The Time Out Dubai City Card Let's face it, we all love a discount. Especially when we're spending money having fun and eating out. Time Out's City Card has been going strong since April 2009. It's your entry to a whole world of free discounts, right across Dubai and beyond. More than 310 restaurants, bars, salons, hotels and days out have partnered with us to bring you money off every time you step out the door. From cheaper Asian eats at Time Out's highly commended romantic restaurant Karma Kafe, to discounted French dining at uber posh Traiteur in the Park Hyatt, plus massive savings on spa sessions and scuba diving courses and trips, the City Card is your pass to doing more, for less.
To get your mitts on these marvellous discounts, all you need to do is sign up online, and we’ll send you an email when your card is ready for collection at the Time Out office in Dubai Media City. With no expiry date, you won’t even need to renew. It’s the gift that keeps on giving, and giving and giving.
In the meantime, here are some of the highlights for card holders. Visit www.timeoutdubai.com/citycard to start saving piles of cash now, with these and hundreds more great discounts.
Karma Kafé Highly commended at this year’s Time Out Dubai restaurant awards, the cool Souk Al Bahar Asian fusion eatery offers City Card holders 20 percent off their total food and beverage bill. We love the salmon sashimi tacos. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 423 0909).
The Observatory Head to this 52nd storey bar and restaurant for great views of the Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Marina, plus an impressive 25 percent off your entire food and beverage bill. Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites (04 319 4000).
Bateaux Dubai Hit the water and cruise up and down Dubai’s history-laden Creek on board Bateaux Dubai, a stunning glass-panelled boat serving dinner every night. You don’t need to save the experience for your next special occasion if you take your City Card along, which will get you 20 percent off your total food and beverage bill. Near British Embassy, Dubai Creek, Bur Dubai (04 315 4777).
Al Boom Diving Always wanted to try your hand at diving? Doing a course can be expensive, but your City Card can put that dream within arm’s reach. Get 20 percent off all PADI courses (as well as selected retail items) with the city’s best-known diving company. Already got your licence? Head out on a dive trip around the UAE and get 15 percent off with your card. Locations across Dubai and the UAE, including Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 342 2993).
Mandara Spa We love the deep tissue massages and the Thai massages (performed in traditional style, on the floor) at this serene spa in The H Hotel. Pamper yourself silly this summer with a 20 percent discount on all spa treatments. The H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 501 8888).
Ananta Still haven’t visited Business Bay’s The Oberoi Dubai? Well get your diary out and book a table at Ananta. Expect five-star Indian dining teamed with excellent service and get 20 percent off your total bill for both food and beverages. Want the rest of the good news? You can also get 20 percent off at Umai and Nine7One, though the discount on drinks is limited to soft beverages. The Oberoi Dubai, Business Bay (04 444 1444).
Vintage Check out one of Dubai’s best-loved grape bars. Cosy interiors, enormously welcoming, helpful staff plus a great beverage selection make this worth a trip anyway, but add in your 20 percent City Card discount on beverages and food, and you’re onto a winner for a mid-week catch-up. Wafi Pyramids, Oud Metha (04 324 4100).
Switch Taking your guests for a camel burger in The Dubai Mall? They don’t come cheap, at Dhs69 a pop without fries. Never fear – City Card is here. Get 20 percent off your food (camel-containing or otherwise) and drinks. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 339 9131).
Azur Brunch season is well and truly upon us, and goodness knows these can be trying times for your wallet. Get everyone to sign up for a City Card and score 25 percent off the Friday Raffles Roast, where you can tuck into hot and cold starters, salads and, of course, a selection of roasted joints with piles and piles of trimmings. Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (04 324 8888).
Spa ZEN Escape the heat this summer with a lengthy massage or couples’ treatment for you and your very special significant other. Feeling blotchy, thanks to the skin-savaging combination of heat and A/C? Try an Anne Semonin or Pevonia facial. Whatever your poison, get 25 percent off with your City Card (packages, express treatments and products not included). Radisson Royal Hotel Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 308 0531).
Belgian Beer Café (TECOM) If you’re planning to watch sports any time soon, or simply love a good pot full of steaming mussels, get yourself a guaranteed 20 percent discount on your food bill at this popular TECOM watering hole. We also love the meatballs. Grand Millennium Hotel, TECOM (04 429 9999).