40 of Dubai's best summer deals
Staycations, pool passes, pamper packages and more…
This summer, we’re all about doing more and spending less, so if you’re looking to switch up your day-to-day routine and save money, you’ve come to the right place.
We’ve scoured the city for the top deals that will keep you busy through summer. From staycations that will set you back just Dhs350, to resident rates at Wild Wadi and half price salon treatments, there’s plenty of money-saving ways to get through the hotter months.
Here’s 40 ways to save money this summer…
15 per cent discount and a free upgrade on the QE2
During its summer soft-opening phase, the world’s first floating hotel is offering an exclusive UAE resident offer. Valid until 30 September 2018, a stay on the QE2 comes with 15 per cent off the best flexible rate online, complimentary buffet breakfast for two, an upgrade to a higher room category and 25 per cent off food and beverage throughout the stay.
QE2, Mina Rashid, valid until 30 September, rates start from Dhs276. Tel: (04) 526 8888. More info on website
Enjoy a stay for two for under Dhs800 at Aloft Palm Jumeirah
If you’re looking for a stylish city break, the recently opened Aloft Palm Jumeirah throws in a complimentary breakfast and a Friday brunch to their staycation rate every Friday. Priced at Dhs799 for two, the rate includes an overnight stay, breakfast, brunch and pool and beach access.
Aloft Palm Jumeirah, Fridays, Dhs799 for two. Tel: (04) 247 5555. More info on website
30 per cent off at JA Hotels
From Hatta to Jebel Ali to Dubai Marina, hotel chain JA has a collection of properties across the UAE, and this summer, residents can take advantage of a 30 per cent discount at all JA resorts.
JA resorts, including Jebel Ali Golf Resort, Hatta Fort and Ocean View, until December 31. More info on website
Get a free stay with your iftar at two Hilton hotels
This Ramadan, Hilton is offering a complimentary one night stay when you purchase an iftar for two at two of its Dubai hotels. Valid throughout Ramadan, the deal includes iftar for two, a complimentary stay (room only) and pool access the next day. At Hilton Dubai Creek, you’ll be able to enjoy two iftars at Glasshouse Brasserie, the creekside hotel’s intimate dining venue, along with an overnight stay for Dhs349. For Dhs450, Hilton Dubai The Walk will be offering guests a one-night stay, including pool and beach access, when they buy two iftar meals at Oceana Restaurant.
Hilton Dubai Creek, iftar for two at Glasshouse and overnight stay, valid through Ramadan, from Dhs349. Tel: (04) 227 1111
Hilton Dubai The Walk, iftar for two at Oceana and overnight stay, valid through Ramadan, from Dhs450. Tel: (04) 318 2221. More info on website
Get a Dhs650 food and drink credit when you stay at Dukes for Dhs750
The quintessentially British Dukes Dubai on The Palm is offering a great-value staycation rate this Ramadan. Rooms start from Dhs750, but you’ll get a Dhs650 food and drink voucher back to spend at any of the hotel’s restaurants. It also comes with early check-in and late check-out, 25 per cent off spa treatments, and complimentary access to the lazy river, infinity pool, private beach and fitness centre.
Dukes Dubai, The Palm, throughout Ramadan, rates from Dhs750. Tel: (04) 455 11 00. More info on website
Family stay at Lapita with complimentary Dubai Parks access
The Polynesian paradise Lapita is offering a family deal for the final two weeks of the holy month. A stay for two adults and two children in a deluxe room will set you back Dhs1045 and includes breakfast at all day dining restaurant Kalea, as well as full access to Dubai Parks and resorts, which are right next door.
Lapita Hotel, Dubai Parks and Resorts, Dubai, daily until the end of Ramadan, Dhs1045 for family of four. Tel: (04) 810 9999. More info on website
Check in at TRYP for Dhs200 a night
This urban escape in Barsha Heights is a relative newcomer, having opened its doors in the latter half of last year. The modern space, a branch of the Wyndham hotels, is starting its summer rates from Dhs200 per night, including a Dhs50 voucher to spend at the all-day dining restaurant, Local.
Tryp by Wyndham, Barsha Heights, rates from Dhs200. Tel: (04) 247 6666. More info on website
Half price staycation at Desert Palm
Twenty minutes from the centre of Dubai sits Desert Palm, and this Ramadan UAE residents can take advantage of 50 per cent discount on all room categories at the secret desert escape. Valid from May 16 to June 13, rates start from Dhs500 per night. The package includes added benefits with 15 per cent discount in the resort restaurants and Samāna spa, along with complimentary non-alcoholic minibar items.
Desert Palm Dubai, valid from May 16 to June 13, from Dhs500. Tel: (04) 323 8888. More info on website
25 per cent off at Towers Rotana
Towers Rotana is providing guests 25 per cent off room rates with reservations made up to 3 days prior to arrival this summer. Room rates are inclusive of free Wi-Fi and breakfast when booking via rotana.com/towersrotana, and rates start from Dhs267, per night.
Towers Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road, valid from May 15 to September 2, from Dhs267. Tel: (04) 343 8000. More info on website
Rates from Dhs550 at Bab Al Shams
Bab Al Shams Resort & Spa launched its new ‘Do Not Disturb’ summer promotion offering rates from Dhs550 per room per night between May 15 and September 30. Located 40 minutes from Downtown Dubai, the luxury oasis offers 115 Arabic-designed rooms and suites overlooking the golden desert, lush gardens or infinity pools. Additional summer benefits including 50 per cent discount on all restaurants and lounges and complimentary access to the desert resorts leisure facilities.
Bab Al Shams Resort & Spa, Dubai Desert, May 15 to September 30, from Dhs550. Tel: (04) 809 6100. More info on website
Breakfast brunch at Rove hotels
Looking to kickstart your Friday with a hearty breakfast? The Bench Brunch is available at three Rove hotels across the city, and is priced at a great value Dhs59. Included is an unlimited buffet of hot and cold plates, pastries, a selection of cheeses, assorted cereals, fresh fruit and juices, plus you get a choice of main dish from a select a la carte menu.
Rove City Centre, Rove Healthcare City and Rove Trade Centre, 11am to 3.30pm, Fridays, Dhs59. More info on Facebook
Summer lunch special at Demoiselle by Galvin
Demoiselle by Galvin has launched a value lunch menu for the summer. Starting with a soup of the day, it’s followed by a menu of light summer dishes including smoked beef pancetta with crème fraiche, shallots & rich gruyere cheese and the Demoiselle club sandwich. It’s priced at Dhs53, and includes a hot or cold drink of your choice.
Demoiselle by Galvin, City Walk, daily 12.30pm to 3.30pm, Dhs53. Tel: (056) 534 7912. More info on website
Mr Miyagi’s business lunch
Media One Hotel’s popular Asian street food haunt offers a range of Japanese-style bento boxes catering to the business crowd, for Dhs69. There’s chicken, sushi and vegetable options, and a recently launched salad selection which starts at Dhs49.
Mr Miyagi’s, Media One Hotel, Sunday to Thursday 12pm to 4pm. Tel: (04) 420 7489. More info on website
2-4-1 iftar across Marriott Hotels
You can enjoy two iftars for the price of one across 17 Marriott venues this Ramadan. Venues taking part include the swanky Al Fanous at JW Marriott Marquis, Zabeel Ballroom in Marriott Al Jaddaf and Namu in the W Al Habtoor City.
Various Marriott Hotels, valid during Ramadan. More info on website
Set menu for Dhs195 at Rhodes W1
Throughout June, Rhodes W1 at the Grosvenor House Dubai is offering a three-course set menu curated by celebrity Chef Gary Rhodes forDhs195 per person. Ahead of the restaurant’s temporary closure for summer, Rhodes W1 has created four unique set menus, which will be rotated on a weekly basis.
hodes W1, Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina, daily 7pm onwards, until June 30, Dhs195. Tel: (04) 317 600. More info on website
A taste of Kobe at Beefbar
Beefbar is one of our favourite new openings in the city this year. The steakhouse concept from Monaco serves up a daily offer (except on Tuesday when it’s ladies’ night), Taste of Kobe, which includes a selection of three items from the Kobe Street Food Menu and a drink for Dhs135 per person.
Beefbar, Podium Level, Al Fattan Currency House DIFC, 7pm to 9pm, daily except Tuesday, Dhs135. Tel: (04) 35 22 223. More info on website
Bottomless noodles from Dhs55
New to The Noodle House, the Bottomless Bowls offer lets diners enjoy unlimited servings of their favourite wet noodle dishes, priced from Dhs55. The seelction includes Duck Wonton Ramen (Dhs60), Curry Laksa (Dhs60) and Sesame Tofu (Dhs55).
Various locations, including Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai Mall and Media City, daily 12pm to midnight, until June 10. Tel: (04) 366 6730. More info on website
Things to do
Ladies’ night at Novo Cinema
Taking place every Monday, when purchasing a Dhs150 cinema ticket to the premium 7-star screens, ladies will receive Dhs52.50 back to spend on food and drink. Dishes include classic movie staples such as pizzas and nachos topped with chilli and guacamole or fresh salads such as classic cobb or chicken caesar for the health conscious.
Novo Cinemas, various locations, Monday, Dhs150. More info on website
Half price bouncing at Flip Out
For the last two week’s of Ramadan, Flip Out Dubai is offering residents across the UAE, two weeks of unlimited flipping fun for Dhs199. Normally Dhs80 per hour, it’s a great saving, and is valid from Sunday to Wednesday from 2pm until 10pm and at the weekends from 10am to 10pm until the end of Ramadan.
Flip Out, Al Quoz 3, Warehouse #5 Dubai, Sun to Weds 2pm to 10pm, Thurs to Sat, 10am to 10pm, Dhs199. Tel: (600) 567 568. More info on website
Residents rate at Wild Wadi
This Ramadan, Wild Wadi Waterpark is reintroducing its Ramadan rates, which means both adults and children can enter the waterpark at a discounted rate. UAE residents will be able to make a splash at the park for Dhs169, while little ones under 1.1 metres can enter at the discounted rate of Dhs89. All soft drinks are included in the fee.
Wild Wadi, Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 1, daily 10am to 7pm, Dhs169 adults, Dhs89 children under 1.1 metre. Tel: (04) 348 4444. More info on website
La Perle’s summer flash sale
Still not seen the Al Habtoor water show, La Perle? Well now’s your chance as they’ve just launched a flash summer sale, and tickets start from Dhs199. The 90-minute show has been conceptualised by Franco Dragone, and during the performance, acrobats and athletes dive from 25 metres into the changeable aqua-stage filled with 2.7 million litres of water, and fly around the theatre at 15 kilometres per hour. It’s valid on tickets from mid-June until the end of September.
La Perle by Dragone, Al Habtoor City, Tuesday to Friday 7pm and 9.30pm and Saturday 4pm and 7pm, from Dhs199. Tel: (04) 437 0123. More info on website
Laguna Water Park introductory price
The recently opened Laguna Waterpark is offering UAE residents entry to the new attraction for Dhs99 when purchasing tickets online. It features a water slide complex with five main rides, as well as a pool lounge, children’s zone and lazy river. There’s also direct beach access and cabanas.
Laguna Waterpark, La Mer, Jumeirah 1, daily 10am to 8pm, Dhs99 for residents, Dhs159 for visitors. More info on website.
Free sports at Dubai Sports World
We’re trading our al fresco adventures for sports indoors from now, and Dubai Sports World is back at Dubai World Trade Centre is back from May 17 to keep us active indoors. The space will play host to activities including basketball, virtual golf, gymnastics, football and badminton, and entry is free – although you’ll have to pay to use certain facilities.
Dubai World Trade Centre, daily 8am to 1am, May 17 to September 8. Tel: (04) 306 4000. More info on website
Ladies’ chocolate making workshop with Boutique Le Chocolat
For an alternative ladies’ day or night activity, Boutique Le Chocolat is offering a chocolate making masterclass for groups of ladies this Ramadan. Priced at Dhs95, the class don’t need to be booked in advanced, and you’ll be able to learn about the chocolate making process, as well as decorating your own designer chocolate pieces.
Boutique Le Chocolat, City Walk, daily sunset to 12am weekdays, until 1am weekends, Dhs95. Tel: (04) 590 5075. More info on website
Take the family to the aquarium for less
From 24 May to 15 June, Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo will be running a special UAE resident offer with the standard ticket available at a discounted price of Dhs90 instead Dhs120.
Dubai Aquarium, Dubai Mall, daily 10am, to 2am, Dhs90. Tel: (800) 38224 6255. More info on website
Summer golf packages at Address Montgomerie
Develop your game during Ramadan with a special tuition package at The Academy at Address Montgomerie. A 45 minute class between 11am and 3pm, use of Trackman Swing Studio or Sam Putt Lab is priced at a discounted rate of Dhs310.
The Address Montgomerie, Emirates Hills, daily 11am to 3pm, Dhs310. Tel: (04) 363 1274. More info on website
Discounted Play Town pass
Mattel Play! Town has introduced new Ramadan-themed activities for over the Holy Month. At the City Walk play space, young guests will be introduced to the tradition of scent mixing to design their own unique perfumes, shown how to string together prayer beads and bracelets, and get to experiment with henna and glitter painting. It’s free for adults to enter, and prices start from Dhs59 for children.
Mattel Play! Town, City Walk, Sat to Weds 9am to 8pm, Thurs 9am to 10pm, Fri 10am to 10pm, from Dhs59 children, adults free. Tel: (04) 317 3999. More info on website
Pool and Beach access
The Tap House beach access deal
The Tap House has just kicked off its beach access passes, which are a great wallet-friendly offer. Access to the Palm side beach with a complimentary towel will set you back a minimum spend of Dhs100, and the casual gastro-pub will give a 20 per cent discount on any food purchased. The pub grub menu includes dishes such as lobster toastie with signature Tap House sauce, slow-cooked orange-glazed back ribs and truffled mushroom fettuccini.
The Tap House, Club Vista Mare, Sat to Weds: 12pm to 1am, Thurs to Fri 12pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 514 3778. More info on website
Discounted evening swim at Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club
Head to the Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club every Thursday and Friday evening to cool down with a refreshing dip in the pool. It’s Dhs50 from 7pm to 9pm, and there’s a host of food stations to grab a snack at too, serving burgers, wraps, hotdogs and nachos.
Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, Arabian Ranches, 7pm to 9pm, Thursday and Friday, Dhs50, Dhs40 for children under 12. Tel: (04) 361 8111. More info on website
Zero Gravity’s summer pool pass
There aren’t many single loungers by the pool, but cabanas are available on a first-come-first-served basis around the supersized swimming pool. Throughout summer, the beach will be closed but pool and garden remain open – plus you’ll get your entry fee back in a food and drink voucher. Plus, ladies day will carry on throughout summer, just email them names for the Tuesday guestlist for complimentary entry for ladies.
Zero Gravity, Dubai Marina, daily 10am to midnight, Dhs100 weekdays, Dhs200 weekends Tel:04 399 0009. More info on website
El Chiringuito summer weekend rate
The picturesque Balearic beach club on The Palm El Chiringuito remains open throughout summer on Friday and Saturday. It’s a flat rate of Dhs250 for entry, but it’s fully redeemable on food and drink. So basically entry is free, so long as you spend Dhs250 once you’re there on the Medditerasian menu.
El Chiringuito, Rixos The Palm, 10am to sunset, Friday and Saturday, Dhs250. Tel: (054) 449 6464. More info on Facebook
Al Maha summer offer
An hour out of Dubai you’ll find the Al Maha desert resort. Through summer, guests can take advantage of a pool pass for Dhs325 per person, which grants you access to the spa facilities and stunning pool, complimentary fruits and juices through the day and also includes a three-course lunch at Al Diwan restaurant.
Al Maha Desert Resort, Dubai Desert, 8am to 8pm, daily, Dhs325. Tel: (04) 832 9900. More info on website
Azure Beach ladies’ day
This JBR pool and beach club offers free pool access to the first 100 ladies through the door every Monday and Tuesday
Azure Beach, Rixos Premium, JBR, 10am to 7pm, Monday and Tuesday. Tel: (052) 777 9472. More info on website.
Beauty, Fitness & Wellness
Half price treatments at Nikki Spa
Offering up all the typical treatments, the spa menu at Nikki Spa also boasts a range of signature and exclusive treatments with names that immediately induce calm, such as “revive” and “retreat”. They’re all half price this summer.
Nikki Spa, Nikki Beach Resort and Spa, Pearl Jumeira, daily 9am to 10pm, 50 per cent off until August 31. Tel: (04) 376 6150. More info on website
Fitness classes at Fairmont The Palm
Looking to try out some new fitness classes this Ramadan? Fairmont The Palm has a brand new fitness deal priced at Dhs99, which will grant you access to both an Aquaspin class and Yoga class at the fitness centre of the luxury Palm resort.
Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, class times vary, Dhs99. Tel: (058) 198 2323. More info on website
Personal training sessions at Gold’s Gym
Take advantage of discounted personal training sessions at Gold’s Gym this Ramadan. The month-long series brings 10 sessions of 30 minutes each, offering personalized guidance from fitness experts for Dhs1,300 only. The trainers at Gold’s Gym will help you discover new training techniques that ensure a dynamic full-body workout accompanied by food and nutrition recommendations to fuel your fitness journey.
Gold’s Gym, various locations including Al Barsha and Ibn Battuta, Dhs1,300. Tel: (800) 46537. More info on website
Double treatment time at Heavenly Spa
For Ramadan, Heavenly Spa at The Westin Al Habtoor City are open until midnight and are doubling the treatment time of any treatment. so, if you purchase a 50 minute massage, it will automatically double to 100 minutes at no extra cost.
Heavenly Spa, The Westin Al Habtoor City, daily 12pm, to 12am. Tel: (04) 437 3300. More info on website
Get an unlimited Cyclebar pass for Dhs900
Work up a sweat this summer with a discounted pass at CycleBar. The City Walk cycle boutique is offering unlimited monthly rides for Dhs900, and if you’re a new CycleBar member, you get your first ride for free.
Unit 27-28 The Avenue, City Walk, 1 Al Safa Street, Jumeirah 1, class times vary, Dhs900 per month. More info on website
Nail extensions for Dhs199 at Yin Yang Salon
If your nails are needing a little pick me up, Yin Yang recently opened in Sadaf 3 on JBR and is already proving popular with residents. It’s run by two British girls and prices its treatments competitively. Nail extensions cost Dhs199, with infills at a reasonable Dhs150 for either Acrylic or Gel extensions
Yin Yang Salon, Sadaf 3, JBR, daily 10am to 9pm. Tel: (054) 445 2502. More info on website.
Get a free after care kit with your locks by Love Your Lox
Lamiese Johnson, aka Love Your Lox, is a hair extension specialist and super stylist of hair brand Remi Cachet. She works with micro rings, wefts and bonds, and also supplies after-care kits to ensure your locks are kept in top shape between maintenances. Consultations are free, with hair priced depending on the brand and fitting style you’re after. This Ramadan, you can get a free after care kit when you purchase any of the wefts, which start from Dhs1,400 including fitting.
Love Your Lox, Belgravia 1, Jumeirah Village Circle. Tel: (054) 331 2094. More info on Instagram