Ireland is small, which makes it an easy country in which to navigate and meet people.
Dublin may be the centre of the country's commercial life, but there is plenty of vibrancy in smaller cities including Galway and Cork on the west, which are only a few hours' drive from Dublin. The views across the countryside from Dublin are gorgeous, replete with sheep-dotted pastures and horse stables that emerge as the eastern flatlands give way to the hilly west.
Most business travellers, however, will probably spend the bulk of their time in Dublin. And where to stay in the capital is not a tricky choice. There are a wide range of suitable options and the place is relatively safe. It is probably wise, though, to choose a hotel near where you will be spending most of your time, because taxis are expensive. A ride across town could easily run you €20 (Dh105.75) or €30 - a bit rich, even if you can expense the fares.
Another factor to consider is your proximity to public transportation, as a nearby train or bus stop can make getting to and from meetings a snap. Dublin's new Luas tram system makes getting around the city especially easy.
If your main business lies in Dublin's financial district, the Gibson Hotel is a good choice. A double room will set you back about €100 a night, and it is right next to a Luas stop that bisects Dublin's International Financial Services Centre. If you want to be closer to the city centre, the Hilton hotel in Dublin 2 is a good choice, as are the fancier places that ring St Stephen's Green.
Entertaining clients in the city is as easy as choosing a hotel, although your best bets probably lie outside areas packed to the gills with tourists. For an informal and solidly Irish meal, The Pig's Ear is a good pick. But Dublin is teeming with all kinds of cuisines, and boasts some very good Italian and French restaurants. They include the Blackboard Bistro, a cosy French place, and Il Vicoletto, an Italian spot worth checking out even though it is in the bustling Temple Bar neighbourhood.
The Quote: "Ireland. Great for the spirit – very bad for the body." Hugh Dancy, English actor