ARABIA

Dubai is the business hub of the Middle East and the world’s fastest growing tourist destination and economic powerhouse. Capitalizing on its central location between east and west, Dubai has expanded rapidly over the past decades with its economy now based around trade, manufacturing and tourism. But the ‘Merchants’ City’ is about far more than business. Safe, tolerant and cosmopolitan, Dubai is an extraordinary leisure destination. It offers a wealth of amenities, from pristine beaches and world-class hotels to upscale golf courses and first-class restaurants.

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Sean Reeves, Director of Operations

Sean has been working in the events industry for over fifteen years and has a very strong operational background in meetings, conferences and incentives.  He has been with AlliedPRA for nearly ten years, aside from a year break working as a freelancer, culminating in Nike’s London 2012 Olympic Programme.  After working on several UAE based projects for Allied and falling in love with the region and especially the desert, Sean joined AlliedPRA Arabia as Director of Operations to lead the team.

Sean has been working in the events industry for over fifteen years and has a very strong operational background in meetings, conferences and incentives.  He has been with AlliedPRA for nearly ten years, aside from a year break working as a freelancer, culminating in Nike’s London 2012 Olympic Programme.  After working on several UAE based projects for Allied and falling in love with the region and especially the desert, Sean joined AlliedPRA Arabia as Director of Operations to lead the team.

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Sean Reeves, Director of Operations

ARABIA: OUR PICKS

Top things to do

Wander the Souks

Situated on both sides of the Creek in the older part of town, the Souks are fascinating. Fabric, gold and spices all have their own areas and in the alleyways around them you can also pick up electronics, pots and pans and tourist gifts.

Ride an Abra across the Creek

Nothing makes you feel more like a local than jumping on an Abra, handing over your dirham and listening to the locals chatter over the bellowing, smoky engine as you cross the Creek.

Dubai Fountain at the Burj Khalifa

Depending on the time of year, every 30 minutes or so from 7pm until midnight the Dubai Fountain is the centre of attention for a couple of minutes as the water dances with the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building as a backdrop.

Beaches

Most hotels along the Beach Road and on the Palm have their own beach frontage with small malls and restaurants close by, so if the heat gets too much, an air-conditioned bolt hole is never too far away.

Photography

Whether it is a beautiful desert sunset, the excitement and flavor of the souks, portraits and candid shots of the stunning modern architecture merging with a traditional mosque; Dubai is a photographers dream.

Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi

The stunning and spectacular building is the largest mosque in the world open to non-Muslims and is a must see on any trip to Abu Dhabi.

Dune Bashing

It’s fun to be driven in the dunes but getting behind the wheel of a little two-seat “flying” machine is a great experience. Dress to get sandy, expect to get stuck in the dunes and be towed out by the laughing support team and expect to smile – a lot!

Liwa

A massive area of desert near Abu Dhabi, the Empty Quarter, so named because aside from the dunes, there is nothing else there…imaginative naming right? Stunningly beautiful – this really is the Lawrence of Arabia backdrop people imagine, with flour-like fine sand in wonderful hues of orange.

Al Karama and Al Satwa, Street Food

Both areas are famed for some really, really good and inexpensive street food with a big influence from the various regions of India. Whilst not to everyone’s taste, wandering around and listening to the salesmen try to get you into their shops makes for an entertaining evening.

Shopping Malls

The Mall of the Emirates (the one with the ski slope) and the Dubai Mall (the one with the fountain) have thousands of shops between them as well as restaurants, coffee shops, cinemas, an ice rink, three story-high aquariums, hotels and spas.

Water Parks

Dubai and Abu Dhabi both have great options to enable you cool down in the heat; Wild Wadi and Yas Waterworld. Next door to Yas Waterworld is Ferrari World, home of the fastest roller coaster in the world. This makes a nice combination for a long, full day tour from Dubai.

Top places to eat

Pierchic

One of the most popular up-market restaurants in Dubai, Pier Chic is a favorite venue for incentive groups to enjoy the evening sea breezes and the quality food and wines.

At.mosphere

At.mosphere restaurant is located on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa, and is the highest restaurant ever built. Soaring high above Dubai, take exclusivity to new heights and experience an event like no other, with breath-taking panoramic views. Brilliant for pre dinner drinks as the sun sets.

The Meat Company

This Souk Al Bahar restaurant gives diners a fantastic view of the Burj Khalifa and the Fountain. Food and friendly service is fantastic too.

Buddha Bar

One of Dubai’s most sought after venues, Buddha Bar promises evenings of unsurpassed experiences. Renowned for its trendy interior, sensual chill-out music and sublime setting with its vaulted ceilings and towering windows over-looking the glittering waters of the marina.

The Ivy

The Ivy emulates the ambiance, the service and the food style of the original Ivy in London’s West End, famous for its celebrity clientele. The design conjures images of a Victorian-era gentleman’s club with its polished wood, racing green leather seats, aged mirrors, artwork and stained glass.

Fire & Ice

Raffles is one of the most iconic hotel brand names in the world and Fire & Ice offers dining at its very best. With the dark wood and earth tones, this cozy atmosphere offers a style reminiscent of the New York Meatpacking District.

Al Hadheerah

Immerse your guests in Arabian culture within the walls of a traditional fort where, during the course of the evening, they experience live Arabic music with belly dancers and a Tanoura dancer, witness a dazzling falconry display, and enjoy a camel caravan and a horse show in the dunes.

Rivington Grill

Rivington Grill serves the ‘best of British’ at two iconic locations, Souk al Bahar overlooking the Dubai Fountain and the Burj Khalifa, and Souk Madinat Jumeirah with its waterways, shops, and bars.

Barasti

Overlooking the Arabian Sea, Barasti is a vibrant beach venue full of excitement. With great music, a delectable menu and delicious cocktails – it’s no wonder Barasti has become an icon of the Dubai social scene.

Top places to stay

Jumeirah Madinat (Al Qasr and Mina A’ Salam)

You know exactly what you are going to get at this Jumeirah property. Excellent service in a wonderful setting, surrounded by over 40 restaurants, shops and cafes. The hotel is also very close to the Mall of the Emirates which means you can sunbath in the morning and ski in the afternoon.

Le Meridien and Westin Mina Seyahi Beach Resort

Just along the beach from the Madinat complex is the Westin and Le Merirdien complex which includes the ever popular Barasti Beach Bar – a fixture in Dubai for many years. Le Meridien is now fully reopened after its refurbishment and has some of the coolest rooms in Dubai.

Jumeirah Zabeel Saray

Located at the top of the Palm, Zabeel Saray is a destination in itself; you feel like you are far removed from the city even though you have some great views of it across the bay. A truly wonderful spa that has won many awards also means we are pleased to add this into our top 10 options.

Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi

The Fairmont Bab Al Bahr in Abu Dhabi has the service and style of a Fairmont but also a great beach and views across the water to the Grand Mosque – that’s not a bad view to wake up to!

Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi

It’s essentially a real Arabic Palace made into a hotel – need we say more? This is the last stay of the fabled 6, 7, 8 tour – night one is at the Atlantis on the Palm (6 stars), night two is at Burj Al Arab Hotel (7 stars) and the final night is at The Emirates Palace…considered the 8 star property.

The Palace Hotel, Dubai Mall

An oasis in a sea of retail therapy or madness depending on your take of all things with price tags attached. Beautifully appointed rooms and great service.

Qasr Al Sarab

The daddy of all high-end desert properties. It’s a long drive from either Dubai or Abu Dhabi but once you are there it’s truly fantastic. Notable mentions for desert retreats go to Bab Al Shams, Al Mahar and Banyan Tree Al Wadi.

Park Hyatt, Dubai Creek

Holds a special place in my heart as it was the first hotel I stayed at when the office in Dubai open 7 years ago. Golf course next door, on the creek, you can watch sea planes take off and land whilst enjoying breakfast or a cocktail.