If you’re heading for Dubai on business and you’re in for tense negotiations, the City Seasons Hotel is the place to book for your crunchtime meeting. It’s just up the road from the airport, has all the amenities on site and yet is a stone’s throw from the cobalt blue sea, the ideal reprieve from work stress.

My advice is; take to the water in a superyacht. You may be surprised to know that it won’t cost your entire bonus to hire one. Xclusive Yachts in Dubai Marina rent vessels by the hour and you can head out into the Persian Gulf and get a new perspective on the city’s best known landmarks from an entirely new angle, and hopefully your business decisions too.

Good news for superyacht owners; a new luxury marina is planned for 2018. Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Chairman of Dubai Ports World, says it is all part of the plan to develop Dubai’s luxury holiday and marine tourism industry. There is a growing demand in the market for space and facilities for mooring luxury yachts. A feasibility study, conducted by Fabmar, showed the superyacht category represents the largest demand across the Arab Gulf region, Africa, Europe and Asia. Phase 1 will hold more than 400 boats and sailing yachts, of 15 to 35-metres. The second phase will be for luxury yachts, to accommodate berths of more than 100 metres.

Until then, there are plenty of opportunities in Dubai to relax in the water, like scuba diving, snorkelling, jet skiing and sailing. But the marine sport of the moment is seabreaching. Perhaps it should be compulsory for all sharky business types. The Seabreacher is a miniature submarine, capable of reaching up to 100mph. It looks, and moves like a real shark, with the ability to jump 6m out of the water.

Never mind if your business deal didn’t go according to plan. A Flyboard is the best remedy. It’s  a water jet pack attached to a 20m hose. So even if you blew the deal, who says you’re, not a high flying jet setter?


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