Make the most of your money with these amazing deals

With prices rising and taxes being implemented, we’re definitely feeling the pinch. But there’s too much going on in Abu Dhabi to sit around sulking about it. Here are the best deals in town this summer.

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Dining out

With a variety of Japanese dishes, great views of the creek and Grand Mosque plus a DJ on the decks, Sho Cho is a cool place to hang out this summer. You’ll get 25 percent discount on your total bill between now and September, 30 percent if you’re a teacher or Etihad crew. Souk Qaryat Al Beri, between the bridges. Daily noon-midnight. Contact: 02 558 1117, sho-cho.com

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Sho Cho

Aside from its various daily dining and drinks deals – such as two-for-one sushi nights at Cho Gao and two-for-one on The Garden Social Brunch – Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi has a Summer Payback promotion. For every AED 100 you spend in the hotel’s food and beverage outlets – including Spaccanapoli, Heroes and Level Lounge – you’ll receive a AED 25 cashback voucher to use during the summer. Hamdan Street. Contact: 02 656 3000, facebook.com/crowneplazaauh

As the sun goes down, the discounts go up at Diablito. From Sunday to Wednesday between 5pm and 7pm, the Sunset Offers means you can enjoy two-for-one on pizza, a free tapas when you buy three, or enjoy a bottle of hops for AED 25, a bucket for AED 110 or a jug of Spanish beverage for AED 80. Until 31st July. Yas Marina. Contact: 02 565 1175, diablitofoodandmusic.ae

At Giraffe World Kitchen, you can get two-for-one on main courses when you buy a card. The one-off payment of AED 120 means you can benefit from the deal for a full year and enjoy dishes like Texan BBQ brisket, Thai duck stir fry and chicken Milanese. Yas Mall. Sun-Thu 9am-11pm, Fri-Sat 9am-12.30pm. Contact: 02 565 0711, giraffe.net

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Giraffe World Kitchen

Kids can eat for free at The Coffee Club this summer. Little diners under 12 years old can pick a dish from the kids’ menu when an adult main course is ordered. Various locations including Marsa Al Bateen. Sun-Wed 7.30am-10.30pm, Thu-Sat 7.30am midnight. Contact: 02 222 1266, facebook.com/thecoffeeclubme

For fast food, Bareburger has a lunch special every day from noon to 4pm where you can tuck into your choice of a burger or sandwich, a side dish or salad and a soft drink for AED 55. Kids also eat free on Mondays when a main course is purchased. Marina Mall. Contact: 02 441 1723, facebook.com/bareburgeruae

As part of Abu Dhabi Summer Season, Zomato has launched the ADSS Zomato Experience with offers at over 200 restaurants. With the Abu Dhabi Summer Season Family Package, you can grab a Zomato Gold Membership at a 25 percent discount. Kids under 13 years old can enjoy a main meal and dessert for AED 15, valid at 85 participating outlets. What’s more, the ADSS Culinary Weeks comprises a themed series including Simply Italian week, Masaledaar Indian week and Perfect Pizza week with a 25 percent discount at 25 highlighted restaurants. Visit: abudhabisummerseason.ae

If you’re dining out anyway, you might as well be rewarded for it, right? If you spend at least AED 175 per person in Jumeirah at Etihad Tower’s Italian restaurant BICE or casual dining spot Nahaam, you can enjoy complimentary pool and beach access. Valid for lunch only. Corniche West. Contact: 02 811 5666, jadrestaurants@jumeirah.com

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Jumeirah at Etihad Towers

Staycation deals

Fancy a weekend getaway? On Friday night, you can enjoy a room at Le Royal Méridien with breakfast and access to the Fizz Factory Royale brunch at Café Palmier from AED 450. Until 31st Aug. Fatima bint Mubarak Street. Visit: leroyalmeridienabudhabi.com

Book a family getaway at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche where the Sweet, Suite Summer offer means you can enjoy a night’s stay with breakfast, 25 percent discount on food and beverages, all-day refreshments in the Executive Lounge including afternoon tea, plus free shuttles to the Corniche and Saadiyat Beaches, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Marina Mall, Yas Waterworld and Ferrari World. Until 31st Aug. From AED 647. Corniche East. Contact:  02 813 7777, h7507@sofitel.com

At the Armed Forces Officers Club & Hotel, you can enjoy a night’s stay for AED 330. The summer special includes breakfast for two people, 20 percent discount on food and beverages, plus access to the indoor Olympic-sized pool, gym and kids’ village. Valid until 30th Sep. Off Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street. Contact: 02 441 5900, afoc.ae

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Armed Forces Officers Club and Hotel

Summer is a great time to grab a staycation at a bargain price. Treat yourself to a weekend away at a Rotana property with 25 percent off summer stays. Book a room for as little as AED 180 at Pearl Rotana, AED 299 at Beach Rotana, AED 266 at Yas Island Rotana or AED 716 at the stunning Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas. What’s more, with your stay you can get 15 percent off adult tickets to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi or Yas Waterworld and 20 percent off kids’ tickets. Until 2nd Sep. Visit: rotanatimes.com

The emirate’s most iconic hotel, Emirates Palace, is running its Summer at the Palace promotion until 30th September where you’ll get 25 percent discount on your summer stay. Discounted room rates start at AED 990 per room inclusive of a buffet breakfast for two people and access to the Palace Lounge if you book a suite. Corniche West. Contact: 02 690 8888, reservations@emiratespalace.ae

Emirates Palace

Escape to the Rub Al Khali desert for an overnight stay at Tilal Liwa Hotel and you can enjoy a luxurious getaway for just AED 277. The summer promotion, valid until 31st August, includes discounts on food and wellness activities. Al Gharbia. Contact: 02 894 6111, tilalliwa.danathotels.com

A family getaway for less than AED 200? That’s the deal at Premier Inn. The summer offer includes an overnight stay including breakfast for a family of four. While there you can take a dip in the pool, plus if you book online you’ll receive the Premier Inn Passport, which gives you access to even more discounts. From AED 143. Valid until 30th Sep. Abu Dhabi Capital Center, next to Adnec, and Abu Dhabi International Airport. Visit: bit.ly/2N3B3S6

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Premier Inn

For a relaxing retreat, the Getaway Staycation Package at Marriott Al Forsan includes a night’s stay, a 60-minute Saray Spa treatment, use of the leisure facilities including the pool and sauna, breakfast at Khayal Restaurant, dinner at The Grill Restaurant and a bottle of sparkling grape when you arrive. From AED 1,007 per night. Valid until 31st Dec. Khalifa City. Contact: 02 201 4000, marriott.com

Spa sessions 

As part of The Big Chill campaign, Tips & Toes is offering great deals every week with Serene Sunday, Monday Magic and Two’s Day Tuesday throughout summer. Offers include 50 percent off eyelash extensions, hair treatments, hair colour, full body massage and facials as well as 25 percent off when you and a friend book together. Valid until 14th Aug. Various branches including Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street. Visit: tipsandtoes.com

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Tips and Toes

Jazzing up the happy hour concept, Bayshore Beach Club & Wellness is hosting a massage happy hour every weekday. You can get 15 percent discount on selected massages starting at AED 289 for 60-minute treatments. InterContinental Abu Dhabi, Al Bateen. Sun-Thu 11am-4pm. Contact: dining-intercontinental-ad.ae

At Bodylines Wellness & Fitness Club at Pearl Rotana, you can enjoy a massage treatment at a 25 percent discount throughout summer. Take your pick from a Thai massage, hot stone massage, aromatherapy massage and more, with prices from AED 200 for a 30 minute treatment. Valid until 31st Aug. Next to Adnec, off Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street. Daily 10am-3pm. Contact: 02 307 5555, rotana.com

Looking to get some bang for your buck? Then spoil yourself at ESPA at The Ritz-Carlton where the summer spa and lunch package includes a 60-minute massage of your choice, lunch at Al Fresco and complimentary access to the pool and beach throughout the day. Valid until 31st Aug. AED 690. Khor Al Maqtaa. Sun-Thu 10am-3pm. Contact: 02 818 8888, ritzcarlton.com

Keeping your tresses silky smooth is a tough job in this climate. Tame your mane at Swish by Immaclife throughout August where you can get a blow dry and brow shaping for AED 200 instead of AED 300. 30th July is also Friendship Day where you and a friend can receive a half-price blow dry for just AED 100. Al Hadeel, Al Bandar. Contact: 055 360 6768, swishbyimmaclife@gmail.com

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Swish by Immaclife

For an indulgent spa session, head to Remède Spa where you can enjoy a complimentary 30-minute express facial or body scrub when you book a signature customised massage. Valid until 31st Aug. From AED 595. The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Corniche West. Daily 10am 11pm. Contact: 02 694 4100, remedespaabudhabi.com

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Remede Spa

There’s nothing like paying less and getting more. The 90 for 60 offer at Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort means you’ll get a 90-minute massage but only pay for 60 minutes. AED 330. Corniche East. Contact: 02 697 0272, sheraton.resort@sheraton.com

Activities

Need to do some shopping? Now is the perfect time what with the numerous summer promotions taking place across the city. Abu Dhabi Mall’s retailers are offering a slew of promotions, including up to 70 percent off at Nest for Kids, H&M and Zara, up to 50 percent off at Lacoste, Mothercare and Call It Spring and up to 60 percent off at Go Sport. Visit: abudhabi-mall.com

Fancy winning AED 100,000 in cash? Of course you do. If you visit Yas Island this summer, that dream could become a reality with the Treasure on Yas campaign. For every AED 300 you spend at participating attractions, you’ll get one entry into the weekly draw, open until 31st August, to win AED 100,000 in cash, or one of Yas Mall’s shopping vouchers totalling AED 100,000 in value. If you visit one of the island’s theme parks, you’ll double your chances to win. Visit a Treasure on Yas kiosk at Yas Mall, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi or Yas Waterworld to register your receipts and enter. Visit: yasisland.ae, treasureonyas.ae

Take your summer up a gear with the summer specials at Yas Marina Circuit. Between now and 31st August, the iconic racetrack is open for car fanatics to try a range of experiences at a discounted price. Race around the F1 track at the wheel of a super car like a Jaguar F-type S Coupe or a Formula Yas 3000 with a 25 percent discount on DriveYAS Experiences, or hit the drag strip in a Chevrolet Camaro at a discounted rate of AED 325. Yas Island. DriveYAS prices vary. Visit: yasmarinacircuit.com

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Yas Mall

If you’re looking for things to do, why not learn a new sport this summer? The academy lesson and membership bundle at Abu Dhabi City Golf Club is being offered from AED 999 as part of the Summer in the City campaign. Between now and 30th September you can enjoy lessons and unlimited use of the driving range, plus 25 percent discount on green fees. Al Saada Street, Al Mushrif. Contact: 02 445 9600, golf@adcitygolf.ae

The Friends & Family Pass is back at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi this summer. Head to the theme park with at least three friends or family members and you can enjoy 25 percent off general admission tickets purchased online and 15 percent off tickets purchased at the park itself. Valid until 17th Oct. From AED 221, free for children under three years old. Yas Island. Contact: 02 496 8000, ferrariworldabudhabi.com

Want to chill poolside with the family? Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana is offering beach and pool day passes for just AED 65 on weekdays, AED 85 on weekends and AED 40 for children under 16 years old. You can play in the outdoor pools or relax on the private beach all day long. Corniche West. Contact: 02 657 0182, recreation.khalidiya@rotana.com

With the summer beach club offer at Beach Rotana you can spend the whole day on a 120m private stretch of sand, cool off in the pool, head to the fitness centre, play tennis or squash, or unwind in the sauna while youngsters are entertained in the kids’ club. AED 95 for adults, AED 150 for couples, AED 80 for children aged five to 17. Al Zahiyah. Contact: 02 697 9302, bodylines.beach@rotana.com

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Beach Rotana

Ladies, grab your girls for a day by the pool. Every Friday at Aloft Abu Dhabi you can get pool access at 50 percent off, meaning you’ll pay just AED 54 for some fun in the sun, plus three drinks, too. Next to Adnec. Fri 11am-3pm. Contact: 02 654 5147, aloftabudhabi.com

Daily promotions

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Aquarium

Take advantage of half price hops and grape with the 12 Hours of Happiness promotion at Aquarium. Yas Marina. Sun-Thu noon-7pm. Contact: 02 565 0007, capitalmotion.com/aquarium-yas-marina

Enjoy 50 percent off select beverages and 25 percent off food at Iris Yas Island. Yas Marina. Mon-Sat 6pm-8pm. Contact: 055 160 5636, facebook.com/irisyasisland

Every Sunday to Tuesday, tuck into bar bites and two cold pints for AED 90 at NRG. Le Méridien, Al Zahiyah. Contact: 02 644 6666, thevillageatlemeridienabudhabi.com

The Summer Lunch Deal offer at Pepper Restaurant includes unlimited starters and desserts plus a main course for AED 119 per person. Novotel Abu Dhabi Al Bustan, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street, Al Aman. Daily noon-3pm. Contact: 02 501 6444, accorhotels.com

Business lunch at New Season Restaurant is just AED 55 with unlimited juices. Sat Thu 12.30pm-3.30pm. City Seasons Al Hamra, Electra Street. Contact: 02 672 5000, cityseasonshotels.com

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Grab friends and family for the Fiserhman’s Friday Brunch where you can enjoy two for the price of one. AED 180. Until 27th July. Royal Rose Hotel Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed the First Street, near ADCB. Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Contact: 02 588 9950, royalrosehotel.com

Between 14th July and 1st September, Saturday is kids-eat-free day at select dining outlets in Abu Dhabi Mall, including Chili’s, Denny’s, Famous Dave’s, Subway and Gourmet Burger Kitchen. Al Zahiyah. Contact: 02 6454858, abudhabi-mall.com

WORDS Rachael Perrett

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