Dubai’s top venues for corporate crowds
Positioned as it is as one of the world's primary business hubs, the bulk of Dubai's hotels offer conference centres and business facilities that are second to none. Catering for crowds is an area of expertise, facilities are in sparkling condition, and free WiFi is a given. These are some of Dubai's most business-friendly establishments.
Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa
For the fashion-conscious businessperson, what could possibly be more stylish than to hold a business meeting or conference at the Armani Hotel? Located in the inimitable Burj Khalifa, the supremely suave Armani-branded outlet is just as sleek and sophisticated as one of the fashion label’s boutiques, with minimalist interiors and every member of staff dressed in Armani.
In terms of conference spaces, they aren’t the biggest in the city, but with a stunning location in the tallest building in the world, it's a shoe-in to impress potential clients. The multi-purpose meeting rooms are suitable for smaller groups, whereas the grand ballroom and impressive terrace are the best places to entertain larger numbers.
Maximum capacity: 1000
Beachside meetings are a sure-fire way to raise morale at any company, and the Westin, located right on Dubai's glistening Mina Seyahi beach, is tailor-made for such a purpose.
With 11 meeting areas of various sizes, from small private rooms recommended for a dozen people to the large outdoor Amphitheatre, which can hold up to 700 people for dinner or 1500 for a cocktail reception, there's an option for every need.
Maximum capacity: 1500
Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre
Ideally located a stone’s throw from Dubai International Airport, Le Méridien is the conference venue of choice for those with a mainly international guest list. Just short of 2000 square metres of space is available for everything from meetings and conferences to private dinners and grand banquets. Outdoors, the lush poolside gardens can accommodate up to 400 guests.
Maximum capacity: 1500
The Madinat Jumeirah is home to three five-star hotels, some of the top restaurants in the city and an Arabian souk, as well as one of the biggest and most comprehensive conference offerings in Dubai.
In addition to a clutch of small meeting rooms, the facility also boasts a 1000-person-capacity amphitheatre, a ballroom that can accommodate 1700 people, and the multipurpose Madinat Arena, whose layout can be altered to the customer’s exact specification.
Maximum capacity: 4500
Dubai World Trade Centre
The undisputed king of Dubai's MICE scene, the Dubai World Trade Centre is a venue fit for the biggest and most important meetings and conferences in the region.
With spaces designed to cater to groups as small in number as 20 and as large as an impressive 12,000, the facilities are nothing less than world class. As well as the broad range of meeting options, DWTC also offers catering and on-site accommodation, so guests have absolutely everything they need without even having to venture outside the venue.
Maximum capacity: 12,000