DSF 2013: Dubai hotels offer tourists hard-to-resist deals

It’s not just shopping discounts, fun entertainment, striking car deals and plush raffle rewards that await shoppers this season. There are also interesting deals that have been chalked out by the swanky hotels in the city.

Top-end hotels like JW Marriot, Hyatt Regency, Park Regis Kin, Al Bustan Rotana, Kempinski Mall of Emirates, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Grand Millennium and Samaya are offering exclusive DSF three-night packages for Dh2,479 per person (on twin sharing basis) and Dh4,037 per person (on single occupancy).

The package includes two-way airport transfer, daily breakfast, desert safari with BBQ dinner, dhow cruise and half-day shopping tour.

The same offers even extend to four-star hotels like Holiday Inn, Bur Dubai, Metropolitian Deira, Copthrone, Grand Central, Regent Palace, Ramada Jumeirah, Fortune Grand, Ramada Chelsea, Flora Grand, Country Club, Holiday Inn Al Barsha, Al Khaleej Palace and Ascot, for a price of Dh1,208 (per person on twin sharing room).

Some three-star hotels are offering three-night hotel stays, daily breakfast, Dubai city tours that include desert safari , dhow cruise and a visit to Global Village for Dh1,050. UAE visas come at an extra cost of Dh330.

The top participating hotels in this category are Dolphin Hotel, Palm Beach Hotel and City Max Hotel in Bur Dubai, Fortune Pearl hotel in Deira and Panorama Grand Hotel in Al Barsha.

Top executives in the luxury Dubai hotels claim the first two weeks of the DSF has been advantageous, with some even recording 100 percent booking.

“‘Jumeirah winter breaks’ offers 10 per cent off the available best rate and includes breakfast, unlimited access to the private beach and Wild Wadi Waterpark,” elaborates Christian Pertl, vice president sales and marketing, Dubai and MEASA region, Jumeirah Group.

“It is ideal for visitors from the GCC and other emirates who tend to visit Dubai for the weekend or short stay.”

They also have ‘winter flavours’ for longer stays, wherein “guests can relax on idyllic beaches, enjoy luxury shopping and take advantage of a complimentary breakfast with a choice of lunch or dinner in any of our 45 participating restaurants for the entire duration of the guests’ stay, in addition to Wild Wadi Waterpark and kids’ clubs access”.

According to Christian, the group is expecting occupancy rates of around 90 per cent in Dubai, with 4.5% rise in occupancy in comparison to last DSF.

Kempinski at Palm Jumeirah has also chalked out lavish plans for this shopping season. “The large suites are the perfect due to its proximity to many shopping malls. Not only that, we have extended kids’ play area and babysitting options available for parents,” elaborated Burkhard Wolter, General Manager, Kempinski Residences & Hotel Apartments.

The Radisson Royal Hotel Dubai offers special room rates starting from Dh900 per night (excluding service charge and municipality tax).

And that’s not all, their DSF deals also extends to gym memberships and spa treatments.

“During DSF, Spa Zen & Health Club is offering a yearly health club membership for a discount of Dh2,250,” added Hazem Aouad, cluster director of sales and marketing at Radisson Royal Hotel Dubai & Radisson Blu Resort Fujairah.

The Club is also offering 20 per cent discount on spa treatments and a 20 per cent discount on Radisson Royal food and beverage outlets.

Elaborating on the positive impact of DSF, Aouad said, “Dubai Shopping Festival is going from strength to strength and is attracting more visitors every year, not only from the GCC and the Middle East but also from the subcontinent, Europe and the CIS countries. We are expecting to be very busy during the festival and have participated in several promotions with local destination management companies and tour operators in terms of accommodation offers.”

The Meydan Hotel is also geared up for the shopping season.

“For DSF, both The Meydan Hotel and the Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa have extended a discount on rooms booked at the published rate via the hotels’ website. This rate will also include breakfast,” informed Craig Senior, regional director of sales & marketing, Meydan Hotels & Hospitality.

“This year’s DSF is very well timed, being held right after the start of the year, and acts as a natural boost to drive visitor numbers to the UAE after the festive period. We are experiencing visitor arrivals from all of our main feeder markets, including the UAE, GGC, regional and international ones.”

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