Flying with Emirates? You'll want to hold on to your boarding pass

Passengers flying to or through Dubai with Emirates this winter can use their boarding pass for discounts on dining, shopping, sightseeing and more

The Emirates Pass gives travellers who fly with Emirates access to discounts and special offers across Dubai. Courtesy Emirates 
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Emirates has relaunched its seasonal Emirates Pass — a money-saving promotion that offers passengers flying with the Dubai airline access to discounts across the UAE.

What is the Emirates Pass? 

Running from now until Tuesday, March 31, the Emirates Pass gives Emirates passengers discounts and promotional prices at more than 500 places across the country.

All passengers need to do is show their boarding pass — in paper or electronic format — along with a valid form of identification at any of the participating outlets.

Offers can be used more than once and several of the outlets — especially those included in the dining offers — allow boarding pass holders to extend the discount to guests.

Sightseeing for less 

The Emirates Pass gives travellers up to half price on many of the UAE’s must-visit attractions. From discounted tickets at Dubai’s first resident live show to half price rounds of golf.

Travellers can get 28 per cent off the Snow Classic standard entry package at Ski Dubai in Mall of the Emirates. This includes entry to the ice cave, snowplow playground, climbing wall, bobsled runs, snow bumpers, sliding hill and zorbing arena, plus a chairlift ride and one mountain thriller ride per person.

If theatre is more your thing, then La Perle by Dragone is a must-visit. Dubai’s only permanent show, this aqua theatre plays host to a huge cast of dancers, acrobatics, actors, bikers and entertainers. Emirates pass holders can get 20 per cent discount on silver tickets, 18 per cent discount on gold tickets and 22 per cent discount on platinum tickets when booking through the box office at Al Habtoor City.

In CityWalk, use your Emirates Pass to get 20 per cent off the gate admission price at Hub Zero. This indoor theme park has thrill-seeking rides, climbing zones and more. Just across the road, Green Planet is also worth a visit to see sloths, toucans, spiders, iguanas and more. There's also 20 per cent off entry prices here.

Golf aficionados will want to book a tee time at The Track at Meydan Golf. There's a 50 per cent discount on night golf rack rates, with tee times from 4pm, seven days a week. There's also a half price offer on the 18-hole rack rate with tee times all day from Sunday to Thursday. And if you're in need of gear, you can rent clubs or shoes with a 50 per cent discount.

And when it comes the theme parks, head to Dubai Parks and Resorts with your Emirates boarding pass to get 20 per cent off ticket prices. Take your pick from Legoland, Legoland Waterpark, Bollywood or Motiongate.

Retail therapy

My Emirates Pass holders can get discounted shopping at Bloomingdales, The Dubai Mall. Courtesy flickr
My Emirates Pass holders can get discounted shopping at Bloomingdales, The Dubai Mall. Courtesy flickr

When it comes to shopping, Emirates Pass holders can get up to 30 per cent off at various stores across the country.

Bloomingdale's is offering up to 15 per cent discounts for Emirates pass holders on selected products throughout the department store in The Dubai Mall.

Retail therapy can be found at Nine West, Ugg, Charles and Keith, Spring and Dune London. Each of these footwear stores is offering Emirates boarding pass holders discounts of up to 25 per cent at stores in the UAE (excluding outlet stores).

Dining deals

With so many restaurants to choose from in Dubai, deciding where to eat can sometimes be overwhelming. Use the Emirates Pass to narrow down the choice and avail of some decent discounts at the same time.

Snow-loving travellers can dine at Apres where Mediterranean inspired dishes are served overlooking the slopes of Ski Dubai. The restaurant gives Emirates Pass holders 20 per cent off the total bill.

Classic Italian dining is to be found at Raffles Hotel's Solo Italian Restaurant & Bar. The offer includes 20 per cent discount on the total bill (for up to four people including the boarding pass holder) and the menu is packed with home-made-inspired dishes.

Fine-dining Indian style can be found at The Canvas Hotel Dubai — Mgallery. Head to Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor, India’s biggest celebrity chef, for artistically-plated meals and 30 per cent of the total bill.

The popular Miss Tess at Taj Hotel does Asian Street food inspired dining with a modern twist. The menus spans noodles, dim sum, BBQ, sushi and more, and all Emirates boarding pass holders get 30 per cent off the total bill for one or two people.

Escape the chaos of the city with a visit to Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club where there's multiple food and beverage offers to be found. Dine in style with 25 per cent off dishes at The Boardwalk or Case de Tapas or go for something more casual at Jones the Grocer or QD's. Sundowners at Ceielo's with its views of the creek are a must and you'll get 25 per cent off the total bill too.

Tick the world's tallest building of your bucket list by booking dinner at At.mosphere in the Burj Khalifa, where you'll get 20 per cent off your total bill.

Dine in the world's tallest building at At.mosphere where Emirates Pass holders will also get discounts this winter. Courtesy At.mosphere
Dine in the world's tallest building at At.mosphere where Emirates Pass holders will also get discounts this winter. Courtesy At.mosphere

The Palace Downtown is offering Emirates boarding pass holders 50 per cent off afternoon tea at Al Bayt or 50 per cent off the entire bill at its signature restaurants, which include Asado, Buhayra Lounge, Thiptara and Ewaan.

And the dining discounts aren’t only in Dubai.

At the Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah you can get 20 per cent off at Marjan Restaurant or Camelia Lounge. In Ajman, the Oberoi Beach Resort Al Zorah is offering 15 per cent off fine-dining at Vinesse Restaurant and several of the outlets at the Intercontinental Fujairah Resort have a 25 per cent discount on dining bills. Not to be forgotten, Citymax Hotel Sharjah is giving 30 per cent off at the Sizzling Wok in the country’s cultural capital.

Cut-price pampering

For travellers seeking relaxation there’s plenty of pampering offers to choose across many of the UAE’s world-class hotels.

The Spa at the Address Boulevard in Downtown Dubai is encouraging travellers to try a traditional Arabian hammam treatment. Boarding pass holders and one guest, can get 50 per cent off any spa or hammam treatment.

Escape to The Spa at Address Montgomerie in Emirates Hills to avail of 30 per cent discount on spa treatments. Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa is offering 30 per cent discount on treatments lasting longer than 60 minutes. All treatments also include access to the hotel’s spa swimming pool, cold and hot therapy rooms and health club facilities.

The Away Spa at W Dubai — The Palm offers guests the wow factor alongside some excellent spa therapies. My Emirates Pass holders can get 20 per cent off on selected spa treatments for themselves plus up to nine other guests. Treat a loved one to a pampering session at the swish Armani Hotel in the Burj Khalifa. Armani/Spa has a buy one get one free offer on 80-minute treatments.

For anyone seeking a nail touch up, NStyle Beauty Lounge in Nakheel Mall is giving travellers 20 per cent discount on their total bill when presenting an Emirates boarding pass.

If you'd rather unwind with a pool day, head out of town to the Waldorf Astoria in Ras Al Khaimah where boarding pass holders can get 50 per cent off on day passes to the beach and pool. Marjan Island Resort in Ras Al Khaimah also has a great day pass deal where guests can get access to the beach, health club, indoor and outdoor pool for Dh150, inclusive of a lunch buffet.

In Fujariah, you can get 15 per cent off pool and beach access at the Intercontinental Fujairah Resort with great views of the Hajar mountains.