The Ultimate Summer Guide For UAE Residents

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Many of us will be staying in the UAE this summer which means savouring staycations, beach days and spa stays. MOJEH has put together the definitive list of luxury offers to get your summer sorted in style

Beachside Bliss

Person poolside wearing a Privilee hat

If you’re braving the UAE heat this summer, firstly: good luck Secondly, there’s no better excuse to enjoy the plethora of luxury pool and beach resorts that the region has to offer. Allowing residents to indulge in a lavish day at a five-star establishment for a fraction of the price, Privilee’s summer offer is its best yet, unveiling three months of unlimited beach resort and gym access for just Dhs1,599, or Dhs533 per month, including access for up to three children. Not only does it count a portfolio of plush five-star hotels among its repertoire—think Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palazzo Versace and Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah—Privilee also includes thousands of free fitness classes from a mix of partners, standalone gyms and at the fitness suites within their luxury resort portfolio, perfect for those looking to get fit this summer without breaking the bank. New for 2021, it’s also throwing a bunch of 2-for1 packages into the mix, including the buffet breakfast at Zabeel Saray, high tea at Waldorf Astoria The Palm and CrossFit at Fly High Fitness, in addition to 40 per cent off year-round discounts at hundreds of the best restaurants and spas. That’s summer sorted. Visit or call on (04) 554 7820. You can also Whatsapp on (+971) 58 5367 847

Luxury Living

You'll find us at the pool at Mandarin Oriental Jumeira Dubai this summer holiday

Boasting an enviable beachside setting, stunning spa and world-class restaurants, the Mandarin Oriental Jumeira Dubai is the quintessential spot for a five-star staycation. This summer, residents can take advantage of an exclusive rate, with 20 per cent discount on rooms and suites. Overlooking the pristine waters of the Arabian Gulf and Dubai’s glittering skyline, spend your time lounging in the swish poolside cabanas, dining in one o f its six restaurants and bars—head straight to Tasca for the menu from José Avillez, the Portuguese chef behind the two-Michelin-starred Belcanto restaurant in Lisbon—or indulge in some pampering at its luxe spa, complete with whirlpools, saunas and steam rooms plus individual wigwam-like pods with comfy seating and fluffy blankets. Bliss. Offer available until 31 August; Book now

Arabian Nights

The family pool at Bab Al Shams resort is the perfect place to spend your summer holiday

This is the summer of the staycation, and just a 40-minute drive from Dubai you’ll stumble across Bab al Shams Resort & Spa—a serene desert oasis for all the family to enjoy. Available until the end of August, its Desert Breeze Super Sale offers rooms at extremely competitive prices (they start at Dhs449 per night), with breakfast and half-board options perfect for those looking for a more inclusive option. There’s 25 per cent off food and drink plus desert activities too, so be sure to get involved in some archery and horse riding for a true cultural experience. Offer available until 31 August; Book now

The Great Escape

The pool at popular summer destination One and Only The Palm

Often credited as one of Dubai’s most romantic resorts boasting privacy in spades, One&Only The Palm is offering residents plenty of perks this summer when checking in, including Dhs500 to spend at its picturesque restaurants and opulent Guerlain spa, 20 per cent off watersports and, if you stay for at least three nights, complimentary access to Aquaventure waterpark. An al fresco haven home to private gold sands and panoramic marina views, spend your days sprawled out among verdant palms by one of two pools, indulge in cuisine by triple-Michelin-star-winning chef Yannick Alléno, or watch the sun go down at 101 Dining Lounge and Bar before treating to a beachfront villa that you’ll never want to leave. Valid until 30 September, Book now

Sunset Sessions

The patio at Coya, Dubai

If lively music, exquisite cuisine and epic sunset views sound like your idea of a good Thursday night, be sure to book an early table at Coya to experience its new Puesta del Sol menu. Created with early diners in mind, the seasonal three-course menu consists of the Peruvian restaurant’s famous guacamole with tortillas, a choice of soup plus two small dishes and a main for Dhs350 per person. Think wild mushroom ceviche, kale and cucumber salads, wagyu and lobster baos and grilled skewers for starters, mains comprise everything from chargrilled whole sea bream and Peruvian dried potatoes to spicy beef fillet and Chilean sea bass. We predict tables will book up quickly, so be sure to make your reservation well in advance. Available from 6-6.30pm, email here

Spa Day

The indoor pool at the Address Sky View spa

When it comes to R&R, nothing beats a luxury hotel spa for a decadent pamper. If a peaceful day out sounds more appealing than ever after the events of the past year, head to the Spa at Address Sky View where guests can relax with a choice of four aromatherapy oils and three different types of massage—stress-relieving, detoxifying or muscle release. If reflexology is more your thing, expert therapists are also on hand to coax away fatigue, improve circulation and bring about a soothing sensation of total relaxation. What’s more, you’ll also get a manicure at La Loge and a sumptuous three-course lunch with views of the impressive cityscape at Cé La Vie with cuisine curated by Chef Howard Ko thrown in too, all for just Dhs530 per person. Offer available until 31st July 2021; Book now

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  • Words by Naomi Chadderton