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From fantastic five-star hotels and swanky night spots to world-class restaurants and a superb selection of spas, luxury living lies in wait around every corner in Abu Dhabi. Let's face it, the UAE capital is a great place to try out the high life, but every now and again you just have to give your wallet a breather. But, fear not, that doesn’t mean you have to consign yourself to a string of nights in with only a microwave meal for company. There are a host of pocket-friendly deals to be found in the capital, and we have put in the bargain-hunting hard yards so you don’t have to. It's true that food has never tasted so sweet and a massage has never been quite so soothing than when you’ve secured it at a knock-down price, so let us take you on a journey of discount discovery...

Dining deals

You can tuck in for less by taking advantage of great meal deals being served up in the city

Giraffe

Eating your way around the world can be an expensive hobby, what with all those airline ticket fees and all. But you can give your taste buds an international experience for a whole lot less at family-friendly restaurant, Giraffe. The Taste The World dining menu offers a three-course menu of global cuisine for just Dhs100. You would have to travel a long way to beat that deal.
Dhs100. Sat-Wed, 4pm-11pm, Fri-Sat, 4pm-11pm. Yas Mall, Yas Island (02 565 0711).

Bord Eau
They say the customer is always right – and the fancy French restaurant is really taking this saying to heart. The classy spot is asking guests to really put their money where their mouths are by choosing the price they pay for their stay. Foodies can choose three dishes and decide to pay whatever they deem fit for their experience. There is a minimum spend of Dhs100, but that still sounds like super value for a three-course feed of fine French cuisine to us! The menu runs from 6.30pm until 8.30pm, Sunday to Wednesday, with three choices each of starter, mains and desserts on offer.
Dhs100 minimum spend. Sun-Wed 6.30pm-8.30pm. Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat al Beri Abu Dhabi (02 509 8555).

Butcher & Still
The 1920s Chicago-themed steakhouse is inviting diners to take a trip back in time throughout the week. The Four Seasons steakhouse has revived the American tradition of the Blue Plate, a hearty but low-cost daily dish that was popular through the 1920s and 1930s. Make a date in your diary for southern fried chicken on a Sunday, Mama’s Amazing Meatloaf on Monday, juicy prime rib on a Tuesday, the classy philly cheese steak on Wednesday and a helping of mussels and fries to round off the week on Thursday. All of the filling feeds are available for a very palatable Dhs75 each.
Dhs75. Open daily 4pm-2am. Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island (02 333 2444).


Carluccio’s
Do you fancy treating the whole family to a slap-up meal? If so, you should have the kids in tow during a visit to Carluccio’s. The lively Italian spot is serving up a Dine for a Dirham deal all this month. For every adult who purchases one main course meal, available from Dhs39, one child can eat almost for free. Kids’ meals on the menu include chicken Milanese, ravioli, lasagne and a variety of pizzas. When you look back at the bill it will be almost as if the little ones were never even there (not that you would ever wish that, of course).
Dhs1. Open Sat-Sun 9am-11pm, Thu-Fri 9am-midnight. Eastern Mangroves Promenade, Salam Street (02 641 2231).
Other location: Open daily 8am-11pm. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island (02 677 1261).

Flooka
Hooked on seafood? Then make Wednesday your catch of the day at Flooka, known for cooking up some of the freshest bites in the capital. The Eastern Mangroves eatery serves up a fantastically fishy feast with prices starting at Dhs150. You get plenty to chew on for your dirhams, with an unlimited cold bar, hot mezze and the fillet of the day or jumbo prawns from the barbecue grill. For an extra Dhs50 outlay, you can get two house beverages to wash down your tasty food.
Dhs150 (food only), Dhs200 (two house beverages). Every Wed 7pm-11.45pm. Eastern Mangroves Promenade
(02 441 8244).


Ingredients

The restaurant’s regular Big Brunch is as big as ever, but you can slice a fair bit off the price if you come along with some friends. Groups of six diners and above will receive a 20 percent discount on their bill at the Eastern Mangroves venue’s Friday feast. You can make sure you get full value by digging into an extravagant spread of tasty dishes, lovingly prepared in five open kitchens. Bring your little ones along and they can be entertained at the Kids’ Club while you dine in style with your pals. The bumper feed will go down even better knowing your wallet will be heavier than usual.
Prices with 20 percent discount: Dhs208 (soft drinks), Dhs280 (house beverages), Dhs340 (sparkling grape), Dhs396 (French bubbly). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara, Eastern Ring Road (02 656 1166).


Kareem’s
Spice up your brunch routine without working yourself up into a cold sweat over the cost by trying out the recently launched brunch at Indian restaurant Kareem’s. Kebabs, curries, biryanis and a whole lot more classic dishes will be on the menu at the bumper buffet spread laid on every Friday for a bargain price of just Dhs69 per person. You can even shave an extra few dirhams off the bill by booking your table on the Wednesday prior to the brunch as part of the Golden Wednesday offer. Being an early bird pays off.
Dhs69 (Dhs65 if booked as part of Golden Wednesdays deal). Fri 11am-3.30pm. Ramada Abu Dhabi Corniche, Mina Road, Tourist Club Area (02 401 9012).


Loca
Looking for a long and leisurely lunch that doesn’t break the bank? You’ll be in business at Mexican favourite, Loca. The Al Maryah Island venue, one of the culinary big-hitters in The Galleria, has just introduced a new two-course business lunch for a good-value Dhs90. Crafted by native Head Chef Juan Flores, highlights of the varied menu include fresh ceviche, deep-fried jalapeños and Loca’s famous fish tacos.
Dhs90. Sun-Thu noon-3pm. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island (02 582 3639).

Oléa
This all-day dining spot at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island has a decidedly Mediterranean feel to its menu throughout the week, but the venue broadens its culinary horizons every Thursday. Food-lovers can end the week with an Asian gourmet feast, featuring a tasty selection of all-you-can-eat freshly grilled meat and seafood, complemented by a spread of signature dishes from Hong Kong, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia and Mongolia. Throw in some beautiful panoramic ocean views and you’ve got yourself a deal.
Dhs190 per person (buffet with free flowing soft drinks and water). Every Thu 6.30pm-11pm. The St. Regis Saadiyat Island (02 498 8443).

Sho Cho
Sunday might seem like an ideal day to tighten your belt. You’ve had a big weekend, you’ve got a big week ahead in the office. But, come on, we know you want to extend that weekend feeling for just another day. This fun Japanese restaurant is a great place to do just that. Sho Cho provides an extensive open buffet, including a wide selection of sushi and desserts, starting at just Dhs125. DJ Koast also has hands on deck to pump out the best mix of soulful and deep house music all night to keep you at your Sunday best. It’s Sho time!
Dhs125 (food only), Dhs165 (with one Japanese grape). Every Sun 6.30pm-11pm. Qarayat al Beri (02 558 1117).

Spa Savings

Make your spa stay extra relaxing with these pocket-friendly pampering packages

Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara
The socialites among you will know all about Wednesday ladies’ night deals, but it really doesn’t have to be just an evening thing. The Ladies’ Spa Day at this fantastic five-star hotel is held from 10am until 11pm each Wednesday. It’s a great place and time to ease the tension and sooth aching muscles. A 60-minute full body stress release massage is available for Dhs290. Meanwhile, Gentleman’s Tuesday, held from 10am until 11pm, is a different kind of lads’ day out. Guys can come along as a pair and get a two-for-one special on 60- and 90-minute body massages and hammam rituals or go solo and enjoy both treatments.
Prices vary. Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara, Eastern Ring Road (02 656 1000).


Emirates Palace Spa
Emirates Palace might be one of the most opulent hotels in the UAE, let alone the capital, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make a saving. During Ramadan, at Emirates Palace Spa, anyone receiving two spa treatments will receive a 50 percent discount on the second service (available on a Monday or Tuesday). So, why not sit back, relax and double up on your pampered day out or treat a friend to a relaxing retreat?
Prices vary. From May 27 to June 24. Emirates Palace, West Corniche Road (02 690 9000).


Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

Enriching experiences for mind, body, soul and bank account are in generous supply here. Indulge in a 90-minute signature hammam (priced at Dhs900) and you will get a 30-minute back, neck and shoulder massage thrown in for free. Any budgeting worries will be washed away even further when you book any 60-minute body massage and get a complimentary 30-minute body scrub. The Pay 60, Get 90 offer sounds like a sweet deal.
Prices vary. Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, Liwa (02 886 2088)

Talise Spa
Extend your tranquillity during a restful retreat at Talise Spa, nestled away in the landmark Jumeirah at Etihad Towers. A raft of soothing signature spas, massages, invigorating body scrubs and aromatic baths will ensure the stresses and strains of life simply wash away. And to bolster your inner peace even further, the spa is offering an extra 30 minutes of treatment for anyone who purchases a 60-minute massage. Prices vary. Open daily 9am-10pm. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers (02 811 5858).

Hotel Value

You won’t have any reservations about booking in for a break in the capital

Capital Center Arjaan by Rotana
You’ll be taken for a ride during your stay at this Yas Island spot – but it will definitely be part of the attraction. Guests who sign up for the Discovery Escape package will receive a dual pass ticket to Ferrari World and Yas Waterworld, as well as 15 percent discounts on food and beverages at the hotel’s outlets, a buffet breakfast at Tamarind restaurant, another 15 percent off selected massages at Bodylines Club and even 20 percent off on laundry service costs. Package rates start at Dhs375 per room, per night.
Dhs375 (Discovery Escape). Capital Center Arjaan by Rotana, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street (02 495 4444).

Danat Al Ain Resort
The plush five-star resort in the heart of the UAE’s Garden City has come up with an offer you can really sink your teeth into. The hotel is offering guests dining credit to the value of their room rate, which can be used in any of the bars and restaurants in the complex. It’s a chance to kick back and enjoy top-class food without reaching for your credit card. There is no shortage of restaurants, serving everything from morning coffee and hearty lunches to elegant sit-down dinners, while the package also includes includes complimentary wi-fi and access to the hotel’s recreational facilities.
From Dhs499 per room. Offer available Sat-Wed during the week. Danat Al Ain Resort, Al Ain (03 704 6000).

Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island
Spend a few days at this plush Al Maryah Island hotel and you won’t want to leave. And, this summer, staying on a bit longer can be worth your while thanks to the Stay Longer package in which you will get a complimentary fourth night stay, plus 50 percent off on a second room for the kids. The deal also includes free meals from the kids’ menu for youngsters aged under 12 when they are dining with their parents.
Prices vary. Ongoing. Al Maryah Island (02 333 2222).


Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi
A summer escape at this Arabian oasis, boasting lush garden landscapes and winding waterways, is now even more serene. Book a room 15 days in advance of your stay and you will get a generous 25 percent discount on the hotel’s best available rate.
From Dhs460 per room, per night. Until September 30. Khor Al Maqta,Qaryat al Beri (02 509 8888).

Nightlife

A night out on the town doesn't have to break the bank if you're savvy with your social plans


Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
The ultra-stylish beach spot ends the clubbing season in style with a show-stopping live set from house music favourite Jamie Jones and rhythmic Russian DJ Serge Devant. The dynamic double act will make it a night to remember. You won’t want the party to end, but at least it is going out with a bang!
Free, sunloungers Dhs250. Fri May 19, 1pm-11pm. Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotels and Resort, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).


MAD at Yas Island
Abu Dhabi’s coolest night spot is welcoming Las Vegas Resident DJ of the Year and platinum-selling artist Lil Jon to the decks. There will be plenty of revellers keen to make a MAD dash to the glitzy venue, too, with entry to the show being free. So throw on your glad rags, slip on those dancing shoes, and get ready to party.
Free. Fri May 19, 11pm-3.30am. MAD, Yas Island (055 834 6262).

Relax@12
Friday is the new Wednesday when it comes to ladies’ night offerings at this stylish rooftop bar. Dance the night away to hip-hop and R&B tracks from crowd-pleasers such as DJ Slim, DJ KaBoo and DJ Nuff Said while taking advantage of complimentary beverages for the ladies throughout the night.
Free. Every Fri 10pm-2am. Aloft Abu Dhabi, ADNEC (02 654 5193).

Turquoiz
Ladies night is certainly feeling right at this St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort glamour spot.Every Wednesday, the capital’s ladies can enhance their evening with a trio of signature sips and a tapas platter. It’s best to come with a gaggle of girls in tow, as a complimentary bottle of sparkling is supplied when you purchase six ladies’ night packages, plus you can get a 20 percent dining discount along with rocking tunes by DJ Chad and a live performance from the resident saxophonist.
Dhs55. Every Wed 6pm-9pm. The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort (02 498 8888).


Zsa Zsa Lounge
There’s glamour galore for the girls and you won’t need to be as much of a big spender as the iconic Hungarian actress and socialite the night spot is inspired by, the late, great Zsa Zsa Gabor. At the Tuesday Glamour Nights offering, ladies receive a complimentary glass of bubbly on arrival before indulging in a masterful collection of mixed drinks available for as little as Dhs25.
Open Sat-Wed 5pm-1am, Thu-Fri 4pm-2am. Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island (02 333 2222).

Happy hour happenings

You can always find time to save some cash by paying a visit to these venues

Al Shams
You might need to travel a bit to this one (it’s based on the stunning Sir Bani Yas Island), but this classy resort restaurant prides itself on offering the rich tastes of Arabia to diners – and you can drink in more of its offerings for half the price during the evening. Settle in and enjoy the warm Arabian hospitality while taking advantage of 50 percent discounts on selected beverages during two separate happy hour offers. The deal is available from 6pm until 8pm and 10pm to midnight. But the offer is subject to change after Thursday May 25.
Open daily noon-10.30pm. Ongoing. Poolside, Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara (02 801 5400).


Cooper’s

Can it truly be a happy hour deal when it lasts every day from noon until midnight? Well, let’s not worry too much about such philosophical musings when this Brit-style pub at Park Rotana Abu Dhabi is always packed and boasts the longest happy hour in town that’s a big part of the appeal.
Open daily noon-2.30am. Ongoing. Park Rotana Abu Dhabi (02 657 3333).

Hemingway’s
It might seem like the team at this homely Hilton hotel spot have truly lost the plot, but they are slashing prices in half on selected beverages during a bumper happy hour lasting from noon until 8pm each and every day. With its own dedicated children’s menu, it’s a good place to treat the family, too. Especially with all the happy hour savings you will be making.
Open Sun to Wed 4pm-2am, Thu-Sat noon-2am. Ongoing. Hilton Abu Dhabi, Corniche Road (02 681 1900).


Hytes Bar

Hytes Bar (it’s on the 27th floor, geddit?) is cutting drink prices down to size. Every Monday, guests are given 30 percent off their total beverage bill at the end of the night. It might not be the weekend, but there is every reason to make the most of this offer.
Every Mon 7pm until midnight. Ongoing. Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, Al Mina Street (02 818 4888).


The Pool Deck
Yes, we know a happy hour very rarely simply means a gleeful sixty minutes in Abu Dhabi, but a seven-hour promotion is certainly not to be sniffed at. You’ll find your relaxation levels rising swiftly thanks to a wallet-pleasing offer available from noon until 7pm. Guests can enjoy selected beverages from Dhs30.
Open daily 8am-2am. Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara, Eastern Ring Road (02 656 1000).

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
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