Dubai’s hotels that mix work and play. It is said that business should never be mixed with pleasure, but when it comes to hotels, that statement couldn't be further from the truth – and in Dubai, we know how to get the formula just right. Here are seven of the best hotels that allow you to play (or relax) just as hard as you work.
The tallest hotel in the world is also one of the best equipped for business professionals, with 32 meeting and event rooms and a fully equipped, 24-hour business centre all found on-site. And once the workday is over, there are very few places more serene than the hotel's Saray Spa, with a steam in the Turkish hammam offering the pinnacle of relaxation
Closest Metro station: Business Bay
JW Marriott Marquis, Business Bay, Sheikh Zayed Road
+971 4 414 0000
The iconic Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel offers all the facilities business travellers need for their remote office. Executive airport pick-up allows guests to even check in to the hotel from their limousine or even once they’ve arrived in their room. And when it’s time to unwind, book in for a treatment in Jumeirah’s famous Talise Spa, or indulge at one of the abundant dining options – such as the highly acclaimed Hakkasan, for exquisite Chinese cuisine with Michelin credentials.
Closest Metro station: Emirates Towers
Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road
+971 4 330 0000
This four-star boutique hotel, offers business travellers a flavour of Arabia right beside the towering Burj Khalifa and iconic Dubai Opera – making it ideal for business entertaining. The 197-room Manzil Downtown Dubai offers a selection of meeting spaces and breakout rooms on its mezzanine floor, ideal for small to medium-sized social and business events, while the dedicated workspace in the lobby provides a convenient office.
Closest Metro station: Dubai Mall
Manzil Downtown Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai
+971 4 428 5888
The Conrad caters to almost every business need imaginable, from laminating important documents ahead of a big presentation, to an international courier to personally take care of important deliveries. Although the hotel is located on Dubai’s busy arterial Sheikh Zayed Road, it boasts the relaxation factor of a beachside residence, with Purobeach Urban Oasis – a lush terrace garden, pool and lounge area – providing the ultimate city escape.
Closest Metro station: Trade Centre
The Conrad, Trade Centre 1, Sheikh Zayed Road
+971 4 444 7444
Enjoying one of the city’s most business-friendly locations – smack bang in the middle of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) – The Ritz-Carlton DIFC is ideal for the high-flyers of the finance world. As one would expect from the famous chain, the business facilities are nothing short of exceptional, and in its restaurant, Center Cut, the hotel has one of Dubai's top steakhouses (tip: the Australian Wagyu rib-eye is to die for).
Closest Metro station: DIFC
Ritz-Carlton DIFC, Gate Village, DIFC, off Sheikh Zayed Road
+971 4 372 2222
Complimentary WiFi in all areas of the hotel is just one of the nice little touches that makes Raffles ideal for business travellers. Add the services of a private butler and even an on-site library, and it’s clear that the hotel has everything you might require for a hard day’s work. When it comes to places for refreshment, guests won’t be left wanting – there are five first-rate restaurants and lounges, including the superb French outfit La Residence. What’s more, it’s located just 15 minutes from the airport.
Closest Metro station: Dubai Healthcare City
Raffles Dubai, 13th Street, Sheikh Rashid Road, Wafi city
+971 4 324 8888
Not all business in Dubai is conducted in the Downtown area. For those seeking a location in the Marina, Grosvenor House – with its dedicated business support centre offering round-the-clock technical assistance – has everything a business traveller could ever wish for. Plus, when Friday afternoon rolls around, a lively brunch in the hotel's Toro Toro restaurant is the perfect tonic to the stress of the working week.
Closest Metro station: DAMAC Properties Metro station
Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina, Al Sufouh Road
+971 4 399 8888