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Heading to Dubai or Abu Dhabi? Get discounts at Jumeirah properties with isme

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If you are tempted by the current ‘25% off Avios redemptions to the Middle East’ promotion or Etihad’s sale fare of £1,179 in Business Class to Abu Dhabi, this offer will be of interest.

Jumeirah is the Dubai-based hotel group which owns some of the most luxurious beach hotels in Dubai, including the iconic Burj Al Arab, Madinat Jumeirah and (slightly less luxurious) Jumeirah Beach Hotel.

Jumeirah has an existing loyalty programme called Sirius.  isme is different.  It is an app-based discount programme focussed on the Jumeirah properties in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

If you are heading to a Jumeirah hotel in Dubai or Abu Dhabi – or simply travelling in the region and want to eat or use the beach at a Jumeirah property, or visit the Wild Wadi water park – you would be crazy not to download the isme app.  You will receive:

10% discount on food and beverage at Jumeirah-run restaurants (confusingly, this includes Jumeirah-run restaurants outside their hotels, such as The Ivy in Dubai, but excludes independent outlets in their own resorts)

10% discount on room bookings based on Best Available Rate

10% off selected spa and leisure bookings

15% off Wild Wadi waterpark access

You will also receive a set of ‘seasonal welcome rewards’ when you enrol.  These are only valid for three months, however, so you may want to delay joining until nearer your trip.

More interesting, however, is the premium version of the isme app.  This costs a scary Dhs 4,900 for 12 months of membership, which at the current exchange rate works out at exactly £1,000.

isme Jumeirah

You may have already dismissed this as a crazy idea.  However, if you know how much you pay at peak times for hotels in Dubai the benefits start to look pretty good value.

You receive:

20% discount on food and beverage at Jumeirah-run restaurants (confusingly, this includes Jumeirah-run restaurants outside their hotels, such as The Ivy in Dubai, but excludes independent outlets in their own resorts)

25% discount on room bookings based on Best Available Rate

20% off selected spa and leisure bookings

35% off Wild Wadi waterpark access

The key here is the room discount.  At peak times, such as Easter or October half term, you need to pay at least £500 per night to get through the door of a Jumeirah beach property.   The 25% discount would save you £875 on a 7-night stay.  (Arguably, as the free app saves you 10%, the real incremental discount is only £525).

If you paying more than £500 per night, or you stay more than seven nights over the course of a year, you can easily cover your £1,000 with this benefit.

There are other benefits too for the £1,000 tier for your first year only:

A free night at any beachside hotel

A free night at any UAE city hotel

Two executive lounge access vouchers

Two room upgrade vouchers

Two beach day passes

Four Wild Wadi passes

Free dinner at Nomad for two

Free lunch for two at participating restaurants

Free afternoon tea for two at Madinat Jumeirah

Free afternoon tea for two at Jumeirah Beach Hotel

VIP table reservation and free food platter at Beach Lounge

VIP table reservation and free bottle of house spirit at 360

…. and numerous other 2-4-1 or ‘free drink when dining’ deals

The free meals are worthwhile given the cost of food in Dubai.  The free hotel rooms are especially valuable and could possibly be used to book-end your stay to save money.  If you have a 9am flight, check out the previous day and move to another Jumeirah hotel for the last night.

isme certainly isn’t for everyone, but if you heading down to the Middle East it is worth a look.  Even if you are staying elsewhere, it can get you a discount at Wild Wadi and any Jumeirah restaurants you visit.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

Comments (35)

  • Ryan says:

    I spoke to them about IsMe and got a special offer working out to be £800. Very tempting!

  • Pablo says:

    Perfect timing for me but slightly confused if this is even a good deal..

    The free membership gives you 10% off the ‘best price available’ rate which therefore seems to mean you can’t take advantage of the Jumeirah Flavours half board offer?

    Anybody know if it’s possible to book the best available rate (using the isme discount) and then add on the summer flavours package?

    • Rob says:

      Email – they are very amenable and answered some questions I had (and they didn’t know I was writing about it).

      • Northern lad says:

        Very amenable and will both discount and extend the year.
        You can book multiple rooms at the discounted rate and the food/beverage discount is good for up to 12 people.
        Both the mrs and I have signed up and will extract far greater value than £800 (each).
        A further free room is available if you manage to spend £8K (at current exchange rates) on elite – this doesn’t include room rates.

    • Pablo says:

      Emailed them and got a response that jumeirah flavours package cannot be combined with other offers. However, an upgrade to half board is available for 200 AED per person per day, for use only in selected restuaraunts rather than the flavours range.

      Gone with the visasummer offer instead which is 25% off!

  • Swissy says:

    The Elite offer only seems available by redemption now – 57,400 Sirius points !

    Can’t see the purchase price now

    • Rob says:

      Hmmm. Need to call them, didn’t get round to doing it yet. I do have the points but this is a very poor use of them – unless the cash option is withdrawn, in which case (due to the savings) it would be a good use!

      Website seems to have disappeared as well despite still being listed on Facebook.