Located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa, cosmopolitan Dubai is modern, diverse, and on the rise as an incentive destination with plenty of cultural and modern activity options for incentive winners with free time to explore. In 2016, when I visited, the city hit a milestone: 100,000 hotel rooms.
For the TEAM PLAYER
Arguably the oldest team sport in the world, the Sport of Kings is traditionally played on horses. But, in Dubai, camel polo has become a sought-after incentive activity. You'll need at least two to play, so grab a friend. No previous equestrian or camel-riding experience is required. Players will be outfitted with shirts and helmets. After the instructional session, get ready to mount your camel and put your new skills to the test in a competitive match. Don't worry: The camels are driven by trained jockeys, so instead of worrying about directing them, you can focus on knocking the wooden ball into the opposing team's goal.
For the ADVENTURER
What's hot in Dubai? The most popular program is a half-day desert safari, which includes a buffet dinner. I was picked up and taken to the desert in a four-wheel-drive Jeep for some adrenaline-pumping dune-bashing. The drive offers stunning views of the Sahara and wildlife sightings. Before arriving at the dinner site, I stopped to enjoy a falconry show, have a glass of Champagne, and watch the sun go down. Upon arriving at dinner, entertainers in traditional garb greet attendees in song for a night of Arabic cuisine, camel riding, belly dancing, calligraphy, and henna painting.
For the GENTEEL
Consistently recognized as the most luxurious hotel in world, the seven-star Burj Al Arab offers afternoon tea in its Skyview Bar. The bar is located on the top floor of the third-tallest hotel in the world and provides spectacular views of the Palm Jumeirah and the World Islands. Attendees will enjoy a selection of tea, coffee, sandwiches, pastries, and cakes served with a choice of homemade jams and Devonshire clotted cream. The suites-only property itself boasts plenty of other luxuries, including rooftop pools and helipad, chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce, and on-site Wild Wadi Waterpark.