8 of the week's best staycation deals

Get out of the city for less with these super cheap weekends away


Auris Plaza Hotel Al Barsha - 15% off
This luxury five-star hotel is located right next to Mall of the Emirates and is conveniently midway between Dubai Marina and Downtown Dubai. Book 21 days in advance and get 15 percent off the best available rate, as well as a free breakfast. It’s a great deal, especially if you fancy some retail therapy.
From Dhs297.50. Ongoing. Al Barsha 1, www.auris-hotels.com (04 455 4800).

Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa - 30% off

When you arrive at this stunning desert resort known as the “Gateway to the Sun”, you won’t believe you’re only 40 minutes from Dubai. The Arabian fort-style venue is the perfect place in which to enjoy some much-needed rest and relaxation, even more so when you can enjoy 30 percent off your room rate.
Prices vary. Ongoing. Al Qudra Road, www.meydanhotels.com/babalshams (04 809 6100).

Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai - 25% off

Enjoy some five-star luxury while being just a stone’s throw from all the restaurants and bars of DIFC at this elegant hotel. Sign up online for the Golden Circle scheme (it takes two minutes to do) and get 25 percent off your room rate and food and beverages, as well as 20 percent off spa treatments during your stay. Bookings must be made before Wednesday May 31 for stays until Friday December 29.
Prices vary. Until May 31. Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, www.shangri-la.com/dubai (04 343 8888).


Danat Al Ain Resort - Dine for free
There aren’t many better places nearby than this resort in the Garden City. Danat Al Ain is offering guests dining credit worth the amount of the room rate, which they can use to pay for their meals when dining at any of the hotel’s bars and restaurants.
From Dhs499. Ongoing. Al Salam Street, Al Ain, www.alain.danathotels.com (03 704 6000).

Hilton Abu Dhabi - 20% off
Plan ahead and save at this popular property located on the bustling Corniche. By booking at least seven days in advance you’ll get 20 percent off the best available rate. Take in stunning views of the Arabian Gulf from the Hiltonia Club, an 11,000 square metre space that includes a private beach, two outdoor pools, a luxury spa and a modern fitness centre.
Prices vary. Corniche Road West, Abu Dhabi, www.hilton.com (02 681 1900).

The St. Regis Abu Dhabi - 36-hour escape
Time flies when you’re having fun so if you want some bonus hours to while away, head to The St. Regis Abu Dhabi and enjoy 36 of them with this special deal. After your guaranteed 8am check-in, you’ll be given the keys to one of the luxurious Superior King Sea-View Rooms. Breakfast for two in The Terrace is also included, as is a guaranteed late check-out at 8pm.
From Dhs850 per room, per night. Ongoing. Nation Tower, Abu Dhabi Corniche, www.stregisabudhabi.com (02 694 4444).

Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah - Residents’ offer
This luxurious hotel is ideal for leisure getaways and offers palatial rooms, stylish dining and an 18-hole golf course. UAE residents and nationals have extra reason to book as they can enjoy 20 percent off the best available room rate, plus free daily breakfast and a choice of lunch or dinner included in the package.
From Dhs1,020 per room, per night. Ongoing. Vienna Street, Ras Al Khaimah, www.waldorfastoria3.hilton.com. (07 203 5555).


Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara - Free upgrade

The south coast city of Salalah is ideal for those seeking a laid-back getaway and this Anantara resort epitomises what’s great about Omani hospitality. Grab the Short Breaks Special deal and enjoy a two-night stay with a free upgrade to the next room category, a daily breakfast for two, 20 percent off dining and 90-minute oil massages and a 4pm check-out.
From Dhs1,308. Ongoing. Al Mansurah Street, Al Baleed, Salalah, www.salalah.anantara.com (+968 2322 8222).

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