Unique deal allows Saffas to travel from the airport to the city of Dubai on the cheap

2018-09-27 18:00 - Gabi Zietsman
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If you're visiting Dubai anytime soon, your South African passport will get you discounts on the trip from the airport.

Emirates and Uber are partnering up to give visitors to Dubai from certain countries, including South Africa, the chance to get discounted airport trips from 26 September to 10 December.

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Other countries included in the deal are Australia, Egypt, France and Saudi Arabia.

But what do you need to do to get the special deal? 

  • Travellers will need to book an Emirates Economy Flex or Economy Flex Plus fare on flights from Australia, Egypt, France, Saudi Arabia, and South Africa to Dubai via the Emirates website, during the promotional period.
  • Economy Flex Plus travellers will get one free ride from Dubai International Airport to anywhere in Dubai up to the value of AED 120 (about R464 at R3,87/AED).
  • Economy Flex passengers will get 50% off one ride from the airport to anywhere in Dubai up to the value of AED 60 (about R232). 

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You could also use this offer to take a jaunt around the city on a long lay-over before you jet off to your next destination.

“We are pleased to announce our partnership with Uber, which will now offer our passengers travelling to Dubai a seamless travel experience and smooth arrival in Dubai, one of the most exciting cities in the world.  Emirates continues to look at evolving customer trends and we will continue to look at innovative ways to provide exceptional services with partners that offer an outstanding customer journey from end-to-end,” says Thierry Antinori, executive Vice President and COO for Emirates.

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But why should you visit Dubai?

What may have seemed only a dream destination is now within your reach – here are some ways for you to enjoy the sights and sounds of Dubai.

Do not resist the amazing attractions – Dubai Parks and Resorts is the first integrated resort destination in the region. It is home to three world-class theme parks and a water park, as well as Riverland Dubai, and Lapita Resort – a Polynesian-themed family resort. 

IMG Worlds of Adventure is the world’s largest temperature-controlled indoor themed entertainment destination in the world, covering an area more than 1.5 million square feet. With the capacity to welcome over 20 000 guests a day, the destination features a unique array of adrenaline-pumping roller coasters and thrilling attractions based on popular Cartoon Network characters, iconic Marvel superheroes, and sine-tingling dinosaurs.

SEE: Dubai: The land of plenty 

Journey back in time when you visit the Etihad Museum, which gives visitors a more detailed look into the UAE’s past. The newly opened museum explores the era before the country was founded.

No stay in Dubai is complete without visiting the tallest performing fountain in world, the Dubai Fountain, located in Downtown Dubai. At over 900 ft. in length, the Dubai Fountain has a unique design comprising five circles of varying sizes and two arcs, and features powerful water nozzles that shoot water up to impressive height – simply majestic!

Enjoy unique opportunity to learn about Emirati culture in a relaxed, casual, and open atmosphere at the iconic Jumeirah Mosque, one of only two mosques in Dubai that are open to non-Muslims. One of the most beautiful landmarks in Dubai, Jumeirah Mosque is large enough to hold up to 1,200 worshippers, and was built entirely from white stone in the medieval Fatimid tradition, with towering twin minarets framing a large central dome. Don’t forget your camera!

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