Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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A location as exotic and extravagant as one might expect, Dubai boasts some of the world’s most over-the-top attractions, and the city constantly sets new records. Not only a luxury destination, Dubai is also an important global business center in the Middle East, with more than 100,000 companies located in the city. Whether you visit for work or pleasure, you’ll find Dubai delivers on every level.
Dubai International Airport is about a 10-minute drive from the city center. Rental cars are plentiful at the airport, but visitors can also transit via bus, taxi and metro. Sky Bus Service offers transportation from the airport to hotels across the city. The Sky Bus requires a NOL card, purchased at the airport’s information kiosks, to pay the transportation tariff of around $4. Outside the arrivals hall is a 24-hour taxi stand; cab fare costs about $27 from the airport to the Dubai Marina, but fares vary according to destination. The Dubai Metro has stations at Terminals 1 and 3.
For travelers who choose not to drive while in Dubai, taxis are the best bet. Hail a cab or call the Dubai Taxi Corp. to book one in advance. Pink-roofed cabs are for women only. Both the RT A Bus and the Dubai Metro require NOL tickets before boarding; fares vary on each. The two lines of the metro — red and green — operate Saturday through Thursday, 6 a.m.–11 p.m., and 2 p.m.–midnight on Fridays.
Kick your game up a few notches by booking a table for a business luncheon at At.mosphere. Located on the 122nd floor of Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, it provides an experience you won’t easily forget. Lunch is served 12:30– 2:45 p.m. every day. Reservations are required, and you’ll want to save this outing for your top clients — lunch for one can cost more than $450.
Tom & Serg
Find this casual, young and hip café in the Al Quoz neighborhood of Dubai, an area populated with art galleries, coffee shops and repurposed warehouses. The trendy atmosphere and extensive menu make it a local favorite and a fun place to start your day with a colleague or traveling companion before heading off to your first meeting.
Located in Dubai’s financial center, Zuma serves shared plates to each table for a fun and casual lunch experience in an artistically designed and elegant space. The menu consists primarily of Japanese dishes, with an extensive saké selection from the restaurant’s own saké cellar. It also serves a separate lunch menu designed for quick business meetings.
A popular nighttime destination, 360° is located in the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, jutting out into the marina. Known for its spectacular views and great DJs, this venue sports a relaxed atmosphere, but the dress code is “chic and stylish.” Reservations are preferred, and you’ll be asked to present your passport as identification at the door.
Emirates Golf Club Dubai
Want to get in a round of golf but think you don’t have the time? Think again. The Faldo Course at Emirates Golf Club offers tee times as late as 9:55 p.m. every day of the week. This option is available to non-club members, and a selection of hot foods is available right on the course if you plan to come immediately from the office.
Indego by Vineet
Critically acclaimed Indego by Vineet is situated inside Grosvenor House Dubai, where worldrenowned chef Vineet Bhatia turns out a new and modern take on Indian cuisine. The tasting menu with wine pairings includes an array of decadent offerings. Open for business from 7 p.m. through midnight, be sure to make your reservation at this impressive establishment.
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