01 December 2007
Dubai. . . Even the name is exotic, so imagine how you will feel when the aircraft touches down and you are in the midst of one of Arabia's wealthiest and most sophisticated settings.
Where are you going to stay? If you are on a long term contract then that will probably have been arranged for you, but if you are going to Dubai as a short term business visitor or tourist then you might welcome this bit of advice.
Dubai hotels tend to be on the expensive side. However, there are also a lot of good, affordable hotels to be found, if you know where to look. Have a chat with your travel agent, or click on the link that I have just given you, before you spend more than you need. Remember that Dubai is Arabia's centre for souvenirs, and the more you save now, the more your wife can spend in the souks and bazaars.
If you plan to stay for more than a few days, why not consider some apartments in Dubai? They are a good deal if you plan to stay for over a week, and all come fully furnished, and ready for you to occupy. They are all fully serviced, and many come with a swimming pool or gymnasium.
Finally, let's talk about the Dubai hotel apartments. A hotel apartment gives you all the advantages of a hotel, with all the privacy and comfort of an apartment. You can use the hotel's services if you want, and that gives you access to their English speaking staff and local knowledge. However, at the end of the day you will retreat to your own private apartment via your own entrance. Dubai hotel apartments really do give you the best of both worlds don't they?
So, visiting Dubai is not going to be as stressful or as expensive as you first thought. You have the option of a hotel, and apartment or a hotel apartment to choose from. As for your wife, all she has to decide is how to spend all the money that you have now saved!