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The best New Year celebrations come with great food and better company. Here’s a look at some staycations in the UAE that will mean a relaxed weekend where you can laze and have fun with the entire family – without breaking the bank. (Please be advised that the rates are as per the hotel’s websites at the time of writing and are subject to change by the establishment.)
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An hour away from Dubai, Rixos Bab Al Bahr in Ras Al Khaimah, which overlooks a stunning UAE coastline, is offering an all-inclusive staycation that comes with views of Al Marjan Island and the glitter of fireworks in the evening. Rates start at Dh1,200.
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Want to go with the whole family but terrified by the thought of carrying all those toys to keep your kids occupied? We’ve got you covered. Head to Dubai Festival City for packages that include a fully appointed Toys R Us suite with toys, essentials and educational products. Oh, and you get a shopping voucher with a 30 per cent discount on dining at Festival City Mall. Rates start at Dh499 per night.
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If you are in Abu Dhabi, you can take a break with a minimal bend of budget by staying at the Novotel Abu Dhabi Gate, which is located near Yas Island, Ferrari World and Warner Bros. Contact the hotel for more information.
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Fairmont Fujairah will give you a relaxed start to the New Year. The ocean-viewed resort also offers vistas of the majestic Al Hajar Mountains. Plus, there are activities to keep the whole family engaged – they range from mountain hiking to sunrise yoga; a Little Sailors Kids Club; and the Lava Beach Club. Contact the hotel for more information.
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Love your fireworks? Head to Ajman for two bonanzas – at midnight two shows will light up the sky. Bahi Ajman Palace hotel offers a great view of the events and an on-site spa, and a huge buffet dinner on New Year’s Eve is included when you stay at the hotel. Prices start at Dh1,000.
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In the mood for indulgence? Try Zabeel House by Jumeirah, The Greens, in Dubai. Besides a 20 per cent off on room rates, with their packages you get 30 per cent off on spa treatments at Native Club and an exclusive rate of Dh75 per person to access Wild Wadi Waterpark.
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At Vida Creek Harbour, you get to stay at the heart of the city but with stunning views of the harbor and a backdrop of the steel giants of Downtown Dubai. Their ‘Live at the Creek’ offer puts you near Creek Beach, Creek Marina and the Ras Al Kor Wildlife Sanctuary. Prices start at Dh214 per night.
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If you really want to immerse yourself in the culture, head to the Kingfisher Retreat, an eco-focused site in the Sharjah enclave of Kalba. There are 20 tents, each with its own private pool, communal spaces where fresh food is served daily and fire pits around which you can sit with family under a bright moon-lit night. The views boast vistas of the Indian Ocean, mangroves and a large variety of birds. There are walking trails too – so you can get started on that fitness resolution real quick. Rates start at Dh4,500 for a sea view tent, which includes all meals.
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