DUBAI // Delegates to the summit were on Monday given the chance to unwind with 10-minute-long free massages for their shoulders, feet, necks and heads.
The staff of the Talise Spa at the Madinat Jumeirah Hotel were providing the service on a first-come, first-served basis.
More than 100 people lined up for a massage between sessions.
“I think it’s the best idea they could have implemented for this edition of the summit,” said Sarah Pach, who works at the Dubai Culture Authority.
“I understand why they did it. People are running around, so mentally and physically you get exhausted. This is a great way to de-stress.”
It was Ms Pach’s first massage experience at corporate events.
“We are just waiting for the next session to start, so we have a bit of time to kill. A shoulder massage is a great way of doing that,” she said.
Media executive Noor Mohammed said she was looking forward to having her shoulder massaged after typing for hours.
“It’s a very cool idea and an amazing service to provide to people,” she said. “I might do it again later depending on how good it is.”
The service was available from 7am to 7pm on Monday. By 4pm, more than 100 massages had been given to male and female delegates.
“We have a lot of people interested in this,” said Rahul Nag, a yoga teacher and spa therapist at the hotel. “It’s a dry massage for the pressure points. Most people are getting foot massages, as they are getting tired.”
Another room for VIPs received more than 50 people.
“It’s continuously busy,” said Mona San Gabriel, the spa coordinator. “We are hoping to get busier tomorrow because a lot of people will know about it.”
The massage rooms will be open from 8am to 7pm on Tuesday and Wednesday
Source: uae news