CEO Prize 2014

Every year Faststream’s CEO Mark Charman runs a special competition open to all Faststream Recruitment Consultants, Managers and Directors, The CEO Prize. The top 7 highest billers will win the CEO Prize and will be taken on an action-packed, all expenses paid luxury trip to Dubai.

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Check out Mark's itinerary below for this year’s trip! Pictures will be posted on all our social media shortly. Could you be on the next trip?

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Dear Prize Winners,

We are off to Dubai for our long weekend in the sun and I am excited to let you know what we have planned.


Thursday 15th May

An early start as we fly with Emirates on the Airbus A380 from London to Dubai, where we will arrive at 18.45.

We are staying at the fantastic 5 star Conrad Hilton, a luxury hotel right in the heart of the action, in Dubai’s financial and shopping district.

Once we have checked in, showered and put on our “glad rags”, we will meet for pre-dinner drinks at Cave, a trendy wine bar in a modern stone cave, where we can enjoy some top drops from the old world and new, or try out some innovative cocktails.

By now I reckon we will all be pretty hungry and we will head for dinner at Celebrity Chef, Marco Pierre White’s Grill restaurant, where I have arranged “private dining”.

After dinner we will head next door to Cavalli, one of the top night clubs in Dubai. Inspired and launched in collaboration with celebrated designer, Roberto Cavalli, the Cavalli club is the place to be seen!


Friday 16th May

After a lazy lie in and a spot of breakfast, we have a morning by the Conrad’s beautiful pool, for some much needed R&R and a chance to top up the perma-tan!

At noon we will get dressed up for the “legendary Faststream champagne brunch” at the most amazing “Spectrum on One” restaurant in the 5 star Fairmont Hotel. This is no ordinary brunch, this is three and half hours of “private dining indulgence”, where we will enjoy unlimited, free-flow Moet & Chandon, mind blowing cocktails and fine wines. The food is unbelievable, with the most incredible culinary delights from around the world, like you cannot imagine!

Late afternoon, when it starts to cool down from the desert heat, we are going to chill out at Puro Beach Urban Oasis, where the DJ will ease us into a relaxed state of mind ready for our night out in Dubai. 

For our “big night out” we are headed for some pre-dinner drinks and a quiet spot of supper! Yeah right! We are going to the heart of Dubai Marina to the luxurious Grosvenor Hotel and the Buddha Bar. This bar, lounge and restaurant is pure theatre! One of Dubai’s hottest night spots. To the sensual sounds of chill out music, we are going to explore a menu from Thailand, China and Japan and maybe have a couple of drinks to match!


Saturday 17th May

By now Mark really is going to need a lie in! So a lazy start and a major cooked breakfast are in order, to kick off the day. We are going to Dubai Marina to board the Sunseeker Manhattan Motor yacht we have chartered for the day. Yes, owing to the popularity of last year’s hijinks and hopefully with no rough seas, we are going again! We will motor out past the world’s only seven star hotel the Burj Al Arab and enjoy lunch and some water sports in the warm seas of the Arabian Gulf.

After returning to the hotel and putting on our safari suits, we are going to drive to the edge of the desert. Here we will be picked up by Series 1 vintage Land Rovers and we are off through the sand dunes in to the vast desert. We will explore the desert and spot wildlife on the way to a Bedouin camp, where we will spend the evening camel riding, enjoying falconry, belly dancing and a traditional dinner under the stars.


Sunday 18th May

A lazy morning of breakfast, pool time and then off to the airport for the flight back to London. We will arrive back in London early evening and then home for much needed sleep!


I am looking forward to a brilliant weekend with you in Dubai and once again congratulations.

Mark Charman | Faststream CEO