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What sort of cookies does Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa use?
Generally, our cookies perform up to four different functions:
- Essential cookies
Some cookies are essential for the operation of our website. For example, some cookies allow us to identify subscribers and ensure they can access the subscription-only pages. If a subscriber chooses to disable these cookies, the user will not be able to access all of the content that a subscription entitles them to.
- Performance Cookies
We utilise other cookies to analyse how our visitors use our websites and to monitor website performance. This allows us to provide a high quality experience by customising our offering and quickly identifying and fixing any issues that arise. For example, we might use performance cookies to keep track of which pages are most popular, which method of linking between pages is most effective, and to determine why some pages are receiving error messages. We might also use these cookies to highlight articles or site services that we think will be of interest to you based on your usage of the website.
- Functionality Cookies
We use functionality cookies to allow us to remember your preferences. For example, cookies save you the trouble of typing in your username every time you access the site, and recall your customisation preferences, such as which regional edition of the website you want to see when you log in.
- Behaviourally Targeted Advertising Cookies
Can a website user block cookies?
As we’ve explained above, cookies help you to get the most out of our websites, however, if you do wish to disable our cookies then please follow the instructions below on how to disable them. Please remember that if you do choose to disable cookies, you may find that certain sections of our website do not work properly. You can easily remove any cookies that have been created in the cookie folder of your browser. For example, if you are on Windows machine, here are the steps on how to use Windows Explorer to erase cookie files:
- Click on 'Windows Explorer'
- Select the 'Search' button on the tool bar
- Enter “cookie” into the search box field for 'Folders and Files'
- Choose 'My Computer' in the 'Look In' drop down menu
- Click on 'Search Now'
- Select and open the folders that are retrieved
- Click to highlight any cookie file
- Click the 'Delete' key to erase the cookie file
If you don't have Windows Explorer, click the “Help” function on your “Start” button and enter “cookies” to search for information on how to locate the folder. There are a number of ways to manage cookies. If you use different computers in different locations you will need to ensure that each browser is adjusted to suit your cookie preferences.
Do we track whether users open our emails?
Our emails may contain a single, campaign-unique “web beacon pixel” to tell us whether our emails are opened and verify any clicks through to links or advertisements within the email. We may use this information for purposes including determining which of our emails are more interesting to users, to query whether users who do not open our emails wish to continue receiving them and to inform our advertisers in aggregate how many users have clicked on their advertisements. The pixel will be deleted when you delete the email. If you do not wish the pixel to be downloaded to your device, you should select to receive emails from us in plain text rather than HTML. For more about cookies please go to www.allaboutcookies.org