By Michaela Christensen
Arguably the oldest eam 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 instruc-
tional 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 jock-
eys, so instead of worrying
about directing them, you
can focus on knocking the
wooden ball into the oppos-
ing team’s goal.
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
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.
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 prop-
erty itself boasts plenty of other luxuries, including rooftop pools and helipad, chauffeur-driven
Rolls-Royce, and on-site Wild Wadi Waterpark.
FREE TIME IN...
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.