Top 10 places for business meetings in the UAE
Whether it is conducted during breakfast, lunch, or dinner, a business meeting requires a business-friendly setting.
Whether it is conducted during breakfast, lunch, or dinner, a business meeting requires a business-friendly setting. However, in this day and age, the rules have been bent to make business meetings relaxed rather than monotonous. So, here are 10 places in the UAE that we, at Arabian Business, find perfect for a professional yet pleasurable atmosphere. 1. Al Muntaha: We’ll start our list with our most prestigious choice. Al Muntaha restaurant is located at the Burj Al Arab. While it’s pricey and can be over the top, we think it’s worthy of an important business meeting where, for example, a big deal is about to be signed. The 360 views of Dubai will make it a meeting, and you a host, to remember. 2. Hendrick’s Bar: For a less prominent yet equally esteemed outlet is Hendrick’s Bar at the Four Seasons. Decorated in different shades of purple furniture, this bar has a somewhat royal feel to it. Perhaps it is because of the wall to ceiling velour curtains, highly polite staff, or subtle classical music; a recipe for a classic, traditional business meeting. 3. Atmosphere: Because it has a reputation for being the world’s highest restaurant, Atmosphere at the Burj Khalifa is overlooked as a business meeting place. However, it is more the latter than it is anything else. Why? Besides the leather couches and open space, not a lot of venues can top the highest one in the world. 4. Bice: Both outlets in Souk Al Bahar and Hilton JBR are suitable for business meetings as they are quiet with a discreet set. The one in Downtown features views of the Dubai fountain, while the one in Hilton houses a pianist and singer. Overall, Bice is known for being one of the best Italian restaurants in Dubai. 5. Hakkasan: This restaurant and lounge serves one of the best Japanese menus in the world. With outlets in Moscow and London, it goes without saying that Hakkasan is a regular when it comes to chief business meetings. The branch in Dubai is located in Emirates Towers and recently added a large cigar lounge. 6. VII: One of the most recently opened places in the city is VII at the Conrad hotel. What’s special about it is its luxurious indoor greenhouse. It was so well designed that the air conditioner was almost unrecognisable; it was fully covered with neat greenery. 7. Zuma: Zuma at DIFC will remain a timeless destination for almost any occasion. It’s suitable for birthdays, dates, or business meetings. The unique thing about it is that its service, venue, and food are so excellent that you need not worry about the atmosphere, not that that’s ordinary either. 8. The Vault: This lounge’s name reflects its design. The doors are designed to look like those of a real vault, and the inside of the venue is filled with clear glass ejects. Situated at the 71st and 72nd floor of the world’s tallest hotel, JW Marquise, the vault has business written all over it. While it gets loud during late hours of the night, it’s quiet enough for a business meeting beforehand. 9. Toro Toro: The venue is regularly named one of the best Latin restaurants in Dubai by many. Its food and service are on point, yet it’s the impressive and edgy décor that makes this place business meeting-suitable. While it has a warm color palette of yellow, orange, and brown, it’s decorated with metal stairs and large bull horns. Like the vault, it also tends to get loud late on the weekends. 10. GQ Bar: Finally, for suave business meetings, GQ Bar is the choice to go for. Inspired by risqué men’s magazine GQ, the bar is decorated in dark wood, leather couches, and framed issue covers.