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Friday brings you the hottest deals and dream destinations for your next holiday

Shreeja Ravindranathan
17 Mar 2017 | 12:00 am
  • Presidential Suite in the Steigenberger Hotel, Business Bay.

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Presidential quarters

The Steigenberger Hotel in Business Bay has upped its luxury ante with a brand-new Presidential Suite overlooking the Dubai Water Canal. The spacious bedrooms, dining room and pantry in the suite have been designed in soft pastels and elegant decor and are equipped with a walk-in rain shower and high-speed Wi-Fi access. If that doesn’t leave you feeling special then priority restaurant reservations, access to the hotel’s Neunzehn Lounge, airport transfers and privileges in all F&B and the spa will make you feel like a VIP. From Dh7,772 per night; steigenberger.com.

Rose-tinted vacation

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This month the Hajar Mountains around Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort come to life with over 7,000 damask rose shrubs blooming on the slopes. The hotel’s Rose Water of Al Jabal Al Akhdar package lets you experience the springtime sight with a rose garden and distillery visit (from Dh286 per person and Dh524 per couple). A two-night stay including breakfast, room upgrade and 20 per cent discounts on F&B and 90-minute rose oil massages starts from Dh1,755. Valid until May. Call 00968 2521 8000 or email reservations.aaja@anantara.com.

Pay less to discover Dubai Parks and Resorts

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There’s so much to love about living in the UAE and now Dubai Parks and Resorts is giving us more reason with its new UAE Resident Rates – the special rates give you a discounted entry to the rides and attractions with an average of Dh70 saving per ticket. A standard one-day ticket with UAE resident discounts for Motiongate and Legoland is Dh210 per person and for Bollywood Parks and Legoland Water Park Dh165 per person. UAE residents can buy five tickets with one Emirates ID. The offer is only valid on online bookings and lasts throughout March. Visit dubaiparksandresorts.com.

Birthday offer

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W Doha is celebrating its eighth birthday and the new anniversary package is better than cake – you get to stay at the luxury hotel for Dh895 per room per night, during any weekend in March. That’s inclusive of breakfast, internet access, 20 per cent discounts on spa treatments and à la carte menus at F&B outlets, as well as early check-in at 12pm and late checkout at 4pm thrown in. Call 00974 4453 5000; whoteldoha.com.

Travel hack of the week

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How often have you arrived at your destination without your luggage because it has been misplaced? Samsonite, the American luggage manufacturer, is creating an innovative tracking device called Track&Go. Simply drop the device into your travel bag and its hi-tech Narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT) technology lets owners track their bags. This new geolocation technology is said to cover a wide range and has a long battery life so users can track and monitor their bags on their smartphones across long distances and over a long time without the device powering out or losing signal. The product is still being tested with telecom service providers Vodafone but keep an eye out – it will become commercially available around October 2017.

Style on the go

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COVER STORY When it’s not holding a bottle of water or juice, this glittery Soda Pop bottle cover from Tatty Devine can double up as a handbag, carrying essentials like a phone and loose change. Dh130 at namshi.com.

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THAT’S MY BAG The next time you travel, cut time spent identifying bags at the luggage carousel with this airport-chic luggage tag by Karl Lagerfeld. Dh164, stylebop.com.

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ALL WEATHER CAMERA The Merlin Digital Procam Lite comes with a weatherproof case so come rain or shine your holiday pictures are perfect. Its 16MP lens captures HD images, i-control option makes recording videos easier and the 32GB storage gives you ample space to save memories. Dh395 at merlin-digital.com.

Shreeja Ravindranathan

Shreeja Ravindranathan

Lifestyle Writer