As Meeting Planners across the globe warm up for Expo 2020 with heightened ambitions to make a lasting impression on the world’s biggest stage, it certainly comes with increasingly challenging logistics and all the uncertainty of the post-COVID era.

In a destination where superlatives reign supreme, Al Habtoor City’s mastery of best-in-class conferences and events is exemplified by La Perle – the region’s first permanent show, created by the legendary artistic director Franco Dragone. This aqua-theatrical performance is a clockwork-precision choreography of AV, technology and immersive artistic performances, including acrobatic stunts, diving and motorcycle tricks.

Since the start of 2021, Al Habtoor City Hotel Collection has indeed been the home of choice for the EMI Gala live broadcast, international boxing events as well as the more intimate concerts of Grammy Award winner Flo Rida, or MTV Music Award winner Maitre Gims and the likes. Naturally, it is set to become a favorite for meeting planners to exceed the expectations of their most imaginative clients.

And with ease, as the hotel destination has just released its Expo-Ready Checklist:

Location, Location, Location – Location is very important to the corporate meeting planner. Travel to and inside the destination takes time and that eventually results into money. At Al Habtoor City Hotel Collection, location is expressed in 3 dimensions:

  • With its unique and central situation – nestled between the fast-tracks – and adjacent metro line – of Sheikh Zayed Road and the tranquil flow of the Dubai Water Canal, guests’ access can be facilitated by land, water or even by air thanks to its own Helipad. So that it takes only minutes to connect to all major hot spots: airport, downtown shopping, Jumeirah Beach-time, and the Expo site.
  • With 3 exceptional hotels, Al Habtoor City Hotel Collection offers as many distinctive locations when it comes to hosting your event. Regardless of your preferred venue, each hotel guarantees a private and fully personalized arrival experience – whether it is an extravagant red-carpet entrance to Habtoor Ballroom, an elevated access with dedicated lifts to the Amazing Room on the fourth floor of V Hotel Dubai, or a separate valet access and group check-in to Al Joud Ballroom at Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City. And for an even more so spectacular venue, why not consider La Perle theatre itself!
  • Finally, Al Habtoor City Hotel Collection is known as a destination within the destination – offering more than 20 entertainment venues including extraordinary nightlife with La Perle resident show, 2 Spas, 3 rooftop pools, a separate Kids’ Club, café lounges and bars, or gastronomic dining, including Gon Pachi Japanese restaurant and its Instagramable décor – a replica of Quentin Tarantino’s most epic fighting scene from cinema blockbuster Kill Bill.

Enough Guestrooms – No company likes to split up at a meeting, chancing the loss of attendees during the walk or taxi ride to the meeting site. This is a difficult problem to overcome if you cannot offer it but your competitor can. Two or more hotels can combine sales presentations to large groups but the first choice for corporate meeting planners is invariably a single destination housing all attendees. With 3 hotels as exceptional as they are distinctive, Al Habtoor City Hotel Collection boasts 1,600 accommodations all sharing the same grounds and offering guaranteed interconnecting rooms and suite. A dream of versatility and flexibility when it comes to planning large groups with multiple sub-divisions and internal debriefs.


Service – Companies meet for good reason. They want great service as a factor to help bring them repeat business. Many planners mention good service first when asked what they look for in a meeting site. Al Habtoor City Hotel Collection is a luxury hospitality destination that offers both immaculate and distinctive service since it is comprised of classic, lifestyle and upscale brands, respectively: Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City, V Hotel Dubai – Curio Collection by Hilton, and Habtoor Palace Dubai – LXR Hotels & Resorts.

Don’t Forget Your Expo Tickets! Now that all your planning and logistics are set for a most successful Expo 2020, it all comes down to basics: make sure you have your entrance tickets handy. And with so much networking opportunities going on around the city, your clients may surprise you with requests for last-minute Expo tickets requests. Al Habtoor City Hotel Collection is now an official Expo 2020 re-seller, so that means your clients could reserve extra tickets and have them delivered directly to their accommodation!

“Al Habtoor City Hotel Collection is looking forward to celebrating Expo 2020, with a reunion of cultures, innovators and forward-thinkers from all parts of the world. As hospitality partners and official re-sellers, we take great pride in welcoming meeting planners and their esteemed clients to the world’s biggest stage.” – announced Mr. Fredrik Reinisch, General Manager of Al Habtoor City Hotel Collection.

“As the world paused last year, Expo 2020 has always been top of mind for us. In fact, it has provided us a unique opportunity to reflect on our product and service offering and understand how we could best facilitate the visits of meeting planners and their clients. So that they can simply focus on what matters most: serving progress for humankind at an era where it is needed the most.” – added Mr. Soufiane El Allam, Commercial Director of Al Habtoor City Hotel Collection.

For more information and to request a proposal for your upcoming visit and event to Dubai, please contact Al Habtoor City Hotel Collection at +971 4 435 5544, email at [email protected], or visit www.alhabtoorcity.com/hotels


About Al Habtoor Group

Al Habtoor Group LLC, headquartered in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is one of the region’s largest and most respected conglomerates. Founded in 1970 by Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor, the Group has grown in unison with the UAE and today has a diverse portfolio of successful businesses operating in key sectors of the economy (hospitality, automotive, real estate, education and publishing). The AHG has an unwavering commitment to excellence, which is apparent throughout all its units. Further information on the Al Habtoor Group is available on www.habtoor.com .

About Hilton

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,400 properties with nearly 880,000 rooms, in 106 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company's portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, TwitterLinkedInInstagram and YouTube

About Al Habtoor City

Al Habtoor City is an upscale hospitality, residential and leisure complex consisting of three five-star hotels, three luxury residential towers on Sheikh Zayed Road and on the banks of the Dubai Water Canal with unparalleled amenities, and spectacular leisure and entertainment venues. Al Habtoor City is home to the regions first permanent resident show – La Perle by Dragone.

About Habtoor Hospitality

As the Middle East's longest established hotel group, Habtoor Hospitality has decades of experience and has carved out a reputation for its exemplary service, and unique properties in the best locations.

The Habtoor Hospitality portfolio includes 14 world-class hotels; seven in the Middle East and seven across Europe and the USA, as well as luxury lifestyle destinations including Al Habtoor City and the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club.

The division also operates hospitality services including Metropolitan Catering and Al Habtoor Laundry - a state of the art commercial laundry offering personalised business solutions to large scale hospitality operations within the UAE. Further information is available on www.habtoorhospitality.com

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