“The first day of Eid Al Fitr will be announced on Friday night, after the moon-sighting committee meets remotely to search for a new crescent moon.” The National
This year’s Eid al-Fitr celebrations are going to be a little different due to the ongoing effects of COVID-19. The Eid holiday, that marks that end of Ramadan, would usually be the time that Emiratis families gather to celebrate and we’d be preparing to maximise those extra days off with a trip somewhere. Due to flight and UAE re-entry restrictions we, like the majority of people, will be staying home this year.
A number of UAE hotels have implemented social distancing measures to ensure the safety and well-being of guests who want to indulge in a staycation. Partial easing of lockdown measures have been introduced in some Emirates however guests will have to adhere to the UAE’s nightly lockdown National Sterilisation Programme that restricts movement between 8pm – 6am. There are certainly some great deals to entice those looking for a change of scenery – here’s a selection of some the hotels that are welcoming guests this Eid.
The Fairmont Ajman reopened its doors at the end of April and are offering Eid packages for guests looking for a relaxing stay on the hotel’s private beach. There are various offers available for guests this month – click HERE to see all the information. The hotel has implemented special measures to ensure the health and safety of all guests including all rooms sanitized by an authorized external vendor in accordance with authority regulations.
Read more the Fairmont Ajman in my previous post HERE
Celebrate the Eid Al Fitr holiday in style at the prestigious Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. The Eid package includes daily buffet breakfast for up to two guests, traditional afternoon tea for two as well as guaranteed upgrade to the next room category. Rates start from AED 1,170 (valid until 29th May 2020) – additional benefits are available if you are member of the Mandarin Oriential guest programme Fans of M.O.) – click HERE to find out more information and to book.
Emirates Palace, West Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi. Telephone: 02 690 9000 Website: www.mandarinoriental.com/abu-dhabi/emirates-palace/luxury-hotel
Spoil yourself this Eid at Dubai’s contemporary beach resort, Jumeirah Al Naseem. This stunning hotel, nestled under the iconic Burj Al Arab, offers luxury accommodation and top notch service. As part of their ‘Ultimate Staycation’ for Eid, guests can enjoy access to Jumeirah’s two kilometre private pristine beach but the pool, beach club and neighbouring Wild Wadi water park will remain closed.
The deal includes 40% off the best available rate, early check-in and late check-out, daily complimentary breakfast in the hotel restaurant or in the privacy of your own room and 20% off food and drinks throughout the visit. In addition Jumeirah Sirius members benefit from an extra 5% off the best available rate and a complimentary upgrade.
Jumeirah Al Naseem, Jumeirah Road، Umm Suqeim 3, Dubai. Telephone: 971 4 364 7555 for more information and to book or e-mail email@example.com Website: Jumeirah Al Naseem | Luxury Dubai Beach Hotel
Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai is open to guests looking for an upmarket Eid staycation. Relax in the modern, luxurious accommodation with its signature decadent design and enjoy some downtime at the hotel’s white sandy private beach. Lunch or dinner is available at nearby Cove Beach, visit Havana Social Club or dine at Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen (the remainder of restaurants, bars, lounges, swimming pools, kids’ clubs, as well as spa and fitness facilities remain closed). Click HERE to see all the latest accommodation offers.
Enjoy a beachside retreat this Eid at the Miramar Al Aqah Beach Resort in Fujairah. Nestled between the Hajar Mountains and the Indian Ocean, this 5-star Moroccan style resort offers a taste of modern day Arabian hospitality and architecture. Food & beverage services at this property may be limited or unavailable due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). All spa and wellness facilities are closed until 30th June 2020.
Ras Al Khaimah
Escape to an island-inspired retreat in Ras Al Khaimah and treat yourself to the ultimate luxurious staycation at The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach. This boutique resort has just 32 tented pool villas all with beach access, the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate. Dine at Shore House, overlooking the infinity hotel’s pool, with its menu of international cuisine and seafood specialties or enjoy the in-villa dining options.
The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach, P.O Box 4558, Vienna Street, Ras Al Khaimah. Telephone: 07204 8888 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/uae/al-hamra-beach/hotel-overview
Looking for something less pricey? Book a spacious beach villa at Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort & Spa that offers direct access to the sweeping private beach. Read more about staying at the Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort & Spa in my previous post HERE
Experience traditional style Emirati culture at Al Badayer Retreat, an authentic eco desert retreat set against the sweeping dunes of Sharjah. This five-star oasis offers traditional Arabian inspired rooms as well as stand-alone tents with private pools spaced around the resort for privacy and social distancing. The glamping style resort is centred around a caravanserais (courtyard) offers two restaurants and plenty of desert activities. Watch the sunrise and sunset on the dunes, enjoy a BBQ dinner in the privacy of your tent and partake in a spot of stargazing. Due to COVID-19, some retreat facilities or services may be interrupted or unavailable to guests.
The hotel is offering Eid packages starting from just AED 500* (deluxe room only plus tax) and one bedroom tents with private pools starting from AED 2400* (half board plus tax). *The rates may change due to high demand for the Eid period and there are limited number of rooms available.
Al Badayer Retreat, Al Badayer, Sharjah. Telephone: 06 801 2000 E-mail: email@example.com Website: myskhotels.com/en/sharjah-collection-hotels/al-badayer-retreat/
Treat yourself to a stay at The Chedi Al Bait, a luxury boutique hotel in Sharjah. Situated in four traditional converted manor houses with courtyards, ornate archways and a traditional barjeel (wind tower), the hotel offers a taste of Emirati inspired design and the very best of Arabian hospitality. Book a stay in a Chedi Deluxe or Chedi Grand Room and enjoy complimentary breakfast served at The Restaurant. To ensure the health and safety of guests, the hotel’s spa and wellness facilities are currently closed.
Not planning to travel this Eid, check out my previous post on Armchair Travel to enjoy from home.
All views are my own based on my experience and research. Unless otherwise stated all photos © Jo Brett 2020. All rights reserved. Featured image used with courtesy of Jumeirah Al Naseem. Additional photos used with courtesy of the respective venues.