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1 Dine on delectable mains at Café Arabia
Abu Dhabi’s artiest café boasts décor that is almost as interesting as the food. Housed in a beautiful converted villa, this spacious two-storey café is one of the best concepts we’ve seen in the capital for a while. Serving a mixture of Arabic dishes and Western fare, this is a great place to go for great food and atmosphere. Now two of you can feast on mains for half the price.
Café Arabia, Between Al Karama and Airport Road, Al Mushrif (02 643 9699).
2 Sip beverages at the chic Manhattan Lounge
Raise your glass at Manhattan Lounge where you can enjoy a 2-for-1 beverage offer in this very grown up bar. It’s the perfect place to wind down after work, indulge in an aperitif before dinner or to end your night. You won’t be disappointed with the service or the view. It feels like a very chic club lounge where business men in the 1920s would have done deals and smoked top notch cigars.
Manhattan Lounge. The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Saadiyat Island (02 498 8888).
3 Sample the yummy fare at Kebabs & Kurries
Munch on the super tasty food at Kebabs & Kurries with a 2-for-1 main course. The food, service and décor make this venue a classy joint. The menu is extensive, and both meat-eaters and vegetarians are well-catered for.
Kebabs & Kurries, The Souk Central Market (02 628 2522).
4 Have a delicious brunch on Yas Island
We can’t help but think that heading out to Yas Island for a tasty brunch is one of those things that you’ve been meaning to do but haven’t gotten around too yet. Now there is no excuse because you can enjoy a 2-for-1 Friday brunch in the lively atmosphere at C.Taste, perfect for sampling a tempting selection of culinary delights.
C.Taste, Centro Yas Island, Yas Island (02 656 4444).
5 Indulge in a hydrating mask at A’Misque
A’Misque is a cozy, intimate salon tucked away on the second floor of the Vision Hotel Apartments in the Tourist Club area. It may be small, but it somehow manages to squeeze in a comprehensive range of beauty services, including their fabulous facials. Try the 2-for-1 Dermalogica Hydrating Facial to rehydrate tired and stressed skin.
A’Misque, Vision Hotel Apartments (02 699 2699).
6 Get great nails with a classic mani-pedi at Bellacure Nails
We TOAD girls love getting our nails done at Bellacure because boy do they know nails. Head in to take advantage of the 2-for-1 classic mani-pedi.
Bellacure Nails, Muroor Road, Golden Tower A (02 658 4100).
7 Treat your tresses to a cut and blow-dry
If, like us, the idea of blow-drying your own hair is up there on the list of your least favourite things to do then treat yourself to a 2-for-1 cut and blow-dry at Hairworks. Hairworks offer a fabulous range of services so head in to see them with your voucher today.
Hairworks, 2nd Floor Spinney’s Khalidiyah (02 681 6678).
8 Relax on a weekday at the luxurious Monte-Carlo Beach Club
The Monte-Carlo Beach Club is the perfect spot to spend a day at the pool and beach. The infinity pool seems to lap against the ocean creating the impression that you’re in the sea and as soon as you arrive you feel you are on holiday. Take advantage of the amazing 2-for-1 beach and pool day pass on any weekday.
Monte-Carlo Beach Club, Saadiyat Island (02 656 3500).
9 Take to the slopes
So it’s too hot to go sandboarding, and you’re tired of getting sand in your hair, up your nose and down the back of your trousers anyway. That doesn’t mean you have to give up your adrenalin fix for the summer! Grab a friend and take to the colder slopes at Ski Dubai with 2-for-1 weekday admission to the snow park.
Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai (04 409 4242).
10 Indulge in a spa treatment at Anahata
A real treat for those lucky enough to live locally, this boutique spa is a gem that’s worth the long trip out if you’re an inner-city dweller. This sumptuously decorated villa converted into a spa offers everything from hamam and salon services to yoga classes. It’s also the ideal spot for a mum and daughter getaway. Book yourself in for a 90-minute massage and get a 60-minute massage for your daughter free.
Anahata, Khalifa City A (02 557 7722).
11 Take the kids to play at Fun City
A sure fire way to get those little monsters out of your hair is to keep them busy with something else. And now it’s even easier with a 2-for-1 promotion for an hour in the Fun City PlayZone.
Fun City, Marina Mall, Ras Al Akhdar (02 681 5527).
12 Try parachuting (without having to jump out of a plane)
Treat an equally adventurous friend to a first-time flyer package with iFly at Mirdif City Centre. Qualified instructors will teach you the techniques of sky diving as you’re propelled into the air in a giant wind tunnel. All the more fun for those with chubby cheeks (you’ll see what we mean).
Mirdif City Centre, Dubai (04 231 6292).
13 Have an Arabian Night
Perched at the edge of the majestic Rub Al Khali desert, Tilal Liwa Hotel is a cherished destination among four-star UAE hotels. Escape into the exotic Arabian wilderness at this desert resort, and take the whole family along for an overnight stay, because you get 2 rooms for the price of 1.
Tilal Liwa Hotel, Abu Dhabi (02 894 6111).
14 Enjoy decadent Indian at Ushna
The winner of the 2011 Time Out Food Awards is still top of the list when it comes to Indian in Abu Dhabi. If you haven’t had their fiery offerings yet, then you don’t know what you’re missing. But now with 2-for-1 on a main course at Ushna, there’s no excuse not to try it.
Ushna, Souk Qaryat Al Beri, Bain Al Jessrain (02 558 1769).
15 Sip a drink at Privé and admire the view
This swanky bar and urban lounge offers an intimate setting for after-work drinks, with views over the capital from one of our city’s most exciting architectural marvels. You can now enjoy a 2 for 1 deal on selected beverages the next time you’re there.
Privé, Hyatt Capital Gate (02 596 1234).
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