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8 cheap or free things to do in the UAE this week

Every Sunday, we give you a to-do list of where to go and what to eat for the entire week

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Art: Free Art workshops in Al Ain

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Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority is organising a series of educational workshops for children between the ages of 6 and 13, starting today and going on for two weeks. They will take place at the Al Qattara Art Centre in Al Ain.  The new summer courses are a great way to get kids back into the school zone, by teaching them useful technical and creative skills. The courses include a painting and colouring workshop on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from 5pm to 7pm, an Art of Paper workshop on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11am to 1pm, and the decoupage workshop on Mondays and Thursdays from 5pm to 7pm.

Location Al Qattara Arts Centre Cost free Timings Painting and Colouring Workshop (Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday): 5pm to 7pm, The Art of Paper (Monday - Wednesday): 11am to 1pm, Decoupage (Monday, Thursday): 5pm – 7pm Contact 03 7618080


Culture: Free Thai festival at Yas Mall

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Yas Mall will be hosting a Thai Festival this weekend, which will pay homage to rich cultural heritage of Thailand, showcasing the best of Thai cooking as well as traditional performances. It will be inaugurated by the Ambassador of Thailand to the UAE, and throughout the day there will be Thai food and cooking demonstrations, traditional performance of arts of Muay Thai plus dance shows from Siamese dancers straight from Thailand.

Location Yas Mall Abu Dhabi Cost Free Timings Friday August 25 from 2pm onwards Contact 800 9276255


Party: Free beverages and canapes for ladies at ToroToro 

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A ladies night that’s offering complementary Latin bites along with three free beverages. It takes place every Monday on the lounge level of the famous Dubai Marina restaurant and lounge. Make sure you put your dancing shoes on, since their DJ will be spinning sounds of Cuban salsa, Cha Cha Cha and Latin beats.

Location ToroToro, Grosvenor House Dubai Offer 3 free beverages and complementary canapes Timings Every Monday from 7pm to 12am Contact 04 3176000


Food: Govinda's Biryani festival 

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Head over to one of the top Vegetarian Indian restaurants in town for their very special Biryani festival. They will have a delicious spread of Biryanis from all over India.

Location Jumeirah and Karama Cost various Timings August 31 to September 3, 12 noon - 3.30pm & 7pm - midnight Contact 04 3211884 / 04 3960088


Food: Cheap coffee deal of the week

Revo Cafe

Revo Café at Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort is offering guests bottomless coffee and a slice of cake for Dh35 until the end of August. Enjoy free Wi-Fi and a relaxed atmosphere – perfect for a work day out. They also serve breakfast all-day in case you get hungry.


Travel deal of the week: Cheap vacation to Lakshadweep

Lakshadweep is a group of 36 islands, located west off the southern coast of India. The group of islands, known as Laccadive Islands, is famous for its exotic and sun-kissed beaches and green landscape. The name Lakshadweep in Malayalam and Sanskrit means 'a hundred thousand islands'. Ten of the 36 islands are inhabited and are definitely remote enough not to attract hordes of tourists.

We think that Lakshadweep is one of the few island destinations in the world that are still pretty untouched by the mainstream crowd. If you are a beach lover and want to see some coral and marine life, this is the perfect vacation spot for you.


Staycation deal of the week: Cheap stay at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina

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Called the Summer Mina Madness, the summer stay package here gets guests a night’s stay in a luxury room and 50 per cent off on all food and beverages, relaxing spa treatments and an array of water sports available on site for Dh499, excluding taxes or fees.

Location Dubai Marina Cost Dh499 Dates of validity Until August 31 Contact 04 5117771 


Staying in: Get healthy this week at home for free

The UAE weather is naturally on the hot side, but it becomes extremely sizzling during summer, so it's important to stay hydrated. However, plain water can be boring. Consider jazzing up your water with a hint of the tropics every day. Fruits can add naturally acidic qualities and sweetness to a normally tasteless beverage.

Check out 11 different ways to infuse your water!


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