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Saving money: the Entertainer books.

Our 2013 book.

With such amazing choice in restaurants and bars, we find ourselves going out a lot.
And the wallet cries.
A great way to have the cake AND eat it, is to be on the lookout for discount vouchers.

Many restaurants will give you vouchers at the end of your meal (like Spaccanapoli, inside Crowne Plaza) so you can save some money the next time you eat there.

Others will have special deals on certain days of the week, or special discounts for bigger groups of friends, or maybe give you a free entry to their pool or beach, if you are eating inside a hotel, which is very nice.

In general, though, what we found to be the best way to save money is to get the Entertainer books.
We had never heard of it before moving here, but it is quite a popular thing around Abu Dhabi.

Three vouchers per place.

The Entertainer books are a collection of “two for one” vouchers from thousand of establishments, from restaurant to ice cream parlours, from golf courses to waterparks, from beauty salons to hotels.
Each page is composed by three vouchers from each establishment, which are valid for one year.
We just have to be very careful to buy the 2014 book, not the 2013 editions, which are still available for purchase on the website.

UPDATE – MAY 2014: Click HERE for an exclusive 10 % discount on all Entertainer products valid until the end of June 2014!

Usually there are different kinds of books, both in mobile and paper version, but we had the general one this year and it covered all what we wanted to do.
The 2014 version is currently available for pre-ordering and there is a 10% discount on the cover price available on the official website.

The price for one book is approximately between 250 and 400 AED, depending on which version you choose, but we found that if you use at least four or five of the hundreds of vouchers inside, you have already got your money back and started saving.
The vouchers are valid for one year, but a few might have some restrictions on days and times of use, so it’s always good to read the small prints.

More info on the official Entertainer website.

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Quick Tip: Taxi Drivers

  • If we encounter a taxi driver we like, we always ask for his business card (or simply his mobile number) so we can call him again whenever we need a ride.

Taxi drivers in Abu Dhabi don’t usually have a GPS, so unless we can mention a landmark, a big mall, a department store or a hotel close to the place where we are actually trying to get, it might be hard for them to know where to go.

If we happen to find a taxi driver who is knowledgeable and does not drive like he has been possessed by the spirit of an angry Ayrton Senna, chances are that next time we will need a ride, he will be available, so we usually get his digits and keep them handy.

Taxi drivers work all hours and often 6 days a week (many have Friday as their day off) but we always make sure to call them at least 30 min before we actually need them to pick us up as they could be on the other side of the city.

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Click here to visit the official website of The Centre for Regulation of Transport by Hire Cars in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

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