10 ways to save money in Dubai this summer
1. Save your Emirates boarding pass…
All passengers who fly to Dubai with Emirates will be able to use their boarding pass as a discount card, in a promotion called “My Emirates Pass”. The pass can be used for discounts on 120 services including spa treatments, dining and leisure activities. Just be sure to return to Dubai before the deal ends on August 31.
Read more here.
2. Head to Dubai Parks and Resorts
Dubai Parks & Resorts aka the home of Legoland, Motiongate and Bollywood Parks is giving families the chance to enjoy the rides from just AED85. The “1 Day 1 Park” offer starts from AED85 for entry to Bollywood Parks Dubai, AED145 to Motiongate Dubai, AED145 to Legoland Dubai and AED185 to two parks.
That’s not all. For an added AED40, guests can enjoy unlimited food and drinks at Bollywood Parks when they opt for the 1 Day, 1 Park offer.
Read more here.
3. Treat your family to a stay at Atlantis The Palm
Dubai residents and visitors paying with MasterCard can get up to 25 percent discount on their total bill in seven of its signature restaurants.
Great food isn’t all that’s on offer this summer. Atlantis The Palm and MasterCard are also giving Dubai residents up to 40 percent discount on the ultimate summer staycation.
Aside from offering guests up to 40 percent discount on rooms, the package offers guests unlimited admission to both the Aquaventure Waterpark and The Lost Chambers Aquarium. It also offers guests up to 30 percent discount on the “Dolphin Encounter” at Dolphin Bay and up to 25 percent off at all of the restaurants in Atlantis
Read more here.
4. Download the Entertainer app
Granted the penny saving app is around all year long, it’s particularly handy for those have friends and family coming to visit this summer.
The nifty app has a number of deals on a variety of dining and leisure activities that include buy one get one free offers on cinema tickets and mega savings of up to AED300 on your next visit to Ski Dubai.
Click here, to download the app.
5. Invest in solar power
While the initial cost of solar power is a bit high (a solar powered fan goes from AED250 at Dragon Mart 1), you could find yourself saving up to AED150 a month on your lights and water bill. Just don't forget to charge your fan or garden light.
6. Save up for Dubai Summer Surprises
The 20th edition of the Dubai Summer Surprises will kick off on July 1 and last until August 12 – that’s 43 days of sales and prizes. If last year’s offering is any indication, you can expect to bag a serious bargain on the likes of clothing, electronics and home décor. We say “serious” bargain because the discounts usually range from 35 to 75 percent.
7. Stay close to home
Head to one of the many countries located just hours away from the UAE instead of a long-haul trip. Take a trip to India for just AED1,235 on Air India (non-stop flight from Dubai to Goa), or take in the history and stunning sights of Sri Lanka for just AED1,920 (non-stop flight from Dubai to Colombo via FlyDubai).
Baku in Azerbaijan is perfect for those looking for the best of Europe and Asia (AED1,778 from Dubai to Baku via FlyDubai). While Salalah in Oman is perfect for those looking for a beach gateway (AED850 non-stop from Dubai to Oman, Salalah with Oman Air).
8. Use your credit card
Ironically, the very thing helping us spend our hard earned dirhams can also help us save it. Banks across the UAE like Emirates NBD , HSBC and the National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) all offer great discounts on services and leisure activities that range from discounts on dining to buy-one-get-one-free deals on the likes of movie tickets and hotel deals. The best way to get the most bang for your buck would be to do some research, as some offer great deals on flights while others may have better deals on dining and some may have better retail discounts – it all depends on your interests.
9. Try some fitness classes
Most gyms in Dubai offer a free trial run. So, if you’re looking for a way to kill time, save money and get fit all at once, scan through the city’s many gym and fitness class offerings for one that suits you. We hear that TK MMA & Fitness is great for all round strength and fitness training and the first class is free.
If you're keen on classes and likely to go to multiple per week, we recommend you opt for a GuavaPass. For AED425 per month, you will get unlimited access to a number of fitness classes across the city (and you can get the first three months cheaper if you sign up during Ramadan.) A-Tone Fitness Lounge, Souplesse Cycle and Bespoke Ride are just a few of the centres that offer free classes to GuavaPass holders.
Click here to register for your GuavaPass.
10. Keep your change.
While the odd dirham doesn’t seem like much, it could help you save a few hundred dirhams per month.
Decide on a note that you will put aside every time you're given it as change. E.g. Every time the cashier gives you AED10, you put it in a jar. It's an amount of money that many people will barely notice, but by the end of the month, you could easily have a few hundred dirhams to enjoy yourself.