The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR) has announced a four-day holiday in observance of Arafat Day and Eid Al Adha and this means another long weekend for the private and public sectors in the UAE. According to FAHR, Arafat Day will be on 9 Dhu Al Hijjah 1440 and Eid Al Adha on 10, 11, and 12 of the Islamic month.
Two leading astronomers have predicted that Eid Al Adha will fall on August 11, thus a long break for residents from Saturday (August 10) until Tuesday (August 13). However, the official dates will be based on the sighting of the crescent moon later this week, which will mark the first day of the Dhu Al Hijjah month.
For those still undecided how or where to spend the long break, we've put together a list of staycation options from top hotels in the UAE.
1. Ajman Hotel
Ajman Hotel has a Family Summer Break, which offers two connected rooms with sea view and a complimentary breakfast buffet at the hotel restaurant. Alongside this is a 50 per cent discount at Dreamland Aqua Park in Umm Al Quwain, a 25 per cent discount at the spa and on laundry, 20 per cent discount on transportation services and 20 per cent discount on your total bill at the hotel’s restaurants and bars. The package is valid until August 31. Call 06 714 5555. A minimum stay of three nights or more is required to enjoy the offer.
2. Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah
Special summer treatment at Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah for 20 per cent off best available rate and 25 per cent off best available rate for Hilton Honors members. Package is available for bookings until August 19 and offer valid until January 6, 2020. Call 07 2035555.
3. Caesars Resort Bluewaters
The Caesars Resort Bluewaters has an Eid staycation offer that includes 15 per cent off your stay, and complimentary breakfast and dinner. Alongside, there’s another family package – the Summer Family Promotion at Caesars Resort Bluewaters Dubai that includes 50 per cent off on the second room booked for children under 12, complimentary breakfast and tickets to a select theme park at Dubai Parks & Resorts. Both offers valid until August 17, call 04 556 6666 for advance booking.
4. Sofitel The Palm
Sofitel The Palm celebrates Eid by offering up to 30 per cent off when booking online directly through sofitel-dubai-thepalm.com, starting room rate from Dh595 per night. There’s more: 20 per cent off room rates, an extra 10 per cent off for Le Club AccorHotels Members, 25 per cent off all restaurants throughout your stay and complimentary breakfast buffet. Offer vaild until September 30, call 04 455 6677. Minimum stay of 2 nights.
5. H Dubai
Spend this Eid al-Adha at H Dubai with their three-night Eid offer, which includes 10 per cent off on the best available rates with complimentary breakfast buffet and upgrade to the next room category. Alongside, 20 per cent off at Mandara Spa treatments. Offer valid until August 20, call 04 501 8888.
6. Raffles Dubai
Raffles Dubai offers a special Eid Al Adha package that starts from Dh765 for a Signature room with complimentary breakfast for two at Azur restaurant with a Dh100 credit per day. The credits offered for the package can be used at either the Raffles Spa or selected dining venues during their stay. Offer valid until September 30, call 04 324 8888.
7. Dukes The Palm
Dukes The Palm is celebrating Eid Al-Adha by offering families rooms for Dh650 per night with complimentary breakfast. Also full access to the fitness centre, indoor pool, outdoor infinity pool, lazy river, watersports, and Dukesy Kids Club. Staying longer than two nights? An additional 10 per cent discount on room rates. Offer valid until August 17, call 8000 320 053.
8. JA Hatta Fort Hotel
JA Hatta Fort Hotel presents new experiences to try out such as cinema-in-the-pool, zip-lining, wall climbing, mountain biking and kayaking. Rates start from Dh369 with inclusive tickets to Dubai Parks & Resorts for kids valid until October 31. The offer is valid for children aged 3 to 16 years and on all 1 day-one park tickets. Contact 04 814 5400.
9. Al Seef Heritage Hotel
Al Seef Heritage Hotel has a special package that runs through Eid al-Adha for all UAE residents that offers 10 per cent off on the best available rate starting from Dh200 per night with complimentary breakfast then take your pick at the popular three in-house dining restaurants for lunch or dinner. Valid until September 30. The offer also includes free access to the Laguna Waterpark until August 31. Contact 04 707 7077 or visit zabeelhouse.com.
10. St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resorts
St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resorts has two offers to cater to all ages. The Staycation Package includes a 20 per cent discount on the best available rates with complimentary breakfast for two adults and up to two kids, an on-the-house 60-minute massage per room at the Iridium Spa and free access to Sandcastle Kids Club throughout the stay. The Exquisite Escape package is perfect for a couple’s retreat, with complimentary breakfast for two adults in either a private setting or a buffet and two free passes to the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Both packages have a one free hour of complimentary rental of water sports equipment. Valid until October 2, for reservations, call 02 498 8888.