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Business to Pleasure

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Coming to Dubai for business doesn't have to mean work, work, work. From world-class golf to relaxing beaches and sophisticated restaurants, this buzzing-yet-beautiful emirate has plenty to help you ease you off the business treadmill. Check out our tips on the city's best spots for recharging your work-weary batteries and turning business into pleasure, whether it's after a long day or a demanding week.

Good for
  • Solo
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

12 Places

5 City Tips

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12 Places

The Emirates Golf Club

Golf Courses

Pierchic

Restaurants

Dubai Opera

Theatres

Arabian Adventures

Sightseeing Tours, Walking Tours, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours, City Tours, Historical & Heritage Tours

Talise Ottoman Spa

Spas

Xclusive Yachts

Boat Tours, Boat Hire

Kite Beach

Beaches

Hatta Mountain Bike Trail Centre

Biking Trails

Inner City Zoo

Bars & Clubs, Dance Clubs & Discos

Level 43 Sky Lounge

Restaurants

La Mer

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Folly by Nick & Scott

Restaurants

Visit Dubai's City Tips

  • Weekends in Dubai are Fridays and Saturdays. Remember: Fridays are a holy day, and many attractions are closed on Friday mornings to reflect this
  • Take water, sun cream, sunglasses, and a sunhat whenever you plan to be outdoors
  • Dubai's cabs are the easiest way to get around the city, especially when time is of the essence
  • The air-conditioned and efficient metro system is good for getting from district to district within the city
  • Most restaurants automatically add a 15-20% service charge on to bills, as well as other local taxes
  • The Emirates Golf Club
    Golf Courses
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    Visit Dubai Says:

    Head for this world-famous golf club, the Middle East’s oldest grass course and stage for the annual Omega Dubai Desert Classic. With three palm-lined courses ringed by skyscrapers, it’s a stunning place to polish your game and wind down after a busy day, with restaurants and bars where you can cool off later.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Be ready to pay the high green fees to play at this prestigious club
    • Relax post-work with a round of night golf on the club’s Faldo course, with tee times from 4pm. The evening green fees are lower and you get to experience playing under floodlights
    • Club hire is available, and green fees include cart hire and range balls
    • Ease down after your game with drinks and food at the club’s elegant Spike Bar
    • Leave the metro at the Nakheel station, handily located right by the club's main entrance
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #59 of 547 Outdoor Activities in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing golf condition, even if it's in the desert 13/11/2018
    • Good food , good view 08/11/2018
    • The Emirates Golf Club
    Address:
    Emirates Golf Clu
    Nakheel Metro Station, Emirates Hills
    Dubai 24040
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 417 9999
    Other:
  • Pierchic
    Restaurants (Seafood, Mediterranean, European)
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    Visit Dubai Says:

    To-die-for views of the Burj Al Arab, succulent seafood, and a sophisticated-yet-chilled atmosphere make this pier-end eatery the perfect spot for relaxing. Take time to stroll the over-the-water walkway to ease out of work-mode, and enjoy the Mediterranean-inspired menu while soaking up the uniquely Dubai location.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Contact the restaurant when booking to ask for a window table. There are no guarantees: the tables are subject to availability
    • If it's too hot to walk along the pier, electric carts will whisk you along the walkway
    • Go for Friday brunch for the full local experience: weekend brunches are an institution in Dubai
    • The menu isn’t all about seafood. Expect Wagyu beef, Spanish lamb and vegetarian options as well
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #419 of 7,141 restaurants in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • AMAZING staff and experience! 16/11/2018
    • New management....New style 16/11/2018
    • Pierchic
    Address:
    Al Sufouh Road
    Madinat Jumeirah
    Dubai 75157
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 432 3232
    Price range:
    US$30 - US$200
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Fri
    12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    6:30 PM - 11:30 PM
    Sat
    12:00 PM - 11:30 PM
    Other:
  • Dubai Opera
    Theatres
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    Visit Dubai Says:

    Evenings out don’t get much better than at Dubai Opera, set beside the Burj Lake in Downtown Dubai. While the 2,000-seater auditorium hosts an exceptional programme of live entertainments, from musicals to ballets and classical, pop, and jazz concerts, the building is equally impressive: a futuristic recreation of a traditional Arabian dhow boat.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Factor in time to admire the building when you visit. The foyer opens two hours before performances
    • Don’t miss the ‘Symphony’ chandelier in the atrium. A cascade of 30,00 pearl-shaped lights, it’s best viewed from the upper levels
    • Leave the metro at the Burj Khalifa station and make the roughly 15-minute signposted walk to the Opera
    • Cabs are the easiest travel option, with plenty usually on hand outside the building after performances
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #40 of 358 things to do in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Live concert 12/11/2018
    • Beautiful Venue 10/11/2018
    • Dubai Opera
    Address:
    Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd
    Downtown Dubai, Near Burj Khalifa
    Dubai 8229
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 440 8888
    Other:
  • Arabian Adventures
    Sightseeing Tours, Walking Tours, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours, City Tours, Historical & Heritage Tours
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    Visit Dubai Says:

    A fantastic way to escape Dubai’s glitzy skyscrapers and get off the beaten track, a desert safari will take you into a parallel universe of orange dunes, empty sands and Bedouin-style camps. Take off on a thrilling dune bash, ride a camel and savor a sunset dinner under the stars: all perfect antidotes to the stresses of business.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Shared group safaris are available through the year, and typically run during the afternoon and evening
    • Pay extra for a private safari with colleagues and enjoy a complete change from the office
    • First time in Dubai? Combine a safari with a city tour to see every side of the emirate and get the most from your free time
    • Leave desert-driving to the experts by taking a guided tour. Self-drive road trips aren’t recommended for inexperienced desert drivers
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #40 of 547 Outdoor Activities in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Desert Safari 16/11/2018
    • Morning Camel Trek 14/11/2018
    • Arabian Adventures
    Phone:
    +971 4 303 4888
    Other:
  • Talise Ottoman Spa
    Spas
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    Visit Dubai Says:

    Part of the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray resort on the Palm Jumeirah, this award-winning spa’s Ottoman-style hammam and body treatments will tick all the boxes for de-stressing after a hard day or working week. Add the luxurious marble surroundings and calming atmosphere and expect to leave feeling utterly refreshed and rejuvenated.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • Pay homage to your Middle East location with the signature Royal Ottoman hammam. It includes a steam session and intensely invigorating stone-bed body scrub
    • Try the Muscle-Ease massage to melt away joint or muscle pains
    • For a list of available massages and treatments, check the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray website
    • The hotel’s location on the fringes of the Palm Jumeirah is a getaway in itself: the best way to travel here is by cab
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 299 Spas & Wellness in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Pure Bliss 13/11/2018
    • Stunning Spa & nice servicr 26/10/2018
    • Talise Ottoman Spa
    Address:
    The Palm Jumeirah, Crescent Road West
    Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 453 0456
    Other:
  • Xclusive Yachts
    Boat Tours, Boat Hire
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    Visit Dubai Says:

    For a refreshing blast of sea air far from the boardroom, step on to a privately chartered motor yacht for a cruise along Dubai’s shores. Lounge on deck, drop anchor to swim in the ocean, glide by iconic sights such as Dubai Marina and Palm Jumeirah, and step back ashore ready for the next round of work.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    Tips
    • Opt for a private yacht cruise and tailor your route to cover landmarks such as the Burj Al Arab
    • Yachts for up to 12 to 20 passengers are available, as well as smaller motor and speedboats for up to three
    • Bring your own food and drink, or book a barbecue feast cooked on board by a private chef
    • Book well in advance: up to three to four weeks ahead in peak season
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 273 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Dubai
    • Recommended 16/11/2018
    • Wonderful experiance 15/11/2018
    • Xclusive Yachts
    Address:
    Al Marsa Street
    Dubai 126012
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 432 7233
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • Kite Beach
    Beaches
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    Visit Dubai Says:

    If your business hotel has no beach to its name, Kite Beach fits the bill for some serious R&R on the sands. Handy to get to from hotels in Business Bay, Downtown Dubai, and Bur Dubai, it boasts white sands, turquoise waters and bucketloads of watersports such as kite surfing and paddle boarding: ideal if you want to really blow the business cobwebs away.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Senior
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Changing facilities, showers and cafes can be found along the sands
    • Sports options include surfing, kite surfing, kayaks and stand-up paddle boarding
    • Look for Salt, a hip food-truck spot beside the beach. Tits Wagyu beef sliders are popular
    • Admission is free
    • Get here by cab: there are no metro stops nearby. Find the beach off the Jumeirah Beach road, just north of the Al Manara Road junction
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 358 things to do in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • One of the top pick beaches 15/11/2018
    • Very nice beach! 14/11/2018
    • Kite Beach
    Address:
    Jumeirah 3
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
  • Hatta Mountain Bike Trail Centre
    Biking Trails
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    Visit Dubai Says:

    With jagged peaks and rugged trails beckoning from every direction, you’ll be forgiven for letting all thoughts of deadlines and directives slip away at this centre in Dubai's Hatta region. Pounding the pedals through the remote landscapes is enough to recharge any work-weary batteries, big time.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Senior
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The centre offers trails for different skill levels, from a Green Trail for beginners to Red and Black routes for experienced bikers
    • Toilets, showers and shaded rest and BBQ areas are provided
    • Hire a bike in Dubai or nearby Hatta as the centre does not supply them
    • Using the trails is free and they're open 24/7/365
    • Self-drive is the best option for getting here. Expect a 1.5-hour road trip from Dubai
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 5 things to do in Hatta
    • great facilities, trails, surroundings, had lot of fun there. 07/10/2018
    • Camping and Trailing at it Best! 21/09/2018
    • Hatta Mountain Bike Trail Centre
    Address:
    Hatta Centre Awir-hatta Rd
    Hatta
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 55 504 5005
    Other:
  • Inner City Zoo
    Bars & Clubs, Dance Clubs & Discos
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    Visit Dubai Says:

    1,187 ceiling lights, 91 LED screens, pumping tunes and a more intimate vibe than that found at Dubai’s mega-clubs, JBR’s Inner City Zoo appeals if you like to play hard after working hard. Whether you’re here for just drinks or to dance to the DJs, R&B and disco tracks, it’s slick, sassy and spot-on for letting your hair down after a long day or week.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Trendsetter
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Table seating is available and comes with a reasonable minimum spend
    • Weekly theme nights include R&B and hip-hop on Thursdays plus disco ladies’ nights on Fridays
    • Set in the Rixos Premium Dubai hotel in Dubai’s buzzing Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) district
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #30 of 75 Nightlife in Dubai
    • terrible 02/09/2018
    • Disappointed 24/08/2018
    • Inner City Zoo
    Address:
    JBR The Walk
    Rixos Premium Hotel, Ground Floor
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 58 867 5357
    Hours:
    Tue
    12:00 AM - 3:00 AM
    11:00 PM - 12:00 AM
    Wed - Thu
    11:00 PM - 3:00 AM
    Fri
    11:00 PM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
  • Level 43 Sky Lounge
    Restaurants (Bar, Sushi)
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    Visit Dubai Says:

    Prior reservations for seats with the best views are recommended for Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Trendsetter
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Enjoy discounts on sundowners during the daily happy hour from 6pm to 8pm
    • Order the sushi: it gets top reviews
    • Level 43 is found at the Four Points by Sheraton Sheikh Zayed Road hotel
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #69 of 7,141 restaurants in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Cool and trendy sushi bar 11/11/2018
    • Great views, great food, great prices 08/11/2018
    • Level 43 Sky Lounge
    Address:
    Sheikh Zayed Road
    Dubai 116162
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 56 414 2213
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    2:00 PM - 2:00 AM
    Other:
  • La Mer
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Visit Dubai Says:

    Plum in the centre of coastal Jumeirah, this hip beachfront destination has everything you need to chill out on a day off. Think wide, sandy beaches dotted with cabanas, palm-shaded boardwalks of warehouse-style food spots and boutiques, and more, all infused with a Californian-style atmosphere that'll have you kicking back in no time.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Beach Goer
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Inbetween spells on the sands, check out the on-trend swimwear and designs at the LA-based brand Trina Turk or ShayMartian boutique
    • Take your pick from the eclectic cuisines on offer, from Japanese and American to Greek and Middle Eastern
    • Find La Mer stretched out between the Village Mall and Mercato Mall in Jumeirah 1
    • Facilities include showers, free WiFi and handy mobile phone charging points if you need to stay connected
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 358 things to do in Dubai
    • ”La Mer” The New Beachfront! 16/11/2018
    • Nice beach 16/11/2018
    • La Mer
    Address:
    45 2 A St
    after Etihad Museum
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 800 637227
    Other:
  • Folly by Nick & Scott
    Restaurants (International)
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    Visit Dubai Says:

    This elegant-as-they come restaurant is the brainchild of star chefs Nick Alvis and Scott Price—both of whom worked with Gordon Ramsay—and enjoys a prime spot in Souk Madinat Jumeirah. With a choice of menus and dining areas, including a garden terrace, its quiet calm is perfect for easing down and enjoying top-notch food after a busy day.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Try the sirloin of beef with cheek and thyme croquettes from the a la carte menu: it garners great reviews
    • If you're out with colleagues, considering booking the Communal Table. This table for up to 10 has its own scenic terrace
    • If you just want drinks, relax over cocktails at the rooftop bar. The views from here over the Burj Al Arab are to-die-for
    • Get a cab to Souk Madinat Jumeirah and after drop-off at the main entrance, follow the signs to the Promenade restaurants and look for location number 27
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #327 of 7,141 restaurants in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Cheese & Wine 06/11/2018
    • Ok but not one for a return visit 17/10/2018
    • Folly by Nick & Scott
    Phone:
    +971 4 430 8535
    Price range:
    US$25 - US$204
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
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