Pocket – Friendly Fun

There’s only one thing that can make having a great time even more enjoyable – that is, saving a few dinars along the way! We’ve picked five awesome things to do indoors that won’t break the bank…

[tw-accordion class=””] [tw-accordion-section title=”Ice Skating”] An indoor sport that was made for the hot summer months, ice-skating is one of those pastimes that will never get old! Get down to the ice rink at Marina Mall for a refreshing activity for all to get excited about. It’s a cool AED40 to skate for an hour, and skates, socks and optional safety gear is included in the price. For something on a biger scale, head down to the Olympic-sized ice rink at Zayed Sports City (they even have disco nights throughout the week) with sessions starting from AED30.

Call (0)2 403 4200 for more information.
[/tw-accordion-section] [tw-accordion-section title=” Gallery Hop”] Abu Dhabi is full of fantastic arts and culture to check out and one of the best ways to get in on the action is to plan a ‘gallery crawl’ for the day. Head to Etihad Modern Art Gallery for Art Souq 2015 and start your journey into the world of art collection. Right opposite is Etihad Antique Gallery with beautiful artefacts in a cosy setting – both located near Al Bateen Mall. Next up, try Barakat Gallery for ancient art and antiques from POCKET-FRIENDLY FUN places like China, Egypt, Africa, Greece, Rome and more – all pieces on display are for sale. For work by local and expat artists, Ghaf Art Gallery in Al Khalidiya will cater well, and N2N Gallery at the Nation Towers has a fantastic display of exceptional art works by European artists.

Visit www.stay.com/abu-dhabi for a full list of galleries.
[/tw-accordion-section] [tw-accordion-section title=” Emirates National Auto Museum”] You don’t have to be a fan of cars to appreciate the museum’s amazing private collection, owned by H.H. Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan. There’s everything from a customised camper van to rainbow-coloured Mercedes and a massive five-metre-high Dodge with an apartment under its roof (we’re not kidding!). If you’re going with some friends or the family, be sure to have a go at the golfing range set atop a number of military vehicles. Open daily from 8am to 6pm (including holidays).

Visit www.enam.ae or call (0)2 667 6999 for more information.
[/tw-accordion-section] [tw-accordion-section title=” Spring Clean”] This is the perfect season to give the house a thorough sweep and empty out all those drawers to unload yourself of unwanted items. Everything in good condition can be given to the organistaion Take My Junk. This UAE company will collect everything from clothes, shoes, indoor and outdoor furniture, electrical goods, books, and more, all of which will be donated to underprivileged families. A good spring clean will leave you feeling a little lighter, too!

Visit www.takemyjunkuae.com for more information.
[/tw-accordion-section] [tw-accordion-section title=”National Library”] Book worms unite! If you love reading and need the perfect place to perch with a great book, look no further than the National Library. With nearly two million volumes covering books, periodicals, manuscripts and electronic materials, there are more than 300,000 titles in Arabic and 100,000 titles in foreign languages, in genres ranging from history, literature, novels, biographies, non-fiction and so much more. You can even hire out any material of your choice (including DVDs and CDs) and settle in with a nice cuppa on the sofa at home.

Visit www.abudhabi.ae or call (0)2 657 6034 for more information.
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