africa, also only a few hours in flights to major business hubs such as London, Mumbai and Hong Kong. The government of Dubai have taken several measures to attract foreign investors and businesses including a low tax regime and a stable economy, making it an attractive destination for those looking to expand their operations in the Middle East. Dubai has a modern infrastructure including state-of-the-art airports, transport systems, hotels and conference facilities. A strict law enforcement and low crime rate make Dubai a safe destination for business travellers. Lastly, the cultural diversity of the booming cosmopolitan city make it an ideal place to combine both business and leisure.
Dubai makes a consistent appearance in the Your Travel Corporate top ten destinations booked each year. Therefore our team want to provide you with the ultimate round up of business travel to Dubai tips. Read on to explore the best airline options from the UK to Dubai, our most booked hotels and recommendations on how best to utilise your spare time between meetings.
Emirates operate daily direct flights from several UK airports. These include Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow as well as London’s Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted. Flying from London Heathrow? Your only other regular, direct option other than Emirates is the singular daily flight provided by British Airways.
(Information correct at times of writing April 2023).
Emirates run an exemplary business class product however you can read more about the full Emirates A380 cabins here. If Premium Economy is more your budget, explore this more recent review of Emirates offering. Business and first class passengers with Emirates can also benefit from the fabulous Emirates lounge at Heathrow.
Whilst British Airways were one of the first airlines to pioneer a business class cabin, the airline have stuck with an outdated model for some time now. However, the new British Airways Club Suite is a much improved and impressive new business class product. Explore the British Airways Club Suite in more detail here. The Club Suite was initially launched in 2019 on a small suite of A350-1000’s but have since rolled out to most A350’s, 787-10’s and 777s. Always check for Club Suite availability on your route with our dedicated team of business travel experts.
The Le Royal Meridien is a luxury hotel in Dubai Marina, with a private beach and stunning views of the Arabian Gulf. Dubai Marina is one of the city’s most vibrant business districts, close to the Dubai World Trade Centre and Dubai International Financial Centre. It is also only a 30 minute drive from the airport. 504 rooms and suites are all equipped with modern amenities and high-speed internet. Room service is available 24 hours a day in addition to a range of award-winning dining options on-site. The business facilities include meeting rooms, audio-visual equipment and secretarial services. A business centre is also available 24 hours a day with a dedicated concierge to help with any request. After a long day of meetings, business travellers can easily unwind at Le Royal Meridien. Whether relaxing in the spa, by the many pools or easing the day out at the fitness centre.
For business travel to Dubai why not consider the luxurious Swissotel Al Murooj? It is conveniently located in the Downtown Dubai area near the major business and financial districts. Not only is it a short distance to the Dubai International Financial Centre and World Trade Centre, but it is also within walking distance to the Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa, two major landmarks. All 391 rooms contain work desks and high-speed internet, some also offering views of the Dubai skyline. Business travellers can delight in the range of meeting spaces, equipment and secretarial services. A business centre is available around the clock and again benefits from a dedicated concierge. Kick back after a long day of meetings in the spa or at the rooftop swimming pool. Alternatively, release energy at the fitness centre or on the tennis courts. Whether you would prefer an early night in with 24 hour room service or entertaining with a business dinner, a range of award-winning dining on-site awaits you.
Another, more contemporary option in the city centre, close to the business and financial districts is the Leva Hotel & Suites Mazaya. It is one of the top rated accommodations within the whole of Dubai on Tripadvisor. 178 rooms and suites all cater to a variety of short or long term requirements. All accommodations feature a fully equipped kitchenette, ideal for cooking up a home comfort before retiring from a long day of work. On-site an expert baker and master chef have joined hands to bring you Sven’s Baker’s Kitchen, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner between 7am-11pm. Unwind from a long day at the rooftop pool, in the Runa Shisha Lounge and Café, at the spa or in the fitness centre. A business hub is available for all business travellers at any time of day.
Business travel to Dubai need not be all work and no play. Whether you have just a single spare morning or a couple of days free on your business trip, maximise it’s potential with some of our top recommendations in the city. If history and culture appeal most to you, visit the Dubai Museum or ride a traditional wooden Dhow boat along the Dubai Creek, exploring the city’s historic district. A desert safari where you can experience traditional Bedouin culture, camel rides and sandboarding would make a memorable days break. Alternatively, you could enjoy the desert landscape with a hot air balloon ride.
Learn about the Islamic culture in Dubai at the Jumeirah Mosque, arguably the most beautiful mosque in the city. You could visit one of the many parks and resorts from Motiongate Dubai to Bollywood Parks Dubai. You might even want to take a day trip to Abu Dhabi where you could visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque or the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum. If you are in Dubai as a stopover to another business destination, here are a few more quick stop suggestions for a stopover in Dubai.
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