1. Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City


Dubai Festival City’s cluster of hotels has a new entrant – the Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City, and they’ve got the perfect summer deal to explore what is the UAE’s biggest Holiday Inn. Keeping in line, they’ve got a big-hearted Summer Staycation Package that’s brimming with perks for GCC residents. Here’s what you can look forward to: A 30 per cent discount on the best available room rates, 20 per cent discount on F&B bills, which means you can eat to your heart’s content at the in-house restaurants Zeste Café and Sirocco, the stylish all-day dining eatery as well as restaurants in the surrounding IHG hotels such as Anise, Pierre Gagnaire and Skyline Lounge.

The family-friendly hotel has direct access to the Festival City Mall, where mum and dad can blow up their free Dh100 voucher at Robinsons Department Store. Adults can also unwind with a massage (or two) at reduced rates as the offer includes a 20 per cent discount on spa treatments at the nearby InterContinental hotel’s spa. You’ll also have access to the hotel’s gym and outdoor rooftop pool – we suggest dropping by the latter for an after-dark dip and some stunning, unobstructed views of Dubai’s skyline.

2. W, Al Habtoor City


The dog days of summer have truly kicked in at W Dubai, Al Habtoor. The glam, pet-friendly hotel has dreamed up the ultimate summer package for you and your pet. The package waives the standard entry fee of Dh500 for pets and gives them creature comforts that the Queen’s corgis would envy – a pet bed, a cool litter box, and a special in-room P.A.W food menu, because why should only humans enjoy room service?

The package doesn’t discriminate against species, so all pets, whether four-legged dogs and cats, or feathery cockatoos are welcome as long as they weigh less than 18kg so they can fit in the dedicated pet beds. Best to leave the horses in their stables. The owners meanwhile can sup at one of the resort’s many trendy restaurants, such as signature eatery Namu or chill out at the WET Deck, the hotel’s pool area. Until August 31, rooms from Dh694 per day. Call 04 36 6666.

3. Vida Downtown


Soak up some sun and the lively spirit of Downtown Dubai with Vida Downtown’s UAE Residents Staycation package. You can eat out at restaurants run by Emaar for a 20 per cent discount, grab two complimentary tickets to Reel Cinema and also get access for two to IMG Worlds of Adventure or Dubai Parks & Resorts.

Short on holidays? They’ve got a daycation package that gets you a full day pool access (7am-7pm) Dh250, including a Dh150 credit to spend on food and beverages at the in-house restaurant 3in1. While you’re not cutting laps across the pool you can lounge with a summer read in one of their stylish cabanas as Dubai’s towering skyscrapers watch over you. Call 04 888 3444 or email dine@emaar.com; valid until September 30.

4. The Gevora Hotel


For a gilded getaway that makes for a great summer story head to The Gevora Hotel. A stay at the world’s tallest hotel will not just give you bragging rights at the water cooler but their UAE residents staycation offer also comes with tickets to some of Dubai’s coolest entertainment venues, such as IMG World of Adventures or the Dubai Autodrome. Before the swanky rooms, furnished with golden interiors, enchants you, make a quick visit to the concierge to find out about the other attractions the offer gets you tickets to.

The offer also includes a 20 per cent off F&B and for some dizzying views, cool off at the main open-air on the 12th floor or ride up to the luxury spa on the 71st floor. You can also dine at the Highest View Restaurant, the aptly-named rooftop restaurant. Until September 30, rooms from Dh1,000 per night including breakfast for two. Call 04 524 0000.