Jai is a marketing strategist living in the UK, and she is helping women build strategies for business growth, gain marketing skills, stakeholder management, and leadership skills from her own experience of working her way up the corporate ladder.
Jai is also a globe trotter and business traveler enjoying the benefits of bleisure travel whenever she can.
Below, Jai is sharing a personal guide and practical tips from her bleisure trip to Dubai.
With this guide, you can consider your stay in Dubai planned and you can fully enjoy both your business meetings and leisure time.
" Flight Recommendations
Having flown both Emirates and British Airways economy, Emirates is by far the better experience in every aspect from the way they check you in through to their cabin crew service. Emirates also operates the newer, larger aircraft, the A380 Vs A343 – so far, every time I have flown Emirates I have had 3 seats in a row to myself, whereas I am packed in like a sardine on British Airways.
Corporate rates are available, together with loyalty cards, with the option collect points for rewards and future discounts at the following hotels, all 3 are perfect for a bleisure trip:
- Address Downtown
- Address Dubai Mall
- Address Montgomerie
The Address Dubai Mall and Downtown are ideal if you want to walk to restaurants and shops after your workday has finished. They are also super luxurious, service is excellent and the rooms are incredible.
If you want to get in 9 or 18 holes after work then the Montgomerie is perfect. It's slightly out of the center, however, it has a golf course, sports bar, restaurant, and outdoor pool.
This time around, I stayed at the Address Downtown.
Easy things to do
Finding time to do things for pleasure during my 4-day trip to Dubai has been quite a challenge since I have had back-to-back meetings and evening networking events to prioritize. However, I did manage to squeeze in a few hours here and there.
This is what I squeezed in:
The Dubai Mall. I LOVED it. The mall is huge and has every kind of designer shop on the planet, all offering huge deals. It is full of cafes and restaurants. There is a movie theatre, aquarium, ice-skating rink, an awesome indoor waterfall as well as a Vegas-style fountain and an outdoor pool.
Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. I could not resist a visit. I was not disappointed. It was so entertaining. I saw all sorts of marine life- sharks, jellyfish, stingrays, octopus as well as birds, snakes, crocodiles. It was a fabulous experience and perfect for a solo traveller. Killed a couple of hours easily.
Awani Restaurant. After the aquarium, I went for an early dinner at a restaurant inside the mall called Awani. It was full of local families. You could sit inside or outside on the terrace. The food and service were great. The main course and soft drink cost just over £20.
Burj Khalifa. From the mall, you can see the Burj Khalifa. It’s the tallest building in the world. It's very impressive. I sat outside by the pool and watched a light display that takes place every 30 minutes. The lights fly up the Burj and project these beautiful images, while a Venetian style fountain changes colours and jet sprays water into the air. It’s a nice way to chill out with a coffee, WIFI and watch the world go by. I did not go up the Burj, apparently, you can go up to the top and enjoy the views.
Lah Lah Pan Asian Restaurant – Zabeel House by Jumeirah, The Greens. This is a contemporary rooftop restaurant inside the hotel. It is set around an outdoor pool, spa, and fitness centre. All the interior is wood and bamboo theme. It has a nice modern ambiance and a good vibe about it. The food is good too. They have a nice bottle of Malbec on the menu if you feel like splashing out AED 500.
Katana Sushi Restaurant Down Town. If you like Sushi, you will love this restaurant. The location is fantastic. Its situated above the fountain lake overlooking the Burj and the Dubai Mall fountain. It has a terrace, which you can walk. It has great views of the marina and the skyline. Perfect photo opportunity. The menu is awesome too. Every kind of sushi is available. Its modern stylish, best night to go is Thursday when everyone is out for the weekend.
Times of Arabia Restaurant Souk Madinat Jumeirah. You have to walk through a small souk full of beautiful jewelry and Arabic fashion since this restaurant is set on the side of the water. Beautiful setting. It has a traditional ‘old Arabia’ feel about it. Inside the décor is very grand – many red and gold Arabic accessories. The food is delicious, especially the spicy potatoes. I literally rolled myself out of this restaurant, as the food was so tasty I could not stop eating.
I’ve no doubt that there are many other things to do in Dubai and I have barely touched the surface. However, I have a flavour for what seems to be a magical place full of glitz and glam. I’m sure I will be back this year and hope to explore some more, especially to learn more about the old Dubai."
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