Abu Dhabi World teamed up with ServiceMarket.com to bring you ideas of ways to inspire your downtime without breaking the bank this summer
Host your own film festival
Cinema trips can leave you feeling as if you’re spending like a Hollywood star. So, rearrange your living room and stock up on snacks and drinks. Then call your friends over and ask them to bring along their favourite film, so you can have a movie marathon.
Create a time capsule
Children will love this! Come up with a list of questions such as, “Where do you see yourself in 10 years?”, “What is your favourite song?” and “What would you like to change in the world?” Put their responses into a box along with a few photos and keepsakes, then try to forget about it until a special date – or when you move house!
Want to get fit this summer but can’t afford to fork out for a gym membership or personal trainer. No drama – YouTube is home to thousands of exercise tutorial videos and many don’t require any specialist equipment. We love stretching to Blogilates, the simple workouts of ToneItUp and the sheer variety of FitnessBlender. There’s something for everyone!
Have a spa day at home
Have your own spa day without spending hundreds of dirhams. Rather than use expensive products, try mixing an egg white with a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice and half a teaspoon of honey for a spot-clearing face treatment. Coconut oil is great for your hair and olive oil mixed with salt or sugar will beat dry feet.
Buy a couple of cheap crockery items and personalise them with paint, but remember to use proper ceramic paint if you want to eat off them afterwards!
Redecorate a room
Pick a room to make over, but rather than buying new furniture, try making a few smaller changes such as adding new pillows, changing the bed covers, adding a couple of mirrors or hanging fancy curtains or blinds. You can get quotes for custom curtains or blinds on ServiceMarket.com, and you might be surprised how much difference they make to a room.
Cook up a new dish
Not only will you save money on eating out, you’ll also be able to impress your family and friends with your new recipe. Find recipes at thegreatfoodclub.com under the ‘Make It’ drop-down menu. If you’re a beginner, then start with something simple with only a few ingredients. However, if you’re someone who enjoys cooking then why not try baking up a new pie or curry you can share with loved ones?
Take an online course
Improve your knowledge or gain a new skill without leaving the couch. From programming to psychology, you can find free virtual classes from internationally recognised universities at Coursera, download Duolingo to learn another language, or get to grips with DIY creations with Instructables.
Emerge from summer with a spotless home. Sort through one room at a time and get rid of anything that you no longer need. Donate old items to charity (there are collection points around Abu Dhabi, usually near supermarkets and mosques), or make a bit of money by selling them on apps such as
Shedd or Melltoo.
Need an extra pair of hands? You can instantly book a maid on ServiceMarket.com.