NCT&H rolls out special deals

The Dannat Jebel Dhanna Resort ... discounts on advance purchase

THE National Corporation for Tourism & Hotels (NCT&H) is rolling out special offers at properties managed by Danat Hotels & Resorts, its upscale hotel division which boasts a portfolio of four- and five-star hotels in the UAE.

The offers from NCT&H include discounts of up to 25 per cent on advance purchase at select Danat hotels.

Meanwhile its newly refurbished five-star Al Raha Beach Hotel is further expanding its facilities and services to cater to an increase in the number of leisure guests at the resort.


Al Raha Beach Hotel, operated by Danat Hotels & Resorts, is just a ten-minute drive from Abu Dhabi International Airport.

The hotel says that its growing leisure client base now accounts for 35 per cent of its business.

Following the completion of a multi-million dollar extension, including a new wing with 144 deluxe rooms and suites, the hotel has added beach activities, opened a new restaurant and expanded its Body & Soul Spa with more refinements on the drawing board.

Wanasah or the fun place, is a 50-seater restaurant and café that takes the popular Ramadan-tent concept permanently inside. With a main area and three separate dining rooms, Wanasah is popular with local residents and overseas guests alike.

Open Saturday to Wednesday from 3 pm until midnight and Thursday and Friday from 4 pm until 2 am, Wanasah offers extensive menus of Arabic food and beverages including local specialities.

Christof Martin Egli heads up the food and beverage operations of the hotel. “Given Christof’s affinity with the region, Wanasah is really pulling in local and GCC clients and is something of a culinary tourism experience for our guests from further afield, who also enjoy the introduction of the Arabian night every Monday in our Black Pearl outlet where an oud player performs, ” says Diana Ancuta, the hotel’s director of sales and marketing.

Outside, on its 900-m private beach, kayak and pedallo hire have been added to the resort offerings.

The spa now has four treatment rooms – a couples room having been added – and a whole new treatment menu exclusively using the UK products of Eve Taylor, the founder of the Institute of Clinical Aromatherapy. One new treatment featured is a special massage for pregnant women.

Spa guests also get to use the indoor swimming pool and its surrounding, quiet relaxation area that has been totally refurnished.

“We are planning to completely renovate the aqua-medic facility, which has been closed for some time and which, on refurbishment, will include a traditional hammam,” adds Ancuta.


The Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort meanwhile, is offering a special advance purchase deal for travellers. Guests who book their stay at the hotel 14 days in advance can save up to 25 per cent on room rates.

Payments would be required in full at the time of making the booking and the reservation would be non-refundable. Modifications to the reservation are also not permitted.

This five-star beach property offers a blend of Arabian hospitality and stunning surroundings, making it the perfect choice for weekend getaways, a romantic break or a family holiday. Located on the western coast of Abu Dhabi between the desert and the Arabian Gulf, it overlooks 800 m of pristine private beach.

The resort offers its guests a wide variety of dining and entertainment options, and a host of recreational facilities including tennis, squash and numerous water sports facilities.

Sands Hotel, another Danat property, is also offering up to 25 per cent on the best available rates. Ideally located in the heart of Abu Dhabi city, the hotel is considered one of the best downtown hotels for value and service. It is just a short drive from the city’s international airport, shopping district and public beach and offers convenient, daily free shuttle transfers.


Tilal Liwa Hotel, managed by Danat Hotels & Resorts, is located at the edge of the majestic Rub Al Khali desert. This acclaimed destination is a cherished secret among four-star UAE hotels. This property affords sheer solitude in a stunning desert hideaway resort, mixing authentic Arabian hospitality in a relaxing environment.

A Danat Weekend Escape package starts from Dh599 ($163) per night for a Tilal room with desert view, and includes buffet breakfast for two, a fruit basket on arrival and free wi-fi access in the room.

The package allows guests to use the hotel’s recreational facilities such as the steam and sauna rooms and the swimming pool for free. While there, guests can experience Arabian high-tea at the traditional Arabian tents overlooking the oasis.

Tilal Liwa Hotel is said to be an ideal destination for families and friends looking for weekend getaway. The hotel’s desert activities include dune driving, quad biking, camel riding, sightseeing visits to the camel farms, camel race arena, sand boarding, desert walking sessions, barbecue parties, live music and kids’ activities add excitement to the getaway.

The promotional weekend rate is offered to all GCC residents. Children below five years of age eat free and children aged from 6 to 12 get a 50 per cent discount on buffet meals. A maximum of two children below 12 years can stay in the room on existing bedding. This offer is valid until May 31 this year.

NCT&H was formed in 1996 to develop tourism and commerce in the UAE, especially the capital, Abu Dhabi.