Tuesday, August 23, 2016

So this was how today's post was supposed to go - Dubai Hotels Are On Sale and Wild Wadi has a 25% discount if Paying By Visa

Irresistible! You'd think.

Have booked our flights for next week, before the munchkins go back to school. I thought I had a fabulous deal at Radisson Blu Downtown Dubai - a business class room for 4 nights inc. free massage, breakfast, nibbles and happy hour for KD 142. Or maybe it isn't? It seems there is no business/club lounge (why call a room a business class room if there is no business class lounge?), and no free massage (confusing Facebook offer). Is it me or was this misrepresented? 

So far, not so good.

Radisson Downtown Dubai hotel looks pretty impressive. Will let you know how it goes.

Sadly, the confusing Facebook offer of a free massage is not included in this business class rate you need to pay considerably more for the 'Free' massage. 

Regarding the massage it was explained to me that you have to book the 'Stay and Relax' deal to get the massage. Okay point taken; but seems a bit excessively priced for a 'free' massage so I'll pass on that one. 

You will notice that all the prices of Radisson's best rates are the same as Booking.com. I was assured that the Booking.com prices are exclusive of taxes and the Radisson website was cheaper. Hmmmmm.. So what are the AED 340 of estimated taxes added on by Radisson to the total. And WTH does 'estimated' mean? I am already wishing I had booked elsewhere, let's hope I'm wrong.

There are some absolute bargains for hotels in Dubai on Booking.com.

Wild Wadi Water Park

Wild Wadi Water Park Visa card discount is a whopping 25% discount. Woohoo! I think. Would be fabulous if I could get on the website to book it. Website down all day yesterday. Went to book today and can not see a Visa discount promo code anywhere in the check out. Have messaged but no response. Website down again. Starting to think this trip may be cursed.

Wild Wadi Waterpark it has to be done.

IMG's Worlds of Adventure 

Working on tickets for the opening of IMG's Worlds of Adventure which is the world's largest indoor theme park opening on 31st August. Except the website was also down for more than 12 hours. Finally sorted. Looking forward to this one.

Burj Khalifa

I managed to find a Groupon voucher for a trip up the Burj Khalifa (Yes UAE has Groupons always worth checking for discounts) the voucher includes fast track entry, a drink and a pastry for around KD 11 each. Hope my little ones can keep the pastry down. Note to self: bring plastic bag and dettol wipes.

Will keep working on the Wild Wadi tickets failing that we'll shall just have to queue on the day. 

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