When asked if recession is over, I’m usually not sure what the answer is. But whatever the answer, there’s one lesson that this/last session of economic cycle has taught quite a few of us – to SAVE! And I’m sure it’s a learning we’ll keep with ourselves for a while at least ;)
And saving is something that’s difficult to do in this very indulgent city of Dubai, given the sheer variety of malls, restaurants, getaways to spoil us :) So how do we make sure we’re indulging, living our lives in this thriving city but doing so wisely ;D? Well, over the last year or so, there have been some amazing ways in which we can do so. Here’s a few below. Make sure you’re signed up and hooked on to ‘em. They’ll save you quite a few hundred thousand Dirhams me thinks ;)
- For the shopaholic – Grazia Insider
When I read about this card a couple of years ago and saw the deal it gives me on my favorite stores and that too on brand new stock anytime of the year - I knew I had to grab one! This Insider card gives you a flat 20 per cent discount at popular retailers such as New Look, Koton, Splash, Jane Norman and a whole lot more :D and the best part is, it can be yours for free, simply by registering here.
- For the foodaholic – Time Out Dubai City Card
Another superstar ITP Publishing product, the Time Out City Card offers tones of discounts and offers across the city’s small and big restaurants along with a few hotel stay and spa deals. And yes, it comes free of charge too and all you need to do is register here.
- For the biggest discounts – GoNabit
It’s a concept that’s amazing and if you like a deal you want to grab, the savings are amazing too :) Register on the GoNabit website to see the daily deal of the day sent straight to your e-mail offering a minimum 50 per cent discount or more. GoNabit currently has a presence in the UAE - Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Ajman along with Beirut; Amman; Doha; Kuwait City and Cairo.
- For some more deals delivered to your inbox – Cobone
A concept just like GoNabit, Cobone is an online start-up that ties up with businesses to offer daily deals on a variety of activities. Currently available in Dubai and Abu Dhabi only.
- For a bit of everything - Gulf News Good Living Vouchers and Card
Free with every Gulf News annual subscription, the Good Living books and the newly introduced card offer deals at fine dining restaurants, casual eateries, spa and salons for men and women, retail stores and activities across the UAE.
- Bank Credit Cards
The multitude of credit cards that exist in Dubai and the UAE have tie ups with various service providers, restaurants, hotels and retailers to offer you some really awesome deals. Make sure you check their (bank credit card’s) website to keep abreast of what these are.
- For Buy 1 Get 1 Free Deals: The Entertainer
A book full of 2 for 1 vouchers sold solely by interests – one targeted to the family, one for fine dining, one for kids and one for pampering, The Entertainer requires you to pay a small price (approx AED 350) to own your copy for thousands to be saved.
I’m sure there are a whole lot more options out there missing on this list. Feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments & I’ll update the post.
Happy Indulging, Happy Saving ;D
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