Save money on food, drink, pampering, shopping, sport fitness and more
Temperatures in Dubai may soar in the summer, but the prices keep getting lower. Chanelle Tourish rounds up the city’s best bargains and deals not to miss.
We all love a discount. Whether it’s a two for one meal deal or 50 percent off your drinks bill, it feels pretty good knowing you’ve saved a few dirhams. While there’s nothing quite like the feeling of getting to the checkout in the mall and being told by the sales assistant that you get ten percent off. If you’re anything like us, you’ll feel that surge of sheer happiness and the urge to shout ‘woo hoo’ at the top of your lungs. It’s also exactly how you’ll feel as you read on. The discounts available on food bills, low rates on personal training services and freebies for the kids this summer will make you feel like you’ve hit the jackpot…
Eating and drinking
Bottles Saturday at The Q This popular underground nightspot and sports bar screens football and cricket matches, while also hosting a regular rotation of comedy, quizzes, karaoke and salsa. From June, get 25 percent off premium and regular bottles. Sat noon-2am. From June 1. Ongoing. The Q, Holiday Inn Dubai – Al Barsha, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 323 4333).
Buy one get one free main course at Ciao Ristorante If you buy one main course at Ciao Ristorante, you’ll get the second one free. The menu includes pasta and risotto dishes, meat dishes and fish. Daily 6.30pm-11.30pm. Ongoing. Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort, The Walk, JBR (04 399 5533).
Sushi lovers, head to East Kitchen for an all-you-can-eat deal excluding drinks. Dhs99 per person. Valid Saturdays. Until June 30. Al Seef Tower, Cluster U, JLT (04 422 6929).
Eat for free at Grand Millennium Dubai Guests who book a room at Grand Millennium Dubai over the summer months can take advantage of the ‘Eat For Free’ promotion by receiving a complimentary breakfast and lunch or dinner. Daily. Until September 15. Grand Millennium Dubai, TECOM (04 429 9999).
Happy Hour at West Beach Bistro & Sports Lounge
Enjoy the ‘All Day Happy Hour’ on selected beverages and pay just Dhs25 per drink. Mondays. Noon-3am. Ongoing. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, The Walk, JBR (04 449 8830).
Karma Kafé Enjoy two signature tasting menus for the price of one. Dishes include rock shrimp tempura, wagyu beef gyoza, Bangkok-style black cod and chocolate cémeux. Dhs495 for two people. Daily 4pm-10pm. Until May 31. Karma Kafé, Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 423 0909).
‘Kids are kings’ family brunch at Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek Take the whole family out to Friday brunch for Dhs99 per person. Kids eat free. Enjoy the dishes from eight restaurants including Chinese, Japanese, Persian, Malaysian and British cuisine. Kids will love their own special buffet including popcorn and candyfloss, as well as the balloon-bending clowns and photo booth. Dhs99 per person, free for kids below 12. Until August 31. Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek (04 222 7171).
La Porte des Indes Get 25 percent off your food and beverages bill from the à la carte menu of Indian-French fusion fare. Daily noon-3.30pm. Valid May 20 to June 15, and July 25 until August 30. The Address Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 438 8610).
MasterCard deal at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Get 20 percent off your total bill when you pay with MasterCard at Al Nafoorah, Amala and Lalezar. Until September 30. Times vary. For more details email email@example.com. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (04 453 0444).
Sicilia & Campania special menu at Eataly Enjoy the flavours of Sicilia and Campania with a special discounted menu offering dishes such as Neapolitana minestrone, deep-fried tuna balls with fresh tuna ricotta cheese and traditional cannoli. From Dhs19. Daily 9am-midnight. Until May 31. Eataly, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 330 8899).
Tr!beca Kitchen + Bar
Enjoy a free organic cucumber mixed drink with every main course purchased at the New York loft-style bar. Sat-Thu from 5pm. Valid June 1 until August 31. Tr!beca Kitchen + Bar, JA Ocean View Hotel, The Walk, JBR (050 345 6067).
Wafi Pyramids’ summer sale Head for Dubai’s ancient Egypt-inspired pyramids, where cool bargains include buy one, get one free main courses at award-winning Italian restaurant Medzo and Asian eatery Thai Chi, two-for-one bottles of grape at cosy bar Vintage and jugs of Spanish mixed beverage at Seville’s, plus 50 percent off selected treatments at Cleopatra’s Spa. Daily from June 1 until August 31. Wafi Pyramids, Oud Metha (04 324 4100).
Big discounts at Rage Get 25 percent to 75 percent off selected items at Rage stores across Dubai. Valid July 21 until September 7. Rage, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai; Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha; Al Ghurair Centre, Deira, www.rage-shop.com.
Surprise gifts at Galeries Lafayette Get 25 to 50 percent off selected items, and spend more than Dhs2,500 to get special gifts from Le Petit Palais, Anantara hotels and more. Valid July 23 until September 5. Galeries Lafayette, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 339 9933).
Karl Lagerfeld exclusive offer Get an exclusive Karl Kolor notebook when you spend Dhs1,200 at the Karl Lagerfeld corner in Galeries Lafayette. Offer valid while stocks last. Galeries Lafayette, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 339 9933).
More popcorn at Sunny’s Pop Buy four gourmet popcorn snack packs and get one premium flavour snack pack free. Dhs50 including delivery. The European Business Centre, Green Community, Dubai Investments Park (04 813 5090).
Save at Emporio Donna Beauty Lounge Get 50 percent off treatments. Buy one manicure and pedicure and get one free, buy one blow-dry and L’Oréal hair treatment and get one free, buy one oriental classic Hammam and get one free or buy one back massage for 30 minutes and get one free. Prices vary. Daily (pre-booking required). Until August 31. Villa 1, Al Wasl Road, opposite BoxPark (04 343 4650).
Cut-price waxing at Pastels Salon Save 15 percent on all waxing services at the Jumeirah and The Ritz-Carlton Dubai branches. The offer also includes Lycon Precision Wax. From Dhs68. Sun and Mon. Until August 31. Pastels Salon, Villa 20, Al Wasl Road (04 388 3534); The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 399 5016).
Daddy Cool package at Jazz Lounge Spa Treat your dad to a classic mani-pedi, haircut and blow-dry and full-body massage, or spend some quality time together with a buy one get one free offer on a classic mani-pedi or haircut and blow-dry. Dhs290 or buy one get one free. Valid June 15-21. Jazz Lounge Spa, Avenue 93-97, Umm Suqeim Road, Al Barsha 2 (04 345 0036).
Infinity Spa promotion De-stress with a 60-minute massage and 30-minute express facial. Dhs365. 6am-11pm. Until July 15. Infinity Health Club & Spa, Millennium Plaza Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 387 711).
Ladies’ Day at Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort
Enjoy up to 50 percent off your pool and beach entrance fee and the amount you pay (Dhs110) can be immediately redeemed on food and beverages at Bliss Lounge or Azure Pool Bar. Just check into the pool and beach area before 11am to get your hands on this offer. Dhs110. Valid Sat-Thu. Ongoing. Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort, The Walk, JBR (04 399 5533).
Pure Refreshness Ritual at Club Olympus Spa & Fitness Pamper yourself this summer with a 60-minute full-body massage and get a 30-minute foot treatment free. Dhs350 per person, Dhs600 per couple. Daily 10am-6pm. Until June 30. Club Olympus Spa & Fitness, Hyatt Regency Dubai, Deira (04 209 6802).
Spa-mazing offer at Talise Spa Enjoy one 60-minute spa massage, free access to Madinat Jumeirah’s beach and full access to the resort’s leisure pools. You’ll also get to enjoy a free 60-minute yoga session in Talise Spa Yoga Studio or a sunset yoga session on the beach. Dhs550 Sun-Thu; Dhs590 Fri-Sat. Until September 30. Talise Spa, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 366 6818).
Fitness, outdoor and activities
Discounted gym membership at Jasmine Spa & Health Club Get a 40 percent discount on all types of memberships including one month, three months, six months and one year. Until August 31. Grand Millennium Dubai, TECOM (04 429 9999).
Ladies’ Night at Wild Wadi Waterpark Pack your bathing suits and enjoy a fun-filled night exclusively for ladies. Boys aged eight and below will be admitted provided they show proof of age. Dhs165-205. Thu 8pm. Until September 30 (excluding Ramadan). Wild Wadi Waterpark, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim (04 348 4444).
Live it up this summer at Manzil Downtown Dubai
Stay at Manzil Downtown Dubai for three nights and enjoy complimentary passes to Dubai Ice Rink, Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, Sega Republic and Reel Cinemas. Guests get up to two tickets per attraction, per room, per stay. From Dhs799. Until August 31 (excluding July 19-23). Manzil Downtown Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 428 5888).
Summer beach deal at Zero Gravity
Spend the day at Zero Gravity’s beach and enjoy views of JBR and Dubai Marina. The entrance fee provides guests with food and beverage vouchers of Dhs150. Dhs150 per person including a Dhs150 food voucher. Daily post-Ramadan until August 31. Zero Gravity, near SkyDive Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 399 0009).
Summer deals with Angelica Horvatic Sign up for any package including coaching, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, personal training, pre- and postnatal fitness and get one session with wellness coach Angelica Horvatic free. From Dhs300. Sun-Thu. Valid June 1 until August 30. The Greens, www.angelicahorvatic.com (050 227 9044).
Summer Membership package at Fit Lab
The Summer Membership package offers full access to the state-of-the-art gym, in addition to the resort-style pools. The fully qualified team of fitness professionals offer personal training and specialist classes to physiotherapy and nutrition. Personal training can be booked in 10, 20 and 30 session programmes with discounts for members. Dhs750 per month per club. Valid June 1 until August 31. Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club, The Creek (04 295 6000) or Emirates Golf Club, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 417 9850).
Summer offer at Viva Fit Dubai Receive 50 percent discount on joining fees at the ladies-only fitness centre. Get two months free when you spend Dhs4,559 for a year’s membership and one month free for a six-month membership at Dhs2,900. Valid May 20 until August 31. I-Rise tower, TECOM (052 655 1374).
Twilight Golf at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club Tee off after 4pm and take advantage of the twilight golf offer on the championship course, allowing you to play as many holes as you can for the applicable nine hole rate. Dhs225-255 for visitors. Valid June 1 until September 15. Peak rate is applicable on Fridays, Saturdays and public holidays. Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club, The Creek (04 205 4555).
Play unlimited golf with the ‘Wildcard’ offer at The Track, Meydan Golf Play late into the night on the floodlit championship course with the ‘Wildcard’ offer. Get a dozen free tailor-made golf balls with every Wildcard purchased, 25 percent off at Qube Sports Bar, unlimited free golf seven days a week from 6.30am to 11pm, including floodlit golf and unlimited driving range access and golf buggy use while on the golf course. Dhs1,250-5,000. Valid June 1 until September 30. The Track, Meydan Golf, Nad Al Sheba (04 381 3733).
UAE Residents-only deals
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club Take advantage of the Hot Golf offer available when you tee off for 18 holes. The deal includes shared golf cart and range balls before play. Dhs150 residents only. Sun-Thu (excluding public holidays). 10am and noon. Valid June 1 until September 15. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira (04 205 4555).
The Lost Chambers Aquarium Visit The Lost Chambers Aquarium, home to 65,000 marine animals, at a discounted rate for UAE residents, and learn about the lost city of Atlantis. Dhs75 (adults), Dhs50 (kids). Emirates ID required. Ongoing. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 1040).
The ‘Super Pass’ is ideal for first-timers to Ski Dubai and for residents keen to brush-up on their ski and snowboarding skills. The resident’s rate gives visitors full-day access to the park including use of the chairlift ride and access to Avalanche Café. Dhs160. Emirates ID required. Ongoing (call ahead to check availability). Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (800 386).
UAE residents can cool down in the summer months with discounted all-day access to the Atlantis waterpark. Dhs185 (adults). Dhs160 (kids); Emirates ID required. Ongoing. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0000).