Dubai has become a popular business destination with the London wealth management market, keen to capitalise on the advancement of Dubai as a financial services centre to the wider UAE and the move for more professionalism locally from advisors and managers.
It is the perfect opportunity for visitors now as infrastructure and technology advancements have made the country easier and faster to do business within. WhatsApp is used widely by all manner of service organisations and hotel staff and Wi-Fi is on a par with London.
The substantial investment into the country and contrary City with both beach and New York and London City style area mean that you can go strictly business or mix both with a Central City stay and a visit to an immaculate beach. On my trip, during Ramadan, I opted for a two centre stay with the Four Seasons DIFC with a popular outside terrace, the Luna Sky bar, for meetings with clients to watch the twinkling stars and thriving streets whilst sipping a tea or Negroni and at the Four Seasons Jumeirah Beach with private terrace overlooking the substantial pool, beach and ocean and their Churchill Club bar which is like an olde worlde English room serving Hendricks.
The Four Seasons DIFC has a fully equipped gym and good spa and for meetings is stylish and luxe. Its design was undertaken by world famous hospitality designer Adam Tihany who has collaborated with the likes of Heston Blumenthal and Wolfgang Puck to create signature restaurants and hotel interiors that include The Beverly Hills hotel and Hotel Cipriani in Venice. The go-to lounge is the Penrose which is perfect for business meetings or relaxing with tea and rare honey that is made exclusively for the hotel. There is also an excellent shisha area next to it.
The deluxe executive suite offers state of the art media, immaculate design, views of the City including the Burj Khalifa and a comfortable zone to catch up on work or undertake meetings.
After days of work meetings, having a partner join you or taking some days to relax is an option and at the Four Seasons Jumeirah Beach, which is a short ride in a taxi, you are still central if a meeting pops up and in a hotel that mixes beach with options to entertain in business style luxury. There is the Hendricks bar, which is popular and cosy and offers snacks to have an after-business meeting wind down and the main foyer with a substantial, elegant lounge for catch ups or a glass of fizz or exotic tea. As a resort hotel there is also a more family style eatery on beach level called Suq which is a destination to have shisha, eat numerous different cuisines and dessert counters and experience overeating like never before.
Both properties are a delight to stay at and efficiency of staff, second to none. The magical something extra that the Jumeirah offers is a perfect beach for moonlight walks to help your dinner digest. My conclusion with a seven-day visit was that Dubai is not only a sophisticated business destination but also a go-to, long term vacation stop for Europeans as well as Emirati. For those in search of five-star luxury and being pampered whilst away, this has become a destination that rivals major resorts and hotels around the world.