We’ve scoured the city for the best deals in the huge Dubai Summer Surprises seasonal sale. Quick, before it ends next week!
Andrew Wagstaff and Hayley Skirka
Dubai’s shopping army spent a phenomenal Dhs400 million during the first three weeks of annual mega-sale Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS). The shopping frenzy kicked off on June 17 and has been keeping us entertained and challenging our bank balances ever since. But the frugal fun has to come to an end some time – and the finishing line falls next week, on August 7. That’s right: Modhesh will retreat into hibernation (try not to cheer too hard) and many prices will return to their former dizzy heights. But we know better than to blow all our hard-earned dirhams and end the summer hot and broke. So we’ve tracked down the 20 best DSS deals for you to enjoy now before they disappear for another year. We’ve also thrown in 10 more that last until the end of August, to ensure you’ll be beating the heat without beating yourself up when the bill arrives.
1 Enjoy a free flight at iFly: Feel the wind in your hair without having to conquer vertigo at Dubai’s only indoor skydiving centre. Book a flight before 3pm to benefit from an additional one-minute flight at no additional cost. Playnation, Mirdif City Centre (04 231 6292), www.iflyme.com.
2 Win a bar of gold: The Dubai Mall is giving its Facebook friends and Twitter followers a chance to win solid gold bars. Just ‘like’ or ‘follow’ The Dubai Mall and then either tag it in a gold-themed status update, or re-tweet one of its tweets for your chance to go for gold (open to those who understand all those terms). The Dubai Mall (04 362 7500), www.facebook.com/thedubaimall, www.twitter.com/dubaimallnews.
3 Last chance to visit Modhesh World: Check it out before it disappears for another year. Entry is Dhs10 for adults and Dhs15 for children aged three to 12, including entry to all 10 Modhesh zones, featuring games, inflatables and even a mini zoo. Dubai Airport Expo Centre (600 54 5555), www.modheshworld.com.
5 Buy-one-get-one-free dolphin shows: Get a buy-one-get-one-free voucher worth Dhs140 to see the spectacular dolphin shows at Dubai Dolphinarium. For the second guest, you’ll pay just the Dhs5 park entry fee. Not valid for Monday and Friday 11am shows. Dubai Dolphinarium, Bur Dubai (04 336 9773), www.dubaidolphinarium.ae.
6 Discounts on kids’ summer workshops: Head down to Cité des Enfants, where themed interactive workshops will keep little ones entertained for hours. Pay for two workshops and get a third free, or get 50 per cent off workshops when buying the Family Exhibition Area package. Cité des Enfants, Mirdif City Centre (800 534 7873), www.citedesenfantsme.com.
7 Half-price treatments at Taj Spa: Get a healthy 50 per cent off all treatments at this fantastic spa, which specialises in ayurvedic, Far Eastern and European treatments. Choose from facials, massages and more, all half price. Taj Palace Dubai, Deira (04 211 3114).
8 Bag a bargain couples treatment: For Dhs300 each, the ‘Be Beautiful Ladies’ package offers an express facial, deluxe manicure and express beauty makeover, while ‘What Men Want’ treats gentlemen to a stress-relieving haircut (including scalp massage), professional shave, mini-facial and an anti-stress back massage. Nivea Haus, The Dubai Mall (04 434 0777), www.nivea-me.com.
9 Free massage at the Shangri-La: Receive a voucher for a 30-minute tension-relaxing massage when booking any other 90-minute massage, or book one of the ‘Journey’ packages to receive a complimentary day pass to the spa’s luxury facilities, pool and gym. The Spa, Shangri-La Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 343 8888), www.shangri-la.com.
10 Caviar facial for half the price: Indulge yourself to the max with a Pevonia Caviar Facial at the Aviation Club. At half price you’re saving a whopping Dhs750, so enjoy the ultimate new facial craze: real caviar extract. Akaru Spa, Aviation Club, Garhoud (04 282 8578), www.akaruspa.com.
11 Loads of freebies at Jannati: Choose a Jannati Shirodhara massage and receive a free one-day ‘spa experience’. Alternatively, plump for a 75-minute facial and enjoy a free blow-dry, or choose a two-hour copper hand and foot treatment to get a free head, neck and shoulder massage. Plus 25 per cent off all other facial and body treatments. Jannati Ladies’ Spa & Health Club, Abu Hail (04 265 9444), firstname.lastname@example.org.
12 Discount colour treatments: Hour-long harmonising colour massages, Moroccan baths and facials are 25 per cent off at this spa, or get Dhs100 off a package with complimentary colour consultation, use of facilities and snacks. Spa Dunya, Shams 1, The Walk at JBR (04 439 3669).
13 The One: Give Ikea a miss and head to the UAE’s favourite home interiors shop to bag discounts of up to 70 per cent on some truly unique home furnishings. There are five stores across the city. Jumeirah Beach Road (04 345 6687) and other locations across Dubai, www.theoneplanet.com.
15 Fat Face: This casualwear retailer offers outdoor activity-oriented clothing to properly kit you out whether you’re hitting the beach or the slopes. With up to 50 per cent off, there’s no better time to get active. Mall of the Emirates (04 341 6032), www.fatface.com.
17 Joop!: Get up to 50 per cent off at this designer men’s fashion boutique, and end the summer looking dapper in the brand’s contemporary menswear. The Dubai Mall (04 339 8219), www.joop.com.
18 Lapin House: This Greek kidswear retailer has a range of top-quality clothes and shoes to really smarten up your kids’ wardrobes. Dress them for less this summer with up to 50 per cent discounts. The Dubai Mall (04 330 8090), www.lapinhouse.com.
19 Man & Moda: Brands on offer at this store include Condotti and Mendoza, specialising in luggage, handbags and menswear. You’ll get up to 75 per cent off during DSS so you can start travelling in style. Mall of the Emirates (04 341 0814), Deira City Centre (04 295 0330).
20 BoConcept: This high-quality Danish furniture brand is offering discounts of up to 70 per cent on its classic pieces. Bring stylish Scandinavia into your home with simple yet versatile designs. Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4144), www.boconcept.com.
10 extra summer deals, right through until the end of August
1 Wild Wadi movie combo: Keep the kids entertained: before August 31, pay Dhs10 extra when you visit Wild Wadi and receive a free CineStar ticket, or visit any CineStar cinema to get a Dhs40 discount for Wild Wadi. Wild Wadi, Jumeirah Beach Road, (04 348 4444), www.wildwadi.com; CineStar cinemas across Dubai (04 294 0222), www.cinestarcinemas.com.
3 Learn Arabic for less: Now it’s too hot to hit the beach, hit the books with 60 hours of interactive learning for the price of 30. At Dhs2,250, the courses run from July 18 until August 5 and August 15 to September 2. Bettawfeeq! Eton Educational Institute, Dubai Knowledge Village, Block 3 (04 433 2423), www.eton.ac.
5 Cruise with Bateaux Dubai for Dhs280: Take in the creek and a four-course gourmet dinner aboard this luxury cruiser. Savour the à la carte menu with a welcome drink for Dhs280, or drinks-inclusive for Dhs350. Bur Dubai, opposite British Embassy (04 399 4994), www.bateauxdubai.com.
6 Big Discounts on Full-Moon Yoga: Stretch muscles you never knew you had under the stars. Dhs200 includes entry (August 24, 7pm) and a free yoga session in the studio. Book before August 20 for Dhs50 discount. Talise Spa, Al Qasr, Jumeirah (04 366 6818), www.jumeirah.com.
7 Save at the Ritz-Carlton: Packages worth more than Dhs1,000 are on offer for Dhs750 at this Balinese spa. The ‘Eastern Promise’ lasts 150 minutes and features a full-body scrub, mask, massage and hydrotherapy bath. Wow. Ritz-Carlton, Dubai Marina (04 318 6184), www.ritzcarlton.com.
8 Golf, free lunch and pool time: Until September 30, pay Dhs179 for nine holes or Dhs299 for 18 (Dhs239 and Dhs399 on Friday and Saturday) and enjoy lunch, ice cream, soft drinks and pool access. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Garhoud (04 295 600), www.dubaigolf.com.
10 Pool access and spa discounts at Bab Al Shams: Until August 31, get a massage, facial and reflexology for Dhs550. With free pool access, you might not want to leave… Bab Al Shams (04 809 6232), www.jumeirah.com.