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7 Gems of UAE
07 May 2020 By : Ms. Sapna
Dubai is one of those cities that just never fails to impress. Its location, the huge population of expats, the riches, the traditions, and the vibrant culture are just a few reasons why so many people are drawn to this dynamic city.
But No we are not talking here about the usual places like Dubai Mall, Desert Safari , Limousine as UAE has lot more to offer to each age group .
Living in this desert city for over 12 years. I use my time off from work visiting unique places in the UAE.
Let’s take a virtual Tour to 7 beautiful but unexplored places of UAE.
I call it 7 Gems of UAE
UAE Gem 1: Qaá¹£r Al-Waá¹an
Qaá¹£r Al-Waá¹an (‘Palace of the Nation') is the Presidential palace in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates. One of the finest examples of Arabic Architecture and Craftsmanship. Its designs features UAE story in 3 acts: Past, Present and Future in the form of a beautiful Sound & Light Show.
The palace was opened to the public on the 11th of March 2019. It took 150 Million man hours to build the palace. What interested the most to me was the presidential gifts given to UAE by countries across the globe.
In 2 words “Truly Magnificent”
UAE Gem 2: LOUVRE ABU DHABI
Yes UAE has a Louvre too. Located in Abu Dhabi, this art and civilization museum is designed as a "seemingly floating dome structure the metallic ceiling of the Louvre Abu Dhabi was designed to reflect light into the museum like a natural palm frond. The museum "; its web-patterned dome allowing the sun to filter through.
The overall effect is meant to represent "rays of sunlight passing through date palm fronds in an oasis." Isn’t it Amazing ??
The largest art museum in the Arabian Peninsula. Artworks from around the world are showcased at the museum, with particular focus place upon bridging the gap between Eastern and Western Art. The museum is part of a thirty-year agreement between the city of Abu Dhabi and the French government.
In 2 words “Truly Immersive “
UAE Gem 3: HATTA KAYAK and GLAMPING
You have heard about Desert safari but have you heard about Hatta Mountain safari. Yes UAE offers beautiful White Mountain safari similar to Grand Canyons in Arizona US.
Located just an hour-and-a-half’s drive from Dubai, making it the perfect weekend road trip for Tourist seeking adventures. Hatta is the inland exclave of the emirate of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The old village of Hatta includes two prominent military towers from the 1880s a Fort from 1896 and the Juma mosque, which was built in 1780 and is the oldest building in Hatta.
Another adventure you can enjoy in HATTA is HATTA Kayak. The vast lake formed by Hatta Dam makes a perfect gateway for tourist who seeks relaxation in nature while kayaking with a scenic view.
You can also experience Hatta Glamping in here. At the glamping retreat, guests have three options to choose from: Sedr Trailers, Damani Lodges and luxury Hatta Caravans, but no matter what you pick, you can expect a glamorous experience.
In two words “Truly Amazing”
Gem 4: FUJAIRAH RETREAT
Experience Organic Retreat
Organic Retreat with heritage Arabic hospitality, located in Fujairah with beach & Mountains a sustainable and Eco friendly property where one can enjoy activities such Hiking, cycling or simply immerge with the nature. Everything in the camp gives you a feeling as if you are connected to the earth somehow. Spending a night at the camp is an experience you will never forget as it’s full of good vibes and pure energy.
Hightlight: SunSet Hike
In two words “Nature Yugen”
UAE Gem 5: MOON ISLAND
Moon Island is special place off the coast of Dubai and take in the remarkable beauty. Taking on the unmistakable shape of the crescent moon, Moon Island is a prime holiday spot where guests can bask in the sun, take an unforgettable dive and enjoy the sand.
Moon Island is 70 Kms away from Dubai shoreline. The only way to get there is by a boat/ferry.
The diving and snorkeling here is some of the regions best – you even got to swim there and the water is extremely clean!
Highlight: fishing on the way to the Island
Gem 6: JABAL AL JAIS
The UAE’s highest peak, Towering at 1,934 m above sea level. The world's longest zip line is located here too – Jebel Jais Zipline. Jebel Jais is a mountain of the North-Western Hajar range in the Musandam Governorate of Oman and also in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates. There are, or have been, plans in place to build a hotel, cable car, paragliding launch ramp, golf course and ski slope following the opening of the road.
Highlight : Temperature goes down to 0 degrees and below during winter that cause snowfall
UAE Gem 7 : LUXURY SAFARI
Royal safari experience is not a traditional safari but it is desert experience a must try when in Dubai.
Spectacular desert drive and nature guidance along with a five star dinner in a fortress to ample the Spectacular Arabian Retreat.
*Pick up from the Hotel by 4x4 Land Cruiser
*Drive to desert entry point
*Stop at the camel farm
*Stop at the highest dune for sunset view
*Drive to the fort
Authentic Arabian Experience
Live Arabic Music
Tannura Dance Show
Belly Dance Show
Fire Dance Show
Traditional Arabic Welcome
Live Shawarma Station
Lavish International Buffet Dinner from 5 Star Hotel
Mineral water, soft drinks, tea and coffee
Back to the hotel
These are few of many places which are not been in the frontline but a must to be included in your itinerary .
There are many more hidden gems which I would like to lighten for tourist seeking “out of The Box” Places.
19 UAE 5-star hotel staycation deals to take advantage of right now
07 May 2020
Tired of staring at the same four walls of your home? Self isolate at a hotel instead
Dubai: It’s no secret that we are in a lull at the moment. And sometimes a change in self-isolation scenery is the thing you need to get you out of this funk. And while we continue to encourage people to stay home, we still aim to provide resourceful content in case residents want to change up their self-isolation location.
All hotels and resorts listed here should be following physical distancing standards by ensuring that guests are standing at least 2 metres away from each other throughout all areas of the property.
Hand sanitiser dispensers should be placed throughout the resort at guest and colleague entrances as well as high-contact areas such as driveways, reception areas, hotel lobby, restaurant entrances, meeting and convention spaces, elevator landings, pools and salons.
*Please note that these rates are subject to change as per the hotel's rates and rooms availability.
Here are some hotel deals that you can get all across the UAE
At this point in time pools and beaches in Dubai are not accessible to guests, unless you have a private in-villa pool
Five Jumeirah Village
This hotel has been offering pretty great deals over the last two months. You can book a superior room with a balcony for literally Dh179.10 a night. This won’t include any extras like F&B deals. Or you can opt for the same room at Dh336.13 and the entire amount is redeemable against F&B including their restaurants as well as room service. If you wanted a two bedroom sky villa with a private pool, this will cost you Dh1,260 without any F&B offers.
Cost: Starting from Dh179.10 per night
Address Downtown Dubai
The Address is offering a special Ramadan staycation, where guests can enjoy 40 per cent off the best available rate. It comes with a choice of breakfast or iftar as well as a Dh100 Emaar Gift Card per person, per night (limited to 2 people only; max Dh200 per night) – can also be redeemed at restaurants in the hotel. This offer is available now and is valid until May 23 2020.
The Address Downtown Dubai is also offering a Family Room Staycation offer, where families can book a room and get the second one at 50 per cent off. They are guaranteed to be interconnecting rooms. This offer accommodates up to 3 adults and 2 children and is valid from June 1 until September 30.
Cost: Starting from Dh773 per night including breakfast/iftar and Dh100 gift card per person.
Atlantis the Palm
Atlantis is offering a special ‘UAE Resident Offer’ which includes breakfast and access to free Wi-Fi at the hotel.
Cost: Dh649 for two including breakfast
Palazzo Versace Dubai
Palazzo Versace Dubai has recently launched its own e-gift platform, where buyers can choose to ‘gift an experience’ whether as a treat for themselves or as a gesture to a loved one. To launch the platform, Palazzo Versace Dubai has run an introductory offer where guests can purchase a stay at a discounted rate of Dh499, which is a pretty amazing deal for usually quite an expensive hotel.
Cost: Starting from Dh499 per night
Jumeirah Al Naseem
Enjoy a staycation among palatial surroundings, with 30 per cent savings for UAE residents, where half board will be available in selected outlets, complimentary breakfast and lunch or dinner, and unlimited access to Wild Wadi Waterpark (once it re-opens). The rate depends on when you book, however you benefit from 30 per cent off the best available rate. Their best deal for this month is at Dh880 in a room that sleeps two adults and two kids.
Cost: Starting from Dh880 per night
Pools and beaches in Ajman are currently accessible to guests.
The Radisson Blu in Ajman is offering a great Ramadan Experience package which includes breakfast in Larder Restaurant or suhoor in the room, as well as iftar or dinner in Larder Restaurant. The deal also gives gusts access to the pool and gym, free internet and rewards points.
Cost: Starting from Dh350 per night
Another deal by the Radisson Blue Ajman is their Family Experience deal, which includes two connecting rooms, a Superior Room King and Twin. Breakfast at Larder Restaurant or suhoor in the room, pool and gym access, free internet and rewards points for Dh500.
Cost: Starting from Dh500 for both rooms per night
The Fairmont in Ajman has a nightly rate of Dh399.20 per night. Enjoy access to the pool and beach as well as their selection of restaurants.
Cost: Dh399.20 per night
Ajman Saray, a Luxury Collection Resort
Boasting a location near the Ajman Museum, the Ajman Saray resort is located at a quiet beachfront area. At the moment, their packages involve a one-night stay in their Deluxe Sea View Room for Dh323 a night. Take advantage of a family offer at Dh357 per room, per night including breakfast and kids under 12 can dine for free.
Cost: Starting from Dh323 a night
Ras Al Khaimah
Pools and beaches in Ras Al Khaimah hotels are accessible to guests.
This is one of the favourites in RAK. A quiet and lovely hotel, also offering private pools for those who want them. A night stay there in a classic room will set you back Dh462, while the private villa costs Dh1,242 including breakfast.
Cost: Starting from Dh462 per night
DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island
Spend the day at this massive resort for a steal. The night at this hotel will cost you Dh399 per room. If you want to add breakfast to this staycation it will set you back Dh479 per night per room. Stay in a spacious room and enjoy watching TV on the 42-inch screen and take in the view from your private balcony.
Cost: Starting at Dh399 per night
Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah
This beautiful hotel is usually a treat and a splurge, but at the moment, if you book through dnata Travel, you can enjoy a night stay including breakfast and dinner for Dh656.
Cost: Dh656 per night if you book through dnata Travel
Pools and beaches in Fujairah are accessible to guests from May 7 onwards
Le Meridien Al Aqah
The family friendly hotel on the coast of Fujairah is offering a cool family deal that you can take advantage of right now. Book your stay at Le Meridien Al Aqah and enjoy unlimited family fun with rates starting from Dh498 per room on double occupancy. The deal includes complimentary breakfast and an additional 20 per cent off on F&B, Spa or any activities in the hotel.
Cost: Starting from Dh498 per night
Enjoy a stay at Fairmont Fujairah from Dh479 per room for a night. Fujairah are reopening their beaches on May 7, so you can enjoy access to pools and beaches there.
Cost: Starting from Dh479 per night
Fujairah Rotana Resort & Spa
The East Coast hotel located just by the Hajjar Mountains have recently redesigned and renovated their Deluxe, Premium Rooms and Suites, just in time for the beaches opening up in Fujairah. Rotana’s staycation offer involves a minimum stay of two nights and you can then benefit from 50 per cent off on room rates. This offer is until October 4, 2020
Cost: Dh495 per night if you stay for a minimum of 2 nights
At this point in time pools and beaches in Sharjah are not accessible to guests.
Sheraton Sharjah Beach Resort
Stay at this five star resort for a steal. A night in their Deluxe room is priced at Dh275. A great way to enjoy a luxury social isolation for less. If you want to add an open buffet breakfast to the package, you’ll be charged Dh325 per night.
Cost: Starting from Dh275 per night
The Chedi Al Bait
The Chedi Al Bait, Sharjah, has been named one of the most remarkable new hotels in the world. And they have introduced their home away from home package, which includes a three-course breakfast served in the room, three-course set lunch and dinner menus, three pieces of laundry (excluding dry cleaning), a minibar stocked with fresh juices, complimentary Wi-Fi access in the suite, sweet-of-the-day and mineral water, 24-hour medical support with periodic assessment of vitals, if required, a COVID-19 test is available at additional cost. If you are fasting then the meals can be replaced with a three-course suhoor served in the suite as well as a three-course iftar menu. This package is on the pricier side for two people at Dh1,300, however if you just want to visit the hotel for a regular overnight stay, it will cos you Dh700 per night for two people.
Cost: Starting from Dh700 per night
At this point in time pools and beaches in Abu Dhabi are not accessible to guests.
Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi
Dusit Thani in Abu Dhabi has generally always been an affordable five star hotel. You can currently book an overnight stay there for Dh329 a night. An extra Dh77 at Dh406 per night will get you breakfast for two.
Cost: Starting from Dh329 per night
Anantara Eastern Mangroves Abu Dhabi
Enjoy 30 per cent off on food and beverage, a complimentary room upgrade to the next room category and late check-out until 4pm when you book your staycation at Anantara. Additionally UAE & GCC residents can take advantage of an exclusive 25 per cent discount when booking luxury rooms and suites. The hotel has increased their offering on their room dine-in menu for those looking to self-isolate in their hotel rooms.
India starts repatriation flights
05th May, 2020
Indian missions in the UAE will coordinate one of the biggest evacuation operations of citizens, and will cull out the first list of distressed citizens to fly home on May 7, the Indian ambassador to the UAE Pavan Kapoor told Khaleej Times.
"We will make a flight manifesto and will decide who will go on which flight. The list will be made from those who are already registered on our website," said the envoy.
The government of India announced on Monday that it will be facilitating the return of Indian nationals stranded abroad on compelling grounds in a phased manner from May 7. The travel would be arranged by aircraft and naval ships.
Kapoor said the list of passengers will be given to Air India, which will issue tickets.
The evacuation is on payment basis and non-scheduled commercial flights would be arranged for air travel.
Kapoor said people can make payment either through the Air India website or at their city offices as is the norm while booking tickets.
"We have not done anything like this before. So, as the starting process, I don't think we will have more than two flights on May 7."
The ambassador said they will see how it goes and make sure the systems are working fine before starting a full scale operation.
"We will need the complete support and cooperation of people to make this a success. I know people have been waiting for long. But we need to give priority to those in distress."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier said blue-collar workers will get the first seats in repatriation flights, as per Indian media reports.
The first two flights are expected to fly to Kerala as the Central government had earlier said that expats from Kerala would be the first ones to be brought since the state is well prepared to accommodate about 200,000 people at quarantine centres and hospitals.
197,000 Indians in UAE have registered for repatriation
Consul General of India to Dubai, Vipul, said a total of 197,000 Indians in the UAE have registered on the online portal collecting data of citizens wishing to travel home amid the Covid-19 pandemic. "The first flight will take off on May 7 from the UAE. We are working towards prioritising the passengers on a need basis. However, it is a complex decision-making process," said Vipul.
Those travelling first will include Indian workers in distress, medical cases, pregnant women, and a few on tourist and visit visas. Commenting on the payment for the evacuation flights back home, Vipul stressed these details would be released by the concerned departments in the Government of India later today (May 4).