Going on a business trip to Dubai is a treat in itself. With so many things to offer tourists and business travelers alike, Dubai is a perfect place to combine work and play.
Finding the perfect Dubai accommodation isn’t a problem, either — any of the five dazzling Dubai properties from JA Resorts & Hotels would be sure to provide a first-class environment for your recreational as well as professional needs.
One of the seven emirates in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai has emerged as a global hub for leisure and trade. This thriving metropolitan has become one of the busiest cities in the world with revenue-generating industries such as aviation, real estate, financial services, and tourism.
With a dizzying number of innovative landmarks, towering skyscrapers and record-breaking feats, Dubai is a multi-faceted city that has something for everyone. This emirate is home to the world’s biggest shopping mall, world’s tallest tower, world’s largest indoor theme park, and even the world’s tallest chocolate sculpture. Touted to be a city of superlatives, everything seems to be bigger, better and more ostentatious in one of the world’s richest cities.
It comes as no wonder then that events related to business are conducted in this global financial city. With a plethora of things to do, sights to see and activities to be experienced, Dubai is one of the top destinations for every businessperson.
If you are in Dubai for work, here are some tips for making the most out of your hotel stay:
1. Make friends
Aside from the business contacts that you meet while on the job, you also need to befriend the people in the hotel. Having a congenial personality comes with fringe benefits especially when you befriend the hotel staff.
From the bellboy to the concierge, the cleaning lady to the hotel chef, set no limit as to who and how many you can establish good relations with.
Aside from discovering new personal connections, the hotel group will be your family for the duration of your stay. Most Dubai accommodations have excellent staff who can anticipate your needs and assist you to the best of their abilities.
Regardless of how long you stay, they can help you with local information that you might need. This includes booking restaurants or venues for your business meetings, hailing cabs, and even guiding you in the way you should conduct yourself, especially if you are not familiar with their customs.
Insider tips from hotel staff can also make your stay more comfortable as they can let you in on hotel tips and tricks. They know best when the peak hours for the gym and pool area are, which local tour services to use, what the best dishes in the buffet are, etc.
2. Enjoy the perks
Depending on how generous your company is, you can make the most of your hotel stay in a variety ways.
- If you and other employees from your company are frequent visitors at the hotel where you’re staying (with good standing), you will most likely receive a warm welcome.
Some hotels go to the extent of receiving you personally, have fruits (or chocolates or pastries, if you’re lucky) waiting inside your room, or have a dedicated driver to chauffeur you around.
- If you have your own VIP card, maximize your access to the club floor. There normally are fewer people, more food, a more relaxed atmosphere, and better working space on that level.
- When your room comes with a free breakfast, you can also make the most of your dining experience by having tea and fruits in the room first then converting your breakfast into a more filling brunch.
- Most hotels also offer free use of their facilities such as the swimming pool and gym. This means you don’t have to miss out on your workouts. Take advantage of the gym equipment (some hotels even have trainers on standby) before rolling up your sleeves to work.
Discounts on hotel spa services are usually on offer as well, so schedule a session to soothe away the stress after a long day of wheeling and dealing.
3. Find your space
- With the advent of technology, working remotely has lifted the weight off many an entrepreneur’s shoulders. Most hotel establishments offer free and fast Internet connection in your room or throughout the hotel premises.
- With this in mind, you can find the most suitable place where you can work. If it’s more comfortable for you to work in the privacy and silence of your own room, then do so. Nothing beats being relaxed, wrapped in a fluffy bathrobe, and resting your back on plush beddings to have some time to think and plan your next business move.
- Other business travelers can also enjoy business with pleasure by inviting over their associates for coffee or a light meal at the hotel lobby. These can serve as a neutral and more casual ground for having a tête–à-tête with possible business partners or colleagues.
- Fine dining can also be found in most five-star hotels so you can also treat your business contacts here. After-meeting drinks can be downed in the hotel bar, which is very convenient when you’re in Dubai since most hotels are licensed to serve alcoholic beverages.
Just be mindful not to drink too much and cause a ruckus as Dubai has very strict laws regarding the purchase and consumption of alcohol.
The Business of Appreciation
When you are flying to another destination for business purposes, it can be rather taxing as you have to deal with the physical exhaustion as well as the mental stress.
It will help a lot if you planned well and booked yourself in a reputable hotel. This will ensure that the place you are staying in will not add to the demands of your work. It will be a respite for your weary body and mind after a day of exchanging thoughts and ideas with your business acquaintances.
Choosing the right accommodation, researching it before you go, and making valuable connections with the staff can make all the difference in ensuring that your hotel stay will be smooth and stress-free.
Some final reminders to make your stay a truly fulfilling one:
- Make sure you don’t become a difficult or “monster” guest. Some people can feel so entitled that they demand to be waited on hand and foot round the clock. Strutting around like a peacock and asserting your importance by treating everyone like slaves will not make you a favorite.
- Learn to genuinely appreciate the efforts – big or small – that the hotel personnel extends to you. You don’t have to be passive when major problems arise regarding your stay (e.g., instances when there are disrespectful staff, stolen items, and such) but exercise a healthy disposition towards everyone you meet.
Just remember that when maximizing and taking advantage of these privileges offered to you, you must do so with grace, prudence, and mindfulness. Gratuities (if allowed) are a welcome treat, but a warm and genuine appreciation for the hotel members are more meaningful and memorable.
Thomas Grundner is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for JA Resorts & Hotels. He has more than 20 years of expertise in the hospitality and leisure industry – across international markets including Germany, Egypt and Spain. Grundner oversees all sales, marketing and revenue efforts as the company continues to build on its key growth and development strategies and further cultivates its unique blend of “Heartfelt Hospitality” and “Casual Luxury.”