Celebrate Easter getaway for less in Dubai
For a last-minute Easter getaway, book a staycation with JA Ocean View Hotel Dubai. When guests book to stay from now until April 7, they will receive a 20 per cent discount on food, beverages and spa packages. Also included is early check-in and late checkout, Wi-Fi and mall shuttle services. The package cost from Dh1,098 per night, including taxes.
A floral escape to the Netherlands
Enjoy the Netherlands’ iconic tulips next month with UTracks’ Tulip Tour. The four-day cycling and barge holiday starts in Amsterdam, and visits Spaarndam, Leiden and Aalsmeer. Stops include the Flower Park Keukenhof, which boasts tulips, daffodils and hyacinths of various colours, shapes and scents, a cheese farm and windmill, and the world’s largest flower auction. The “introductory” trip is ideal for novice cyclists. The tour costs from Â£445 (Dh2,365) per person, based on two people sharing, including accommodation, meals, bike, equipment and taxes.
Four Seasons opens new Dubai property
Four Seasons Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) has officially opened, in the heart of the city’s financial district. The hotel features 106 rooms, a rooftop oasis with shaded lounges, tables and swimming pool, a 24-hour fitness centre, and a spa. Guests also have beach access at the Four Seasons Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, 15 minutes away. The property also offers several dining choices, including the Firebird Diner by the American celebrity chef Michael Mina. Rooms cost from Dh2,060 per night, including taxes.
U Drive offers an alternative to cabs
There’s a new way of getting around the UAE that doesn’t involve owning a car or hailing a taxi. U Drive, a pay-as-you-go car service, allows you to book or reserve a car after downloading the U Drive app, for iOS or Android. Via the app, you identify the closest car to your location. The car can be taken anywhere around the UAE, though drivers must be 23 years of age or older, have at least one year of driving experience and a valid UAE driver’s license or one from their home country. Users can open the car either via their mobile app or with a membership card that’s available for purchase. Drivers can then proceed according to voice instructions in the car. Prices start from 50 fils per minute, and drivers are charged for a maximum of four hours (Dh120), per day. The next 20 hours are free. There’s also a Dh20 monthly membership charge.
* Ashley Lane
Source: art & life