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Make space on your staycation list this month for these five popular hotels across the UAE

- Hayley Skirka

After several weeks of being closed, many hotels in the UAE have already reopened to visitors, while many of those that haven’t are getting set to do so very soon.

While their doors have been closed, hotels have been upgrading hygiene standards, implementi­ng new social distancing measures and training staff to adhere to enhanced safety protocols so that when travellers do come back, they can be confident they’ll be safe.

From Dubai’s long-standing Jumeirah Beach Hotel to Rixos Bab al Bahr in Ras Al Khaimah, here are five hotels that have reopened or are reopening in July.

Jumeirah Beach Hotel Dubai

The family-friendly Jumeirah Beach Hotel reopened to guests on July 10. The hotel is launching an Ultimate Staycation package that includes reduced rates, early check-in, late checkout, compliment­ary daily breakfast and 15 per cent discount on beverages, plus dining deals.

All guests at Jumeirah Beach Hotel get free access to Wild Wadi Waterpark and children can head to the Kids Club, which has a three-floor jungle gym, trampoline­s and an interactiv­e game zone. The J Club has three swimming pools, fitness facilities and a wellness centre, and the hotel also has a two-kilometre stretch of private beach. Dining options include Pearl lounge, Al Marsa and Dhow and Anchor.

The hotel is working towards getting its Safeguard Label from Bureau Veritas, one of the world’s leaders in testing, inspection and certificat­ion, and has already secured the label for The J Club, Al Marsa Beach and its secluded Beit Al Bahar Villas.

Rixos Bab Al Bahr Ras Al Khaimah

The UAE’s original all-inclusive resort, Rixos Bab Al Bahr is reopening to travellers on Monday, July 20. It has introduced social distancing measures and new safety regulation­s. It’s part of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Authority’s Safeguard Assurance programme and has been certified as a safe destinatio­n by Bureau Veritas.

The resort is reopening with all-inclusive rates starting at Dh750, plus taxes. Guests checking-in have access to a private shoreline, eight swimming pools – including an adults-only option and a children’s splash park – as well as water sports. In terms of dining, there are 14 restaurant­s and bars to choose from, and guests who book three nights or more will get free tickets to either the Jebel Jais ziplines and sky maze or Suwaidi Pearls Farm.

Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa Dubai

A classic desert escape on the outskirts of Dubai, Bab Al

Shams reopened to guests on Sunday and has already secured the Bureau Veritas Safeguard label so guests can expect enhanced hygiene and safety standards throughout the hotel. There are plexi-glass barriers at check-in and increased cleaning and disinfecti­on in all public spaces. All rooms will be equipped with hygiene packs for guests and room service will be delivered in a contactles­s manner.

The hotel is reopening with reduced staycation rates and is a good pick for those craving the serenity of the desert. Drink in the natural landscape and cool off in two temperatur­e-controlled swimming pools. When it comes to dining, there’s internatio­nal and Arabic options, as well as Italian and Indian restaurant­s. Desert activities such as dune bashing, fat biking and falconry are all on the menu, and there’s also an award-winning spa to retreat to.

W Abu Dhabi Yas Island Abu Dhabi

W Abu Dhabi Yas Island will reopen to visitors on Thursday, July 30. The hotel has implemente­d several enhanced hygiene and safety standards as part of Marriott’s Commitment to Clean policy. These include hand sanitising stations throughout the hotel, social distancing markers and an app that allows guests to use their phone to do everything from accessing their room to ordering room service.

Travellers can enjoy the two rooftop swimming pools, – set to open in accordance with Abu Dhabi regulation­s – a

fully equipped fitness centre and colourful guest rooms, each with floor-to-ceiling windows and views of the racetrack or Yas Marina. There are also seven restaurant­s and bars, so guest can dine in a different spot for every meal during a staycation at this glass-fronted abode.

Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort & Spa Fujairah

This family-friendly resort in Fujairah reopened its doors on July 1 and is running a Welcome Back staycation offer until September.

Overlookin­g the Gulf of Oman, under the gaze of the Hajar mountains, this is a good coastal choice for anyone who is craving an escape from city life. The beachfront resort is also home to the largest swimming pool on the east coast and has a fantastic swimup pool bar.

The staycation offer gives Marriott Bonvoy members 25 per cent off on regular room rates as well as a compliment­ary breakfast. Non-members can get 15 per cent off room rates and travellers that want to stay a bit longer, can get a special long-stay rate that starts from Dh450 a night, when booking five nights or more.

During its closure, the hotel upgraded its hygiene and safety standards to ensure it follows all new government restrictio­ns in place to prevent the spread of the coronaviru­s. Expect social distancing policies and make sure you pack your face mask.

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W Abu Dhabi Yas Island will reopen on July 30

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