Magazine article Management Today

MT BUSINESS TRAVEL: Frequent Flyer - Mark Bowman's Guide to Dubai

Magazine article Management Today

MT BUSINESS TRAVEL: Frequent Flyer - Mark Bowman's Guide to Dubai

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HOW TO GET THERE

I fly with Emirates direct from Manchester to Dubai International. The flight takes about seven hours.

AIRPORT TO TOWN

If you fly business class with Emirates, the airline provides a courtesy car into town, as do most hotels. There are no trains in Dubai, but taxis are extremely cheap. From the airport, it's about 10 minutes to anywhere in the centre. Allow extra time during the rush hour.

BEST HOTEL

The Emirate Towers 1 (Sheikh Zayed Road, tel 00 971 4 330 0000) is simply stunning. The rooms and service are fantastic, with every conceivable amenity for the business traveller. If I've got an early morning flight, I stay at Le Meridien Dubai hotel 2 near the airport (Airport Road, 08000 282840).

BEST BUSINESS RESTAURANT

The Seafood Market at Le Meridien hotel 2 is a real experience - like a big market stall. You choose your fresh fish and the chef cooks it to your requirements. The tables are well spaced and the service discreet, so it's good for talking business.

BEST BARS

Scarlett's Bar in the basement at the Emirate Towers hotel is popular. There's also a district known as Irish and Century Village, which is packed with bars. The hottest nightclub is Zinc 3, where you can party till the early hours (it's inside the Crowne Plaza hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road).

THREE HOURS TO KILL

Travel up Dubai Creek on an abra (water taxi) to see the major landmarks on both banks. Water taxi pick-up points are dotted along the creek on both sides. Get dropped off at the ancient gold and spice souks on the Bur Dubai and on the Deira 4 side of the creek. …

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