Holidays are back on the agenda for many people, but going overseas can still present risks and a certain amount of hassle. But with so much to do in the UAE, that’s not really a problem. So, pack a suitcase, get in the car, load up the hand sanitiser and face masks, buy far too many snacks, and get on your way!
The problem is, though, where do you choose to go, for this is a nation of extremes, from the Arabian Gulf through to the Hajar Mountains and the endless vistas of the desert. A place famous for superlatives, including the world’s biggest skyscraper and largest mall, the UAE also offers up some tremendous cultural and natural world experiences. Marvel at the amazing architecture, discover history and local heritage, swim with dolphins, ride a camel in the desert, enjoy a day at the waterpark, embark on a hot air balloon ride – the adventure never ends.
Here, we suggest four destinations that will turn your well-earned break into a dream vacation.
AWARD WINNING SPA AND CHILDRENS ENTERTAINMENT FACILITY UNDER ONE ROOF
Grand Hyatt Dubai is a perfect blend of city conference and resort hotel, set within a lush oasis of 37 acres of landscaped gardens. Featuring 682 luxury guestrooms and suites, 13 restaurants, an award-winning spa, and a comprehensive children’s entertainment facility all under one roof, Grand Hyatt Dubai provides abundant opportunities for endlessly multicultural experiences. With treatments inspired by water, pearls, spices and herbs, Ahasees Spa captures the essence of Dubai, in a serene environment away from the hustle and bustle of the city, while The Kidz Club offers a world of fun and learning with exciting zones designed for creative stimulation for children up to 12 years of age.
Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa
CHECK INTO ANOTHER WORLD
A spectacular desert paradise nestled among the dunes; the low-lying Bab Al Shams resort is the world’s favourite choice for dream desert getaways. From temperature-controlled pools to archery ranges and falconry exhibitions, Bab Al Shams offers all the elements required to create memorable stays. This is an adventure for all of the family in an enchanting desert hideaway where you even receive complimentary stays for your kids; relax in an infinity pool, enjoy a sumptuous desert dining experience with 20% off, and a whole host of fun desert activities.
Experience luxury amidst the perfect sand dunes.
Now with 30% off on your stay
Prices from AED455
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Radisson Blu Resort
WALK ALONG THE PRIVATE SANDY BEACH OF THIS STUNNING HOTEL
Situated on 500 metres of private beach, the Fujairah-based Radisson Blu Resort offers guests magnificent views of the nearby Hajar Mountains and close proximity to attractions such as Al Bidyah Mosque and Madhab Park, with its healing mineral springs. All 257 rooms and suites feature Indian Ocean views and convenient amenities such as free high-speed, wireless Internet. From tasty buffets and allday dining at Breeze Restaurant to romantic dinners on the beach at Grand Bleu, this Fujairah hotel’s eateries cater to every taste and mood. In addition to five outdoor swimming pools, the resort also features a diving centre and a fitness centre.
AED270 exc taxes
Dubai Marriott Harbour hotel & suites
LET YOUR MIND TRAVEL
Tower above the dazzling Dubai waterfront and find inspiration at Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites! This 4-star hotel, located in the upscale Dubai Marina neighbourhood, offers all you need to focus, relax, and give a boost to your creativity. Spend your Dubai stay in elegant, apartment-style suites with full kitchens, high-speed Wi-Fi, sleek marble bathrooms, and full-length windows, an ideal choice for families, extended stay visits, or guests desiring a spacious luxury retreat. Designed for the modern traveller, the hotel boasts three vibrant restaurants with stellar views over Dubai Marina, as well as a well-equipped fitness centre and elegant outdoor pool.
Save 30% Sun-Wed 4pm to 7pm on dining
Three distinct dining options