Combining business with pleasure in Dubai

by Lauren Attwood
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A genuine holiday is a precious thing to the 40-hour a week commuter. Sometimes a mere week off can seem an impossibility for exceptionally busy people. The working population is finding it increasingly difficult to leave deadlines behind when going away; some even have to cut holidays short for fear of falling behind at pivotal points in their career. Increasing in popularity, however, is the combination of the two - making a holiday for business and pleasure at the same time. Dubai is simply a wondrous city full of flamboyance and character. From the Hatta heritage village in Shindagha to the vibrant metropolis of towering glass buildings, guests used to big cities and business life will fit easily into this eastern paradise. 

If you find that it’s time to get away, but to also set some needed hours aside for work, there are many perfect locations around Dubai in which to base yourself from. Take the 4-star luxury hotel in Bur Dubai- The Majestic Hotel Tower. This hotel offers the keen business person all they need and more for a fantastic break in sync with working obligations. Make full use of the swimming pool deck, gym, health club with sauna and steam room during your stay. This relaxing atmosphere is guaranteed to give you a clear state of mind in preparation for any task. Support is on hand for secretarial purposes, and business ventures for small groups or individual parties are perfect at the Majestic Hotel Tower. The hotel is located just minutes from the airport, and also close to both Dubai’s newer city as well as parts that are more traditional. This break proves to be a classic best of both worlds trip when combining so many options together to facilitate your personal requirements. 

Take a breather in your luxury guestroom before or after working. Its fresh, warm tones guarantee you will be ready to take on whatever you have planned in Dubai. There are 250+ rooms from standard to suite availability on more than 28 floors. You are spoilt for choice, and doing business here will be a long-term agreement after experiencing your first stay. 

With all seriousness aside, there comes a time when the balance needs to be restored. A full day of business will soon be worth it when you have an entire evening of sights, sounds and tastes to explore in Dubai. There are bars aplenty with live music, varying from jazz and salsa beats to the authentic Arabian sound of Dubai’s musicians. The Music Room, on location at the Majestic Hotel Tower, has some of the best live music in Dubai, as voted by Time Out for 2012. If you want to stay closer to base, take a seat and take off your jacket at Elia restaurant and indulge in several cuisine choices, including Greek and traditional middle eastern dishes.

Feeling the need to escape to the outdoors? The Majestic is delighted to help in organising an array of activities around Dubai, with some starting and finishing right in the hotel lobby, giving you a first-class service for sure. The most popular of these are the desert safaris available on quad bike, 4X4 or even by camel. Start your trek after lunch and spend the day venturing along sand dunes, fast or slow, depending on your machine/animal of choice! Enjoy a BBQ banquet at the end, including a belly dancing show that immerses you in Dubai’s wonderful and colourful culture. Guests also have the opportunity to discover the art of henna and the style of sheesha pipes. 

For something less challenging but just as eventful, Dubai is home to the world’s largest shopping mall in the heart of the city. There are over 1200 retail outlets to spoil your every desire and over 160 food and beverage places. Other options for an incredible day out include a visit to the Dubai World Trade Centre or the Abu Dhabi city tour. Activities like these are perfect for colleagues to build new and existing relationships, or for a family moment to share in between those busy times. Dubai and the Majestic Hotel offer something rather special for visitors; a new and exciting change of scenery for anyone wanting to take work on holiday without feeling stressed before the dates and flights have been set. Let Dubai take you to a different world, and give you a unique viewpoint as to how the Arabian business hub can merge together with tourism and leisure.

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