Business meetings are an integral part of Dubai, with hotels like us at Holiday Inn Dubai playing an important role in the life of the city. Once a small fishing village, Dubai has risen to become the leading centre for business and finance in the Middle East, while the designer malls, beaches and cultural sites have made it a centre for tourism too.
We at Holiday Inn Dubai have two superb hotels to host conferences. Our Holiday Inn Downtown Dubai is ideally sited for international business meetings, being just 10 minutes from the international airport. Located close to Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Dubai Mall (the largest in the world) and the chic designer shops and beaches of Jumeira, our hotel is also within easy reach of Dubai Media City and Dubai Maritime City – both major new developments which have transformed the city skyline and helped make Dubai into the commercial success it is today.
Our Holiday Inn Dubai Al Barsha hotel, on the Sheikh Zayed road, is ideal for both business and leisure guests, being conveniently sited between the spectacular manmade islands of Palm Jameira and Palm Jebel Ali. With seven superbly equipped meeting rooms, a business centre, gym and numerous other facilities, we are equally suited for both business meetings and private functions such as weddings. This is a boon for those living at nearby Emirates Hills, a swish gated development housing the majority of Dubai's expatriate community.
Booking meetings in Dubai makes it easy to mix business with pleasure. While we at Holiday Inn Dubai try to ensure you will never need to leave your hotel during your stay, it is hard not to, with so many fabulous attractions on the doorstep. Our Holiday Inn Dubai Al Barsha, for example, is a short walk from the Mall of the Emirates, which until the opening of Dubai Mall was the largest in the Middle East after Cairo's City Stars. The real surprise is its prime attraction: Ski Dubai, the Middle East's first indoor ski resort, featuring real snow. The ideal setting for corporate hospitality outings, it's also the perfect antidote to the hot Persian Gulf weather.
The intense climate of the Middle East is the one reason why meetings in Dubai might get a little uncomfortable. There is nothing more unpleasant than a hot, sticky conference room when you are trying to do business. Our meeting rooms at Holiday Inn Dubai address this with natural daylight and efficient air conditioning. Combined with rooftop terrace swimming pools, cooling refreshments, spa treatments and light, healthy cuisine, our state-of-the-art facilities are the perfect choice for your meetings and conferences.
It's tempting to see Dubai as a purely modern city, dominated as it is by the billowing "sail" of the Burj Al Arab and high-rise hotels of the man-made Palm islands. But it has major cultural attractions too. We at Holiday Inn Dubai suggest you visit the souks of old Bar Dubai, Al-Fahidid Fort, Hatta Heritage Village and Khor Dubai creek, to see why Dubai was an important trading centre centuries before modern business meetings arrived.