Fancy a holiday at home? Look no further…

Looking to get away this summer without the price tag of an expensive flight abroad? Summer is a great time to check in to some of Dubai’s top resorts for a fraction of the price, take advantage of complimentary upgrades or bag a discounted dinner. So we’ve rounded up the best of them, so that you can feel like you’re on holiday without even leaving Dubai.

Be sure to bookmark this page, as we’ll be adding plenty more summer staycation deals over the next few months…

Dhs499 opening rate at Royal Central

The just-opened Royal Central hotel on The Palm Jumeirah has an opening offer for UAE residents which includes a one night stay with breakfast for two at a reasonable Dhs499. The hotel boasts private beach access, five-star facilities, and a stunning infinity pool lined with cabanas.

Royal Central Hotel The Palm, East Crescent, Palm Jumeirah, rates from Dhs499. Tel: (04) 454 4900.

Dhs349 opening offer at Canal Central

Looking for a great-value staycation at a brand new resort? Introducing Canal Central Business Bay, a five star resort which has just opened its doors in Business Bay. It comes complete with 208 bedrooms, a rooftop infinity pool, state of the art gym and three dining options. For Dhs349, you’ll get a one-night stay for two complete with breakfast.

Canal Central Hotel, Al Abraj Street, Business Bay, rates from Dhs349. Tel: (04) 873 2100.

30 per cent discount at Atlantis The Palm

Mastercard holders are in luck this summer, as they’re eligible to take advantage of a 30 per cent discount on selected room types at Atlantis The Palm. A 25 per cent discount on all restaurants, as well as waterpark, activities and spa is also applicable. You’ll need to be quick if you’re booking a room though, the 30 per cent discount is only running until July 31, available on bookings up until October 17.

Atlantis The Palm, The Palm Jumeirah, valid until July 31, rates start from Dhs850. Tel: (04) 426 1000.

20 per cent discount at Intercontinental Dubai Festival City

At Intercontinental Dubai Festival City, a 20 per cent discount is on offer on the best available rates throughout summer. An additional late check out, 20 per cent discount on food and drink at selected restaurants, and 20 per cent discount at the spa are also included in the UAE resident staycation rate. Plus, when you check in, a Dhs100 voucher to spend at Robinsons Department Store will be waiting for you.

Intercontinental Festival City, Dubai Festival City, valid until September 1, rates from Dhs615. Tel: (04) 701 1111.

Discounted rates, spa treatments and late check out at One & Only Royal Mirage

The uber-luxurious One&Only Royal Mirage has designed a discounted staycation package for GCC residents this summer. Rates start from Dhs895, and include a guaranteed late check out of 6pm, 25 per cent off spa and hammam treatments, complimentary passes to Aquaventure Waterpark and a free candlelit yoga session.

One&Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh, valid until September 30, rates from Dhs895. Tel: (04) 399 9999. More info on website

20 per cent restaurant discount and free theme park tickets at Vida Downtown


Looking for a staycation in the heart of the city? UAE residents will be rewarded with 20 per cent off dining at all restaurants operated by Emaar Hospitality Group when they stay at Vida Downtown, two complimentary tickets to Reel Cinema and access for two to IMG Worlds of Adventure or Dubai Parks & Resorts. Plus, children up to the age of 12 years dine for free.

Vida Downtown, Downtown Dubai, valid until 30 September 2018, rates start from Dhs599. Tel: (04) 428 6888. More info on website

Family packages from Dhs865 at Ritz-Carlton DIFC

Created with family travellers in mind, Ritz-Carlton DIFC has launched their ‘Discover With You’ campaign. Priced from Dhs865 for a Deluxe Room for two adults and one child, or Dhs1330 for an Executive Suite for two adults and two children, each package includes a buffet breakfast, use of the kids club Ritz Kids, complimentary sightseeing tour of the city, and a dhow cruise. If you’ve not had enough culture by then, there’s also 50 per cent off La Perle tickets.

Ritz Carlton, Dubai International Finance Centre, valid until December 30, rates from Dhs865. Tel: (04) 372 2555. More info on website

Rates from Dhs225 at Wyndham Dubai Marina

Enjoy a ‘Weekend Getaway’ at Wyndham – located in the heart of Dubai Marina, and you can take advantage of rates starting from Dhs225 including breakfast. This summer deal is valid on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays only, with rooms for up to two adults and two children.

Wyndham Dubai Marina, Dubai Marina, rates from Dhs225. Tel: (04) 407 8888. More info on website

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 September 30, 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 your 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

20 per cent discount at Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City

Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City is offering GCC nationals and residents 20 per cent discount on the best available rate when you stay two nights or more before September 1. There’s also a 20 per cent discount at participating food & beverage outlets, and on spa treatments and a Dhs100 voucher to spend at Robinsons Department Store.

Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City, Dubai Festival City, valid until September 1. Tel: (04) 603 5000.

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 summer. 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, until September 30, rates from Dhs750. Tel: (04) 455 11 00. More info on website

Check in for under Dhs200 per night at ROVE hotels

Fuss-free, midscale hotel brand Rove Hotels are offering rooms starting from Dhs198 per night across all of its five central locations in Dubai. From the cool pool overlooking Burj Khalifa at Rove Downtown,  to aquatic design vibes and Marina view rooms at the recently opened Rove Dubai Marina, Rovers can enjoy a discounted staycay across the city.

Rove Hotels, various locations including Rove Downtown, Rove Dubai Marina and Rove Trade Center, until September 30, rates from Dhs198. More info on website

20 per cent discount and two-for-one massages at Sofitel The Palm

UAE residents can avail a 20 per cent discount on the best available room rates including breakfast at the five-star Sofitel The Palm this summer. There are 10 guest room categories which will cater to an array of visitors from families to couples, and each rate also comes with 40 per cent off across all the restaurants and lounges found in the resort for lunch and 50 per cent off massages at SoSpa.

Sofitel The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, valid until September 30, rates from Dhs595. Tel: (04) 455 6600. 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 

8 UAE staycations to check out this summer

20 per cent mid-week discount at Desert Palm

Twenty minutes from the centre of Dubai sits Desert Palm, and this summer UAE residents can take advantage of 20 per cent discount on pool residences, and 10 per cent discount on all other room categories at the secret desert escape. It’s valid all summer, and applies to mid-week rates only.

Desert Palm Dubai, valid until September 30 on mid-week bookings, from Dhs695. 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, and rates start from Dhs267, per night.

Towers Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road, valid until 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, valid until September 30, from Dhs550. Tel: (04) 809 6100. More info on website

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