The Emirate of Dubai is a cosmopolitan city with a widely diverse population of people from many different backgrounds. The 2nd largest of the seven United Arab Emirates, Dubai is an ever growing, ever changing destination like no other. There is much to see and do in Dubai, from its vibrant night life, stunning architectural skyline, a plethora of restaurants that feature cuisines from different parts of the world, art exhibits from aspiring local artists, luxury resorts and numerous entertainment options. For the avid traveler, there are many places to see; some are popular tourist destinations while others are hidden gems that are off the tourist track.
Recently, Dragonfly had the opportunity to participate in an Educational Client Experience in Dubai. We were privileged to be hosted by two great partners – Jumeriah Hotels, a Dubai-based international luxury hotel chain and 24 Degrees, a leading destination management company specializing in custom experiences in Dubai.
Within three days, we were introduced to many different places, experiences, hotels and culinary delights. Some of the highlights include:
- Jumeriah Emirates Towers – located in the heart of Dubai with incredible views of the city and the ideal location for the business traveller.
- Jumeriah Zabeel Saray – located on the Palm Island of Dubai – a resort inspired by the imperial palaces of the Ottoman era.
- Madinat Jumeriah Resort – known as the Arabian Resort featuring two boutique resorts, villas, a souk, endless restaurants and a waterpark. This resort is located adjacent to the Burj Al Arab Jumeriah. The distinctive sail-shaped silhouette is a symbol of the modern Dubai.
A visit to Dubai is not complete without a visit to the Burj Khalifa, currently the tallest skyscraper in the world at a height of 2,717 ft. One must also experience the amazing panoramic view of the Dubai city skyline from the 124th floor Observation Deck.
Just one hour outside of the city in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve the Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa is a true oasis deep within Dubai’s magical dune and desert. Al Maha plays a vital role in the conservation of the reserve and showcases the heritage and architecture of the Bedouins. Jeeps are great modes of transportation to the resort with an exhilarating dune bashing ride and camel sightings before enjoying a sundowner and dinner in the middle of the dessert. The Arabian Oryx & the Gazelles are the star attractions on the reserve. The indigenous Arabian wildlife can also be viewed from the infinity pool or sundeck seating area of all Villas.
The cultural aspect can sometimes be overlooked because of the hustle and bustle of Dubai. However the culture should not be missed. A visit to the gold souks or the spice markets, a morning at a local community center with local Emirates, a Turkish Hamman Bath or even a day trip to Abu Dhabi to visit the mosques, will ensure you get a feel for the authentic Dubai atmosphere.
Dubai is a city that is not afraid of having ambition, They have the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, and with Expo 2020 just around the corner, growth & expansion is a constant – giving the rest of the world an ever changing landscape to experience.
If you are considering Dubai as your next incentive or conference destination, contact us to put together a custom Dubai experience to create and ensure lifetime memories for your group.