In Brief


The 555-weekend retreat at the InterCon Doha
Marking its fifth anniversary this year the InterContinental Doha has introduced a special 555-weekend retreat package that is available right through to December 31.

Book a deluxe single or double room for QR555 plus 17 percent tax and service charge and the rate includes a QR55 food voucher per room that can be used in any of the hotel’s restaurants. You also get guaranteed early check in and late check out and special weekend amenities upon arrival. The offer is valid for Qatari nationals and Qatari residence permit holders only. 

Shangri-La’s “best rate guarantee”
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, has introduced the online “best rate guarantee” on the group’s website Shangri-La guarantees its customers that no other website will offer a better room rate than what is available on  Should an online booker find a lower room rate elsewhere within 24 hours of making a reservation online, the hotel will not only match the lower rate but apply a further 10 per cent discount. The recently revamped Shangri-La website includes improved content, site navigation and special features, such as a new web booking engine with photos and virtual tours, making it easier for bookers to compare rates and room types, and make changes on dates, rates and personal preferences directly online.

Summer luxury at Al Raha Beach Hotel, Abu Dhabi
Al Raha Beach Hotel, Abu Dhabi’s first boutique resort, are showcasing the property to the regional and international markets for summer with a two-night, three-day, value-added package. The summer Mini-Break rates are Dh710 ($193) per person for a two-night package, based on double occupancy, Wednesday to Friday. The two night/three day package price is inclusive of a spacious Gulf view room, buffet breakfast, Friday Brunch and airport transfers.  The offer is valid until September 30, 2005. Summer Mini-Break guests also have access to the leisure facilities at the resort, including health club and spa, indoor and outdoor pools, gym, squash courts, water sports, kids playground.

Chill at your own exclusive lounge at Traders
Traders Hotel, Dubai lures regional travellers with the opportunity to “Chill out in their own exclusive lounge” this summer. The 4-star deluxe hotel is promoting special summer rates for its Traders Club rooms starting from Dh540++ per room per night. Traders Club facilities and privileges include private Club Floor check-in and check-out, exclusive lounge facilities, complimentary buffet breakfast, refreshments throughout the day, evening canapés and cocktails, newspaper, fresh fruit, suit pressing and shoe shine, purser service, WAP connectivity and use of the boardroom.

GF introduces special flights to Salalah and Mashad
Gulf Air is once more introducing daily flights to Salalah in Oman for the summer season. The airline has also added Mashad in Iran to its network. The promotion runs till September 14. As temperatures soar in the UAE, Salalah provides welcome respite from the oppressive heat. Salalah provides the ideal getaway for a long weekend or a family holiday. As an alternative, Gulf Air is also introducing its first daily service to historic Mashad, in Iran, a unique musical tradition and home of exquisite carpets and saffron.

Attractive packages at Golden Tulip, Khasab
Located in one of the most spectacular natures in the Middle East, Khasab, Sultanate of Oman, the Golden Tulip Khasab Hotel and Resort offers 60 beautifully decorated guest rooms and suites, all benefiting from sea and mountain views. It is the ideal hotel for relaxation far away from the city, and also for those who practice diving. This summer, the hotel has introduced several new attractive packages for their guests including an introduction to diving package, two nights diving package, dhow cruise package, four days open water course, resort package, tour package, fishing package. All packages include stay in a deluxe sea view room, a guided tour to the historical fort of Khasab and dinner by the pool or at Dibba restaurant.

Upto 70 pc discount at Al Bustan
The Al Bustan Rotana Hotel Dubai is offering an exceptional 50 to 70 per cent summer discount on single and double occupancy rooms from July 1 to August 31. Also by dining in any of the Al Bustan Rotana hotel’s award winning restaurants, guest can receive a gift voucher of 30 per cent of their bill, redeemable on ther next visit during lunchtime. The Club offers message and aromatherapy treatments, a temperature-controlled swimming pool, saunas, a Jacuzzi and more.