Today marks 50 days until the Global Travel Group conference in Dubai. Like many conferences, events and travel plans I’m sure it’s currently “up in the air” as to if it goes ahead. And if it does go ahead, how different a conference it could be. It could be a hideaway for those of us in the travel industry to retreat, and lick our wounds. Or it could be a light, a beacon, an opportunity to renew our industry. Our businesses. Ourselves.
As much as possible, through this crisis I’m choosing to be positive. Believe me, I’ve had my wobbles, but as the saying goes…. When you can’t calm the storm, remain calm, the storm will pass. This is my mantra. A way I stay calm is to look forward, and that’s what my daily blog is about over the next couple of weeks.
Today I want to talk about my trip to Dubai, the trip I have planned, and what I’m looking forward to. I’ve written it as a small window into my world. I’m hoping it brings you a moment of escapism, inspiration and maybe even a little hope.
Short Break to Dubai
07 May 2020, I’m scheduled to fly with Emirates from Manchester to Dubai, just me and a few hundred other travel professionals. We’re leaving our families behind for a few nights and days, celebrating successes, learning from failures and coming together for support. I’ve never flown with Emirates, I’m really looking forward to experiencing their extraordinary service for myself.
Their Economy Class apparently feels like an upgrade, I’m looking forward to reclining, to
award-winning entertainment on the seat back screen. Flying solo, I expect more space, no clambering children, could be fun to sit back and enjoy some of the 1,000 movies and shows!
5 Star Luxury in Dubai
When I found out we were staying and being hosted at Caesars Bluewater Dubai, I’ll be honest, I was like – where?I didn’t even know the American Caesars chain had property in Dubai. But I researched it and now I cannot wait to get there! A 5-star beach-front hotel, with a private beach, not one but three temperature-controlled infinity pools, 6 restaurants and bars, a spa and Cove Beach beach club.
I’m looking forward to the chance to rejuvenate at the Qua Spa where Japanese technology and luxurious treatments are offered!
Caesars Bluewaters Dubai is in close proximity to a pedestrian bridge over the Arabia Gulf, leading guests directly to The Beach at JBR. This makes it a fantastic base to explore some of the most popular hotels in the city. It’s surrounded by nearly 200 retail, dining and entertainment outlets a short walk from the Dubai Marina, another popular haunt for visitors to the city. You’re getting the picture? I’ll use this trip to get to know a popular city for my clients.
Experience Days in Dubai
So anyone that’s been to a conference in the UK or internationally knows that normally you get very little “free” time. You spend coffee breaks either, networking, checking emails or getting freshened up before the next session or event. The Global Conference envelopes an experience day in the itinerary. I’m not sure what the options are yet, but here’s what I hope I can choose from…
- Dubai Desert Adventure | 4×4 dune bashing, 30 min ATV Quad ride, camel ride
- Full-Day Tour of Abu Dhabi City From Dubai, Day Trip with Guide
- Dubai Marina Luxury Yacht Tour with Breakfast or BBQ
- Atlantis Aquaventure & Lost Chambers Ticket
- Skip the Line: Burj Khalifa | At the Top Sky Ticket (Level 124, 125 & 148)
- Helicopter Flight in Dubai with Return Transfers
- Dubai City Half-Day Sightseeing Tour
If the conference falls victim to the Corona Virus then I will hopefully still be able to make the trip. As you’ve read there’s so much there to explore. And not to mention I’ll be in need of some R&R after all the heartache and turbulence of the last couple of weeks.