Get a free UAE staycation when you book a break with Etihad HolidaysHarriet Shephard, 17 Jul 2019 09:16:40 +0400As much as we love living in the UAE, we’re still obsessed with going on holiday as often as we can.

But the only problem with going away is the inevitable case of the ‘holiday blues’ that you’ll get on your return.

However, Abu Dhabi's national carrier Etihad Airways is hoping to put an end to this issue.

The Summer Bonanza offer with Etihad Holidays gives you a free staycation voucher whenever you buy a holiday package that’s worth Dhs10,000 or more.

All you need to do is book your holiday before August 10, and then pick which hotel you fancy for your staycation.

You have until December to use your voucher and it’s redeemable at various hotels across the UAE.

But deciding where to go on your trip might be tricky, as Etihad Holiday packages cover dreamy destinations like Bangkok, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, London, Maldives, and Seychelles.

We’re already picturing our beachside villa and thinking up our Instagram captions…

For more information, and to view all the holiday options visit
Dhs10,000 (minimum spend). Until Aug 10.

Emirates to cover North Pole flights with wi-fi and live TVTim Skinner, 11 Jul 2019 10:02:26 +0400If you’re a regular traveller between the UAE and the US on Emirates, then your trip is soon going to an awful lot more comfortable.

The airline, which has a sale on Business and First Class fares until Saturday July 13, has announced that US-bound passengers will soon have access to wi-fi services, mobile connectivity and live TV (including sport) for the entire journey.

The reason for this is that a whole bunch of new satellites have been added to the airline’s network, meaning flights that previously had a four-hour connectivity black spot will now have seamless coverage throughout. The new satellites are said to be operational by 2022. It adds to the airline’s coverage across 175 of its aircraft, including all Boeing 777 and Airbus A380s.

More than one million passengers connect to the airline’s wi-fi service every month, apparently, and it looks like that number is going to increase in the not too distant future.
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Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort launches daycation dealAmy Mathieson, 10 Jul 2019 10:14:25 +0400Fancy a trip but can’t spare an entire weekend? It’s time for a trip up the road to Fujairah.

Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort has launched a brand-new daycation deal where you can laze around by the pool with your family, and still be tucked up in your own bed by the evening.

And the best news? It’s only Dhs149 a person, while kids under 12 get a 50 percent discount. The deal runs until the end of September, and includes access to all the beach and pool facilities at the hotel – including Lava Beach Club. The huge free-form swimming pool (tiled in red, yellow and orange, representing lava) is the beach club’s centrepiece, flanked by sofas and day beds.

You’ll also get access to Aqua Bounce waterpark – so get ready to have some fun splashing around. Lunch at Canvas is included too, while kids aged four to 11 get free access to Little Sailors Kids’ Club.

The resort is just a 90-minute drive from Dubai, so it’s time to dig out those road trip songs, gather up the car snacks and hit the road – it’s time for a day out.
Until Sep 31. Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort (09 204 1111).

New budget flights between Abu Dhabi and Mumbai announcedColin Armstrong, 08 Jul 2019 09:51:41 +0400It’s holiday season and some of you have already left Abu Dhabi.

We see you, on holiday, still reading the website, and we’re happy to keep you up to date with everything going on in the capital.

For the rest of us still plugging away and staring out the office dreaming of a vaycay, there are plenty of offers to tempt us into packing and heading to the airport.

Giving us another option for a holiday this summer (or just to get home), budget airline GoAir has announced new flights between Abu Dhabi and Mumbai.

Start on July 19, travellers can hop on the short flight to the Indian capital and save money in the process.

Return flights between the two cities start from Dhs1,189 per person so it’s a good time to visit the subcontinent.

Looking for more options?

In recent weeks new flights have been announced to Alexandria, Egypt and Salalah in Oman.

Where will you go?

You can get a free ride to Abu Dhabi Airport this weekColin Armstrong, 03 Jul 2019 02:28:01 +0400School is nearly finished and you can almost feel the sense of anticipation as teachers pack their bags and head to the airport.

Heading to destinations near and far, teachers and schoolkids aren’t the only ones taking a trip away from the capital for a summer holiday.

The good news is, if you’re flying from Abu Dhabi you don’t have to stress about parking the car, calling a cab or begging a friend for a lift, you can get a ride from Careem absolutely free.

All passengers, on any airline, flying out of the airport from now until August 31 are eligible for the gift and can redeem it online.

So what's on offer? You can sign up for a free Careem if the final destination is Abu Dhabi Airport and the journey cost is less than Dhs340.

All you need to do is enter promo-code FLYAUH when booking. For all the details visit

Want more deals? Well, there are other rewards you can choose from.

Passengers get free parking, a Dhs100 voucher to spend at duty free and access to the VIP lounge.

Away for a short trip? Free parking is valid for seven days and additional days will be charged.

Want to shop? You can redeem a Dhs100 voucher to spend at DFS Abu Dhabi Duty Free shops at the airport.

Prefer to relax before your flight? The VIP diamond lounge access is available for two passengers and children under 12 can also gain access with a 50 percent discount.

Everyone who redeems a voucher will also go into a prize draw to win Dhs1,000,000 so there's another reason to fly from Abu Dhabi this summer.

Not bad, eh? To redeem the offer visit choose your offer and download the voucher.

For those of us staying in Abu Dhabi it can be a great time to enjoy a staycation and make the most of all the summer deals.

Safe travels.

Tastes of the Capital: Eleven incredible stay and dine deals you can't missColin Armstrong, 01 Jul 2019 05:26:05 +0400Tastes of the Capital has officially launched In Abu Dhabi. 

For the next six weeks you can dine at some of the best restaurants in the city for as little as Dhs99 for three courses. 

More than 50 restaurants across the city are offering set menu deals at three price points Dhs99, Dhs199 and Dhs299. 

That's not all either.

Until August 15 you can book in for a staycation and enjoy a meal at some incredible restaurants for less. 

Fancy a stay and some great food? Here's where you can get a great deal.

Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi
Book in for a night's stay for two and enjoy a three-course meal at Spaccanapoli for Dhs700. 

Eastern Mangroves Hotel and Spa by Anantara
Enjoy a night's stay for two plus a four-course dinner at Pachaylen for Dhs750 (plus taxes).

Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi
Enjoy a night's stay and a meal at SushiSan for Dhs499 (per person).

Le Méridien Abu Dhabi
Book in for a night's stay for two and enjoy a meal at Pappagallo for Dhs550.

Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas
Enjoy a night's stay for two and get a three-course meal at Park Bar and Grill for Dhs750 (plus taxes)

Radisson Blu Hotel & Resort Abu Dhabi Corniche
Book in for a night's stay for two and enjoy a three-course meal at Bocca for Dhs475(plus taxes).

Saadiyat Rotana Resort and Villas
Book in for a night's stay for two and enjoy a three-course meal at Si Ristorante Italiano for Dhs750.

Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri
Get a night's stay for two plus a three-course meal at Shang Palace for Dhs699. 

Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort
Book in for a night's stay for two and enjoy a three-course meal at El Sombrero or La Mamma, or Friday brunch at La Mamma for Dhs500 (plus taxes)

Southern Sun Abu Dhabi
Book a night's stay for two and three-course dinner at The Foundry for Dhs620.

Yas Island Rotana
Get a night's stay for two people and a three-course dinner at The Blue Grill for Dhs729.

Direct flights from UAE to Alexandria launched, 25 Jun 2019 11:17:08 +0400As one of the oldest continuously-inhabited locations in the world, Alexandria is well worth adding to your travel list.

And now Etihad Airways has launched new flights to the city direct from Abu Dhabi.

Leaving four times a week on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, flights will leave at 2.15pm from Abu Dhabi Airport, arriving in the Egyptian destination at 4.50pm.

Alexandria is home to the Great Library of Alexandria and the Pharos Lighthouse among other significant historic attractions.

The Abu Dhabi airline now operates 32 flights per week to Egypt, including 28 to the capital city Cairo.

Airline launches Dhs1 tickets from Dubai to PhilippinesTim Skinner, 12 Jun 2019 09:16:45 +0400One of the biggest carriers in the Philippines has launched an offer to coincide with the 121st Philippines Independence Day.

Cebu Pacific has announced that UAE residents can book fares “for as low as” Dhs1 leaving from Dubai International Airport and heading to Manila.

With the sale running until Friday June 14, or until seats sell out, the fare is applicable on one-way journeys from Dubai between August 1 2019 and March 31 2020. Of course, it doesn’t include fees and taxes, but it is worth pointing out that because of demand for tickets the website is a bit slow.

Also consider that fares are “as low as” Dhs1, so the majority of tickets do cost a bit more than that, with the average price of tickets for journeys in August we’ve found coming in at around Dhs600 for the flight (before baggage and a meal).

But, with seven months of flights available, there will no doubt be some absolute bargain flights in there.
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Abu Dhabi beach staycation offering third night free, 12 Jun 2019 06:08:04 +0400If you’re getting out of Dubai for a bit this summer and looking for a good deal, then this staycation in Abu Dhabi is well worth checking out.

Load up the car, gather your family and hit the road towards Ruwais and you'll find Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort.

The inviting beach retreat, overlooking Sir Bani Yas Island, enjoys amazing views of the Arabian Gulf and a welcome escape from city life.

And if you book for two nights in the resort you'll get a third night's stay absolutely free, giving you even more reason to extend your break.

There are loads of other staycation deals going on across the UAE this summer. You can check out our full list here.
Prices vary. Ongoing. Danat Jebel, Abu Dhabi (02 801 2222).

New UAE to India flights revealed, 11 Jun 2019 04:26:01 +0400With the long Eid al-Fitr break just over, many are already planning their next holiday.r next trip.

And if a trip to India is on the cards, and you’re keen to visit soon, then there’s some great news.

Indian airline IndiGo has launched two new daily direct flight connecting the UAE capital to Mumbai and Delhi.

Passengers will now be able to travel directly from Abu Dhabi to Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) and Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM).

The new flights hope to improve tourism links and open up new opportunities for travellers to explore India and for Indians to explore the UAE.

With daily flights and travel time of under four hours then exploring India should definitely be on every travellers to do list.
For more information, go to