What we didn't really consider, was how insanely expensive everything is here..! Sure, there are LOADS of choices in activities and happenings, something exciting on every weekend - but, you can't do it all anyway because you can't afford to!
(They say to enjoy the UAE lifestyle to the max, you need to be "Dinkies" = Double-Income-No-Kids-couples, they can have a really good life here!)
Anyway, if you are a bit savvy, you can still do a lot, without breaking the bank. Etihad employees are lucky to get a discount many places here in the capital, both in shops and restaurants. There is also The Entertainer you can buy, a sort of massive voucher book filled with 2-for-1 deals and other offers, on everything from restaurants to desert safaris. Another good thing to keep an eye on is Groupon, a website that has different offers, on spa treatments, Friday brunches etc etc. You can really find a lot of good deals, if you are a bit on to it!
Or - you can be a really lucky duck, and win stuff, like I did yesterday!!!
I answered a question on the Yas Mall Facebook page, and I WON, two Gold tickets to "The Illusionists 1903" show, currently here in Abu Dhabi. Woo-hoooo!
We went to this show last year when they came to Abu Dhabi, and it was an excellent show. I would have loved to take everybody again this year, but... as I said... expensive... So winning these tickets made me super happy! I can't wait for tonight!