If you are looking to visit Dubai or one of the Emirates of the UAE but would prefer an all-inclusive resort it can be a little tricky to find what you’re looking for. Unlike many premium holiday destinations, the UAE has never specialised in all-inclusive holidays and in Dubai and Abu Dhabi especially there is a fairly limited selection of AI options available. However, if it is important to you there are some great hotels to opt for – it’s just about knowing where to look.
Movenpick Ibn Battuta Gate, Dubai
One of the best value all-inclusive options anywhere in Dubai, Movenpick Ibn Battuta Gate is a little way outside the city centre; a ten minute drive from Dubai Marina. The hotel doesn’t sit directly on a beach but it does boast its own Oceana Beach Club – a short complimentary transfer away. There’s unrestricted dining across eight restaurants and bars as well as unlimited alcoholic drinks served from noon (non-alcoholic are served all day).
With a chic rooftop pool on site as well as a modern fitness centre, the hotel has everything you need to enjoy an unforgettable holiday. It’s around 40 minutes from the heart of the city but has a range of malls and attractions closer if you don’t fancy the journey into town.
JA Jebel Ali Beach Hotel, Dubai
Enjoying an excellent beachside location close to the Palm Jebel Ali, this five-star resort is a great fun holiday experience. The hotel includes free access to the JA Wibit Water Park, a floating obstacle course sitting in the gulf waters.
The all-inclusive restaurant is Ibn Majed and it offers buffets, international cuisine and themed nights to ensure you enjoy a range of different foods. You can also indulge in unlimited drinks including international brand wines, spirits and cocktails. The hotel additionally boasts a gym, spa, tennis courts, badminton courts and croquet lawn.
Fujairah Rotana Resort & Spa, Fujairah
Set against an impressive mountainous backdrop, Fujairah Rotana has a gorgeous beach on the Gulf of Oman. Unlike the busy Dubai, Fujairah has a relaxed and laid-back lifestyle – ideal for a quiet beach holiday. With family-friendly facilities alongside a spa, beauty lounge and watersports centre, the hotel has something for everyone.
The all-inclusive is a little restrictive – meals are limited to the buffet restaurant with only a supplement available for dining elsewhere. Nevertheless the prices are very affordable for such a high quality property.
Radisson Blu Resort, Fujairah
Another option in Fujairah is the five-star Radisson Blu Resort. Enjoying a prime location on a lovely private beach with views over the Gulf of Oman and the Hajar Mountains, the resort is perfect for couples, groups and families looking to enjoy the sunshine of the UAE.
Unlike most of the all-inclusive hotels in the UAE, Radisson Blu offers two different dining options – the buffet at Breeze restaurant or the set menu at Al Nokhada which specialises in Arabic cuisine.
The Cove Rotana, Ras Al Khaimah
Sitting in Ras Al Khaimah, The Cove Rotana shows off a different side of the UAE. On a quiet beach, this charming resort is around an hour and a half from Dubai International Airport and boasts great watersports and plenty of opportunities for family fun.
Similarly to other UAE all-inclusive resorts, The Cove’s package only includes the buffet restaurant for your meals. But with a varied menu this is no problem at all.
Al Raha Beach Hotel, Abu Dhabi
If you’re looking for all-inclusive luxury at the heart of Abu Dhabi, Al Raha Beach Hotel is a great choice. With its own private beach, you can look forward to a relaxed holiday that you’ll enjoy whether you’re travelling as a couple or a family. It’s convenient for seeing Abu Dhabi too; just a short drive from Yas Island and the international airport.
This article was provided by Oliver Williams, an independent content writer who works with a range of companies across the travel sector including Penguin Car Hire which offers affordable car hire in United Arab Emirates.