A One-of-a-Kind, 5-Star Custom Designed, Life Defining, Blended Travel Experience.
The international business hub of today’s global marketplace. Smart, sophisticated, exotic, stunning, pioneering, ecologically responsible and leading the way.
SMART WOMEN RISING is a community of ambitious thinkers, leaders and spiritually minded women, committed to creating social impact.
TRAININGS, TRAVEL, EVENTS and “SISTER-MIND” Our programs guarantee transformation and results in the most important areas of your life: Family, Faith, Calling, Career, Community and Leadership
Created for smart women with vision and A drive to help define the 21st Century.
Simple. This is a one-of-a-kind trip:
Business, Tourism, Girl-Time, Networking—a lot of different pieces. The Application is a way for us to get to know each other
and make sure we’re a good fit.
You will be met at Dubai International Airport, just outside the main (and only) exit. By your personal driver who will handle your luggage for you.
Head straight to the 5-Star Deluxe Hotel (TBA) where a SMART WOMEN RISING Company rep will greet you and help you with check in and orientation.
Most flights from the States to Dubai arrive in the late afternoon or evening. So, evening is on your own with time to unpack and settle in for your first big day that starts early!
We’ll all have the chance to get to know each other and set our goals for the next 7 days, before…
We’ll discover the Jumeirah Mosque, the Dubai Museum, housed in the 180-year-old Al-Fahidi Fort, cross the creek on Abra water taxis and stroll the incredible Gold and Spice souks!
LUNCH on the beach! Feet in the sand! At The Beach Bar & Grill. As the waves roll in so do the platters of salads and seafood. And we’ll have plenty of time to stroll the beach before we had back to the hotel.
AN EVENING AT THE ATLANTIC HOTEL on the Palm! We’ll explore the stunning world-famous mall before heading over to the fabulous SAFFRON restaurant with all you can eat grilled lobster, meats and much more!
This will be our first networking with business leaders to learn what doing Business in Dubai is like for women. We’ll be listening to their discourses and some of our Speakers will also share. A great chance to start new friendships across the globe!
…Will be at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, where we’ll discover authentic Emirati cuisine and learn about their history & culture.
After a quick stop at the hotel to change clothes, it’ll be…
Yes! 3 hours of rejuvenating delight. Plus, each of us will enjoy a 1-hour spa treatment of her choice. DINNER & EVENING on own to explore Dubai!
OUR MORNING MEET-UP will focus on getting us ready for our half-day International Summit, before we spend an extraordinary visit at …
The WOMEN’S MUSEUM BAIT AL BANAT with a personally guided tour by Rafia Ghubash, the Museum Founder.
GROUP LUNCH at one of Dubai’s many special lunch restaurants (TBD)
Imagine if the world were made of flowers! That would be a miracle! Exactly what you’ll see at the Dubai Miracle Garden. We’ll also step into the world of 15,000 butterflies who make their home in the Butterfly Garden.
THE EVENING will include a stroll through the Marina by night and Dinner at ATELIER M at the Pier.
The weekend in Dubai runs Friday-Saturday, with Friday being the equivalent of our Sunday. We’ll start the day at DUBAI FELLOWSHIP WORSHIP where Ambassador “Sujay” Cook will speak on the urgency of Religious Freedom worldwide. (Participation Optional)
In the AFTERNOON we’ll be hitting up all the wonders of MODERN DUBAI with our private guided tour, including the sail shaped Burj Al Arab and an elevator ride up 124 stories to the top of the tallest building in the world!
And for another perspective altogether, we’ll wrap up the city tour with a jaunt on DUBAI’S SEA PLANES to see the entire city from the sky itself.
A short recharge at our hotel will get us ready for a night on the town with …
DINNER & SHOW AT LA PERLE by Dragone, where we’ll witness the breathtaking performances of 64 artists who take acrobatics and aquatics to new heights. (Literally!)
After breakfast, we’ll embark on the short 65 mile drive south to Abu Dhabi. Our first stop will be the majestic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque whose world famous white marble structure includes 82 domes!
A drive along the Abu Dhabi Corniche will give us scenic views of the Arabian Gulf, as we head to the opulent Emirates Palace—the official government palace of the UAE government.
After lunch at the Abd El Wahab (featuring Mid-Eastern specialites,) we’ll continue with either the PEARL JOURNEY where we’ll take a Traditional Wooden dhow to the sea, learn about the importance of the pearling industry, and each of us discover a real pearl for ourselves! (Guaranteed!) Or…a 2nd option will be to visit the breathtaking Abu Dhabi “Louvre” whose floating dome has wowed audiences from all over the world. Upon our return to Dubai, we’ll have the evening free to rest up and get ready for our early morning International SUMMIT!
TODAY WE HOST THE INAUGURAL SMART WOMEN RISING INTERNATIONAL SUMMIT! We’ll be inviting the groups that have welcomed us, as well as many new entrepreneurs & women leaders. No better place to launch the Summit than Dubai where 90% of the city’s population are Ex-Pats. The morning will include plenty of networking!!
LUNCH & AFTERNOON ON OWN to head back to the Souks for some last chance shopping or to explore any one of Dubai’s amazing Malls.
DOWNTOWN by night. We’ve seen the postcards. Now it’s time to fully enjoy the magic of Dubai lit against a midnight blue sky. Champagne cocktail at the ZETA LOUNGE for the best view of all.
DINNER at THIPTARA--one of Dubai’s best known Thai specialty restaurants-- where our terrace seats will offer us an intimate view of the famous Dubai Fountain Show.
TODAY IS OUR LAST DAY IN THE EMIRATES! So, we’ve left the morning open to be sure you have the time to see and do anything still on your list! Maybe even lunch with new friends in Dubai!
At 2:00 we depart in our 4 x 4 dune buggies for a most extraordinary adventure in the desert.
Our private farewell “DESERT GALA” will include it all: with Arabian hors d’oeuvres, belly dancing, henna painting, and the wild falcon show.
No Desert experience would be complete without camels…and we will have them for anyone who wants to take a camel spin (highly encouraged!)
The evening will be topped off with a delicious Bedouinstyle BBQ and star gazing in the desert stillness. For those of you who have never experienced the Arabian Desert by night this is an experience that will stir you to your depths and one you will remember forever.
The end of our adventure in Dubai is just the beginning of new adventures for 2020. We will all be staying in touch through SMART WOMEN RISING and building on the new friendships created!
Times will vary according to your individual flights. We will work to coordinate your transfer with each of you.
SUSAN DANE SETIN, Founder of SMART WOMEN RISING and “The Causative Woman” training, spent her first career designing, marketing and producing international travel & corporate events, personally taking over 28,000 people abroad to 30 countries. After nine months in Brazil, she returned to New York where she opened the Incentives and Trade Show Division for a major New York travel wholesaler. The programs she designed & sold generated $3.4 million in the first 18 months. But Susan was destined for another path.
In a bitter cold Boston February, her “perfect” life imploded. Her husband disappeared, her house...
I didn‘t hesitate for one minute when I heard about the Smart Business Dubai 5 Star experience with Susan Dane Setin. We share the same sensibilty and desire to gather strong, powerful women in building community, strength and philanthropy. Susan has shown me nothing but consideratiobn for her participants. She is so detailed in checking and making sure that every single aspect of this trip will be covered. Dubai has been on my bucket list for years and I have complete trust that I am going to have the time of my life.
After many years of staying stateside,I attended a seminar with Susan in Nice,France that included morning classroom sessions that were both inspiring and transformative. That trip--together with a well-organized tour of Nice, medieval villages and into Italy--opened a new world for me and made me hungry for continuing cultural adventures. I went on to spend six weeks in Prague, training as an ESL instructor and three years teaching in St. Petersburg,with further adventures to Ukraine, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Switzerland. Traveling with Susan opened the way for what became the greatest adventure of my life.
At 54, I wanted to move into a new field but was paralyzed by the process. It looked nothing, like any of my previous jobs. Working with Susan I realized that my dream career actually fulfills on a calling I’ve had since childhood! I saw how all my jobs have built on this unconscious path giving me needed skills and experience. I created a masterpiece resume and life-story that really reflect who I am and what I’m up to. I highly recommend Susan to women of any age forging a new path.
What an honor to be a part of this unique experience! Of course, I signed up immediately! This is not just a trip. It‘s a life event that will allow each of us to expand our hearts and build a sisterhood in a place that seems so foreign andfar away. I am beyond elated and ready to embrace our sisters of Dubai as we learn and grow stronger together! I am grateful to Ms.Susan Dane Setin for giving us this unique opportunity to join hands and hearts. Thank you for what I know will be a life altering experience!
Traveling with Susan is life changing both mentally and physically. Her trip to Turkey and Greece, tracing the footsteps of Paul, was eye opening beyond anything I had imagined. The trip itself was totally original—custom designed out of Susan’s many years in group travel. Susan makes sure all her trips are life-adventures you can’t find anywhere else. Combining it with workshops in personal and spiritual development works for me. Susan is so filled with love it just spills out all over the place!