Monday, July 4, 2011

Summer in Abu Dhabi: temperatures go up, prices go down

When you think of a place to spend your well deserved annual leave from work you probably don’t envision a hot place where you have to endure temperatures of +40 degrees Celsius throughout the day.

However, if you always ruled out a trip to the UAE because you don’t see how it could possibly fit in your budget, perhaps you might want to consider making it to this side of the world during the sizzling summer months.

During this time of the year, in an effort to increase passenger traffic and sustain occupancy, airlines, hotels and local attractions offer a series of discounts and promotional rates.

Here are a few examples…

AIRLINES

Ready to hit the road? I suggest you start by visiting Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, for some amazing deals.

Here is a sneak preview of what you might get:

Buy your ticket to Abu Dhabi from 20 June to July 31 and fly between 1 to 25 August and your kids can fly, stay in some of the finest hotels in the city and enjoy fantastic attractions for as little as $1. That's right! For every two paying adults, two children up to 12 years will get the following benefits:

• Coral Economy Class tickets on Etihad Airways for $1
• Complimentary accommodation (additional room) in a selection of hotels
• Free meals at residing hotels
• Free access to a selection of tourist attractions

Conditions apply, so be sure to check all the details at www.etihadairways.com.

HOTELS

The usual reasonably priced hotels in Abu Dhabi have lowered their daily rates even further. The Park Inn is now AED 250 (USD 69) and the Radisson Blu is AED 300 (USD 82).

Luxury hotels are also not as prohibitive as before. You can stay at the Shangri-la for AED 425 (USD 116), the Yas Hotel for AED 550 (USD 150) or even the famous Emirates Palace for AED 1100 (USD 300).

Want to step away from the city center and visit places nearby? Check-out the Perfect Summer Getaway offer by Danat Hotels. Rates start from AED 499 (USD 136) at the Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort (by the sea) and the Tilal Liwa Hotel (in the desert) and include: early check-in, late check-out, free wireless internet in room, welcome drink, complimentary fruit basket, daily news and 15% off your food bill. Awesome!

And the rates for ALL above mentioned hotels are inclusive of a delicious buffet breakfast in the morning!

ATTRACTIONS

If you buy one 50 minute Emirates Palace, Lulu Island and Corniche tour with the Yellow Boat, you will get one for FREE.

Not much of a sea person? Then go for a helicopter tour with Falcon Aviation Services. You buy two seats and they will give you one seat for FREE.

What about a visit to the Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort? Buy one ticket and get one FREE.

For a complete list of summer attractions and hotel offers, visit http://www.summerinabudhabi.ae/en/portal/summer.travel.aspx.

Travelling with kids? Make some time in your schedule for the Summer in Abu Dhabi (at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center -  Weekdays from 3pm to 9pm and Weekends from 2pm to 10pm, until July 30).

A total of four halls will be filled with fun activities, such as the Smurfs Village, Career World, Ben 10 Boot Camp, and shows like Sponge Bob, Thor, Dora the Explorer and many more. Tickets start at AED 20 (USD 6). For more information call 800555 or visit www.summerinabudhabi.ae.


A note to all GCC residents:

If you are a GCC resident, don’t forget that some hotels and attractions in the UAE have differentiated rates just for you. So remember to mention you live in the area before you book your package!

And if you are dying to get out of here and longing for inspiring destinations, you should try having a look at Etihad Holidays, a division of Etihad Airways. You can save money with great July & Ramadan deals to places like Bangkok, Pattaya, Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi, Beijing, London, Paris, Munich, Geneva, Cyprus, Athens, Istanbul, Dead Sea, Muscat and Beirut.

For more info: www.etihadholidays.com

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