When UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a second lockdown, I decided to pack my laptop, my cases and book a flight to Dubai to live out the lockdown with some sunshine.
Previously I had never thought the life of a digital nomad was one that I could accomplish, with many of my clients needing me to deliver talks and mentoring face to face, this resulted in me travelling around the world to deliver for my clients. Which sounds luxurious but in reality is often a luxury stop in a country without seeing much of the territory other than the hotel, the office and the conference room.
Working from abroad is such a different concept and is one that the pandemic and technology have made very possible for speakers, mentors, coaches and entrepreneurs like myself. If the pandemic has caused you to think about the possibility of working abroad, you may well have considered Dubai for its city feel, strong wifi and even stronger weather conditions.
If you have been to or looked at Dubai you will know there are numerous hotels to choose from, but the Five hotel group comes very well recommended as one of the most ‘happening’ places to stay. Which begs the question, does a vibrant hotel also allow for efficient business and work travel? I decided to take a look.
FIVE Jumeirah Village Dubai
My first stop was the FIVE Jumeirah Village, a new chic lifestyle resort based in the
Jumeirah Village Circle. The building is an unusual circle shape which ensures every room has an extraordinary view of the city. With 247 luxurious rooms and 254 one, two and four-bedroom residential apartments with spectacular panoramic views, landscape terraces and private floating pools, this hotel offers something quite unique. We stayed in a two-bedroom apartment with spectacular floor to ceiling panoramic views and a private pool; with a room like that it was hard to want to leave. Luckily from a business and work perspective, with ample lounge space and a sizeable dining table there was sufficient space to work from. Although with enviable outdoor space it was difficult not to find oneself on the deck or in the pool working.
The beauty of having an apartment meant that when necessary you could cocoon yourself away and focus on work and not feel locked away.
When the work is done the hotel had a variety of entertainment options including Italian restaurant, “Trattoria by Cinque” by award-winning chef Giuseppe Pezzella, who dazzled us with a chefs menu that incorporated everything one could want from meal and a variety of courses that could send you rolling back to your room. Amongst other things, because every dish was lovely, I would encourage you to try the chocolate espresso martini!
If you feel like you actually want to leave your private pool (or