We'll let you in on a little secret. You don't need to check in at five-star Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort to soak up the sun and enjoy the sandy private beach – or to take a dip in the 50-metre long infinity pool, just steps from the sea.
For just Dhs599 per person, indulge in a day of luxury with the Dine & Unwind package, with access to the beach and pool as well as a meal and a relaxing 60-minute spa treatment.
Guests who book this offer on Friday can enjoy a set menu at Revo Café, where they can enjoy the outdoor terrace that offers a great view of Dubai skyline.
Dhs599 (Sat-Thu), Dhs630 (Fri). Ongoing. Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort, Palm Jumeirah (04 567 8999).
The first 100 ladies to head to the popular beach club on a Monday between 4pm and 9pm will not only get complimentary pool access but they’ll also get a voucher for five free drinks. The deal is running on a first-come-first-served so make sure you get there on time. Meanwhile Tuesdays at this JBR spot offer up a whole day of poolside deals. From 10am onwards the first 100 ladies get complimentary pool access and if you happen to accidentally snooze and miss out, there is also a ladies’ night offer from 6pm until 9pm, where ladies receive three free drinks and 20 percent off bar bites (but there’s less tanning involved in that one) and the first 20 to show up will also get complimentary shisha.
Open daily 10am-midnight. Timings of offers vary. Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR (052 777 9472).
Bab Al Shams
While a visit to Bab Al Shams might make guests feel like they’re a million miles from anywhere, the location is surprisingly convenient to get to from central Dubai.
The stunning desert resort features three temperature controlled swimming pools as well as a shaded pool for children, a lap pool and an elevated relaxation pool where you can chill out and soak up the sun in complete privacy.
If you want to enjoy the pool and leisure facilities for a day without booking a hotel room, take advantage of the summer offers for desert tranquillity at its best.
Dhs325 for the pool package and lunch per adult (Sun-Thu), Dhs190 for the pool package and lunch per kid aged five-12 years old (Sun-Thu).
Dhs450 for the pool package and lunch per adult (Fri-Sat), Dhs265 for the pool package and lunch per kid aged five-12 years old (Fri-Sat).
Dhs250 for the pool package only per adult (Sun-Thu), Dhs150 for the pool package only per kid aged five-12 years old (Sun-Thu).
Dhs345 for the pool package only per adult (Fri-Sat), Dhs200 for the pool package only per kid aged five-12 years old (Fri-Sat). Daily. Ongoing. Bab Al Shams, Al Qudra (04 809 6167).
A totally free pool day? You heard right. This casual beach club at Al Sufouh offers ladies complimentary pool and beach access on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday each week.
And if that wasn’t enough, you’ll also get 50 percent off water sports and food too. Sign us up.
Sun-Tue 10am-10pm. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh (04 318 1313).
DUKES The Palm
Dukes The Palm is offering a special summer day pass for pool and beach access for just Dhs100, so you can make the most of the sweaty summer by wallowing in a pool. The deal also includes 20 percent off food and drinks so you can make sure you stay fully hydrated (and well-fed) as you bask in the sunshine.
Dhs50 (kids ages 6-12), Dhs100. Until Sat Aug 31, 10am-6pm. Dukes The Palm, Palm Jumeirah 0(4 455 1111).
Emerald Palace Kempinski
This is a ladies’ day and a half, so if you’re pushing the boat out get down to Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai.
Available from 10am to 8pm every Sunday to Thursday, this day-long pass gives access to the swanky Palm Jumeirah hotel’s swimming pool and beach.
Plus you’ll get access to Villamoré’s Antipasti Room, a 60-minute treatment at Kempinski spa.
Dhs599. Sun-Thu 10am-8pm. Emerald Palace Kempinski, Palm Jumeirah (04 248 8890).
FIVE Palm Jumeirah
FIVE Palm Jumeirah is rolling out Summer Ice, a seven-hour soirée kicking off at 2pm. It costs Dhs300 per person – but you’ll get Dhs150 back to spend on any food and drink. It can be used on any drinks off the menu – or ask your bartender to go off piste if you like – as well as any dishes off the à la carte. There’ll also be a live show to keep you entertained.
Dhs300 (150 back in F&B). Fri 2pm-9pm. FIVE Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jumeirah (04 455 9999).
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
Pamper yourself in palatial surroundings at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray and spend the day lounging by the private beach or the 59m infinity pool.
Refuel at either Plaj, Amala, Lalezar, Al Nafoorah, Sultan’s Lounge, or Imperium. The package also includes a mixed fruit platter upon arrival and complimentary water and if you fancy truly pampering yourself, book yourself in for a 60-minute treatment and enjoy an additional 30 minutes for free at Talise Ottoman Spa which also includes use of all the spa facilitates like the Jacuzzis, adventure showers, saunas, day beds and even a snow room.
Dhs295 with a Dhs195 voucher to spend on F&B (Sun-Thu). Ongoing. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (04 453 0456).
Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa
For Dhs150 you can head down to the five-star property for a day of relaxation. And with three lengthy swimming pools to take a plunge in, a splash pool, a kids pool, direct beach access, 19 acres of landscaped gardens and views across the Arabian Gulf, what more could you want? Actually, we know what could make it even better. The fact that the full amount is redeemable back on refreshment until 6pm.Families on the hunt for a pocket-friendly day out will be happy to hear that for kids aged four to 12 it’s Dhs75 (with the Dhs75 also being redeemable on food), and little ones under four go for free.
Dhs150 (adults), Dhs75 (kids aged four-12), free (kids under four). Daily 8am-8pm (F&B redeemable until 6pm). Ongoing until September 30. Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (04 316 5550).
Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai
Our Beach Club of the Year 2019 Nikki Beach Dubai may have shut up shop for the steamy summer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself to a top pool day, ladies. The resort & spa has launched a new summer ladies’ day – where you’ll get to lounge by the hotel’s main pool and – if you’re brave enough – on the beach this summer. The day runs every Tuesday from noon until 6pm, and you’ll get three drinks and a sunlounger to laze away the day.It’ll set you back Dhs150, and you’ll also get 20 percent off all food and drinks.
Dhs150 (ladies), Dhs200 (men, minimum spend). Tuesdays noon-6pm. Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai, Pearl Jumeira (04 376 6290).
Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa
Spend the day relaxing on the private beach at this five-star Palm Jumeirah beach resort.
There’s also six temperature-controlled swimming pools to take your pick from. What’s more, you’ll get a voucher back to treat yourself to a meal at any of the hotels ten restaurants and lounges.
Dhs275 with a Dhs150 voucher to spend on F&B (Sun-Thu), Dhs325 with a Dhs200 voucher to spend on F&B (Fri-Sat). Daily 9am-6pm. Ongoing. Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa, Palm Jumeirah (04 455 6677).
Soak up stunning panoramic views of the city skyline at this swanky swimming pool.
The hotel's summer pool access offer includes a food and beverages voucher for each person meaning you can order some nibbles and drinks while you laze by the pool.
Dhs175 with a Dhs100 voucher to spend on F&B. Dhs500 with a Dhs100 voucher to spend on F&B and 60-minute massage at Raffles Spa. Daily 8am-8pm. Until September 30th 2019. Raffles Dubai, Sheikh Rashid Road, Wafi City (04 324 8888).
Head to the stunning rooftop spot at the FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai for a day splashing around in the two pools and taking in the views.
For Dhs200, you’ll get access to the rooftop pool and a Dhs100 voucher to spend there.
Dhs200. Daily 11am-7pm. Ongoing. The Penthouse, FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai, Palm Jumeirah (052 900 4868).
Take a dip in the Towers Rotana’s Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Club for just Dhs50 per day or Dhs250 per month, with access to the swimming pool and fitness club.
Dhs50 (pool day), Dhs250 (pool access per month. Towers Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 343 8000).
The Dhs99 entry fee for pool access, which is redeemable in food and drink across Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, is now available all summer. Adults can redeem the full cost across venues including Wavebreaker itself, McGettigan’s JBR, BiCE Ristorante, Trader Vic’s and Oceana.
What’s more, entry for children aged six to 12 is just Dhs49 and the same redeemable offer applies, with kids under six entering for free. The cracking pool day deal is available every day of the week – also including weekends – from 9am to sunset, with loungers available on a first come, first served basis.
Dhs99 (adults), Dhs49 (kids aged six to 12), free (kids under five). Ongoing. Open daily 9am-sunset. JBR, The Walk, Dubai (04 318 2999).
Nothing is as relaxing as having a pleasant afternoon tea, unless there’s a spa treatment added on to it.
The Spa Serenity Afternoon Tea experience starts with a 60-minute treatment followed by afternoon tea in the Lounge which features a chest of drawers filled with layers of tasty treats.
What’s even better, the experience includes full access to all the spa facilities, which include steam rooms, saunas, a relaxation lounge and an indoor pool.
Dhs469. Sun-Thu 2.30pm-6pm. Ongoing. Address Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 561 8126).
If you’re looking for some pampering then The Spa at Address Downtown is offering up the ultimate spa day package.
For Dhs650 get full day pool access, access to the spa facilities, a 60-minute treatment and a Dhs150 voucher redeemable on food.
This all comes with front row views of the Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Fountain, too. Boasting an impressive infinity pool cascading over five tiers, it sounds like an ideal place to chill this summer.
Dhs650. Daily 9am-10pm. Ongoing. Address Downtown, Downtown Dubai (04 436 8888).
Atlantis The Palm
Worn out from the weekend and in desperate need of a good night’s sleep? Why not refresh and rejuvenate yourself with the “Phenomenal Pre-Sleep Ritual” at Atlantis The Palm.
You’ll start off with a 20-minute Zerobody floating experience which is followed up with a 30-minute thermal experience in the state-of-the-art spa facilities at ShuiQi Spa.
After a wellness smoothie it’s time for a 60-minute treatment to leave you feeling fully relaxed and ready to sleep like a baby. Yawn.
Dhs495. Sun-Thu 6pm-8pm. Ongoing. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 1020).
If you need a reason to stop snoozing, we’ve got one for you. Head to the Grosvenor House spa between 9am and 1pm and get 20 percent off treatments, every day. Choose two treatments and get 30 percent off.
Prices vary. Daily 9am-1pm. Ongoing. Grosvenor House Tower Two, Dubai Marina (04 402 2200).
FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai
Following your treatment, you can also use the spa facilities, which includes a rooftop pool with hydrotherapy jets to ease out any last remaining knots of tension.
Dhs399. Sun-Thu 10am-10pm (treatment), 12.30pm-2.30pm (lunch timings). Ongoing. FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai, Palm Jumeirah (04 455 9964).
Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
Unwind with the Oud and Gold Sodashi experience at The Peal Spa. Guests can choose between four different treatments and if you book a 60-minute treatment, you’ll get a second 30-minute treatment for free. Prices vary.
Until June 3. Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, Jumeirah Beach Road, www.fourseasons.com/dubaijb (04 270 7777).
Heavenly Spa by Westin
Get slathered in body butter to nourish and hydrate your skin with this special summer package.
Your therapist will select one of the butters that contain the vitamin-E packed jojoba and soybean oils that will nourish and hydrate your skin before a 60-minute Swedish spa treatment.
The team will even throw in lunch and pool and beach access.
Dhs520 (Sun-Thu), Dhs585 (Fri-Sat). Daily 8am-10pm. Ongoing until Sep 15. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Dubai Marina (04 511 7901).
A meal and a spa treatment on an iconic British ocean liner, anyone?
If you’re yet to visit the world-famous cruise liner, now permanently docked in Port Rashid and open for business as a floating hotel, then you must pay a visit, if not at least for the bucket list box-ticking factor.
Enjoy a 60-minute treatment and an international buffet lunch in Lido for just Dhs260.
Dhs260, Sun-Thu. Until Sep 30. Queen Elizabeth 2, Mina Rashid, Deira (04 526 8821).
Feeling the summer slump? It's time for a pampering spa day. And ShuiQi Spa at Atlantis The Palm has just the package.The luxury resort spa in Palm Jumeirah has launched a special summer Pamper Me package, and it’s offering UAE residents a relaxing day that includes a 75-minute aromatherapy massage, all-day beach pool access along with a three-course lunch at The Edge or The Shore restaurants.
From Dhs550 per person. Until Sun Sep 8. Daily 10am-10pm. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 42 61698).
Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah
The award-winning spa at the Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah is giving you a reason to be happy with the “Happiness Spa Experience”. It starts off with a mint and mandarin bath created using a blend of natural fragrances from Neom. Next there’s a 60-minute treatment and you’ll also get an exclusive Neom gift. Who doesn’t love gifts?
Dhs595 for 90-minute treatment and exclusive Neom gift. Daily. Ongoing. Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah, Ras Al Khaimah (07 203 5555).
50 percent off at CycleBar Dubai
Dubai’s biggest indoor cycling studio in City Walk is celebrating its second anniversary by giving riders 50 percent off all its classes and ride packages, along with a half price merchandise. Packages with the discount include the four ride pack now priced at Dhs200, along with the eight ride pack for Dhs320. The deal lasts all month long until Wednesday July 31, so get booked in before time runs out.
Prices vary. Until Wed July 31 (50 percent discount). Sun-Thu 6am-10pm; Fri-Sat 8am-8pm. City Walk, Al Safa Street, Jumeirah 1 (04 395 5523).
Free intro class at Crank
Imagine if they did spin classes in nightclubs? No need to imagine any longer, Crank ‘Ride’ classes are fast, loud and the flashing lights will have your body dancing on that bike – it even runs sessions with a live DJ.
As well as all that spinning it also offers the HIIT-style ‘Shape’ sessions and ‘Stretch’ classes too.
The best bit is the first class (whichever you choose) is absolutely free, all you have to do is register online and book your session.
Open Sat-Thu 6.30am-9pm, Fri 8am-1pm. Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, www.crank-fit.com (04 321 2095).
Free month trial at ClassPass
Can’t decide if you’d rather do a yoga class at Dryp, a Black Box session at Warehouse Gym or book a personal trainer with Fit Squad DXB?
Well now you can have it all – and all for free . Register for the ClassPass free month trial now and get 35 free credits to spend on everything from meditation to boxing.
Free two-week trial at F45
If you really want to push your body with a 45-minute circuits-based workout that will leave you sore in places you didn’t know existed – then welcome to F45 Training.
The HIIT-style workout will challenge you with a variety of different classes that mix bodyweight and free weight exercises to get you sweating.
The best bit is that it offers a two-week free trial at the Dubai Marina and Motor City branches and a one-week free trial at the Jumeriah branch. Sweating and saving money while you do it? Winning.
Open daily. Various locations. f45training.ae.
Night golf and meal at deal Emirates Golf Club
Get in a round of night golf in over the summer months by heading over to Emirates Golf Club’s floodlit course.
During the week, from 7pm onwards, you’ll be able to get an after-dark round in for Dhs475 (or nine holes for Dhs295), along with a Dhs65 coupon to spend afterwards on a bite to eat at Spike Bar.
Dhs295 (nine holes), Dhs475 (18 holes). Sun-Thu, 7pm onwards. Emirates Golf Club, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 417 9842).
Summer lessons at Dubai Hills Golf Club
Hit the range this summer and get your swing into shape at the city’s newest course.
At Dubai Hills Golf Club you can get your technique analysed and built upon with the help of PGA-qualified coaches in the form of private lessons or group sessions.
Using top-of-the-range technology to help analyse your swing, you’ll find out where you’re going wrong, or learn from scratch the right way.
You can get various packages depending on your need, with some coming with unlimited driving range and Par 3 access.
From Dhs380 per lesson, Dhs1,325 (for four), Dhs2,475 (for eight). Dubai Hills Golf Club, Dubai Hills, email@example.com.
Summer membership at Address Montgomerie
Address Montgomerie has just launched its summer membership, and this is a great deal if you want to get your swing into shape over the summer months.
Until Monday September 30, you can get unlimited rounds of golf and a whole number of additional perks for Dhs5,500 (which you can buy in bulk or divide it into monthly payments).
For your money, you’ll get access to the Championship golf course, practise facilities, driving range, chipping areas, the Par 3 course and three passes to lessons at the Academy, too.
You’ll also be able to use the club’s swimming pool and gym, with two guest passes for your friends to join each month during your membership.
You’ll get vouchers to spend at Nineteen, 20 percent off all restaurants and lounges at the club, 50 percent off spa treatments, and a discounted rate when it comes to looking at winter membership, too.
Dhs5,500. Until Mon Sep 30. Address Montgomerie, Emirates Living (04 363 1295).
Summer yoga package at Trident Wellness Centre
This yoga and mental wellness studio in Dubai Marina is offering up a range of discounts this summer depending on what you’re after.
You can get a month of unlimited yoga from Dhs750, or a year from Dhs6,000.
There are nearly 20 different package options depending on your yoga and meditation requirements. Now that’s a great way of finding a bit of peace.
From Dhs750. Trident Bayside, Dubai Marina (055 930 6592).
Summer yoga package at Yoga Ashram
JLT yoga studio Yoga Ashram has introduced a top summer deal that’s guaranteed to have you out of bed at the crack of dawn faster than we can say namaste.
Until Saturday August 31 you can try out any five morning classes between 6.30am until 11am for just Dhs199, which works out to under Dhs40 a class – that’s a bargain in our books.
Dhs199. Daily 6.30am-11pm. Ongoing until Aug 31. Jumeirah Bay X3, Cluster X, Jumeirah Lake Towers, www.yogaashram.com (04 360 9028).
The all-inclusive pre-paid Dubai Pass now comes with access to 15 more activities, bringing the total number of experiences available to 48. You can save up to 60 percent on visits to hot spots such as Wild Wadi Waterpark, Desert Safari Tours, Dubai Frame, Burj Khalifa At the Top, hop-on hop-off buses and more. There are three packages to suit all holiday lengths and interests, check online for more. The more you see, the more you save.
From Dhs425 (adults), Dhs405 (kids). Visit dubaipass.ae.
Free aquarium and cinema access for kids
This summer, kids under the age of five will have free access to Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, Reel Cinemas- The Dubai Mall and Dubai Marina Mall from Sunday to Thursday. Get out of the sun and enjoy a free day under mall’s glorious air-con.
Free (kids under five with a paying adult). Until Tue Jun 4, Sun-Thu, before 1pm. The Dubai Mall & Dubai Marina Mall, www.emaar.com.
Free yoga at Karma Yoga
Head along to this swish studio in Dubai Marina any afternoon between 4pm and 6pm and you’ll get a free class. You’ll have to book before you arrive, but you’ll get one free class a day – up to five classes per person. It’s time to get flexible.
Free. Daily 4pm-6pm. Ongoing. Marina Plaza, Dubai Marina ( 04 399 9301).
Half price ziplining at Jebel Jais
If you’re wanting to make the most of the great outdoors over the next few months, then one of the country’s most compelling adventure attractions has just made it a lot cheaper to seek some thrills.
The world’s longest zipline at Jebel Jais, the UAE’s highest point, has slashed its prices for the next few months, meaning you can now experience the 3.8km-long zipline for half the cost – meaning its Dhs341.25, down from Dhs650.
From Dhs341.25. Ongoing. Jebel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah, www.jebeljais.ae
If you're looking for ways to entertain the kids this month, you can take them straight from school to do something that’s both fun and educational. Students in uniform will enter The Green Planet for free this month and explore all what the bio-dome has to offer.
The offer is valid Sundays to Thursdays from 1pm until closing time for every little one dressed in school gear who's accompanied by a paying adult. This also means that the kids get to experience a favourite, the 4pm red-bellied piranha feeding time at the Flooded Rainforest.
Free (kids in uniform), From Dhs89, free (kids under three). Open Sat-Wed 10am-7pm; Thu-Fri 10am-8pm. City Walk, Al Safa Street, thegreenplanetdubai.com (04 317 3999).
Ice skate for Dhs49
Get your skates on and get down to Dubai Ice Rink where you’ll be able to hit the ice for just Dhs49 (instead of the usual Dhs95). Little ones under 100cm will have their tickets reduced further, to a thrifty Dhs40. It’s the perfect way to cool down on a hot summer day.
Dhs40 (guests under 100cm), Dhs49 (adults & kids). Until Tue Jun 4, Sun-Thu noon-5pm & after midnight. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiicerink.com.
Keep your Emirates ticket for huge savings
Catching a flight with Emirates this summer, or have visitor who are? Save your boarding card – it’s a one-way ticket to huge savings. The My Emirates Pass offers up to 50 percent off 500 leisure, dining and retail outlets such as Dubai Aquarium, La Perle, luxury pool and beach access, waterparks, theme parks and countless restaurants. Find the full list of outlets here.
Free (must be presented with valid ID). Ongoing. Visit emirates.com.
Kids go free at Wadi Adventure in Al Ain this summer
Helping you keep cool and have fun, too, Wadi Adventure has a deal this summer for kids to enjoy the park’s facilities for free. The day pass includes access to the beach, family pool and kid’s splash area, but all additional activities like kayaking, surfing and climbing have additional charges. You have to book ahead to take part in any activities at the park so make sure you get in touch before departing down to the Garden City if you’re planning on doing anything adventurous during your visit. Kids under 1.2m in height will be allowed free entry but children who are taller, and accompanying adults, will have to pay the usual Dhs65 fee.
For more information, visit www.wadiadventure.ae
New two-day pass at Aquaventure
Atlantis The Palm has just introduced a brand-new ticket that lets guests visit the Aquaventure waterpark over two days, and there are plenty of extras thrown in.
The package starts at Dhs290 for kids and Dhs350 for adults, giving access to the attraction's 20 waterslides.
Guests also get unlimited rides on the Wave Rider surf machine, access to the Lost Chambers Aquarium and a visit to a shark feeding show as part of the ticket.
In even better news, the two-day ticket doesn't have to be redeemed on consecutive days – it can be spread out over the space of three days.
Dhs290 (kids), Dhs350 (adults). Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah aquaventurewaterpark.com (04 426 2000).
Two-hour pass at BOUNCE
BOUNCE has a special summer deal where you’ll get two hours access to the trampoline park for just Dhs100. The Summer Mania deal runs from Monday July 1 until Wednesday July 31 at the outlet in Al Quoz and gives you access to the trampolines, XPark and you can also shoot some hoops or play a round of dodgeball with your mates too.
Dhs100. Jul 1-Jul 31. Al Quoz, bounce.ae/summer-mania (04 3211 400).
Two for one cinema tickets at Novo Cinemas
You can buy two-for-one tickets on all Novo Cool seats this summer – all day, every day.
The new deal also includes one free food and beverage upgrade with every two tickets purchased. It’s available for 2D, 3D and IMAX screenings – although filmgoers do have to pay for 3D glasses.
Prices vary. Times and locations vary, www.novocinemas.com.
Unlimited Summer Pass to Motiongate Dubai
Here’s a deal to keep you going round and round this summer – unlimited access to Motiongate Dubai for just Dhs245. The Hollywood-inspired theme park is turning its usual one-day pass into a season-long ticket, giving unrestricted access to the park until Saturday September 14. That’s more than 80 days’ worth of screaming on rides, meeting movie characters from Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and The Smurfs and joining in interactive games.
Dhs245. Valid until Sep 14. Summer hours: Sat-Wed 2pm-10pm, Thu-Fri 2pm-11pm. Dubai Parks and Resorts, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.motiongatedubai.com (800 262 9464).
A dose of virtual reality or a massive aquarium and underwater zoo filled with creatures from the deep blue sea?
Both are activities that make for a fun family staycation, especially when you can go to them completely free.
Those looking to experience some of the Downtown Dubai’s best features can book a stay at Address Downtown, Address Dubai Mall or Address Boulevard and get free access for two people to the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo in The Dubai Mall, as well as two Super 7 passes to the VR Park.
All three hotels are five-star resorts and placed right in the heart of Dubai, so you won’t be far from the two attractions.
From Dhs1,500 (prices vary). Until Dec 31. Various locations including Address Downtown, Address Dubai Mall and Address Boulevard, www.addresshotels.com.
Aloft City Centre Deira
For some of us, the weekend means one thing only – binge-watching our favourite movies.
But why do it on a regular TV when you can watch it on a cinema screen in your very own hotel suite? Stay at Aloft City Centre Deira’s newly launched “Cinema Suites” and you can stay in your room and get the silver screen experience, and a whole lot more.
The hotel in Deira has four different rooms each with their own theme, with each of them including a cinema screen, a built-in vending machine with snacks and a streaming service with all your favourites.
The various rooms include an “Agent House”, a superhero suite, Hollywood and Bollywood suite for those who want to live like a star. Rooms go from Dhs1,386, with the option to include breakfast as well.
From Dhs1,386. Ongoing. Baniyas Road, Deira, (04 210 3333).
Book a room for Wild Wings Wednesday and you’ll get a platter of wings and unlimited beverages along with your stay.
The casual hotel in Production City also offers residents ten percent off the best available room rate, and 20 percent discount on F&B.
Dhs340. Ongoing. Dubai Production City (04 248 7070).
Fancy spending some quality time with your family? Amwaj Rotana’s family getaway package includes connecting rooms or suites and a breakfast buffet at Horizon.
From Dhs730. Ongoing, Thu-Fri bookings only. The Walk, JBR (04 428 2000).
Anantara The Palm Dubai
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.
Atlantis The Palm
Are you ready to take your taste buds on a foodie adventure? Atlantis The Palm has just the escape with its “A Taste of Adventure”, and it offers a little extra for the thrill-seekers.
UAE residents who book a two-night stay at Dubai’s iconic hotel will not only get a special 15 percent discount on rooms, but they’ll also get a complimentary “Taste of Hakkasan” set menu experience for two.
The world-famous Chinese chain restaurant has tonnes of tasty dishes, so it’s a great deal for foodies.
And to top it all off, guests will get unlimited access to Aquaventure Waterpark, filled with more than 30 exciting slides and rides including the scream-inducing Leap of Faith, along with The Lost Chambers Aquarium with more than 65,000 marine animals to admire.
From Dhs2,576 (prices vary). Ongoing. Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2000).
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).
DUKES the Palm, a Royal Hideaway Hotel
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 the Palm, a Royal Hideaway Hotel, Palm Jumeirah (04 455 1100).
If you’re planning on staying in the heart of the city, book a stay at Fairmont Dubai.
The bed and breakfast deal offers guests a buffet breakfast at Cascades, 20 percent off best available room rates, spa treatments and even a free shuttle service to The Dubai Mall and Kite Beach.
Prices vary. Ongoing. Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 5555).
Habtoor Palace, LXR Hotels & Resorts
A family staycation where the whole gang gets a morning breakfast? That’s something to get onboard with, especially when Habtoor Palace’s “family fun package” also offers late check outs on the weekend.
Prices vary. Ongoing. Al Habtoor City, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 435 5555).
Hatta by Meraas
Fancy going camping in the cool mountains at Hatta but still feel like you’re getting the five-star treatment?
Meraas has just launched a “first-of-its kind” trailer-style hotel, and it’s something worth checking out.
From Dhs250 per night, travellers can camp along the banks of the Hatta dams in a decked out trailer, each with their own terrace with couches and chairs to lounge in.
The Hatta Sedr trailers also have a kitchenette attached for home-style cooking, while guests can use the barbecue facilities and gather round the communal fire pit when it gets a bit nippy.
What better place for all to sing a good old campfire song? Also starting at Dhs250 a night are the Hatta Damani Lodges. It may look like a regular hut on the outside, but guests can expect to be treated to their own private terrace, large TV and communal bonfire.
From Dhs250 per night. Hajar Mountains, Dubai (800 637227).
JA Ocean View Hotel
Thinking about a weekend at the beach? Stay at the JA Ocean View Hotel at JBR, and you can have a beach escape for less.
Stay for three nights to get a 25 percent discount on best available room rates, along with a free buffet breakfast every morning.
Prices vary. Stays during Thu-Sat. Ongiong.The Walk, JBR (04 814 5599).
JA Palm Tree Court
The longer you stay this palm-lined private beach resort, the better.
Stay one night and get a 15 percent discount on best available rates, but stay three nights and get up to 25 percent off.
With three swimming pools, a golf course and much more, there’s more than enough reason to stay longer.
From Dhs1,015 (prices vary). Ongoing, valid Thu-Sat. Mina Jebel Ali (04 814 5555).
Jumeirah Beach Hotel
If you’re one of those staycationers who would love to spend the holiday at a sprawling waterpark day in, day out, you need to book yourself a stay at Jumeirah Beach Hotel.
For a four-night stay at this five-star resort inspired by the sea and sand, guests will get unlimited access to one of the region’s best waterparks, Wild Wadi Waterpark.
With more than 30 different thrilling rides and attractions themed around the tale of Juha, a known character from Arabian folklore, families could easily spend the day sliding down slippery slopes or soaking up the sun on a lounger.
But that’s not all the hotel is offering, as guests will get a ten percent discount on best available room rates, up to Dhs1,470 to be used as room credit, along with access to its fitness and spa facilities. Splashing fun awaits.
Dhs1,394 per night. Until Dec 19. Jumeirah Beach, Umm Suqeim (04 348 0000).
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).
Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa
Sometimes a couple of nights away just doesn’t cut it. Which is why Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa is putting on a special deal for guests who want to stay longer.
If you’re looking to stay five nights or more, you can take on the new “Extended Stay Package”, which features a buffet breakfast at Brasserie 2.0 to tuck into every morning along with a food and beverage voucher of Dhs750 to be used at any of the restaurants.
Guests will of course get access to the resort’s three lengthy swimming pools to take a plunge in, too. Just use the code L9Z when booking and the deal is all yours for the taking.
From Dhs899 per night. Until Sep, 2019. Dubai Marina (04 399 5555).
Luxury summer stay offer at Address Boulevard
Imagine dining in one of the highest destinations in the world. Well, why imagine when you get a complimentary dinner and tickets to At The Top, Burj Khalifa when booking your stay at Address Boulevard?
Starting at Dhs2,346, guests will get to stay at the exclusively designed Boulevard Suite, kitted out with modern tech and lavish décor, along with sweeping views of Dubai.
If you’re a U By Emaar member, you’ll also get ten percent off best available rates.
Dhs2,346 (without club access), Dhs2,794 (with club access). Ongoing. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashed Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 423 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
Sometimes, all you need is a little weekend getaway to recharge your batteries, and where more convenient than at Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach?
Not only does the weekend escape include a buffet breakfast, but guests will get 30 percent off their room rate, along with a late check-out.
From Dhs600. Ongoing. The Walk, JBR (04 449 8888).
One&Only Royal Mirage
Drift into the weekend in style – that’s what the One&Only Royal Mirage Resort wants you to do in its DRIFT in style package.
Enjoy 20 percent off best available room rates and get free access to luxury beach club DRIFT Beach Club. Perfect for relaxation.
Dhs1,260. Until June 10. Al Sufouh (04 399 9999).
Qasr Al Sultan
You could imagine staying in a fancy suite for two with your own majlis and private Jacuzzi all for Dhs650, or you could live the fantasy and stay a night at Qasr Al Sultan and enjoy your own private outdoor garden as well. The choice is yours.
From Dhs650. Ongoing. Jebel Ali (04 820 8888).
Take a step back from the bustle of the Dubai and chill out for a minute – you deserve it.
And where better to do so than with a view of the city skyline? This five-star hotel in Oud Metha is offering guests a special staycation to spoil them.
Kick-start your day with a breakfast at Azur packed with morning favourites and healthy options.
You’ll even have a 24-hour personal butler service to attend to your every whim. That’s not all, as staycationers will also get free access to the exclusive Club Lounge, offering high tea, canapés and mixed drinks.
And the best part? The luxurious suite to unwind in. This “Short and Suite” escape is for those who need to take a step back and be pampered.
From Dhs2,295. Ongoing. Oud Metha (04 324 8888).
Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai
UAE residents, you’re in luck. Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai is offering special room rates for residents, along with a 20 percent discount on treatments at Six Senses Spa and at a selection of the hotel’s restaurants and bars.
From Dhs800. Until Jun 30. Business Bay (04 512 5599).
Looking for a (really) extended holiday? Rove Hotels 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.
Sheraton Mall of the Emirates Hotel, Dubai
Sheraton Mall of the Emirates Hotel, Dubai is offering UAE residents 20 percent off best available room rates, along with a complimentary room upgrade, a daily breakfast, shopping vouchers and even a welcome fruit basket.
Even better, the offer runs until September.
From Dhs420. Until Sep 17. Mall of the Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 377 2000).
The H Dubai
You can never skip breakfast and dinner, they’re the most important meals of the day. So it’s a good thing you’ll get them for free at The H Dubai’s half board offer.
Get a breakfast and three-course dinner at Eat&Meat during your stay.
From Dhs428 (prices vary). Until Dec 31. Sheikh Zayed Road (04 501 8888).
The Meydan Hotel Dubai
Looking for something super swanky to round off 2018? You’re in luck. The Meydan Hotel is dishing out a whopping 40 percent discount on suites.
There are three suites to choose from – the panoramic suite that stars stunning views of the famous Meydan racetrack below, the presidential Meydan Suite, which peers out across to Burj Khalifa, along with the presidential duplex suite.
The latter has two floors featuring two master bedrooms, an expansive living room, private library and a dining room that can accommodate eight.
That’s not either, all the discount offers guests a buffet breakfast at Farriers, exclusive access to the club lounge.
From Dhs1,259. Ongoing. Al Meydan Road, Nad Al Sheba (04 381 3231).
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 Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
The summer of Mina madness has come early to this stunning beach resort, with room prices starting at Dhs600 for all UAE residents.
Guests can expect 50 percent off food and beverages, spa treatments, and water sports during their stay. Just use the promotional code LRR when booking.
From Dhs600 (UAE residents). Until Nov 15. Al Sufouh (04 399 4141).
V Hotel Dubai, Curio Collection by Hilton
A night’s stay for two with a three-course dinner at Korean fusion restaurant Namu and two tickets for Dubai’s marvellous aquatic show, La Perle – all for Dhs1,200? Booking this brilliant offer at V Hotel Dubai in Al Habtoor City is a no-brainer.
Dhs1,200. Ongoing. Al Habtoor City, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 436 5544).
Romance is in the air at Vida Downtown, and it’s inviting couples to enjoy a special staycation.
Expect a daily buffet breakfast, along with a three-course set dinner for two at one of the hotel’s restaurants.
Have an anniversary coming up? That’s your weekend sorted.
Dhs1,161 (prices vary). Until Dec 25. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashed Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 428 6888).
Zabeel House Al Seef by Jumeirah
This new hotel in Al Seef is doing away with precise check-in and check-out times, which means no more waiting around until 3pm to get in your room.
Zabeel House by Jumeirah is letting guests arrive any time, day or night, so you can take your time enjoying your stay near Dubai Creek.
Prices vary. Ongoing. Al Seef, Dubai Creek (04 707 7077).
Bangkok night market at Spice Emporium
Enjoy dishes from live cooking stations at this extensive Thai dinner.
Dhs205 (food only). Fri 7pm-10.30pm. Ongoing. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh (04 511 7373).
Chalco’s Mexican Kitchen
Head to this popular Mexican joint and you’ll get unlimited tacos all day every Tuesday for just Dhs50.
Diners can choose between soft or crispy tacos as well as a range of fillings including chicken, pulled chicken, chilli con carne and veggie.
Dhs50. Tuesdays, 11.30am-10pm. Ongoing. Chalco's, Cluster D, Lake Terrace Tower, JLT, chalcosmexicangrill.com (04 453 9175).
Curry night at Links
The curry night at Links is a right corker. Every Tuesday you’ll be able to dig into murgh makhanwala, dal makhani, badami lamb korma or madras fish curry for Dhs103 with one skewer of chicken tikka.
If one tikka just isn’t going to cut it then you can upgrade to unlimited for Dhs142. Sides include poppadums, raita and mango chutney.
Dhs103 (one chicken tikka skewer). Tue 6pm-10pm. Address Montgomerie, Emirates Hills (04 888 3444).
Crab night at Monty’s
Love crustaceans? Head to this golf club restaurant every weekend and you’ll get a platter of crab to share. The seafood platter comes with black pepper, spicy tomato or garlic butter sauce so prepare to need those napkins.
Dhs240. Thu, Fri, Sat 5pm-9pm. Ongoing. Address Montgomerie, Emirates Living (04 888 3444).
Fresh catch at Hoi An
Enjoy a seafood platter including oysters, king crab, lobster, crab, mussels, king prawns and crab salad.
Dhs605 (two people). Daily 7pm-11pm. Ongoing. Shangri-La Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 405 2703).
Meat night at Mazina
Carnivores, you’re in for a treat as there’s a whole evening dedicated to meat at Mazina.
Enjoy beef Wellington, roast dinners, shepherd’s pie and more. Plus loads of Yorkshire puddings.
Dhs179 (food only), half price (kids aged six-11), free (kids aged five and under). Thu 7pm-11pm. Ongoing. Address Dubai Marina (04 888 3444).
Street food night at Flow Kitchen
Enjoy dishes from around the globe at this special street food evening, held at Fairmont The Palm every Tuesday.
Dhs185 (food only). Tue 6pm-10.30pm. Ongoing. Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 3457).
Summer set menu at Palazzo Versace
Vanitas in the swish Palazzo Versace Dubai is running a special promotion for diners between Saturday and Wednesday. You can tuck into two courses and get two glasses of red or white grape for Dhs195 per person. Options on the summer set menu include bruschetta di burrata or beef carpaccio to start with a choice between tagliolini tossed in cream of pistachio, creamy risotto with mushrooms or grilled baby chicken for main course.
Dhs195 (per person). Sat-Wed, 7pm-11pm. Palazzo Versace Dubai, Jaddaf Waterfront (04 556 8820).
Taco Tuesdays at La Carnita
Head to this trendy Mexican restaurant in Dubai Marina on a Tuesday and you’ll get tacos for just Dhs20 a serving all night.
Dhs20. Tue 6.30pm-midnight. Ongoing. InterContinental Dubai Marina, www.lacarnita.com (04 425 4030).
Two for one burgers at Gürkan Şef
Fancy a Monday night burger? Head to this City Walk steakhouse and get buy one, get one free.
Prices vary. Mon 6.30pm-midnight. City Walk, Al Safa Street (04 379 9777).