Atlantis: Summer value rooms from Dhs960 per night from Saturday to Wednesday – not inclusive of breakfast, but including a massage, Aquaventure access and more. Until September 19 (although it’s already fully booked until September).
Lowdown: If it wasn’t for the erratic service when it launched, Ossiano would have won our Best Seafood Restaurant this year. Now the waiters are back on form, so who knows about 2010…
Hilton Dubai Creek: Dhs395 per room per night over the summer, plus 20% off at restaurants including Gordon Ramsay’s Verre. There’s a free shuttle to Hilton Jumeirah to use the beach too. For foodies, there’s a summer overnight package starting from Dhs1185 per couple which includes a three-course dinner at Verre, as well as an overnight stay, breakfast, and a morning Abra ride.
Lowdown: Creekside hotel with great views of this end of town, as well as being home to Gordon Ramsay’s Dubai base, Verre
Grand Hyatt Dubai:Three-night stay for Dhs600 per night; four-night stay for Dhs570 per night; seven-night stay for Dhs540 per night, including free breakfast, lunch and dinner for children dining with parents, and more. Until September 30.
Lowdown: The food at Sushi is good, but pricey. You can enjoy the hotel room’s massaging showers and colossal tubs.
Jumeirah Emirates Towers: Weekend Promotion on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays: Dhs800 per person per night, inclduding a Dhs200 Emirates Towers shopping voucher, complimentary breakfast and 30 per cent off any hotel restaurant. Hot deal!
Kempinski: Three-night stay for Dhs1,056 per night including breakfast and either a Dhs100 voucher at Mall of the Emirates, two snow park vouchers, Dhs100 at Magic Planet, or Dhs150 in the hotel’s restaurants. Until August 20.
Lowdown: Thanks to the views of Ski Dubai, the Swiss-style chalets actually work a treat. Try Almaz by Momo for top Moroccan fare.
Area: Al Barsha Mövenpick: Stay seven nights and pay for five; stay three and pay for two; Dhs540 for single or double occupancy, including breakfast or upgrade to a higher room level. Until September.
Lowdown: La Veranda is a solid Italian joint, with DIY stations.
The Westin: Pay for two nights, stay for three and also receive 20 per cent off all food and drink as well as treatments at The Heavenly Spa. Until September 30.
Lowdown: This one of the city’s more laidback five-stars, with a vast 1,200m stretch of beach and picturesque landscape gardens. And Italian restaurants don’t get a lot better than the beachside Bussola.
Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa: Fifteen per cent off all published rates. Promotional prices start from Dhs3,239 per night per Bedouin Suite. Also guests can stay for two nights and receive the third night for free. All include full board and two desert-based activities. Until September 17.
Lowdown: An Arabian take on the safari experience, complete with khaki-clad South African field guides and herds of wandering game (oryx, gazelle). Do the 5am nature walk, followed by a mid-morning dip in your private infinity pool, binoculars in hand.
Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa: Stay two nights for Dhs1,624 per night and get one night free, including breakfast and two on-site activities. Check online for more packages. Until September 19.
Lowdown: The most absurd collection of wildlife and flora and fauna in the entire region. Brave all the adventure activities – we highly recommend kayaking through the mangroves. It’s a deathly dull drive there, however.
Hatta Fort Hotel: Dhs999 per chalet-style room per night from Saturday to Wednesday; Dhs1,399 in a chalet-style room per night on Thursdays and Fridays. Both include breakfast, lunch, dinner and house drinks.
Lowdown: The’70s-inspired hotel is quaint, and the surrounding rocky scenery a refreshing change from Dubai’s skyscrapers.
Dubai’s best concierge: Joseph David, The Palace Hotel
What’s the most important skill required to be a good concierge? Apart from knowledge about the city, passion, commitment and always having a positive attitude.
Strangest request you’ve ever had? A Kuwaiti sheikh was once desperately looking for pesticide on a Friday morning to treat his Palm tree farm.
Most common questions? Directions, the best beaches to spend the day on and the best restaurants to try.
Most expensive thing you’ve bought for a guest? A high-end watch.
Laziest requests? To buy the guest a nail cutter. Joseph won last year’s Concierge of the Year Competition, organised by Wafi and the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing.
Can you live in a hotel?
Musician – and jaded traveller – Billy Lunn of The Subways on life on the road 'Hotels are the most sterile environments to be in. They all look the same: they all have the same pictures on the walls, the same terrible TV shows, the same tacky bedsheets. But at least it’s a rare chance to get away from the tour crew, because we spend most of our time on the tour bus.’