39 best things to do in Dubai‎


Save money on hotel stays, nights out, experiences, spa treatments and loads more with these scorching July offers


TRAVEL

1. The Address Hotels [SAVING: THOUSANDS]

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Take advantage of the Summer Of You package by Emaar and book two nights or more at The Address Dubai Mall, The Address Montgomerie Dubai, The Address Dubai Marina and The Palace Downtown Dubai. You’ll receive stay credit of up to Dhs1,000 and tickets to popular attractions including Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo. Simply sign up to become a ‘U By Emaar’ member. ubyemaar.com

2. Alila Jabal Akhdar [SAVING: up to Dhs500]

Jalia

Set 2,000 metres above sea level, this spectacular Omani mountain resort is running its Summer Cool package and includes a two-night stay in a mountain view suite, plus breakfast and discount on spa treatments, for Dhs1,050. alilahotels.com/jabalakhdar

3. Raffles Dubai [SAVING: From Dhs226]

Raffles

Make the most of the tourism industry’s low season by enjoying a luxe staycation. Raffles Dubai is offering UAE residents special rates until September 30, with rooms starting from just Dhs775 per night, plus you’ll enjoy an additional 25 per cent off at the spa and in-house restaurants. raffles.com

4. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray [SAVING: Dhs355]

Still working away throughout the summer exodus? Allow us to suggest a ‘daycation’. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray’s sunrise to sunset deal offers a day’s pool and beach access, a choice of a 45-minute Turkish hammam or massage at the Talise Ottoman Spa and a set lunch, plus access a children’s club if you need it, all for Dhs590. jumeirah.com

5. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Part II [SAVING: Dhs400]

… but if you have a night free, we suggest you take up Jumeirah Zabeel Saray’s special fifth year anniversary package. For Dhs555 (or Dhs655 with breakfast), guests can stay in a deluxe sea view room with unlimited access to Wild Wadi, the Talise Ottoman spa facilities, and the children’s club too. jumeirah.com

6. Park Hyatt [SAVING: From Dhs1,000]

Park-Hyatt

Set amid lush greenery on the banks of Dubai Creek, the Park Hyatt resort feels a long way from the city chaos, making it a great spot for a staycation. Its Resident Offer makes a short break more manageable, offering residents a 20 per cent off daily rates, food and beverage venues and the stunning Amara spa. hyatt.com

7. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach [SAVING: 30 per cent]

Movenpick

Enjoy a sunshine staycation during JBR’s quieter months with the Mövenpick’s Summer Saving promotion. Book a stay before August 31 and you’ll benefit from 30 per cent off the five-star resort’s best available rate. movenpick.com

8. Conrad Dubai [SAVING: 20 per cent]

Conrad

Home to party beach club Purobeach, fine-dining Slavic haunt Vesna and cool wine bar Cave, Conrad Dubai is brimming with outlets to explore. During the summer months, you can stay over for a discounted rate of Dhs464 a night. conradhotels3.hilton.com

9. St Regis [SAVING: Up to Dhs400]

A weekend staycation wouldn’t be complete without dinner and a trip to the spa. Luckily, luxury resort St Regis is giving its guests a free massage at Iridium Spa, Dhs150 credit on food and drink, as well as 10 per cent discount off its usual room rates as part of its Grand Summer Escape Package. Prices start at Dhs1,050. stregisdubai.com

10. Yas Viceroy [SAVING: Dhs345]

Score four tickets to Ferrari World or Yas Waterworld with the Splash Or Speed package. The stay includes buffet breakfast and themepark access for up to two adults and two children under 12 years of age. Room rates start at Dhs935. viceroyhotelsandresorts.com

11. Seawings + Ras Al Khaimah Tourism [SAVING: Dhs1,196]

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism has teamed up with Seawings to offer guests a luxury break including private air transfers taking off from Dubai Creek and flying to luxury hotels including DoubleTree by Hilton Resort and Spa Marjan Island. Packages start from Dhs999. seawingslifestyle.com


PLAY

12. Ski Dubai [SAVING: Dhs385]

Sign up for the Dhs1,000 Alpine Package and you’ll receive four group lessons, one extra lesson for free, and two 50 per cent off vouchers for slope access. theplaymania.com

13. Xtreme Yachts [SAVING: 20 per cent]

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Nothing says Dubai life like a yacht party, and now we’ve got the perfect excuse to celebrate A-list style. Xtreme’s offering 20 per cent off on all charters this summer, with yachts starting from 35-foot, while the impressive 85-foot luxury charter now costs Dhs2,000 per hour. xtremeyacht.com

14. Yas Marina Circuit [SAVING: Dhs330]

It might feel like it sometimes, but the taxi drivers on Sheikh Zayed Road aren’t trying to spin the car – unlike the guys behind the wheel of Yas Marina Circuit’s Drift Taxis. Buckle up for a hair-raising ride and you’ll receive a second ride free. yasmarinacircuit.com

15. Little Explorers [SAVING: Dhs250 per day]

Kids will love spending a day at Little Explorers almost as much as you’ll love having a day to yourself. Running until September 1, the Mirdif ‘edutainment’ facility’s summer camp will take care of children aged three to eight from 9am until 2pm and feed them lunch too, all for Dhs160 a day or Dhs650 a week. theplaymania.com

16. The Butch Harmon School Of Golf [SAVING: Around Dhs1,290]

Hit the fairways with the Summer Sizzler package at this Els Club tuition centre and you’ll enjoy nine 50-minute golf lessons, a nine-hole playing lesson, driving range access and four complimentary nine-hole rounds, as well as F&B and pro-shop discounts, starting at Dhs3,995. butchharmondubai.com

17. Xtreme wake [SAVING: Dhs100]

One way to keep cool this summer is wakeboarding off the back of a speedboat. Take advantage of Xtreme Wake’s three-year anniversary and learn to wakeboard for less this summer. Book a boat for an hour’s lesson for Dhs450 on weekdays. xtremewake.com

18. Yas Waterworld [SAVING: Dhs100 to Dhs200]

Yas

Take a trip up to Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, and grab a family pass to Yas Waterworld for only Dhs180 per person, while nannies and children under three years old can enter for free. yaswaterworld.com


EAT & DRINK

19. Azur [SAVING: Dhs250]

The roast here is renowned, so you’ll need to avoid filling your boots to take advantage of its Savour And Splash deal. Pay the usual brunch fee of Dhs385, including unlimited food and drinks, and you also get an afternoon by the pool. raffles.com

20. Billionaire Mansion [SAVING: Dhs100 to Dhs200]

Billionaire

The brainchild of F1 boss Flavio Briatore, this swanky new venue’s Billion-Her ladies’ night includes free beverages and nibbles on Fridays. billionairemansiondubai.com

21. Cocktail Kitchen [SAVING: Dhs400]

Cocktail

This JLT spot is fast becoming a neighbourhood favourite, and while we’d mostly avoid the cocktail part of the equation during a business lunch, the restaurant’s midweek summer offer is cracking value. Enjoy three courses from a set menu for just Dhs59, from noon until 4pm, Sunday to Thursday. cocktail-kitchen.com

22. Spice & Ice [SAVING: 50 per cent]

Spice & Ice uses molecular gastronomy and liquid nitrogen to turn curry on its culinary head. Its Wednesday Half Price Full Spice event is a great way to sample the fare without melting your credit card. facebook.com/spiceandicedxb

23. Hakkasan [SAVING: Dhs285 per head]

It might be one of the best Asian spots in the city, but a visit to Hakkasan can be costly. Enter the new Taste Of Hakkasan menu. On offer from 6pm until 9pm during summer, it features a range of signature dishes from the a la carte menu, plus a signature cocktail, for just Dhs188. hakkasan.com

24. Firebird Diner [SAVING: Dhs100 to Dhs200]

Firebird

The DIFC diner’s new business breakfast is a great way to sample the quirky hotspot’s fare for less. For just Dhs79, you’ll get a mini smoked salmon bagel with a petit green salad, yoghurt parfait and fresh fruit, as well as a choice of juice and tea or coffee. firebirddubai.com

25. Dusty’s [SAVING: Dhs100 to Dhs200]

Dustys

New kid on the DIFC block, Dusty’s is inviting residents to swing by on weekdays to enjoy a Dhs25 drinks deals for diners. Typically 5pm to 8pm, guests who order a main course (we suggest the delicious black cod or fillet steak), will enjoy an extended happy hour until 10pm. dustysdxb.com


SHOP

26. Dubai Summer Surprises [SAVING: Potentially thousands]

Looking for a serious steal this July? You’re in luck. The annual Dubai Summer Surprises festival returns, promising bargains galore across more than 6,000 stores. Simply head to The Dubai Mall, Mall Of The Emirates or any of the larger malls to snag a great deal this summer. visitdubai.com
July 9 to August 20

27. Strawberry Lotus [SAVING: 20 per cent]

Dubai-based online boutique Strawberry Lotus is packed with colourful yogawear and flattering leggings you’re as likely to wear to Spinneys as the gym. It’s offering 20 per cent off on all orders throughout July, and special multi-buy discounts as well. strawberrylotus.com

28. Emaar entertainment [SAVING: Dhs690]

A fantastic offer for a family of four, this exclusive pass includes four tickets to Reel Cinemas, four tickets to Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, skating and skate hire for four at Dubai Ice Rink, Dhs100 credit to spend within Sega Republic and entrance for four to KidZania and all for Dhs750. emaar.com


PAMPER

29. Atlantis The Palm [SAVING: Up to Dhs500]

Atlantis

The special Pamper Me Package includes a 90-minute spa treatment at ShuiQi Spa & Fitness (including a facial and full body massage). You’ll also get a three-course lunch at Nasimi as well as full access to the beach and pools. All this for Dhs550 on weekdays and Dhs650 on weekends. E-mail myday@atlantisthepalm.com. atlantisthepalm.com

30. We Nails [SAVING: Dhs450]

Nails

We Nails’ summer Brunch Prep Package includes a mini mani/pedi, a blow dry and make-up for just Dhs350. On offer every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, booking is essential. wenails.ae

31. B/Attitude Spa [SAVING: 50 per cent]

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We love Grosvenor House’s luxurious spa. If you book between 9am and 2pm on any day this summer you’ll receive 30 per cent discount on any 60-minute treatment, 40 per cent off if you book two and a whopping 50 per cent off when you pay for three treatments. battitudespa-dubai.com

32. Willow Stream Spa [SAVING: Dhs459]

Sort out post-sun skin with Fairmont The Palm’s two-for-one spa deal. The 60-minute Soothing Sun Aloe Wrap treatment also features scalp, neck and foot massages, and if you book one, your spa buddy gets the same treatment for free. fairmont.com

33. Dubai Sky Clinic [SAVING: Dhs701]

Dr-Max

A visit to the dentist might not be top of your wish list, but the knowledge you’re saving cash might make it more fun. Dubai Sky Clinic is offering a full check-up, home whitening kit, dental cleaning and polishing for a combined price of Dhs899. dubaiskyclinic.com

34. The Cure [SAVING: Dhs60]

Keep your feet in shape with an offer from The Cure. Pay Dhs270 for a shellac or gellish mani/pedi and you’ll receive a reflexology treatment for free. thecure.ae

35. DNA Health Centre [SAVING: 50 per cent]

As much a medical retreat as it is a spa, DNA offers everything from homeopathic consultations to the ‘Hollywood facelift’ laser treatment. It’s half price off select treatments until July 31. dnahealthcorp.com

36. The Ritz-Carlton Spa [SAVING: Approx Dhs250]

If it’s relaxation you seek, the Ritz-Carlton Spa in DIFC says its body-cleansing package will work wonders. For Dhs495 you’ll receive a 30-minute full body scrub before a 60-minute relaxation or stress relief massage. ritzcarlton.com

37. The Oberoi Spa [SAVING: Up to Dhs450]

Here’s a What’s On special just for you: Book in for a 160-minute massage at The Oberoi Spa and you’ll get  another free. Simply reference What’s On when you book. oberoihotels.com

38. SensAsia Urban Spa [SAVING: Up to Dhs200]

For Dhs299 a month you can opt for the Spa Junkie plan at this hip urban spa. This entitles you to a Balinese massage per month, discounts off skincare products and massages, free add-on treatments, two value passes for friends, as well as a free facial on your first massage. sensasiaspas.com

39. Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah [SAVING: Dhs100 to Dh200]

This RAK favourite has two gorgeous pools, one for adults and one for children, as well as a private beach and state of the art gym. A day’s access is half price – just Dhs100 midweek or Dhs200 on the weekend. waldorfastoria3.hilton.com


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