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  • Emirates has issued special fares in business and economy class to over 70 destinationsImage Credit: Emirates
  • Global Village is now offering VIP packs for its forthcoming seasonImage Credit: Global Village
  • Mafraq Hotel's offering special packages for the September 19 Tom Jones ConcertImage Credit: Mafraq Hotels
  • Royal Caribbean International is calling families to take a European vacation with its Kids Tour Free offerImage Credit: Royal Caribbean Cruises
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Emirates issues special fares

Emirates has issued special fares in business and economy class to over 70 destinations. Book by September 12 for travel between September 22 and January 31, 2014.Tickets from Dubai to Europe start from Dh1,795 in economy and Dh7,715 in business. From Dubai to India, fares start at Dh1,195 in economy and Dh 3,845 in business. Prices from Dubai to elsewhere in the Middle East start from Dh855, while tickets to the Asia Pacific begin at Dh2,205. For more information log on to

Etihad's family-friendly offerings

Travelling with little ones and need a rest? Etihad is now offering a Flying Nanny, a dedicated child-care assistance programme onboard and on the ground to provide families with an extra helping hand when travelling with children on all long-haul flights. The Etihad Flying Nannies are cabin crew members dressed in a distinguishable bright orange apron. They will begin assisting from the boarding gate, all the way until the family is seated on the aircraft, help onboard with preparation of bassinets for babies, look after unaccompanied minors and allow you to enjoy your nap, meal or entertainment. For more information on Etihad’s family friendly offerings, log on to

Global Village VIP packs

Global Village is now offering VIP packs for its forthcoming season. The pack includes a VIP car pass, valet parking tickets, VIP entry ticket and fantasy island tickets. Starting at Dh10,000, the packages come in three categories. They will be on sale until October 3 at Global Village and Virgin Megastores. For more information call 04-3624114.

Royal Caribbean takes kids free to Europe

Royal Caribbean International is calling families to take a European vacation with its Kids Tour Free offer. Make a new reservation for a 2014 Royal Caribbean Europe cruise and get free shore excursions for kids 12 and under when two adults in the same stateroom book the same excursion. All you need to do is purchase the cruise from until September 30 and can book the shore excursion until December 15.

Onboard activities include Flowrider surf simulator and rock climbing wall to a Broadway show. Cruises include seven-night itineraries from Venice to Greek Isles and Turkey; from Barcelona or Rome (Civitavecchia), to the Mediterranean and from Southampton to Scandinavia and Russia.

On Liberty of the Seas guests can enjoy the DreamWorks Experience, featuring parades, themed activities and events based on DreamWorks Animation’s popular feature-film characters, including Po of Kung Fu Panda, Shrek, Fiona and Puss In Boots of Shrek; and Alex the Lion and Gloria the Hippo from Madagascar.

Shore excursions include visits to the Tivoli Gardens and Theme Park in Copenhagen, Denmark ; and a family bike tour in Dubrovnik, Croatia, to learning how to make authentice Italina pizza in Sorrento, or experiencing a Russian folk-art tradition at a hands-on Matryoshka doll workshop in St. Petersburg.

For more information or to make reservations log on to or call 04-3314299.

Mafraq Hotel package

If you’re headed for Tom Jones’ concert on September 19, check-in to Mafraq Hotel Abu Dhabi. The package, starting from Dh399, includes overnight stay in a deluxe double room (single or double occupancy) and Mediterranean breakfast for two, transport to the concert and 20 per cent discount on food and beverages at the hotel’s outlets. Log on to or call 02-6596666 or write to

Eurail discount on Italy passes

Until October 31, Eurail Group is offering a 20 per cent discount off the regular price of its Eurail Italy passes in both first and second class for adult, child and youth, including saver passes (group discounts). The pass provides an option to select from three to ten travel days within a two-month period and needs to be activated for travel within six months of purchase. For more information log on to

Turkish Airways offers 50 per cent discount

To celebrate its 80th anniversary, Turkish Airlines is offering up to 50 per cent off for passengers from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar as part of its Istanbul Campaign. The promotional return airfares can be booked from Saudi Arabia from September 12 until October 19 and from September 19 to October 19 from UAE, Qatar and Kuwait, valid for travel to and from Istanbul between November 1 and March 13, 2014. For more information log on to