Dubai: Incentive itinerary

C&IT checks out a three-day itinerary for groups in Dubai, covering watersports, culture, cuisine and racing challenges.

Day one: Enjoy ‘The Walk’ at Jumeirah Beach Residence at Dubai Marina for an alfresco lunch at one of the many restaurants lining this beachfront marina. Then either stroll along the pleasant 3.5km promenade or simply watch the world go by. In the afternoon, groups can head to Aquaventure at the Atlantis Hotel or Wild Wadi at Jumeirah Beach Hotel to experience thrilling rides and water slides. In the evening, dine in style at three-star Michelin restaurant Reflets, from celebrity chef Pierre Gagnaire.

Day two: Take a scenic tour of the city in a luxury private vehicle, visiting rich historical sites and cosmopolitan landmarks. Pick up some culture on the way at the Dubai Museum — Al Fahidi Fort and the Jumeirah Mosque. Prepare for some serious shopping in the afternoon at The Dubai Mall, one of the world’s biggest malls with more than 1,000 shops, an underwater zoo and the SEGARepublic indoor amusement park. Groups can also check the observation deck on the 124th floor of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. Enjoy dinner on Dubai Creek onboard the Bateaux Dubai. 

Day three: For a taste of local culture head to the Bastakiya district, in Bur Dubai near Dubai Creek, a renovated traditional Arabian village with mud-walled courtyard houses, quaint and narrow lanes and ornate towers. Steep yourself in tradition while sampling tasty Arabic cuisine. Afternoon options include swimming with dolphins at the Atlantis Aquaventure water park or car racing at the Dubai Autodrome, where groups can test the fastest cars, from Lamborghinis to Ferraris. In the late afternoon, indulge in an afternoon tea in one of the Burj Al Arab tea salons. Finish off your day in style with a relaxing treatment in the spa.

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