As temperatures soar around the globe, it's time to find creative ways to keep groups cool and comfortable. Here are a few ideas to spark your creativity.
Al Ain (United Arab Emirates)
In Abu Dhabi, between May and mid-October, temperatures can soar 100 - 120° F. Fortunately, there are a few ways to keep cool. For example, corporate groups can head over to Ferrari World and enjoy hours of fun at this Ferrari theme park.
One of the "coolest" new ways to stay cool is at Wadi Adventure in the foothills of Jebel Hafeet. It's the first artificial waterpark in the Middle East with facilities for whitewater rafting, surfing and kayaking. Covering 3.3 meters, it has world's largest man-made waves (3.3 meters high, every 90 seconds) as well as a 1.7-kilometer kayaking channel, the longest in the world.
Wadi Adventure also has an Airpark with a giant swing, zip line, ropes course and a climbing wall.
There are 4 function rooms, including the Summit, which can accommodate 160 for dining and 200 with a theater-style set-up. The Oasis hall has room for 60 diners and 100 people in theater-style. Viewpoint has a capacity of 55. Sunset, which can be sub-divided into 3 rooms has space for 50.
Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)
If families are invited to join your sales incentive trip or executive retreat, you'll definitely want to check out Murjan Splash Park at Khalifa Park. Children up to age 12 can enjoy 7 water based attractions including water showers, a giant tipping bucket and a lazy river.
Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
Dubai has had a number of small ice rinks for some time now. Olympic-sized Dubai Ice Rink offers an opportunity to cool off while enjoying recreational skating, broomball and ice hockey. The venue is also available for private meetings and events.
Koh Samui (Thailand)
With ice walls, bars, furniture and glasses, Bar Ice Samui is the perfect spot to cool off in Thailand. Just enter the arctic party zone. When it's time to thaw out, just step into the an air-conditioned lounge or into the garden area.
Jay Peak (Vermont)
Pump House at Jay Peak is an indoor waterpark with chutes, the double-barrel flowrider where you can surf, and a lazy river called the Big River in honor of one of Johnny Cash's hits.
When it's summer in Melbourne (from December - February), temperatures can reach the high 30° C. With over 50 tons of ice sculptures, Chill On Ice Bar and Ski Lounge maintains a cool -10°C year round. Everything, from the bar to the couches, chairs and tables is carved out of Ciel. Guests enjoy Arctic-themed cocktails in glasses fashioned from ice.
For more cool places to beat the heat, also check out Corporate Event Venues: Indoor Beaches, Keep Your Events Cool at America's Top Water Park Venues and, for cool Christmas in July events, Cool Christmas Event Venues in Hot Climates on Cvent Event Blog.
Photo Credit: Wadi Adventure