Whether you're planning conferences, business meetings or corporate events in Dubai, there are a number of venues with special magic. We'll take a quick look at 2 of them.
Al Hadheerah Restaurant, Bab Al Shams
When you come to Dubai, if you want your team to get some insight into Bedouin culture but you don't have time for a desert safari, event planners should consider Al Hadheerah. The venue incorporates many of the elements of a Bedouin camp.
Exclusive use of Al Hadheerah for corporate events, special events and weddings. The capacity is about 500.
I dined there on Tuesday night just after arriving in Dubai and it was a truly memorable experience.
If the members of your party have hearty appetites, there is no cause for concern. No one will go hungry. Even though I asked for small portions, they brought me enough to feed a small army.
After the sun goes down, the show begins. A camel caravan enters with dramatic effect and strolls across the sand dunes, overlooking the restaurant. Singers, a live band, and, of course, belly dancers, provide energetic entertainment throughout the evening. They even move among the crowd and encourage guests to participate. It is followed by riders on horseback with torches that create a dazzling display. There is even a goatherd, meandering across the dunes with his goats.
On Friday nights, an electrifying display of fireworks adds a magical touch.
Dubai Heritage Village
The first time I saw it was 11 years ago almost to the day. I was in Dubai for the first time. The ruler of the United Arab Emirates His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan had just returned from having surgery in the U.S. On my last night, I took a Dhow dinner cruise on the Dubai. The cuisine was absolutely scrumptious. It was when I was finishing dessert and savoring the delights of some of the most delectable chocolate treats I had ever tasted when I saw it. It was one of those experiences that leaves you pinching yourself as it's just too beautiful to be real.
Of course I had no idea what I was seeing, but it almost seemed like a mirage. When I inquired, I was informed that it had been the home of the ruler of Dubai's grandfather, His Highness Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum.
Dubai Heritage Village is the perfect place to take corporate teams to give them a glimpse of Dubai's history and culture. Visitors will see a traditional Bedouin village (with tents), Hatta-style homes, a falaj (ancient irrigation system), a Dhow that was used for pearl diving, 2 towers from the 1880's, a mosque that is 200 years old, and the Al Husen Majlis. Al Husen has a conference room. There are also several outdoor meeting venues. Cultural events take place regularly and the village is lit up every night, creating a mesmerizing effect.
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