UAE travellers visiting New Zealand can now stay at the new Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour.
UAE travellers visiting New Zealand can now stay at the new Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour.

Travel Deals: stay at Dwarika's in Kathmandu this Eid

This Eid, head to Nepal and stay at Dwarika's

Until September 15, Dwarika's Hotel, a Kathmandu institution, is offering three- and five-night packages at its luxurious and historic property. The three-night package, Kathmandu Charm, costs US$707 (Dh2,592) for two people sharing a double room. The price includes an airport pickup, three nights accommodation with breakfast, one Himalayan massage per person, a six-course dinner for two at Krishnarpan, the hotel's speciality Nepali restaurant, Wi-Fi and taxes. The five-night package, Spirited Sojourn, costs $1,093 (Dh4,015) for two people and includes all of the above with five nights' accommodation, daily yoga classes and lunch or dinner at one of the hotel's other restaurants. For more information and to book visit or call 00 977 1 447 9488.

Ramadan retreat or Eid indulgence in Dubai

Closer to home, take the family to the Ritz-Carlton DIFC this month. Families who book one night in a deluxe room will get a 50 per cent saving on a second room, either on the same night, or on the following night. The hotel is also offering a complimentary late check-out until 6pm and a 20 per cent discount on food and non-alcoholic beverages purchased in the restaurants. Prices from Dh1,152 per room including taxes for the first night. During Eid, make it an indulgent city break and get three nights' accommodation in a double room, daily breakfast, one complimentary dinner for two, one massage and one facial, plus a late check out until 6pm on the final day, from Dh1,710 per room per night including taxes. For more information visit or call 04 372 2555.

BA reduces prices to Europe and the US

After an expensive start to the summer for flights, British Airways has reduced fares to Europe, the United States and Canada for UAE residents. Discounted fares are available across all cabins for flights booked by August 11 for travel before December 31 this year. Fares to London start from Dh2,840 and flights to Canada start at Dh4,660 return. Visit for full offer details and to book.

A golf and spa holiday in Scotland

Golfers who also like to relax - or treat their wives - can take advantage of a range of special offers currently available at Gleneagles, one of the world's finest golf resorts, this summer. One night's accommodation with breakfast, full use of the club's facilities and one 80-minute spa treatment at the in-house Espa spa costs from £235 (Dh1,354) per person per night including taxes. Visit or call 00 44 176 466 2231.

A new standard for Auckland, New Zealand

UAE travellers visiting New Zealand can now stay at the new Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour. The hotel enjoys a waterfront location and boasts a luxury day spa in which to recover from jet lag. Visit to find out more.

The specs

Engine: 2-litre 4-cylinder
Power: 153hp at 6,000rpm
Torque: 200Nm at 4,000rpm
Transmission: 6-speed auto
Fuel consumption: 6.3L/100km
Price: Dh106,900
On sale: now


Director: Nikhil Nagesh Bhat

Starring: Lakshya, Tanya Maniktala, Ashish Vidyarthi, Harsh Chhaya, Raghav Juyal

Rating: 4.5/5


Director: Inas Halabi

Starring: Nijmeh Hamdan, Kamal Kayouf, Sheikh Najib Alou

Rating: 4/5


Name: SmartCrowd
Started: 2018
Founder: Siddiq Farid and Musfique Ahmed
Based: Dubai
Sector: FinTech / PropTech
Initial investment: $650,000
Current number of staff: 35
Investment stage: Series A
Investors: Various institutional investors and notable angel investors (500 MENA, Shurooq, Mada, Seedstar, Tricap)

Company Profile

Name: Direct Debit System
Started: Sept 2017
Based: UAE with a subsidiary in the UK
Industry: FinTech
Funding: Undisclosed
Investors: Elaine Jones
Number of employees: 8

SPECS: Polestar 3

Engine: Long-range dual motor with 400V battery
Power: 360kW / 483bhp
Torque: 840Nm
Transmission: Single-speed automatic
Max touring range: 628km
0-100km/h: 4.7sec
Top speed: 210kph
Price: From Dh360,000
On sale: September

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