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Middle East

Travel challenge: A post-Ramadan break in Dubai

Every week we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a specified holiday. Today: a five-night break for two in Dubai, departing on 14 October, including flights, transfers and breakfast.

Hayes & Jarvis

£1,598: Habtoor Grand Resort & Spa, Jumeirah Beach, with Emirates flights from Heathrow. "Not only does the Habtoor Grand boast a great location adjacent to Dubai Marina on Jumeirah Beach, but the five-star resort also offers a range of facilities including spa facilities, an open-air infinity pool on the 25th floor, large private beach and choice of 13 restaurants and bars," says Glenn McCool of Hayes & Jarvis. (0871 664 0246; hayesandjarvis.com)

Thomas Cook Signature

£1,578: Novotel Deira City Centre, Dubai City, with Emirates flights from Gatwick. "The Novotel Deira City Centre is perfectly located to allow those on a short break to make the most of Dubai's fast-paced lifestyle. The hotel's outdoor swimming pool, lounge bar and evening entertainment meanwhile provide the ideal retreat after a busy day in the nearby souks or shopping district," says a spokesperson. (0844 879 8015; tcsignature.com)


£1,449: Desert Palm, Arabian Ranches, with Qatar Airways flights from Gatwick via Doha. "Set amid an exclusive polo estate, the boutique Desert Palm is a chic retreat," says Nikki Davies of Trailfinders. "Guests can enjoy the innovative Lime Spa and the infinity pool. During polo season (Oct - May) you can even join in on the field. This offer includes a free 30-minute jet lag massage for two." (0845 050 5871; trailfinders.com)