Top Freebies in the UAE
Free Hotel Stay
Best For: Couples
This deal seems too good to be true – if you go for dinner at Hatta Fort Hotel on a Saturday night you get to stay over at the hotel absolutely free! The deal applies when two people have the five-course gourmet dinner costing Dhs395 per person. As for the sleepover, you stay in one of the hotel’s lush chalet-style rooms for no extra dirhams. Bargain!
Best For: Beautifying
Skincare expert Rebecca Treston hosts an open day every month to showcase treatments on offer at her clinic. After refreshments and a presentation, Rebecca gives live demonstrations of her latest treatments. Guests also receive a goodie bag full of skincare samples and vouchers, plus great discounts at the clinic. If you love treatments, this is one not to miss!
INFO: Places are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, book in advance; 10am to 1pm, Saturday 24 March, Rebecca Treston Aesthetics, Dubai, 04 394 5422, www.euromedclinicdubai.com.
Free Food & Drink
Best For: Night Out With The Girls
Ladies’ nights and empty stomachs are a dangerous combination, so we’re excited to hear that the new Lady Luck night at the Radisson Royal Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road includes free food!
After arriving on the 50th floor, take a seat in front of the chef’s Tappan grill, which gives you a front-row seat to the culinary action that awaits. Indulge in unlimited free red and white vino and a diet-friendly green salad with Asian dressing as a starter. After this (and another glass of grape!) your choice of chicken or salmon is grilled in front of you with full-on Teppanyaki-style theatrics and then served with greens and a light soy sauce. Fresh fruit salad finishes the meal before you move up a floor to the bar for a few more glasses of vino, some girly chat and great tunes.
INFO: 8pm to 11pm, every Tuesday, Icho Restaurant and Bar, Radisson Royal Hotel, Dubai, 04 308 0000, www.radissonblu.com.
Best For: Film Buffs
Movie promoter Shooting Stars regularly gives away hundreds of tickets to the UAE premieres of movies, meaning you get to see the flicks before the general public for no cost at all! For details of upcoming giveaways see their Facebook page, where they also throw competitions to win movie merchandise. The next sneak peek Oscar-nominated flick Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, which premiers on 22 March.
Best For: A Makeover
Need a hair makeover but can’t afford to spend hundreds of dirhams? Formul’a Hairdressing Academy offer free haircuts to give their students some practice. You can be a model and get your hair cut by a student for free, but rest assured, fully qualified stylists oversee their every snip! The academy also offer free blow-dries and serious discounts on colouring.
INFO: Book in advance, 10am to 5pm, Sunday to Thursday, Formul’a French Hairdressing Academy, Knowledge Village, Block 11, G-02, 04 438 0122, email@example.com, www.formula-academy.net.
Best For: Tourist Tours
We all know the feeling – you love having visitors but you end up spending so much money doing the same tourist attractions over and over. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was some free stuff to do? Well, the Dubai Municipality Museum in the spice souk is completely free and pretty interesting. Here you can learn some history, catch a short film and sit at the planning table of the late UAE prime minister HH Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum.
INFO: 9am to 5pm, Saturday to Thursday; Bani Yas Street, Deira, Dubai, 04 225 3312.
Free Pool And Beach Access
Best For: Pampering
Heavenly Spa offers some fab spa packages which include free access to The Westin’s gorgeous pool and beach (normally costing Dhs200 when invited by a hotel guest!). For March, the hotel offers the Decentered package with a Heavenly Massage plus lunch at Blue Orange for Dhs499, and the Motherly Moments package including a facial, massage and scrub for Dhs595. In April, look out for the Heavenly Chocolate Indulgence including a Chocolate Indulgence Body Scrub and Coffee Chocolate Massage, plus pool and beach access. Spa and tanning time – sounds heavenly to us!
INFO: 8am to 10pm, Heavenly Spa, The Westin Dubai Resort & Spa, 04 511 7901, www.starwoodhotels.com.
Best For: Groups Of Friends
Throughout April, every time you dine at Mediterranean restaurant Thyme you receive a voucher to use on your next visit equivalent to the amount spent on food on your bill! Two meals for the price of one? We’re sold!
INFO: 7am to 12pm, Thyme, Oasis Beach Tower, Jumeirah Beach Residence, 04 315 4200, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Best For: Music Lovers
The Dubai Concert Committee organises monthly concerts at DUCTAC and any tickets not claimed by their members are given out for free on the night! This month you have two concerts to choose from, the Choir of Sidney Sussex College Cambridge with Fretwork on 22 March, and the London Piano Trio on 28 March. Tickets are given away at 7.50pm on a first-come-first-served basis for the shows at 8pm.
INFO: Dubai Community Theatre & Arts Centre, Mall of the Emirates, 04 331 3832, www.dubaiconcertcommittee.com.