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Things to do in Abu Dhabi

10 Things to Do in Abu Dhabi for 10 Dirhams or Less

Save, don’t splurge, in the capital.

Pretty as a Picture

Like a modern art installation rising from the sand, Qasr Al Hosn Fort – the oldest heritage site in Abu Dhabi – has been transformed into a vibrant cultural park including Al Musallah, a prayer hall slightly smaller than a mosque. It has been selected as best religious building at the World Architecture Festival Awards.

Cost: Free

Qasr Al Hosn Fort, Al Musallah Prayer Hall located at the north-eastern corner

Popp’n Bottles!

Calling all ladies who love champagne and caviar, but have a beer budget. Every Sunday, Star N Bars gives away a whole bottle of bubbles free! All you need to do is buy one glass (between three ladies, that’s AED 10 each). Our tip: make sure to book because it’s packed on Sundays – and we all know why.

Cost: 1 glass of bubbles

Stars N Bars, Yas Marina, 02 565 0101, every Sunday 7pm-9pm

Cheap Eats

You can find some of the UAE’s oldest cafeterias in the city’s capital, so enjoy a late night AED 7 shawarma and a AED 4 juice named after a landmark of Abu Dhabi. Immerse yourself in local culture and rub shoulders with a melting pot of different nationalities as you all enjoy some cheap eats. 

Cost: Starting at AED 4 

Cafeterias are located around Abu Dhabi, check out Google reviews to see local favourites

All That Jazz

Whether you’re a huge fan of jazz or couldn’t name a single jazz song, Jazz & Fizz Bar is the place to be on a Tuesday night! Ladies get unlimited house wine while listening to the best live jazz that Abu Dhabi has to offer. 

Cost: Unlimited free wine and 25 percent off food

Jazz & Fizz Bar, Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, Capital Plaza, 02 813 7777, every Tuesday 6pm-3am 

You Grow, Girl!

Living in the UAE, you sometimes crave lush greenery, right? And thanks to Al Ain Oasis, you can get your forest fix – all without leaving Abu Dhab)! Al Ain Oasis offers shaded pathways with a thick canopy of over 147,000 date palms and other trees.

Cost: Free entry 

Al Ain Oasis, Central District, near Al Ain Palace Museum, 03 711 8251

Shape Up

Gym memberships can be pricey and doing a couple of spin classes a week can really add up! So why not take care of your body and your bank account with Vogue Fitness? It’s offering a seven-day free membership for all new sign-ups. The best part: it has a ladies-only gym at Yas Marina! Sign up here for a seven-day free trial.

Cost: 7 days free 

Vogue Fitness, Yas Marina, Khalifa City & Al Raha, head to www.vfuae.com to contact and sign up

Make a Splash

So you’re on the lookout for a tan, a temperature-controlled pool, and frugal fun? Well, look no further because Abu Dhabi Golf Club is offering ladies free access to its swimming pool and a frozen mixed drink on arrival. Win-win.

Cost: Free (for ladies)

Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Khalifa City, 056 536 2230, free pool for ladies 11am-6pm, Sunday to Thursday 

Drink to That

There’s nothing better than finishing the workweek with a cheeky drink – or three, depending on how the week was – especially if those drinks are on the house! Get the girls together at Viewz, where it’s all about the, well, great views! This sky-high bar offers ladies three free drinks every Thursday. 

Cost: 3 free drinks

Viewz, Cristal Hotel, Zayed the First Street, 02 639 3375, every Thursday 7pm-1am

Dreamy Desertscapes

Wonder where all the celebrities take those majestic desert shots when they visit Abu Dhabi? The Empty Quarter is the perfect backdrop for any photo op. With its shimmering sands at sunset, this mesmerising landscape is the perfect place to bring your out-of-town visitors and for any Instaworthy photoshoot.

Cost: Free

Rub’ al Khali desert, The Empty Quarter

Cup of Karak

Best Tea Café isn’t called Best Tea Café for nothing! It’s famed for having the best karak in town, so visit this Abu Dhabi institution to find out why everyone raves about its karak.

Cost: Drinks starting from AED 3 

Best Tea Café, near Sahara Hotel Apartments, Defense Road, Al Nahyan, 02 641 8515, open daily 6am-1am

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