by Andrea Doyle | January 01, 2018
Dubai, "the city of gold," is a lavish, futuristic destination set in the middle of the pale sands of the Arabian desert, blending old with new, natural beauty with soaring modernism, and the exotic with the familiar.


DAY 1: A DAY OF SUPERLATIVES

10:00 AM 
                   
Dubai is home to the world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa, which rises more than 2,716 feet into the sky. This monolith stands as the magnificent centerpiece of downtown Dubai and is adjacent to the 900-foot-long Dubai Fountain, one of the world's largest water and light spectacles.

1:00 PM                    
Another of Dubai's well-known structures, the sail-like Burj Al Arab, sits on its very own man-made isle. Every amenity imaginable is offered at this hotel, including private butlers, a chauffeured Rolls Royce, or a helicopter that whisks guests to the door as fireworks and dancing fountains provide a welcome. 

5:00 PM                     
The Dubai Mall, the world's largest, with more than 1,200 stores, is a bustling city within a city. Not only will you find almost every major brand in the world here, but also an ice rink, theme park, aquarium, in-mall taxi, and the world's largest sweet shop. 


DAY 2: EXTRAVAGANCE EVERYWHERE

11:00 AM
            
One of the fastest-growing cities in the world, Dubai is also one of the wealthiest. There is no better place to see this wealth on display than at its markets, or souks. Gold bracelets, necklaces, and even breastplates are displayed in the Gold Souk; follow the aroma of spices, herbs, and dried fruit to find the Spice Souk.

3:00 PM                                           
Dubai has given its own unique twist to the game of polo, replacing the horse with a camel, one of the UAE's most treasured animals. Those interested can visit the St. Regis Dubai, Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, where your group will be divided into teams, and after a champagne toast, will get a lesson in polo-mallet-swing technique. With that, a group of camels walk in and the game gets started.

7:00 PM                                      
Dubai's first resident show, La Perle by Dragone, features gravity-defying acrobatics and aerial stunts inside a high-tech aqua theater at Al Habtoor City.


DAY 3: OUTSIDE THE ORDINARY

1:00 PM
                        
The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding provides a bridge to appreciating the many different nationalities of the UAE. Lunch can be arranged here in the Al Fahidi Historic District, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Dubai, hosted by an Emirati who will explain UAE culture and more.

6:00 PM                               
An Al Maha desert safari is truly unforgettable. Al Maha Resort is nestled in a verdant palm oasis, deep within Dubai's magical dune and desert landscape in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. From camel sightings and falconry demonstrations to traditional Middle Eastern food and hookah, this is a night that will enthrall.



This article appears in the January 2018 issue of Successful Meetings