Whether you’re looking to strengthen an existing business relationship or make a strong impression on a potential client, there is no better city to do it in than Dubai.
Over the past 20 years, Dubai has become a cutting-edge example of what a modern metropolis can be, home to marvels of contemporary architecture, such as Burj Khalifa, a flourishing food scene offering both homegrown dining concepts and major international brands, iconic luxury hotels, such as Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, the best shopping in the Middle East and an ever-expanding cultural offering that is the envy of the region. When on business in Dubai, the only challenge will be deciding where will make the biggest impact.
For keen golfers, there is no better place to take clients than the 18-hole Greg Norman-designed Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates, home of the DP World Tour Championship, the final tournament of the European Tour.
If they’re more interested in history than golf, visit the Etihad Museum for an insight into the UAE’s past. Located next to Union House, where the UAE constitution was signed in 1971, the building, designed by Canada’s Moriyama & Teshima Architects, is of both architectural and cultural significance, with its curved white roof representing the parchment the UAE constitution was written on and its golden columns representing the pens used to sign it.
Perfect for more creative clients, Alserkal Avenue is a fascinating destination to visit while on business in Dubai. It’s guaranteed to leave an impression. Home to several of the city’s foremost galleries, from Dubai Design District (d3), the city’s design community and an incubator for local creative talent, to the new Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai’s first major contemporary art institution, there’s plenty to see.
Located on Jaddaf Waterfront on Dubai Creek, Jameel Arts Centre is a contemporary, three-storey structure designed by the UK’s Serie Architects—a gleaming white symbol of the city’s commitment to culture. It houses 10 gallery spaces, the Jameel Library, the Gulf’s first open-access art library and research centre, and seven desert gardens, designed by landscape architect Anouk Vogel.
For foodies, there is the terrace of Nathan Outlaw at Al Mahara, the celebrated British chef’s critically acclaimed seafood restaurant in the iconic Burj Al Arab Jumeirah.
Finally, show them the sights and book a tour of Burj Khalifa, the world’s highest observation deck at 555 metres on Level 148. While you’re in Downtown, make sure you also find time to take in The Dubai Fountain, the world’s largest choreographed fountain, and The Dubai Mall, the largest mall in the Middle East and the second largest in the world.
To impress clients when on business in Dubai, stay at one of Jumeirah’s Dubai hotels, each offering excellent access to the city’s state-of-the-art facilities.