It’s the most wonderful time of year – so why not celebrate Christmas 2018 in the gorgeous Dubai sunshine by heading to one of these hotels?
They’re all offering deals and offers during the festive season, ranging from discounts to free breakfasts.
It’s the perfect gift – or a brilliant opportunity to spoil yourself.
If you’re thinking about heading to Dubai for Christmas and haven’t made your mind up yet, check out our brilliant guide to seven things you need to know about spending the festive season in the UAE.
Of course, we’ll be keeping you up to date with all the best Christmas deals and offers from across the city, so keep an eye on Time Out Dubai.
Anantara The Palm Dubai
Book a stay at this stunning resort (complete with its own lagoon-style pools and secluded over-water villas) on anantara.com and get free resort credit of up to Dhs400. Your credit can be redeemed throughout your stay, whether in one of the hotel’s restaurants and bars, Anantara Spa or even a long-tail boat ride.
Prices vary. Ongoing. East Crescent, Palm Jumeirah, www.anantara.com.
Dubai International hotel
Looking for a luxury layover stay at a hotel near DXB airport? Dubai International Hotel is the place to go. With each stay, you can now earn rewards with the hotel’s new loyalty scheme. And, if you’ve stayed at the hotel any time since January 1, 2015, you can claim backdated points.
Prices vary. Ongoing. Dubai International Airport (04 224 4000).
From relaxing on a private beach, to daily breakfasts at the Great British Restaurant and tickets to a theme park, this sister hotel to the London DUKES has a stay and play staycation deal you don’t want to miss. Guests get two free tickets to Dubai Parks And Resorts, which means you get to choose from Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, LEGOLAND or LEGOLAND Water Park for a day of fun.
Prices vary. Ongoing. DUKES Dubai, Palm Jumeirah (04 455 1100).
This is a great deal for families, as you’ll get 50 percent off the second room you book, an upgrade to a two-bedroom suite and kids under 12 will dine at the Sheikh Zayed Road hotel for free.
Prices vary. Ongoing. Sheikh Zayed Road (04 311 5555).
Jumeirah Creekside Hotel
For a budget stay at a Jumeirah hotel, take your weekend bag over to this Garhoud property. A starting rate of Dhs400 per room, per night is admirable value, considering the price includes Wild Wadi tickets, the opportunity to use Jumeirah Zabeel Saray facilities and even a buffet breakfast and refill of your room’s mini-bar. From Dhs400 per room, per night.
Ongoing. Garhoud, www.jumeirah.com (04 230 8555).
Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates
Whether its bashing in bumper cars at Magic Planet, throwing gigantic snowballs at the Snow Park in Ski Dubai or indulging in the daily breakfast buffet at Olea, Kempinski Mall of the Emirates is offering a family getaway you can’t miss. Get 20 percent off all rooms and restaurants at the hotel, along with free tickets to Ski Dubai’s Snow Park and Magic Planet. Oh, and of course the endless shopping at the mall.
From Dhs1,740. Until Dec 31, 2019. Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 409 9000).
Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf
This is a special treat for a couple looking for a romantic getaway. Admire the views of the Dubai skyline from your deluxe room, and if that’s not high enough, you can sightsee from the sky with complimentary tickets to At The Top – Burj Khalifa. Even better, there’s also a 30-minute massage thrown in, along with a Dhs100 food and beverage voucher and a free mini bar. There’s no excuse not to book that weekend away (well, away-ish) now.
From Dhs480 per night. Ongoing. Al Jaddaf (04 317 7777).
Meliá Desert Palm
Based just 15 minutes from Downtown Dubai, Meliá Desert Palm is set in a lush landscape with a polo club attached. The Spa Retreat Getaway package includes a one-night stay with breakfast, a 60-minute Swedish massage for two, a refreshing 30-minute facial and afternoon tea with freshly baked scones and gourmet cakes.
From Dhs1,300. Until Dec 28. Meliá Desert Palm, Al Awir Road (04 323 8888).
Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments Bur Dubai
Sometimes, all you need is a little weekend getaway to recharge your batteries. The Mövenpick is offering reduced rates so you can explore the city’s old town. A buffet breakfast is included in the rate, which is 30 percent cheaper than the usual price.
From Dhs420. Ongoing. Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments Bur Dubai, Oud Metha (04 336 6000).
Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach
Stay for two nights at Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach and be pampered with two 60-minute spa treatments per stay, plus a full breakfast buffet.
From Dhs1,193. Ongoing. The Walk, JBR (04 449 8888).
Radisson Blu Dubai Media City
If you book in for a weekend stay at this Media City location, you’ll get dinner with a grape pairing at Certo, two drinks at Tamanya Terrace, a private transfer to Base nightclub and back, a one-night stay in the hotel, breakfast in the room, a one-hour couples’ massage and 4pm check out, all for just Dhs399 a person. Sounds like a great deal to us.
Dhs399. Fri-Sat. Until Dec 31 2018. Radisson Blu Dubai Media City (04 366 9111).
Looking for a (really) extended holiday? Rove Hotels (pictured) across Dubai are offering a special rate of Dhs120 a night for those staying 30 days or more. All you have to do it punch in the promo code “longterm” and the deal is yours.
Dhs120 per night (30 days or more). Ongoing. Various locations including Downtown Dubai, www.rovehotels.com.
The Retreat Palm Dubai Mgallery by Sofitel
Tucked away on the coastline of Palm Jumeirah’s East Crescent is The Retreat Palm Dubai, with a package brimming with activities focused on rejuvenating yourself from the stresses of every day life. For a 24-hour retreat, there’s about a week’s worth of luxurious treatments to keep you occupied. From laughter yoga and group spa sessions, to superfood-rich lunches and refreshing lemon juice deliveries upon waking up, this retreat wants to ensure you a revitalised return to busy city life after a day of reconnection.
Dhs999. Ongoing. East Crescent, Palm Jumeirah (04 524 7777).
The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC
The Ritz-Carlton’s “Discover You” package in its DIFC hotel includes a daily international buffet breakfast, 50 percent off tickets to La Perle by Dragone and a relaxing dhow cruise along the Creek.
From Dhs865 per night. Until Dec 31. Gate Village, DIFC (04 372 2555).
Weekend offer Address Dubai Marina
If you’re seeking a weekend of beach fun and shopping, Address Dubai Marina can be a perfect base. And with ten percent off room rates, as well as a 20 percent dining discount, this is one staycation to keep in mind.
Prices vary. Ongoing. Dubai Marina (04 423 8888).