Who said you need to splurge to have a memorable weekend?

If there’s a hotel in Dubai that you’ve been meaning to book into for a staycation, now is the perfect opportunity. The majority of hotels in the emirate have dropped their room rates, meaning residents don’t need to pay a fortune to have a wonderful weekend in one of Dubai’s top hotels. We recommend shopping around to find the best deal before you book.

Here’s our top picks for summer staycations in Dubai under Dhs500.  

Up to Dhs199

Rove at The Park

Price: from Dhs99 per night

Rove Hotels has opened a new property at Dubai Parks and Resorts, and launched an unmissable offer along with it. Guests who book in to stay at the hotel can either enjoy the special summer rate of Dhs99 per night, or upgrade to the Stay + Tickets price, costing Dhs199. This offer grants one ticket per person per night (based on two adults and one child) to the Dubai Parks and Resorts theme park of their choice.

Rove at the Park, Dubai Parks and Resorts, rates from Dhs99 until September 30. Tel: (04) 561 9999 rovehotels.com

Studio One Hotel

Price: from Dhs157 per night

Studio One might be the new kid on the block, but it’s already making a big impact with Dubai residents looking for a fun weekend in the city. With Maine Street Eatery and LARTE open now and some of Dubai’s most popular bars and restaurants opening very soon, now is the perfect time to book yourself in.

Studio One Hotel, Dubai Studio City, rates from Dhs157 or Dhs300 fully redeemable on food and drinks until July 31. Tel: (04) 581 6800. studioonehotel.com

Aloft Me’aisam

Price: from Dhs174 per night

Aloft is the fun and vibrant hotel in Dubai Production City, close to Sports City and Motor City. Laze around by the pool or enjoy a grab a drink at cool hangout W XYZ.

Aloft Me’aisam, Dubai Production City, rates from Dhs174. Tel: (04) 248 7070. marriott.com

TRYP by Wyndham

Price: from Dhs180 per night

If heading out of the heart of the city fills you with dread, TRYP by Wyndham is conveniently located in Barsha Heights so exploring Downtown or Dubai Marina is easy. If you prefer to stay in the hotel for the weekend, there’s a cool outdoor pool as well as popular bar Barbary to keep you busy.

TRYP by Wyndham, Barsha Heights, rates from Dhs180 with the Summer Stays offer. Tel: (04) 247 6666. trypwyndhamdubai.com/sumerstay


Zabeel House The Greens

Price: from Dhs213 per night

Zabeel House The Greens by Jumeirah has everything you need for the perfect staycay. From the contemporary interiors, rooftop pool and nine dining outlets, you’re sure to have the best time. Pan-Asian restaurant Lah Lah is also soon to launch their new brunch by Love Parties, so you won’t even need to leave the hotel.

Zabeel House, The Greens, rates from Dhs213. Tel: (04) 519 1111. zabeelhouse.com


Price: from Dhs260 per night

Hop aboard the iconic piece of history docked in Dubai’s port, Mina Rashid. The 50 year old ship offers a staycation with a difference, far from the skyscrapers and beach resorts you’ll find across most of the city. Residents can enjoy a discounted rate this summer, or upgrade to a brunch package for a lively experience.

QE2, Port Mina Rashid, rates from Dhs260 with UAE resident offer. Tel: (04) 526 8888. qe2.com

Vida Emirates Hills

Price: from Dhs262 per night

Brand new lifestyle hotel, Vida Emirates Hills has launched with an unmissable offer. Guests can enjoy 50 per cent off the normal room rate until July 31, so you’ll have to be quick to be one of the first to check out this new destination.

Vida Emirates Hills, Emirates Hills, rates from Dhs262 with the Hills Are Alive offer. Tel: (04) 888 3444. bit.ly/hillsarealive

Radisson Blu Dubai Waterfront

Price: from Dhs298 per night

Be at the heart of the action in Business Bay’s stylish five-star hotel Radisson Blu Dubai Waterfront. With Burj Khalifa just around the corner, there’s a high chance your room will have a view of the world’s tallest building, or you’ll be facing the calming Dubai Canal.

Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Waterfront, Business Bay, rates from Dhs298. Tel: (04) 249 7800. radissonblu.com


Jumeirah Creekside

Price: from Dhs315 per night

Jumeirah is offering up to 25 per cent its hotels for UAE residents this summer. The rest of the hotels in the offer still exceed the Dhs500 rate, but the gorgeous Jumeirah Creekside hotel is perfectly within budget. Just look at that amazing glass pool!

Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Al Garhoud, rates from Dhs315 with the UAE resident offer. Tel: (04) 230 8555. jumeirah.com

Canal Central

Price: from Dhs315 per night

Conveniently located close to The Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa, this five-star Business Bay hotel is the ideal spot if you want to be in the hub of the city. By day you can relax in one of the pool’s luxury day beds, and after dark you have a plethora of bars and restaurants to explore close by.

Canal Central, Business Bay, rates from Dhs315. Tel: (04) 873 2100. central-hotels.com

Steigenberger Business Bay

Price: from Dhs320 per night

Another Business Bay hotel is offering great room rates this summer. Steigenberger Hotel is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a sophisticated experience in one of the six dining venues. Make sure you check out the Swim & Tonic pool bar and lounge for breathtaking Burj Khalifa views.

Steigenberger Hotel, Business Bay, rates from Dhs320. Tel: (04) 369 0000. steigenberger.com

Fairmont Dubai

Price: from Dhs340 per night

With eight fabulous bars and restaurants including Bistrot Bagatelle, OPA, Noire and nightclub Cavalli, Fairmont is the hotel for those who want to see and taste everything. There’s no chance of running out of things to do in this luxury property.

Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Trade Centre Area, rates from Dhs340. Tel: (04) 332 5555. fairmont.com/dubai

Meydan Hotel

Price: from Dhs349 per night

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If you’re searching for a view of the whole of Downtown Dubai, you’ll only find it at Meydan Hotel. You’ll feel like you’ve left Dubai without travelling too far, making it the perfect staycation destination, and there’s a stunning racecourse as well.

Meydan Hotel, Meydan, rates from Dhs349. Tel: (04) 381 3333. themeydanhotel.com

Amwaj Rotana, JBR

Price: from Dhs355 per night

JB's Gastropub

Close to the beach? Check. Six international dining outlets? Check. Five-star facilities? Check. What more could you need from a contemporary hotel in JBR? With Benihana, JB’s Gastropub and Rosso all in one place, you can taste flavours from across the globe during your stay.

Amwaj Rotana, JBR, rates from Dhs355. Tel: (04) 428 2000. rotana.com

Dubai Marine Beach Resort

Price: from Dhs390 per night

For a relaxing beach getaway, Dubai Marine is the place to spend your weekend. The luxury resort is a paradise on Dubai’s coastline with pristine sandy beaches and turquoise waves crashing ashore. To really help you chill out, be sure to book into the gorgeous beach-side spa.

Dubai Marine Beach Resort, Jumeirah, rates from Dhs390. Tel: (04) 346 1111. dxbmarine.com


Habtoor Grand

Price: from Dhs405 per night

With the beach on one side and Dubai Marina on the other, Habtoor Grand is in a prime location for the perfect staycation. The huge resort is home to multiple swimming pools, tennis courts and ten fab dining outlets.

Habtoor Grand, JBR, rates from Dhs405. Tel: (04) 399 5000. marriott.com


Price: from Dhs415 per night

If theme parks are more of your idea of the perfect weekend getaway, Lapita has the deal for you. The Dubai Parks and Resorts hotel is conveniently located next to Riverland, Legoland, Motiongate and Bollywood Parks.

Lapita, Dubai Parks and Resorts, rates from Dhs415. Tel: (04) 810 9999. marriott.com

Dukes, The Palm

Price: from Dhs425 per night

Spend the weekend sunning yourself on Palm Jumeirah at this elegant five-star resort. With both indoor and outdoor swimming pools, Dukes is the perfect destination to truly relax and unwind. You’ll also find a series of great restaurants offering food from around the world.

Dukes, The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, rates from Dhs425. Tel: (04) 455 1111. barcelo.com

Le Meridien Mina Seyahi

Price: from Dhs430 per night

What could be better than lounging on a hammock in the sea for a weekend? Le Meridien Mina Seyahi is in the ideal location for a bit of sun, sea and sand without even having to leave Dubai Marina.

Le Meridien Mina Seyahi, Al Sufouh, Dubai Marina, rates from Dhs430. Tel: (04) 399 3333. marriott.com

The Retreat Palm Jumeriah

Price: from Dhs450 per night

For a getaway that will help you feel good, give The Retreat a try. The restaurants offer an extensive selection of healthy, natural and vegan foods. Plus there’s a range of wellness activities you can get involved with. You’ll also get a complimentary genetics test when you book.

The Retreat, Palm Jumeirah, rates from Dhs450. Tel: (04) 524 7777. theretreatpalmdubai.com

Renaissance Downtown, Dubai

Price: from Dhs458 per night

Enjoy an exclusive escape at this sleek Downtown hotel. From the world-class restaurants to the luxury facilities Renaissance has all you could need for a staycation that will leave you feeling truly pampered.

Renaissance Downtown, Dubai, rates from Dhs458. Tel: (04) 512 5555. marriott.com


PricE: from Dhs495 per night

Live a life of luxury at one of Downtown Dubai’s most beautiful hotels. Head to the rooftop for unbeatable views of our sunset over the city, or lounge by the temperature controlled infinity pool.

Shangri-La, Sheikh Zayed Road, rates from Dhs495. Tel: (04) 343 8888. shangri-la.com

Sofitel Downtown

Price: Dhs500 per night (fully redeemable)

Sofitel Dubai Downtown amazing summer staycation deal. Room rates start from Dhs500, and if you book and stay before September 30, you’ll be able to get the entire amount back to spend on food and beverages in their array of restaurants and bars.

Sofitel Dubai Downtown, Sheikh Zayed Road, rates from Dhs500. Tel: (04) 503 6666. sofitel-dubai-downtown.com

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