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 20 ways to save money this summer…
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
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
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
A deal you’ll need to be quick to take advantage of, you can enjoy two iftars for the price of one across 20 Marriott venues, but it’s only valid during the first week of Ramadan (which means you’ve got until Thursday to book in). 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 for the first week of Ramadan. More info on website
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
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
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
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
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
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
Half price colour at Trevor Sorbie
Making his Dubai debut at the Fashion Avenue expansion at The Dubai Mall, the new Trevor Sorbie Salon is a stylish salon, with a contemporary feel. Full price, a set of highlights is priced from Dhs420 for a T-Section, and Dhs630 for a full head, but during their opening month of May, you can get 50 per cent off your first two treatments.
Trevor Sorbie, Fashion Avenue, Dubai Mall, 11am to 2am. Tel: (04) 388 8440. More info on Facebook
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
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