4 UNMISSABLE Experiences in Dubai for MICE Groups & Wedding Guests!
by Kanika Mehta Weddings | June 21, 2017 | Feature
Atlantis, The Palm La Perle At The Top, Burj Khalifa Dubai
After speaking to some of the top MICE and Wedding Planners in India, we bring you a round-up of the 4 most exciting and engaging experiences that Destination Dubai has to offer to wedding guests and MICE groups alike.
Not only are each of these experiences unique and offbeat, they also are suited to people of different age groups and cultures. Take a look!
#1 DUBAI PARKS AND RESORTS
The awe-inspiring Dubai Parks and Resorts is the first integrated resort destination in UAE. It is the home of three world-class theme parks and one water park, as well as Riverland Dubai, the grand entrance plaza, and a Polynesian themed family resort called Lapita. Here is all that the 25 million square feet Dubai Parks and Resorts offers.
Legoland Dubai and Legoland Water Park are are the ultimate destination in the Middle East allowing guests and groups to take part in LEGO themed adventures through interactive rides, water slides, models and building experiences.
This is a place where groups and wedding guests can explore, learn and bond together. Lapita experiences are designed to unleash one’s imagination and activate one’s senses.
Experts in the art of play, Lapita and its offerings awaken creativity and cultivate curiosity. Their friendly and caring ambassadors invite guests on a fun-filled journey, where the destination is a state of togetherness.
Motiongate Dubai offers its audience a cinematic journey into the fantasy world of films. Imagine diving into an alternative universe of captivating stories and adventures with your favourite animated characters from Hollywood!
Wedding attendees and MICE groups can enjoy a unique, high-value entertainment with the latest-in-technology attractions and new-generation rides that recreate the thrill only motion pictures can deliver.
This spectacular destination is the first ever theme park in the world dedicated to all things Bollywood, this spectacular offbeat park offers action, adventure, romance, comedy, music, dance, flavour and emotion- all Bollywood style! One can only imagine how guests of a typical Desi wedding will go crazy in this Bollywood world!
David Loiseau, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing of Dubai Parks and Resorts said, “Dubai’s growing success as a destination for business tourism and the importance of the city as a MICE destination will only keep increasing. This is because of the city’s sophisticated infrastructure, numerous big exhibitions taking place, and draw for business travelers from around the world, making it an ideal choice for international meetings. This works especially for Indians, given the travel convenience, and the constant development of tourist attractions, such as Dubai Parks and Resorts. Therefore, it is only natural for us to create a product to service this growing segment and position ourselves as one of the biggest players in the MICE industry.”
While, Mahesh Shirodkar, Director, Tamarind Global said, "Wedding clients as well as MICE groups are constantly looking for something unique and more experiential. An immersive experience that guests and attendees can become a part of has become more appealing. Keeping this trend in mind, Dubai Parks and Resorts is a great new space that can be considered for these groups. It appeals to all age groups and genders and provides a differentiated experience that is quite accessible from India”.
#2 LA PERLE AT W HOTEL, AL HABTOOR CITY
The thing about being in event management is – you have to stand out. You have to be different, you have to shatter the norm and you have to forge new paths. You have to be that glistening oasis in an arid desert.
And when you will to see the La Perle performance, you will realize– this is it!
The dawn of a new era of entertainment has arrived in Dubai with La Perle. Brought to Dubai by the Al Habtoor Group and borne of the genius and creativity of legendary artistic director Franco Dragone, La Perle is sheer music in motion.
A permanent State-of-the-Art Aqua Theatre nestling in the heart of Downtown Dubai and capable of holding its own against any true-blue Las Vegas show, this child of Cirque du Soleil boasts 65 world-class artists from 23 countries, holds 2 shows a night, 5 nights a week and has a seating capacity of 1,300 people. All this around a 2.7 million litre ‘aqua stage’ that can be drained in less than a minute to accommodate stunts on land. The theatre has the ability to change from a dry platform to aquatic stage and vice versa. Just think about that!
The soft launch of La Perle took place in May 2017.
Hemant Dahiya, Director, Salt Experiences and Management said, "The magic also lies in the fact that this is an ever-changing, vibrant, never-stagnant, forever-alive act. You see it once – and you need to see it again and again and again. And each time it will always be different! The bungee ropes and slack lines and tumble tracks and diving pool all come together to create a Water Wonderland – a wonderland that mixes different, and often death-defying, techniques and styles, that transport you to a fantasy arena, in order to tell you an out-of-this-world story."
"At Salt XP, we believe in ‘a fresh perspective and a fresh insight’ and I cannot see this more aptly reflected than in the magic that La Perle weaves," he added.
Daredevil performers will dive into the water-filled stage from a height of 25 metres and fly around the auditorium on high-powered winches at a speed of 15 km per hour. Combining cutting-edge stagecraft and progressive technology, La Perle will be a visually stunning spectacle in, on and above water.
Offering 10 shows a week and over 450 shows a year, a visit to La Perle will truly be a great addition to all types of itineraries. Food & Beverage packages will also be available for guests. La Perle offers an exciting experience for groups ranging from 20 pax to a “buy-out” at 1,300 seats. Additional itinerary opportunities include merchandise and refreshments; pre and post show receptions, group bookings up to 24 months in advance and lots more!
AT THE TOP, BURJ KHALIFA SKY EXPERIENCE
Soaring high at 555 meters, At the Top, Burj Khalifa SKY is fittingly Dubai’s most iconic destination. Groups can enjoy exclusive access to the redefined, highest outdoor observatory in the world, spread across levels 148 and 125 of Burj Khalifa.
The At the Top, Burj Khalifa tour typically last 1.5 hours. However, you can linger as long as you like before making the return journey to the base of Burj Khalifa. Groups will be taking with them, a fuller appreciation of this architectural wonder and a deeper understanding of Dubai’s remarkable vision.
The experience begins when you step into the At the Top, Burj Khalifa SKY lounge, from where guests will be personally escorted to a dedicated elevator. Inside, they will watch in amazement as specially designed projections give them the feeling of flying over global landmarks as they ascend to Level 125.
A special elevator brings them up for the crowning experience. At 555 meters, they can now access the world’s highest outdoor observation deck and enjoy the breathtaking views or bask in the luxury of their lounges. They can also witness a pioneering concept in interactive experiences with a life-size screen that envelops them as they explore different corners of the Emirate.
As they descend gently to ground level, a new exhibit allows them to relive the historic build of Burj Khalifa. Dedicated stations take them behind the scenes where they can listen to testimonials of the ‘People Behind Burj’, giving them insights into every aspect from the interiors and landscaping to the design and architecture.
At 456 meters above the ground, and one level above the At the Top observatory, Level 125 offers a spacious deck to enjoy the stunning 360-degree view of the city. This level also houses one of their newest attractions, Dubai – A Falcon’s Eye View that allows guests to explore the city from a unique perspective. Advanced telescopes with deep functionality, located on both, level 124 and 125, offer giga-panoramic views during day or night. These telescopes feature full HD camera with high zoom and are being introduced in any observatory across the world for the first time. With a multi-touch 22 inch high-end ruggedized screen, the views are unmatched with several astonishing new features to be added on shortly.
Sushil Shamlal Wadhwa, Founder & CMD, Platinum World Grroup exclaims, “One of my favorite venues in Dubai is the 'At the Top' at 'Burj Khalifa'!”
Platinum World Grroup had executed an event there last year where they guests mingled over cocktails and canapés for the guests. The soiree showcased a 'Celebrity Stars Night' theme. Wadhwa explains, “We had a Michael Jackson and Marilyn Monroe Tribute performances complete with fake Paparazzi and fans screaming and fainting as our guests entered the space. We even had fake TV reporters taking interviews of our guests as if they were stars. The crowd loved the concept. Post this we had a gala dinner at the Armani Hotel Ballroom with a performance by world renowned Ipad Magician, Simon Pierro and Singer and Suprano, Natalie Di Luccio. The event was hosted by Miss Portugal, Sara Silveira and me.”
THE EXHILARATING HELICOPTER RIDES AT ATLANTIS, THE PALM
Atlantis offers spectacular helicopter rides in cooperation with Fly High Dubai Helicopter Services by Alpha Destination Management. Wedding guests can witness one of the most incredible cities in the world from up above!
Atlantis offers amazing experiences for families and groups. Whether it’s a special occasion like a wedding, company incentive, private family experience, their exclusive helicopter fights allow guests to enjoy a memorable experience of a lifetime.
It is not everyday or everywhere you get an opportunity to see a city from the skies. Well, if you are in Dubai, you just need to sit back, buckle up and take a ride of a lifetime, in a Helicopter. And if after a few days in Dubai you think you have seen it all and done it all, this 15 minute flight proves you wrong.
Chetan Vohra, Director, Weddingline adds, "We took off from the backdrop of the Atlantis Hotel and were soon cruising across the Dubai skyline looking down onto skyscrapers and the very impressive city scape that Dubai has to offer. It brings out the child in you and if it were not for the ear phones you have on to listen to the pilot, all you would hear is the sound of excitement, you and your co passengers experience. Its safe, its enchanting and its a must do if you are in Dubai."
Here is a round-up of the most exciting and engaging experiences that Destination Dubai has to offer to wedding guests and groups alike.