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).
Aloft Palm Jumeirah
This funky new hotel is not only offering a one-night stay for two people for Dhs799, it’s throwing in brunch as well. Bring your appetite as the Mucha Lucha Brunch, at fun new Mexican rooftop and cantina Luchador is the first stop on your weekend of relaxation. The next morning you’ll get breakfast as well as pool and beach access and the deal is available on both Thursday and Friday, so whether you want a pre- or post-brunch hotel stay is up to you.
Dhs799 per two per room (including breakfast and brunch). Ongoing. Thu-Fri, Fri-Sat. Mucha Lucha Brunch: Every Fri 1pm-4pm. Ongoing. Palm Jumeirah, (04 247 5555).
Al Seef Heritage Hotel
Fancy a day at the souk? You may as well make a staycation out of it at Al Seef Heritage Hotel. Its bed and breakfast offer is the perfect way to spend the weekend by the Dubai Creek, and to indulge in an all-you-can-eat Arabic breakfast.
From Dhs450 (prices vary). Until Dec 31. Al Seef, Dubai Creek (04 453 0000).
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
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.
From Dhs740. 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).
Burj Al Arab
If you’ve always wanted to stay at the world-famous Burj Al Arab, then you’ll get 20 percent off suite rates, and you can even upgrade to get a full-day cabana on the terrace and pick up and drop off in a Rolls Royce thanks to its UAE residents’ offer.
Prices vary. Until Dec 20. Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim www.jumeirah.com/en/offers/uae-residents-offer/
Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai
Fancy spending the night at a palace? Check into the Stay #LikeACaesar deal and you’ll get 20 percent off room rates at both Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai and Caesars Resort Bluewaters Dubai until September 30. You’ll also get breakfast included.
Prices vary. Bluewaters Dubai, www.caesars.com/dubai (04 556 6666).
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
Found on the Palm Jumeirah, DUKES The Palm has announced its first-ever all-inclusive package, and one of the first in the emirate to give an all-inclusive deal for residents (many exclusively target overseas visitors). Because it’s all-inclusive you’ll also get unlimited drinks by the pool while you’re hanging out in the hotel’s pool or mooching on down the lazy river – take us away. For Dhs1,000 per person per night, the package gives you access to the all of the hotel’s food and beverage outlets, including top Indian restaurant Khyber and pool-side steakhouse West14th, breakfast at the Great British Restaurant and more – all while staring at the Dubai Marina skyline from the hotel’s infinity pool. Dreamy.
Dhs1,000. Ongoing. DUKES The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 455 1111).
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).
Fairmont The Palm
Fairmont The Palm has gone all-in on its summer staycation offer. On bookings made until September 30, you can get a room at the luxurious five-star hotel on the Palm from as little as Dhs650. For your cash, you’ll get a tonne of extras. So not only will you get your standard Fairmont room you’ll also get the breakfast buffet for two and dinner for two people at your choice of restaurant. In between meals, you can unwind at one of the hotel’s four temperature-controlled swimming pools, plus a 30-minute spa treatment to choose from for two people, when booking a 60-minute treatment.
From Dhs650 (excluding taxes and fees). Available until Mon Sep 30. Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, www.fairmont.com
Grosvenor House Dubai
The five-star hotel is offering UAE residents special room rates starting from Dhs700 per night, and that includes a breakfast spread, lunch along with access to a pool and beach.
Kick off your morning with a breakfast buffet, and take on a lunch at the hotel’s signature restaurant, Sloane’s. Once you’re filled up, it’s time to head over to the beach.
Guests will get complimentary access to Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa temperature-controlled pools and private stretch of beach, with free shuttle bus rides to and from both resorts.
From Dhs700 per night. Until Mon Sept 30. Grosvenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina, www.grosvenorhouse-dubai.com (04 399 8888).
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 Hatta Fort Hotel
JA Hatta Fort Hotel is offering up a top staycation deal so you take advantage of the summer months and visit the beautiful destination – for as low as Dhs369 a night. There’s plenty to do at resort for the whole family including a cinema-in-the-pool experience, spa treatments and even a shaded mini zoo.
From Dhs369++ per night. JA Hatta Fort Hotel, Hatta, Dubai (04 809 9333).
Looking for ways to entertain the kids this summer? If you book a stay at JA Resorts & Hotels this summer, you’ll get free tickets to Dubai Parks and Resorts for the little ones. Passes give you access to LEGOLAND, Motiongate and LEGOLAND Waterpark when you stay at one of the company’s nearby hotels. The deal runs until Saturday August 31, and is available for all children aged three to 16 years old. Hotels include the JA Ocean View Hotel at The Walk, JBR, JA Oasis Beach Tower, also at The Walk, JBR or JA The Resort.
Prices vary. Until Aug 31. www.jaresortshotels.com
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 Al Naseem
UAE resident? Get 15 percent off at this cool Jumeirah hotel this summer, where you’ll also get access to the private beach, spa and kids’ club
Prices vary. Until Dec 20. Jumeirah AL Naseem, Umm Suqeim www.jumeirah.com/en/offers/uae-residents-offer/
Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Make the most of the UAE resident’s deal this summer, where you’ll get 20 percent off, which includes unlimited access to Wild Wadi and the kids’ club
Prices vary. Until Dec 20. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim www.jumeirah.com/en/offers/uae-residents-offer/
Jumeirah Creekside Hotel
Get a tasty 25 percent off at this Garhoud hotel until December 20 if you’re a Dubai resident.
Not only will you save on your stay but you’ll also get unlimited access to Aviation Club gym and a one-week free gym membership, which is given upon check-out.
Prices vary. Until Dec 20. Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Garhoud www.jumeirah.com/en/offers/uae-residents-offer/
Jumeirah Emirates Towers
UAE residents get 20 percent off best available rates, plus breakfast at this DIFC hotel until December 20.
Prices vary. Until Dec 20. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, DIFC www.jumeirah.com/en/offers/uae-residents-offer/
Jumeirah Mina A‘Salam
UAE resident? Get 15 percent off at this cool Jumeirah hotel this summer, where you’ll also get access to the private beach, spa and kids’ club
Prices vary. Until Dec 20. Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, Umm Suqeim www.jumeirah.com/en/offers/uae-residents-offer/
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
This resort in Dubai Marina has launched a UAE residents offer valid through the summer months, and it’s a cracker. Until Monday September 30, you can get a one-night stay at the hotel, with breakfast and lunch at Brasserie 2.0. You’ll also get beach and pool access to one of the hotel’s many temperature-controlled swimming pools (including that dreamy swim-up bar. All of that from just Dhs700 per night.
Dhs700. Until Mon Sep 30. Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa, JBR, www.leroyalmeridien-dubai.com (04 399 5555).
Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre
The longstanding Garhoud hotel is now offering a special summer weekend staycation package for all families to enjoy, and it includes a free breakfast, pool access and plenty of discounts – all for Dhs480. Guests will get to stay in one of the hotel’s new superior rooms with direct access to its pool, which means getting out of bed and walking a few paces to have a dip. Fancy some grub after a swim? There’s also a free breakfast for two adults and one child aged below 12. As for the discounts, expect 25 percent off all food and beverage outlets along with a 20 percent discount off all spa treatments at the hotel’s Natural Elements Spa. The special offer will run until Monday September 30, so plan ahead and spend a weekend at an affordable price.
Dhs480. Until Mon Sep 30. Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Airport Road (04 217 0000).
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).
Palazzo Versace Dubai has set up a ‘Hollywood Glam Q’scation’ experience for the summer, featuring breakfast for two at Giardino, a pre-show dinner at Enigma and a night of jazz and bites at Q’s Bar & Lounge. Until Monday September 31, guests can choose a night to stayover from Tuesdays to Saturdays and experience all those 16th century Italian Palace vibes. That, and access to three out-door swimming pools with views of the Dubai Creek views. The deal will set you back Dhs1,550.
From Dhs1,550. Until Mon Sep 30, available Tue-Sat. Palazzo Versace Dubai, Al Jaddaf, www.palazzoversace.ae (04 556 8888).
Park Hyatt Dubai
Head to the popular five-star property and get a whopping 40 percent off the best available room rates which also includes breakfast at Brasserie du Park and access to the infinity lagoon.
From Dhs452. Ongoing until Sep 30. Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira (04 602 1234).
Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara
Looking to get away from the bustling city life and start living the lush life in the desert? Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara is offering a list of exclusive rates for all to enjoy the serene surroundings on the Empty Quarter in Abu Dhabi – for less. Until Monday September 30, enjoy the five-star desert resort’s summer villa special at rates starting from Dhs1,999, which includes a buffet breakfast for two. Each of these villas, including the one-, two- and three-bedroom spots, comes with its own private pool, a garden courtyard and far-reaching views over rolling dunes.
From Dhs1,999 (summer villa). Until Mon Sep 30. Qasr Al Sarab Road, Abu Dhabi, qasralsarab.anantara.com (02 895 8700).
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).
Radisson Blu Dubai Media City
Until Monday September 30 you’ll be able to get a night away from it all for Dhs399 per person (which is based on two people sharing a room, so Dhs798 in total, plus VAT and a couple of minor fees). For your money you’ll be able to relax in style, with a one-night stay including a three-course meal and drinks at Certo Italian Restaurant, plus additional complimentary bits and bobs included at one of the hotel’s other F&B outlets throughout the night. The next morning you’ll get breakfast in bed followed by a trip to the hotel’s wellness centre. After all of that, you can kick back by the pool and take it easy, because you’ve got a late check-out and won’t have to leave until 4pm.
Dhs399 per person (Dhs798 per room plus taxes). Until Mon Sep 30. Dubai Media City (04 366 9111).
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).
Ramada by Wyndham Downtown Dubai
Head to this Downtown Dubai hotel for a staycation this summer that will set you back just Dhs375. The summer promotion also includes a free upgrade to the next room category, plus 30 percent off food and drink – including room service. Meanwhile kids under 12 dine free and there’s a free shuttle to The Dubai Mall and Kite Beach, too.
From Dhs375. Until Sep 30. Ramada by Wyndham Downtown, Downtown Dubai (04 303 9512).
Looking for a (really) extended holiday? Rove Hotels across Dubai are offering a special rates from Dhs3,999 a month for those staying 30 days or more. All you have to do it punch in the promo code “longterm” and the deal is yours.
From Dhs3,999 (per month). Ongoing. Various locations including Downtown Dubai, www.rovehotels.com.
Rove at the Park
Rove at the Park has just opened at Dubai Parks and Resorts, and there’s a fantastic opening offer for UAE residents to take advantage of.
You can get a key for one of 579 different rooms at the resort, and for Dhs199 you’ll get a night at the hotel and two tickets to Dubai Parks and Resorts, one of the largest theme parks in the world. Your ticket will give you access to more than 100 different rides and attractions across the resorts four main theme parks – motiongate, Bollywood Parks, Legoland Dubai and Legoland Waterpark.
For more information, head to 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
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).
Towers Rotana are slashing their room rates by 20 percent between now and Sat Aug 31, as well as ten percent off all food and drinks in the hotel restaurants, when enrolling in the Rotana Rewards Select free programme and booking via rotana.com/towersrotana.
From Dhs180 (one night stay). Towers Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 343 8000).
Get a free night stay ay one pf Rotana’s UAE hotels and resorts when you spend Dhs699 in any of the three Towers restaurants, including Teatro, Long’s Bar and Flavours on Two. On paying your bill you’ll be presented with a scratch card which will reveal the location of your stay from any of Rotana’s hotels across the country.
Dhs699 (to redeem free night stay). Towers Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 343 8000).
TRYP by Wyndham Dubai
They say three’s a crowd, but when there’s money to be saved we don’t mind bunking up with our pals. TRYP by Wyndham Dubai is offering a night’s stay for three, along with three beverages per room for just Dhs111 per person. You’ll also get early check in from 10am and late check out until 3.33pm (naturally). Grab your two besties and get yourself down to Al Barsha.
Dhs333 (one room for three). Ongoing. TRYP by Wyndham Dubai, Al Barsha (04 247 6666).
Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah
Book a staycation at the hotel until December 31 and you’ll be able to eat at one of the hotel’s swanky restaurants for an additional Dhs5.
All you have to do is book the Five Years Celebratory package and you can select a delicious breakfast, lunch, high tea or dinner at Mezzerie, Peackock Alley, Serafina and Social by Heinz Beck and more for an additional five dizzers per person.
Alternatively you can invest your Dhs5 in a 30-minute spa treatment at Waldorf Astoria Spa, with complimentary access to the spa facilities including the Himalayan Salt Stone Sauna, Aromatic Steam room, Herbal Sauna, Experience Showers and waterbeds.
That’s Dhs5 well spent we’d say.
From Dhs1,200. Until Dec 31, 2019. Waldorf Astoria Dubia Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jumeirah, www.waldorfastoria3.hilton.com.
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).
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.
O Dhs1,161 (prices vary). Until Dec 25. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashed Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 428 6888).
Vida Emirates Hills
Swish new hotel Vida Emirates Hills is now open, and it has a cracker of a launch deal.
For just Dhs250 you can get a night’s stay, plus breakfast for two, in the cool new hotel in Emirates Hills. You’ll also get full access to the hotel’s infinity pool, which boasts lush views out across Emirates Hills Golf Club. Fancy lying in? You can arrange a late check out too.
Time Out Dubai’s been for a look around – and the minimalist hotel has a sharp, chic look with crispy white rooms and suites and a modern gym. The hotel has 160 rooms and suites, as well as a restaurant and two bars. But be quick as stays must be booked by July 31.
From Dhs250. Until Sep 30 (bookings before Jul 31). Vida Emirates Hills, www.vidahotels.com (04 423 8899).
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).
Al Forsan International Sports Resort
Who says staycations are all about chilling out? Not the Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, that’s for sure. One of the hotel’s summer deals includes an hour of wakeboarding at Al Forsan International Sports Resort within the overnight rate of Dhs575, which also includes breakfast. It’s time to get active.
From Dhs575. Ongoing. Al Forsan International Sports Resort, Abu Dhabi (02 201 4000).
Aloft Abu Dhabi
There’s nothing like a backyard barbecue on the weekend, especially when someone else is doing the cooking. Aloft Abu Dhabi “BBQ and Stay” package offers guests a night’s stay and a free meal at the Backyard BBQ. Just use the promo code YX1 when booking a room.
From Dhs285. Ongoing. Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (02 654 5000).
Bab Al Qasr Hotel and Residences
The five-star luxury hotel in Abu Dhabi has an all-inclusive deal that’s offering free-flowing soft and house beverages all day long, along with breakfast buffet and three-course lunch and dinner. Until Saturday August 31, the limited-time summer package will treat guests to night’s stay along with unlimited drinks from Morjana Lounge, Artisan Kitchen and Loop, including water, soft drinks, chilled juices and hot beverages – all for Dhs699 per night.
From Dhs699. Until Sat Aug 31. Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 2 205 3201).
Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi
If it’s a golfers’ staycation you’re after, the Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi will provide. Wake up to a buffet breakfast to fuel you for the day, then head out and tee off on the 18-hole golf course. That handicap isn’t going to get better by itself, so get swinging.
From Dhs1,100. Ongoing. Al Zahiya Area, Abu Dhabi (02 697 9000).
Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort
Escape the city with a trip to Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort this summer. The inviting beach retreat, overlooking Sir Bani Yas Island, enjoys amazing views of the Arabian Gulf and a welcome escape from city life. Book in for a stay this summer and you'll get a free breakfast at Tides Restaurant as well as a 25 percent discount on wellness and beauty treatments at Body & Soul Recreation Club.
From Dhs299. Ongoing. Danat Jebel, Abu Dhabi (02 801 2222).
Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island
From shopping at upscale centre The Galleria, to swimming in a pool with unobstructed views of the Abu Dhabi skyline, there are plenty of reasons to stay at the Four Seasons Hotel at Al Maryah Island. Stay two nights or more and you’ll get 20 percent off your room rate thanks to its “Abu Dhabi Getaway” offer.
O From Dhs1,126 (prices vary). Until Dec 31. Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi (02 333 2222).
Jumeirah At Etihad Towers
If you want to make sure to get your fill during your staycation, Jumeirah At Etihad Towers’ Stay and Dine deal has you covered. Get a breakfast and dinner buffet for free at Rosewater, access to its luxurious Observation Deck at 300 and access to the gym and Talise Spa.
From Dhs700 (prices vary). Until Dec 31. West Corniche, Abu Dhabi (02 811 5555).
Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi
Located in the heart of the UAE capital with plenty of sand to laze on and endless shopping on your doorstep, Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi has your weekend getaway sorted.
From Dhs350. Ongoing. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Street, Abu Dhabi (02 674 2020).
Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi
Escape from the city and recharge your batteries at Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi’s spa indulgence package, offering a $100 (around Dhs367) spa voucher for Chi, The Spa along with a complimentary daily breakfast so guests can fill themselves right up before relaxing for the day.
From Dhs975 (prices vary). Ongoing. Qaryat al Beri, Abu Dhabi (02 509 8888).
Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort
If you’re up for a splash-tastic day at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Waterworld or speedy fun at Ferrari World after a hearty buffet breakfast, then just punch in the promo code 2MP when booking a stay at Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort. A fun package the whole family can enjoy.
From Dhs575. Until Sep 30. Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi (02 677 3333).
St. Regis Saadiyat Island
There are plenty of options for a staycation deal at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi. Spa-and-stay packages at the Iridium Spa include a night’s stay, plus a 60-minute, full-body massage per day, while dining packages include a complimentary breakfast and generous credit vouchers for the various food and beverage outlets across the resort. Additional pool and beach access deals include complimentary dining coupons and a free 30-minute watersports activity.
Prices vary. Ongoing. The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi (02 498 8888).
Park Inn by Radisson, Abu Dhabi Yas Island
With free access to the thrilling Yas Waterworld, a private stretch of sand at Yas Beach and a buffet breakfast every morning, booking a staycation at Park Inn by Radisson, Abu Dhabi Yas Island is a no brainer – especially seeing how prices are from just Dhs360 a night.
From Dhs360. Ongoing. Yas Island, Abu Dhabi (02 656 2222).
Park Rotana Abu Dhabi
With this five-star hotel being a five- minute drive from Abu Dhabi’s top tourist locations including Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, and 15 minutes from Yas Island, this staycation is an absolute steal.
Dhs340 per room, per night. Ongoing. Eastern Ring Road, Abu Dhabi (02 657 3333).
Radisson Blu Hotel, Abu Dhabi Yas Island
Get complimentary access to Warner Bros World., Yas Water World and Ferrari World, along with a free daily breakfast buffet and access to Yas Beach at this staycation in the capital.
From Dhs495. Ongoing. Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. (02 656 2000).
Tilal Liwa Hotel
There’s a desert escape in Abu Dhabi filled with adventure activities and discounts, and it’s calling your name. Tilal Liwa Hotel’s “Danat Weekend Escape” offers a buffet breakfast for the whole family, 20 percent off food and massages, and access to desert cycling and sand boarding activities.
From Dhs449. Ongoing. Madinat Zayed, Abu Dhabi (02 894 6111).
Yas Hotel Abu Dhabi
If you’re in the mood to dine around during your staycation, Yas Hotel Abu Dhabi (pictured) has you covered. Its “Experience Dining” package gets you an overnight stay, a breakfast buffet and a dine-around dinner set menu at a participating restaurant. Just use the promo code ES1 when booking and you’ll be stuffing your face.
From Dhs585. Until Jul 31. Yas Island, Abu Dhabi (02 656 0000).
Aloft Al Ain
Take a trip down to Al Ain and you can enjoy more than a break from big-city life with a great deal on beverages. Book in for a stay at Aloft Al Ain and you can get two drinks of your choice free of charge at the WXYZ Lounge. Plus, with rooms starting from Dhs175 per night it won't break the bank either.
From Dhs175. Al Ain (03 713 8888).
Wyndham Garden Ajman Corniche
Book at stay at the newly-opened Wyndham Garden Ajman Corniche. With access to a private beach club, lush swimming pool and 25 percent off at Seascape restaurant, you don’t want to miss it.
From Dhs249. Ongoing. Ajman (06 701 4444).
Radisson Blu Resort, Fujairah
Have a local stay with a difference when you book the Romance Package in Fujairah. With flowers and chocolates in your room, a three-course dinner, breakfast served by a butler and, somewhat less romantic but important nevertheless, free wi-fi, this is a chance to enjoy a weekend away with a loved one without the stress of airports.
From Dhs999 per room, per night. Ongoing. Al Aqah, Fujairah, www.radissonblu.com (09 244 9700).
Acacia By Bin Majid
The hotel’s all-inclusive offer could be one of the best value promotions in the UAE this summer. Particularly for anyone who likes buffets and kayaking. The Ras Al Khaimah resort manages to shoehorn in three buffet meals, unlimited drinks, free kayaking and beach access, all for less than Dhs400. With early check-in you can stretch a single night here out to a lot of entertainment.
Dhs399 per room, per night. Ongoing. Al Jasirah, Al Hamrah, Ras Al Khaimah, www.binmajid.com (07 243 4421).
Al Wadi Desert resort
Explore the great outdoors at this 1,235-acre reserve. Gather survival skills, learn about rare species out in the desert, go on a camel caravan or just chill out in your private pool.
From Dhs2,000 per villa. Al Wadi Desert, Ras Al Khaimah, www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/uae/al-wadi-desert/offers.
Chill out on a 600-metre, pristine white beach at the Cove Rotana Resort. Located on the a water inlet of the Ras Al Khaimah beachfront, stare endlessly at the Arabian Gulf, play some watersports, dip in one of the two infinity pools, or just hang out in your villa.
From Dhs600 per room, per night. Cove Rotana Resort, Ras Al Khaimah, www.rotana.com.
DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island
There are lots of treatments available for a chilled weekend away, but start off by relaxing on the 450-metre private beach, before taking a dip in any of the seven outdoor heated pools, or an indoor ladies-only pool. Have a quick workout, or head straight to one of the two spas that feature nine treatment rooms, sauna, steam and whirlpool options. There are also 13 food and beverage outlets to explore.
From Dhs599 per room, per night. DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah, www.doubletree3.hilton.com.
Hilton Al Hamra Beach & Golf Resort
A Staycation in the UAE is all about soaking up the sun on a private beach, luxury hotel rooms and eating to your heart’s content – and you’ll get all that with this new offer at an affordable price. Hilton Al Hamra Beach & Golf Resort has launched an all-inclusive stay package that offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and much more – all from Dhs535. The deal at the five-star hotel in Ras Al Khaimah includes complimentary meals at Al Shamal, along with up to Dhs60 food vouchers for Le Chalet or Scirocco. So take your pick and get eating. Staycationers will also get a happy hour promotion featuring a 50 percent discount on all beverages, except sharing mixed drinks, from 5pm until 8pm in the Trader Vic’s Lounge. A foodie getaway with beach vibes? Yes please.
From Dhs535 (prices vary). Ongoing. Vienna Street, Ras al Khaimah (07 244 6666).
Hilton Garden Inn Ras Al Khaimah
Fancy a trip up the road? Try this new Thursday staycation package at Hilton Garden Inn. From Dhs299 for two, guests can relax by the pool with creekside views and wake up to complimentary breakfast.
From Dhs299 (for two). Ongoing. Bin Daher Street, Ras Al Khaimah (07 228 8888).
Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort & Spa
The summer staycation offer runs until Monday August 19, and you can get rooms for just Dhs405 a night – including breakfast. Families travelling are in good hands, too, as little ones will get free access to the kids’ club. Meanwhile if you’re looking to perk up tired summer skin, the spa at the resort is also offering a summer package. If you book a 60-minute facial for Dhs330, you’ll get a 30-minute massage, for free.
From Dhs405. Until Aug 21. Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort & Spa (07 229 8844).
Go camping, Bedouin style
One of the UAE’s most popular pastimes is Bedouin-style desert camping. Bedouin Oasis Desert Camp is offering a desert dinner, with a dune bashing safari for an extra Dhs300.
From Dhs120 per person. The Bedouin Oasis, Ras Al Khaimah, arabianincentive.com/Bedouin-Oasis.aspx.
Go pirate at Marjan Island Resort & Spa
The Pirates Club at Marjan Island Resort & Spa offers a chance to really treat the kids to a fun-filled, action-packed programme involving cookery classes, boat races, water football and other pool-based watersports at this five-star resort. Crash out in front of a movie at the kids’ cinema at the end of the day.
Dhs395 per room per night. Marjan Island Resort & Spa, www.marjanislandresort.com.
'Stay more, pay less' package at Rixos Bab Al Bahr
Rixos Bab Al Bahr in Ras Al Khaimah has announced a 'stay more, pay less' package and it's a great excuse for a longer-than-usual break. Guests will get 15 percent off best available rates for stays of two nights or longer. All you need to do is email email@example.com or call 07 202 0000 to book. Apart from dozens of restaurants and places to relax offering all sorts of international cuisine, the ultra all-inclusive package offers entertainment including beach volleyball, sunset yoga, paddling and a water gym.
Rixos Bab Al Bahr, Ras Al Khaimah, babalbahr.rixos.com (07 202 0000).
The Cove Rotana Resort
Looking for a romantic escape with someone special? With an automatic room upgrade, a starry-eyed dinner at Basilico restaurant, a bottle of sparkling and a buffet breakfast the next morning, The Cove Rotana Resort’s romantic escape package is what you’re searching for.
From Dhs840. Ongoing. Ras Al Khaimah (07 206 6000).
The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach
Sometimes, the only way to rid yourself of any kind of stress is to be pampered. You’ll get just that at The Ritz-Carlton’s “Rejuvenate You” offer, where guests can indulge in a 60-minute full body massage at its spa, an overnight stay along with a buffet breakfast for two.
Prices vary. Until Dec 31. Vienna Street, Al Hamra Village, Ras Al Khaimah (07 204 8888).
Treat the teenagers at Rixos
Teens Republic will keep the teenagers happy all weekend, with ten- to 17-year-olds able to join in with tournaments on X-Box or PlayStation consoles, pool tables, dart boards, table football or Jenga. Meanwhile, parents can enjoy any of the eight restaurants on offer, swimming pools, spas and more at this luxury resort.
Dhs1,200 per room, per night. Rixos Bab Al Bahr, Al Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah, www.babalbahr.rixos.com.
Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah
The UAE's rich history of pearl diving is celebrated at this Ras Al Khaimah resort. Take a trip here and not only can you lounge around the wonderful pool or check out the restaurants, you can also try a new experience. One of which is a trip to the Al Suwaidi Pearl Farm, where you’ll learn all about the history and culture associated with pearls before going diving for oysters yourself. And any pearls you find you’ll get to keep. Other tours include kayaking and exploring the mangroves. That’s not all though, as you can even take your staycay experience up a gear or two with the supercar experience.
Prices vary (rooms). Pearl diving: from Dhs300. Supercar tour: Dhs8,200 (two days). Times and dates vary. Ongoing. Vienna Street, Ras Al Khaimah (07 203 5555).
Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort
Live it up at the highest five-star resort in the Middle East. If you really want to get away from it all, there’s no better place to come. The majestic hideway provides a range of superb rooms, including rooms with captivating canyon views and private villas with their own pools in garden seclusion or overlooking a cliff. Best of all, you get 30 percent off the best flexible rate for a room or villa, a daily buffet for two at Al Maison restaurant and discounts at the spa.
From Dhs1,049 per room, per night. Ongoing. Jebel Akhdar, www.jabal-akhdar.anantara.com (+968 2521 8000).
Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara
Available in three, five or seven-day packages, expect therapeutic activities such as yoga and hiking the beautiful mountains on the coast of Salalah at this wellness retreat. You’ll also enjoy dishes from Italian vegan chef Valeria Agnelutto and can pamper yourself with a luxury hammam. You’ll come back feeling as fresh as ever.
From Dhs1,470. Ongoing. Salalah, Oman, www.anantara.com/en/al-baleed-salalah (02 322 8222).
Radisson Blu Hotel Muscat
Is a weekend really long enough to explore the wonders of Oman? If you fancy hanging around a bit longer, you can make a tidy saving of 15 percent on the room rate when you book for three consecutive nights at this plush hotel, which is just a short drive from popular beaches. It’s also in close reach of landmarks such as the Royal Opera House, and has top facilities, too.
Prices vary. Ongoing. Muscat, Oman, www.radissonblu.com (+968 2448 7777).
Salalah Rotana Resort
Watch your worries wash away as you immerse yourself in luxury at this five-star waterfront resort with a range of state-of-the-art facilities. Book two nights and you’ll get 15 percent off signature restaurants and spa treatments.
From Dhs1,574 per room, per night. Ongoing. Salalah, Oman, www.rotana.com (+968 2327 5700).
Coral Beach Resort Sharjah
Fancy getting 40 percent off at this family-friendly Sharjah hotel? Just call the beach resort on the below number, mention the deal and you’ll get the nifty discount.
Prices vary. Ongoing. Sharjah Corniche, Sharjah (050 5714010).