Words by Carlie Tucker
Dubai is known for its penchant for luxury, with lavish architecture, expansive shopping centres and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, but this bustling middle eastern city is also a top destination for international business. As such, the city is swarming with top staying options that not only incorporate premium style, but exceptional business facilities as well. To help you decide where to book the next time you're travelling to Dubai, here are five top business-friendly options.
It's hard to stand out when you're in a city that prides itself on glitz and glamour, but somehow the Fairmont Dubai does just that. Offering up that signature Fairmont service, this 5-star stay is perfect for the business traveller that demands the very best.
There are 394 guestrooms, suites and penthouses, all featuring polished granite floors and stunning panoramic views of the city. On the practical side of things, dedicated work/sitting spaces, data ports and two dedicated phone lines with personal voice mail ensure a savvy space to conduct business.
More than just sleek, comfortable rooms, this hotel is brimming with on-site amenities to ensure your stay is a productive one. State of the art business facilities are at your disposal as are the health club, two rooftop swimming pools and eight dining and entertainment venues. It's also located in the heart of Downtown Dubai and opposite the Dubai International Convention Centre with easy access to the metro.
As a SmartSTAY hotel, FCBT clients who book through their Travel Managers will also receive complimentary internet access and breakfast (single/double) as well as early check-in at 10am (subject to availability).
Hilton Dubai Creek
Another conveniently located stay, the Hilton Dubai Creek is within minutes of the international airport and Financial District. Of course, if your busy schedule allows, the Dbuai Fountains and Burj Khalifa are also close by. What's better is that reasonable rates won't break the bank, ensuring a Hilton-quality stay in the heart of Dubai.
There are 150 guest rooms and suites, all featuring fresh and modern interiors that emphasis guest comfort. This includes the Executive Room, which comes with the added perks of access to the Executive Lounge and airport transfer services. Upgrade to one of these rooms and expect city or Creek views through floor-to-ceiling windows along with in-room espresso machines and a large desk with ergonomic chair.
If you wish to escape your room to conduct your business, you'll find a dedicated Business Centre as well as a host of exceptional meeting rooms and conference areas. There is a fitness room and pool available for health-conscious travellers and three different restaurants serving up everything from Mediterranean cuisine to classic cocktails.
Another budget-friendlier option that doesn't skimp on style and amenities, the Raffles Dubai is a top choice for travellers seeking convenience. It's only 10 minutes from the international airport and convention centres; it's connected to the Wafi Mall and it's a short drive from Downtown Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall.
One of the biggest drawcards of this hotel, though, is the rooms. They are among the largest in the city, starting at 70 square metres. There are 252 rooms and suites in total with 11 different layouts to choose from. All offer the staples of a great business hotel: modern interiors, comfortable beds and full bathrooms with signature Raffles Spa amenities. As an added degree of comfort and practicality, they also come with a selection of different pillow types, a private terrace, large working desk and access to the Raffles Butler Service.
In true Dubai style, the Raffles also provides guests with access to a sweep of on-site restaurants, a spa, fitness centre with personal trainer available, hair salons and an outdoor swimming pool. Of course, you'll also find 12 elegantly furnished, state-of-the-art meeting rooms. As an added benefit, this SmartSTAY hotel also provides FCBT clients with complimentary Internet access, breakfast and Club Lounge access (min 3 night stay).
Grosvenor House Dubai
If you'd like to escape the hustle of the heart of the city, but still want to maintain a close connection to the business precincts, this hotel is a great option. It is situated near iconic Palm Island, just a 20 minute drive from Downtown Dubai.
Offering 749 rooms across two iconic towers, it provides premium accommodation for all business travel budgets. There are no less than 15 room categories to choose from, ensuring the flexibility to comfortably accommodate everything from the solo traveller to groups of three or more. Along with spacious designs and contemporary interiors, each room comes complete with designated working areas and a butler service on call.
With two on-site spas, 15 restaurants, bars and lounges, an executive floor and a sweep of meeting and event facilities at your complete disposal, it's easy to take care of business while impressing clients and co-workers through both casual and professional meet-ups. It's no wonder the Grosvenor House Dubai was named 2015's best business hotel at the World Travel Awards.