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REVIEW / UNUSUAL VENUES


Meetme provides a round-up of some of the most unique and unusual meeting places the Middle East has to offer


Are you bored with the same old board room? Fed up of booking the more obvious event ven- ues in town? And under pressure to put the ‘wow’ factor into your next corporate gather- ing or incentive? Well, there’s good news – the Middle East is full of hidden gems and they’re waiting to be discovered by planners with a pen- chant for something different. From meetings in the sky to dining by the


Dead Sea, there’s an unusual venue out there for everyone. Here, Meetme provides a few point- ers to get your creative juices flowing


MEETINGS IN THE SKY Dubai-based helidubai is the first committed VIP helicopter service provider in the Middle East to cater to corporate and private needs including ‘aerial meetings’. The firm can transport guests from hotel to


airport or city to city and is the only commercial helicopter operator permitted to land on the helipad at the Burj Al Arab.


“Helicopter travel is a valuable timesaving


tool for busy executives taking you direct to your destination efficiently and thus significantly cut- ting journey times” says Captain Andrew Mas- terson, director of operations, helidubai. “Although flying time is relatively short,


depending on the destination, we have had occa- sions when the passengers have actually spent the entire trip discussing business matters, turning the cabin into a mini boardroom. The helicopter is entirely private and very comfortable so holding a meeting during a trip is not beyond the realms of possibility; in fact it makes perfect sense.” helidubai operates a fleet of Agusta 109E


Power and the AS 350 B3 helicopters, all of which are fitted out with leather interiors, air-condition- ing and offer outstanding viewing. The company not only transports govern-


ment officials, visiting heads of state, business leaders and celebrities, it also runs an aerial tour operation departing daily from the Atlantis, The Palm Jumeirah.


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