When it comes to bleisure trips and the idea of achieving a work-life balance while traveling, few destinations can rival Dubai. Despite being known as the ultimate playground, Dubai is also a central business hub in the Gulf Region, making it the ideal destination for a fuller and truly enriching travel experience.

Thanks to advancements in digital connectivity, the modern business traveler can enjoy a hybrid trip: achieve professional goals in key Dubai locations while indulging in much-deserved relaxation and fun.

For business travelers visiting Dubai, read on below to discover how to make the most of your bleisure trip.

1. Do the necessary prep work

As a fairly new concept, many companies may not have clear guidelines on bleisure travel. As such, be careful with what expenses you charge with your corporate account. Personal or added expenses not directly correlating with your business trip may be frowned upon, making reimbursements later on difficult to obtain.

Before flying out, read through your company policies, particularly those sections in the corporate guidelines that explain reimbursements for expenses.

2. Be centrally located

As a multicultural cosmopolitan city, Dubai is the perfect destination for your first bleisure trip. Not only is it home to towering skyscrapers, glittering dunes and world-class shopping, the hotels that populate the city has perfected the formula for mixing business with pleasure.

Hotel rooms in Dubai are equipped to cater to the modern business traveler, featuring amenities and facilities necessary for a bleisure trip. This includes complimentary Wi-Fi access, business lounges, pool and lounge areas and dining venues perfect for post-work relaxation and refreshments.

3. Pack wisely

Versatility is key when packing your luggage for a bleisure trip. You will want to pack clothes that work best for on- and off-duty activities. Choose items that can be described as lightweight, wrinkle-free, versatile and even reversible. This will ensure your attire works wonderfully for both business and leisure.

Likewise, be sure to put some thought into what accessories you bring.

Accessories make the traveler. Simply adding or removing accessories will enhance the style and appearance of your outfit, making it appropriate as you move from one activity to the next. You should consider packing two pairs of shoes, one for business meetings and networking events, and another — pick a comfy one — for touring the city during leisure time.

4. Focus on business first

Any time you embark on a bleisure trip, remember the reason for the trip in the first place: business. While leisure activities are fun, you are on a trip to represent your company, and on your company’s expense. Business should always come before any leisure activities you have planned for your trip.

It’s also important to be transparent with your company about how you decide to spend your bleisure trip. Being honest about your bleisure trip ensures your peers or superiors aren’t surprised by any social media postings that may turn up during your travels.

There is enough anecdotal evidence of people being outed on social media. Don’t be one of them!

5. Enjoy your leisure holiday

To get the most out of your bleisure trip, be sure to extend your business trip by a few extra days. Even better, if you can, try to book your bleisure trip during a bank holiday or three-day weekend. Squeezing in a few extra days during your travel means you can make the most out of your leisure activities.

One of most business-friendly areas in Dubai is Marsa Al Seef. Unveiled in recent years as Dubai’s new cultural hotspot, Marsa Al Seef is situated in the heart of Old Dubai, making it the ideal location to interconnect the old with the new. Perfect for the intersecting business traveler.

Every destination has something to offer the modern traveler, and Dubai is no exception. There are several experiences unique to the City of Gold and it would be amiss if you didn’t get to undertake any of them during your trip.

Conclusion

It has always been said that one shouldn’t mix business with pleasure, but with bleisure travel really taking off, some rules are meant to be broken. From beaches to world-class dining and record-breaking architecture to one-of-a-kind retail haunts, there are great opportunities awaiting the bleisure traveler in Dubai.

Habib Khan

Habib Khan is a seasoned Hotelier, currently the CEO of Planet Hospitality and General Manager of Arabian Courtyard Hotel and Spa. Khan has more than 30 years of diversified international experience in the hospitality industry. He is an expert in developing, transforming, and managing hotels, with an ability to analyze and solve problems in a challenging work environment.