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6 budget ways to enjoy this weekend in the UAE

Hold on to your wallets and your limbs; this weekend is going to be fun

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Yas Waterworld

We are all about saving money in 2018. However, that doesn't mean we will not do what we love doing best - guiding you to having the best weekends in the UAE.

While we are on saving and having fun, we started a podcast this week called 'Living Your Best Life' and our first episode gives out practical tips to save money while living in the UAE.

Give us a listen: How to save money in the UAE

Burj Khalifa record-breaking light show


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Didn't get that NYE seat worth Dh2000 to see this record-breaking show? Don't fret, just go tonight and for free. You can also catch a show on Friday and Saturday. That, along with a Dubai fountain show, is a great evening activity for your weekend break.

Location Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai Cost Free Timings Thursday and Friday at 10pm and 8pm on Saturday, Tuesday and Wednesday 

Residents' offer at Yas Waterworld

XNE Yas waterworld

Until February 28, residents can enjoy Yas Waterworld for less than Dh100 per person as opposed to over Dh200 outside of offer dates. All you need to do is carry your Emirates ID and ask for the residents' offer. It is applicable to both adult and junior tickets.

Location Yas Waterworld, Abu Dhabi Cost Dh95 per person (includes VAT and other taxes) Dates January 8 to February 28 (both days included) See more here

Free events at Market Outside The Box (MOTB)

Market Outside the Box (MOTB) returns this weekend, giving shoppers the chance to shop some of Dubai’s more unique retail concepts. The annual market in its fifth edition now will feature 120 emerging and talented regional designers.


In addition to the exciting selection of retailers at this year’s MOTB, there will be a whole host of activities such as Pilate classes and an outdoor cinema, as well as entertainment including a mesmerizing magician, hip hop performances and a DJ; all of them free to enjoy!

Location Burj Park Cost Free to enter and enjoy Timings 4pm – 10pm on weekdays and 10am to 10pm on weekends Dates January 11 to 20

DSF offer on a staycation

First Central Dubai

Want to take a staycation this weekend? Get a free upgrade and discounts at First Central Hotel Suites using their Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) promo code. Read more about the deal here.

Location Al Saef 1 Street, Barsha Heights Tecom - Dubai Cost From Dh350 (without applying discounts, before taxes and fees) Contact +971 4 454 4900

Rooftop BBQ date night


To take advantage of this lovely weather, rooftop is the way to go and we have a recommendation for you that gets you amazing city views, good food and live music. Try Fairmont Dubai's Turkish lounge Dokuz this weekend. 

Location Fairmont Dubai Cost Dh120 for one mocktail, selection of three mezze, Turkish BBQ platter and dessert Timings 8pm to 11pm from Wednesday to Friday Contact +971 4 332 5555


Movie tickets can get expensive if it's more than three people in a family or a group, and VAT is also applicable now on the total bill. Get one ticket free for every ticket purchased with cards of banks such as HSBC, Citi Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, FGB and more at cinemas across the UAE. Always ask for offers at the counter, and check every offer online before booking it through the website.

Darkest Hour

Cast: Gary Oldman, Lily James and Kristin Scott Thomas

Goodbye Christopher Robin 

Cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie and Kelly Macdonald

The Commuter

Cast: Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson

Staying in?

Not up to braving the crowds in Dubai?

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