The Event Planner’s Guide to Dubai Venues

Kaitlyn Tatulli |

DubaiDubai has proved itself as a city of great imaginatively and innovation by being ranked as one of the best places to visit in the world. Home to many record-breaking superlatives like the world’s largest shopping mall, the world’s tallest building, the world’s largest man-made marina, Dubai’s creativity has helped the city grow into a hyperconnected, top business tourist destination.

Packed with creative venues, beautiful beaches, and historic monuments, who wouldn’t want to attend a meeting or event in one of the world’s business leaders.

Check out our planner’s guide to the top venues in Dubai for meetings and events.

Top 10 Venues Planners Should Consider

1. Dubai World Trade Center

Dedicated to hosting meetings and events, the Dubai World Trade Center offers planners 1,302,434 sq. ft of venue space. In addition to its 21 exhibition halls and 40 dedicated meeting rooms, the Dubai World Trade Center features four on-site hotels, restaurants with 150 chefs, retail shops, banks, pharmacies, coffee shops, and more. Whatever you need for your event or your attendees, the Dubai World Trade Center can give you.

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2. Burj Al Arab

Regarded as the city’s beacon of modernity and continuously voted as the world’s most luxurious hotel, the Burj Al Arab is thehotel to host your next meeting or event. In addition to 201 guest rooms, nine world-class restaurants and bars, five pools, a private beach, free access to the Wild Wadi Waterpark, a spa, the Burj Al Arab offers planners five venue spaces: the Al Falak Ballroom (50-250 guests), the Tameen Majlis (15-40 guests), the Suha Boardroom (32 guests), the Scape Restaurant (90 guests), and the Gold on 27 (87-150 guests). With 5-star service and award-winning cuisine, Burj Al Arab event staff will provide your guests with a personal and sophisticated event no matter what the size.

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3. Burj Level 112

Elevate your event to new heights by hosting 1,313 miles high at Burj Level 112. Burj Level 112 features floor-to-ceiling glass windows, providing guests with panoramic views of the city. For planners, the Burj offers 10,657 sq. ft of flexible meeting and event space, in addition to an outdoor terrace. The Burj also provides Wi-Fi, audio-visual technology, and cuisine, so that you can focus on connecting with your attendees.

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4. Al Dawaar Revolving Restaurant

Give your guests something to truly remember by hosting your next meeting or event in the Al Dawaar Revolving Restaurant. As the name implies, Al Dawaar is a rooftop restaurant that slowly revolves. Your guests can sip handcrafted cocktails, dine, and mingle while enjoying the 360-degree views of the sea, creek, the Burj Khalifa, and the city’s skyline. Al Dawaar is ideal for dinners, business meetings, and more.

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5. Le Meridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Centre

Located minutes from the International Airport, the city’s shopping center, and Dubai Creek Gold, the Le Meridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Center offers boasts over 59,202 sq. ft of meeting and event space. In addition to the 22 meeting rooms and three ballrooms, Le Meridien features 579 guest-room hotel, five swimming pools, a spa, fitness center, and 18 restaurants. Your guests will experience quality service and the convince of location while being surrounded by 38 acres of beautifully manicured gardens.

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6. JA Bateaux Dubai

Help your guests discover Dubai by hosting your next meeting or event on a floating venue in the city’s historic Creek. With glass windows and air-conditioned decks, your guests can enjoy panoramic views over gourmet cuisine. The JA Bateaux offers several packages like dinner and sunset cruises, and other offers like early bird packages and hospitality industry rates. With flexible space, beautiful views, and delicious cuisine, no wonder why JA Bateaux is rated one of the top 10 best experiences in Dubai.

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7. Jumeirah Beach Hotel

With 599 guest rooms, a conference center, 3,800 sq. meters of outdoor event space, the Jumeriah Beach Hotel is a perfect location to host your next event. The Jumeriah offers Marasi meeting rooms (150 guests), Sunset Garden (150 guests), Meyana Auditorium (414 guests), BeachComber Garden (120 guests), Safinah Ballroom (1,500 guests), Boardrooms (16 guests), Sunset Deck (150 guests), outdoor event area (2,500 guests), and the Shams and Quamar Lobby (150 guests). With the famous Burj Al Arab building in the back and beachfront location, the Jumeriah’s outdoor venue space will truly impress your guests.

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8. Arabian tea House at Al Bastakiya

Immerse your guests in Dubai’s culture by hosting your next meeting or event at the Arabian Tea House restaurant. Your guests will enjoy dining on authentic dishes in the secret garden, shaded by lace curtains and old apple trees. Host your next meeting or event at the Arabian Tea House and let your guests experience one of the few lasting authentic examples of Dubai’s heritage and culture.

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9. Ossiano

Host your next meeting or event at the bottom of the sea at Ossiano. This restaurant is built underwater and features floor-to-ceiling glass windows revealing over 65,000 fish and other sea animals, like stingrays, that live in the Ambassador Lagoon. In addition to unique views, your guests will enjoy award-winning cuisine prepared by the chef of the year, Grégoire Berger, and live music. Indulge your guests in an experience of a lifetime and host your next meeting or event underwater!

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10. Dubai Parks and Resorts

Looking to bring fun to your next meeting or event? Why not host in a theme park? Ideal for team building events, Dubai’s Parks and Resorts offers planners many packages, like the Amazing MotionGate Race, Bollywood JUICE, and more. One of the most popular packages is the Amazing Motiongate Race, a scavenger hunt, where attendees will explore the park and work together to solve puzzles and collect points. In addition to the packages, Dubai’s Parks and Resorts features 9 event spaces. Some of the most highlighted spaces include MotionGate Park (2,500-15,000 guests), Dreamworks (500-4,000 guests), Columbia Pictures (600-1,000 guests), Hollywood Theatre (100-990 guests), and Hotel Transylvania (40-120).

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Top 3 Things to Do in Dubai

1. Jumeirah Beach & Park

One of the most popular free beaches in Dubai, this certified Blue Flag is known for its bathwater ocean, lifeguards, clean showers and changing rooms, and its park. The Jumeriah Beach Park offers beach-goers picnic tables in a desert garden, cafes, barbecues, a children’s playground, and more. The beach is open 7 a.m. to 11 or 11:30 p.m. depending on the day.

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2. Jumeirah Mosque

Winner of TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice, Jumeriah Mosque is one of the most renown and treasured monuments in Dubai. No matter what your religion, all worshipers are welcomed to visit the Jumeriah Mosque for its ornate architecture, rich history, and culture. Opened from Saturday to Thursday, tickets cost $7 for adults and are free for children 11 and younger.

Pro Tip: To avoid long lines and ensure your entrance be online at 9:45 a.m. The Mosque also requires traditional attire. For men- long sleeves and long pants, and for women, a modest dress and a headscarf.

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Photo Credit: Jumeriah Mosque

3. Burj Khalifa

The holder of the “World’s Tallest Building” title, Burj Khalifa offers tourists a 160-story view, which they can enjoy from the highest outdoor observation deck in the world. The Burj Khalifa also features tours, a hotel, gym, spa, pool, and more. The observation decks are open from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and ticket price depends on what time you visit ($37 for off-peak hours; $100 for a ride to the 148th floor).

Pro Tip: For the best views, visit the observation deck during sunset, but tickets sell out fast, so make sure you book your ticket in advance.

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Photo Credit: Burj Khalifa 

 Have you ever hosted an event in one of these Dubai venues? How did it go? What was your favorite thing to do inside and outside of Dubai? Let us know by commenting below! 

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This Post was Written by Kaitlyn Tatulli

Kaitlyn Tatulli is a graduate from Fairfield University with majors in Digital Journalism and Psychology and minors in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Computer Science. Currently, she is receiving her MFA from Fairfield University. Kaitlyn...

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