With the plethora of luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture, hotel rooms fit for a queen and a lively nightlife scene, Dubai has over the years become every hen party planner’s paradise. Since planning our first event in Dubai back in 2008, the city has seen a number of changes, and continues to do so even in 2020. The ever impressive Burj Khalifa, standing at 830m tall dominates the skyscraper filled skyline. At its foot lies Dubai Fountain, with jets and lights choreographed to music, which is particularly beautiful in the evening, enjoyed whilst dining in the many terrace restaurants overlooking the fountains. The middle east is very accessible from the UK with daily direct flights courtesy of Emirates. British Airways, Qatar Airways and KLM also offer return flights to Dubai; however, these are not direct and will require a stop over at either London Heathrow, Doha or Amsterdam. If you can afford the extra to fly Emirates, we would recommend doing so. Not only for the ease of travel, but the flight experience is the start of your hen party. Fly in luxury. Economy class is excellent and with one of the highest baggage allowances too. Make sure you pack those extra dresses. Once on board enjoy a hot cloth to clean your hands, a nibble or 2 with a glass of wine and choose your meal from a menu card. Unlimited music and movies on demand, meaning your 7 hour flight will fly in. Quite literally. Once you land in the plush Arabian playground, is when the fun really begins.
Read on for a few of our hen party ideas and tips whilst in Arabian paradise…
Buy Your Alcohol At The Airport
You’ve landed and your week long hen party awaits. One tip you cannot forget is to buy any alcohol you will need for the duration of your stay at Duty Free as you head out of the airport through arrivals. In Dubai you cannot buy alcohol of any kind in supermarkets, retail stores and off-licences don’t exist in the Emirates. You can only purchase alcohol within your hotel, other hotels and restaurants. For any in-room drinks you are best to purchase as many bottles of wine, gin or vodka as you think you might need prior to arriving at your hotel. The in-room mini bars are of course available but will set you back a fair few pounds each day. You can also pack your alcohol in your suitcase prior to flying. Emirates do allow 2 bottles of wine and 1 bottle of spirit per person. If you’re not flying Emirates, I would double check with your airline for their rules around this.
Where To Stay
Dubai is split into a number of districts. Old Town, Sheikh Zayed Road, Jumeirah, Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Beach Residence & The Palm Jumeirah. It really depends on the activities you are looking to do whilst on your trip to choose where to stay. The Old Town is next to the airport and doesn’t offer too much in the way of nightlife. I wouldn’t recommend the Old Town if you’re looking for a lively stay. Sheikh Zayed Road on the other hand is awesome. Think of a 6 lane motorway with hotels, restaurants and bars either side. Fairmont, Hilton Conrad, Jumeirah Towers & Rotana are a few of the luxury hotels on offer along Sheikh Zayed Road. In particular Hilton Conrad is super amazing with gardens and swimming pool to die for. A night in the Conrad will set you back £300 and is worth every penny. I would also recommend the PornStar Martini’s. Delicious. The metro is easily accessible and is around £2 return to places such as Dubai Mall, Dubai Marina and Old Town. Dubai Mall is around 7 minutes from Sheikh Zayed Road. Dubai International Airport is around 15 minutes also. Dubai Marina is now more accessible than in recent years, however is a little further from the mall. Dubai Marina, Jumeirah and The Palm are towards the other side of Dubai with limited access to anything out with their complexes. If you choose to stay on Sheikh Zayed Road, The Hilton Conrad is my recommendation. If you choose Dubai Marina, I recommend Five Palm Jumeirah. An absolutely stunning hotel with private beach, pool and a number of bars and restaurants on site.
Shopping, Burj Khalifa & Dubai Fountains
Your hen party will fall in love with Dubai Mall. You can literally spend a whole day and night in the mall and still not see everything the mall has to offer. Browse Fashion Avenue and shop till you drop with over 100 stores across 4 levels. Worth a visit is Dubai Aquarium and Dubai Ice Rink plus you can catch the latest films on offer at one of the many cinemas. With so many new and exciting eateries you will forget all aspect of time whilst in the mall.
Outside of the mall you can take in the Dubai Fountains whilst enjoying your evening meal. View the Burj Khalifa and even book a tour to the top if your not afraid of heights. Take the diamond encrusted lift all the way to floor 148 and see for yourself the outstanding views of the city. Best to book on a clear day to make sure you can see as much as possible. A trip to the top will cost around £100 per person, however we would recommend adding this to your budget when planning. You will not want to miss out.
Where To Eat
There are many restaurants across the city whether you are eating at the Dubai Mall, within your hotel or along Sheikh Zayed Road. Lebanese and local Arabian cuisine is popular as well as Italian and Thai. The Grosvenor House Hotel located by Dubai Marina as one of the best Chinese restaurants and would be a must. A little pricey but perhaps your last evening to celebrate a fun filled hen party trip? Many of the celebrities stay in the Grosvenor and would be a good opportunity for a sneaky celeb selfie to round off your hen party.
Friday Brunch is a classic event and must be done if your trip is over a Friday. Basically, you pay a fee per person and eat as much as you can all day from the buffet on offer. This is a buffet like no other, with seafood, salad, pasta, breads, cheeses, meats and much more. You will not need to eat for 24 hours after!
Spa, Nightlife & Bars
Most, if not all of the hotels are equipped with a fabulous 5* spa and swimming pool. Why not join the elite and book a spa day with your girls and enjoy lunch by the pool thereafter? A hen party is not complete without a relaxing spa day complete with back massage and luxury facial. Spend the rest of the afternoon lounging by the pool before retreating back to your room to pull out the little black dress and hit the town. Most of the hotels all have nightclubs located in the basement floors with wine bars and cocktails bars on the 2 and 3rd floors. Most clubs all close at 3am and be careful not to wander outside of the hotel slightly intoxicated, as you may be picked up by the police. Keep within your hotel and don’t overdo the alcohol consumption & you will be just fine.
Our event planners have been working in Dubai since 2008, we have seen so many changes over the years and continue to create fabulous events and parties in Arabian paradise. Rely on Conifer to provide the best recommendations and provide the most exciting itinerary. Drop us a note firstname.lastname@example.org and let us start planning your luxury hen party.