There is no shortage of business destinations to fly to on a private chartered jet, particularly in the U.S., but economic shifts have led to the surfacing of new business hubs across the globe. Multinational organizations looking to expand and gain an edge have taken notice and are setting up shop in these emerging areas. With London, New York and Frankfurt as the stalwart destinations for international business travelers, the real estate at the following locations are quickly filling up with Fortune 500 capital.
As a city that’s synonymous with business and luxury, Singapore is quickly becoming one of the most popular destinations for business aircraft charters. With around 70 percent of the world’s Fortune 500 companies present, including Wilmar International and Flextronics, Singapore has one of the world’s fastest growing consumer markets thanks to its stable business environment, high-quality infrastructure, low taxes and ease of business transactions. Being in the same time zone as Hong Kong, Malaysia, mainland China and Indonesia also helps.
For a view of the Marina Bay, Singapore River or the city skyline, check into the Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore on Raffles Avenue. Don’t settle for anything other than a Club Level suite. If you prefer accommodations closer to downtown, you can’t go wrong with the exquisite Four Seasons Hotel Singapore on Orchard Boulevard.
Listed as one of top three destinations for its business and financial services, as well as its easy airport access, a private jet trip to Madrid will take you to the third largest city in the European Union. Madrid is a media capital with over 75 percent of the companies within it representing technology, telecommunications and media industries. It’s also home to the second-largest telephone company in the EU and has over 60 percent of the world’s Fortune 500 companies setting up offices within its limits. The Spanish metropolis alone accounts for over 12 percent of the country’s gross domestic product.
After landing at your FBO, check into the Westin Palace on Plaza de las Cortes, near Paseo del Prado. The best rooms include the Premium View Room and Royal Suite for their views of the Prado Museum and iconic Neptune Fountain.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
In 2014, 80 percent of global Fortune 500 companies had a base in Dubai, according to the “NASDAQ Dubai Executive Guide”. The air of opulence and strategic location at the midpoint between Asia and Europe make Dubai a logical location for high-level decisions to take place. After government strategies promoted the city as a regional business center, Dubai is often a sanctuary for companies facing political unrest, as well as those seeking incentives, such as tax breaks. Dubai will host the World Expo 2020, whose theme is “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.” The city plans to build the Burj 2020, the world’s tallest commercial tower, in Jumeirah Lake Towers in honor of the event.
If you’re after an opulent experience, book the Dream Package at the Burj al Arab Jumeirah, which comes with all the perks of staying at the luxury hotel—like a helicopter transfer from the Al Majlis Airport VIP Lounge. You’ll also enjoy complimentary access to the spa and private beach, a massage, 24-hour private butler service and other exclusive amenities. If you want accommodations closer to the downtown, you’ll relish the sophistication of the Armani Hotel Dubai. Giorgio Armani designed the Armani Dubai Suite and the exclusive on-site residences himself. Be sure to check out the observation decks on the 124th and 148th floors.