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  • Rosalind Cummings-Yeates | May 31, 2016 11:00 PM ET

    Dubai’s Top Business Hotels

    Dubai’s Top Business Hotels

    PHOTO: St. Regis. (photos by Rosalind Cummings-Yeates)

    With 670 well-appointed hotels and counting, Dubai offers an endless array of possibilities for business events and meetings. The Dubai Business Events organization even provides 27 experts to assist with all business events. And despite the well-deserved reputation for over-the-top luxury, the city also hosts mid-range hotels to meet different budgets.

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    Dubai is sectioned into different districts focusing on various arenas, including tech, media and entertainment, so the most convenient location for a business event or meeting is in the Business Bay, near the Dubai World Trade Centre and the heart of the city. I recently toured an expansive selection of Dubai hotels and using the criteria of meeting space, business services, amenities, food options and ambiance, here are my picks for the best hotels for business in Dubai:

    Madinat Jumeirah

    Located on the lush acres of a private beach with views of the Gulf, Madinat Jumeriah is the ultimate Arabian resort, with two hotels under one property, (Jumeirah Al Qasr and Jumeirah Mina A’ Salam) beckoning visitors to fun and relaxation. But don’t let the setting fool you, Madinat supplies the largest hotel event space in the United Arab Emirates, including several conference centers, an indoor auditorium and a multi-use conference hall. Besides cutting-edge audiovisual equipment, and attentive planners willing to adjust spaces and logistics, the hotel boasts 40 restaurants, lounges and catering options. On-site fitness centers, a water park and theater also provide creative team building and incentive choices.

    JW Marriott Marquis Dubai

    Status as the world’s tallest hotel (77 floors) equips JW Marriott Marquis Dubai with the resources to plan the ultimate business event. The hotel supplies 32 multi-use meeting rooms, two ballrooms, including the largest in Dubai, endless alternative meeting space and 14 restaurants and lounges. Adjacent to the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, and the world’s biggest shopping mall, Dubai Mall, the Marquis also presents jaw-dropping views and understated (for Dubai) elegance.

    St. Regis Dubai

    Perched on the banks of the Dubai Water Canal, St. Regis Dubai personifies the stately old world grandeur of Astor hotels, combined with Dubai’s taste for gold-rimmed luxury.  The St. Regis is smaller than the other hotels on this list so it’s perfect for more intimate meetings and events. There are six meeting rooms, and one ballroom, all with AV equipment. The hotel anchors the urban oasis of Al Habtoor City, an urban resort beside two other hotels and a Vegas style theater, expanding the event options even more. The St. Regis supplies eight restaurants (serving the hotel’s own brand of meat, raised on a private Australian cattle farm) and lounges, as well as a helipad for private helicopters.

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    Ritz Carlton Dubai International Financial Centre

    A stylish property filled with international art, The Ritz Carlton International Financial Centre is located in the heart of downtown Dubai and easily accessible to all the major attractions as well as the airport. The selling point is a massive ballroom that can be divided into four different meeting spaces and 10 other meeting rooms. Four lounges and three impeccable restaurants top off the events options.

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Rosalind Cummings-Yeates Far-Sighted Field Notes

Rosalind Cummings-Yeates Rosalind Cummings-Yeates is a journalist, author and blogger who specializes in travel and culture topics. She loves guiding readers through the richness of various cultures and discovering the essence of a destination. Her travel and culture blog, Farsighted Fly Girl, offers travel insights through the music, food, art and history of various countries and cultures. Join her on the journey at www.Rosalindcummingsyeates.
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