Top tips for making the most of your business trip in Dubai
01 Oct 2014 11 AM
The prospect of an upcoming business trip to Dubai can seem endlessly glamorous. Travelling to an exotic destination with all your expenses paid by your company.
But even though you’ll have one of the world’s most exciting cities on your doorstep, it takes careful planning to make sure your trip includes work and time to explore the city.
Choose your hotel wisely
If you’re in a city for a limited time, work will be your top priority and you may not have much chance to travel to the city’s top attractions.
So if you have any sway in choosing where you stay, pick somewhere close to the attractions you want to visit. If you’re keen on spending some time on the sand admiring the Arabian Gulf, stay at Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort which has its own private beach. But if you’d rather be at the heart of the financial district and the bustling city, stay at Hilton Dubai Creek
Planning ahead is absolutely essential for making the most of any business trip. If you’re in the UAE for work, chances are time will be of the essence and you’ll have to prioritise which sights you want to see.
Camel rides through the desert may be a little too time-consuming, but witnessing the glittering lights of the Dubai Marina at night? A few hours sunbathing on Jumeirah Beach? Those kind of activities can easily fit into your itinerary if you plan your time wisely.
Schedule your flight times wisely
If you have the flexibility to plan your own itinerary, try to schedule some time in for exploring your new surroundings.
Depending on how far you’re travelling, you may prefer to arrive at the weekend in order to acclimatise and get over your jetlag. In that case, you could arrive on Saturday or Sunday morning and spend the day before your meetings doing your own exploring.
If your business trip finishes on a Friday, why not extend it so that you can spend the weekend in Dubai too? After all, you’re already there.
Your company is unlikely to pay your expenses for the extra days but it will maximise the time you get to spend exploring Dubai.
Balance business and pleasure
The secret to the most successful business trips is finding the delicate balance between business and pleasure. Of course, your trip needs to fulfil its purpose but if you plan your trip carefully, you can achieve the perfect mixture of work and play exploring your new city.
If you’ve got a meeting early in the morning, you could take that opportunity to have a breakfast meeting in one of the cafés you researched at home, such as the Lime Tree Café in Jumeirah
. You could even pick up one of their famous ‘foodie hampers’ to take home as a souvenir.
And if you need to spend some time entertaining clients, take them to one of the top bars or restaurants you found online that you’ve been dying to try, such as Bahri Bar where you’ll have amazing views of the Arabian Gulf and the Burj Al Arab lit up at night. Follow our tips and making the most of Dubai on your business trip should be an easy feat. And if you’ve got any nuggets of advice for people heading to Dubai on business this year, let us know!