“I didn’t come from a wealthy family. I came to Dubai with $3,000. I think you really have to remember where your roots are.” Donna Benton
Who doesn’t like saving money while having fun? A buy-one-get-one free deal at a top restaurant, for a new activity and an exciting experience is always a bonus. As a new expat eight years ago I purchased my first copy of The Entertainer book, as that was how it was available back in 2009, and started saving immediately on dining, activities and experiences.
I have been a loyal user of the Abu Dhabi product ever since, buying it annually now in its handy app form so it’s always to hand on my mobile device and easy to share with family members. We have saved thousands of dirhams along the way since that first purchase as there are substantial opportunities to try out new dining experiences, discover new places and even keep frequenting those you love the most while saving all the time with the app/book paying for itself very quickly. Family, friends and visitors have all benefitted from the abundance of buy one get one free offers and got to enjoy many fantastic meals, brunches and activities including desert safaris, Yas Waterworld and even rounds of golf on top courses.
Even though The Entertainer, created by Australian entrepreneur Donna Benton in 2001, started in Dubai it’s now available across forty destinations and fifteen countries to be precise. Throughout the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Asia there are vouchers to the best restaurants, activities, attractions, spas and worldwide hotels. With such diversity of vouchers available including such things as car services, car rental, optical services, teeth whitening and language courses, it’s always worth checking your app before you do anything.
My favourite feature is the sharing capability that’s perfect for grownup families like mine so everyone can access vouchers on their phones wherever they are and save money with their friends. Location software shows you the offers available nearby and a savings tracker keeps a running total of just how much you are saving. The app is a fantastic savings companion and a must have for all expats in my opinion especially now you can have instant access to your offers on your smartphone (as long as you have battery left of course). Redeeming a voucher is really quick, easy and efficient, just enter a four digit pin number and then the retailers enter their pin and it’s job done.
Additional monthly offers pop-up on your phone including brunch offers and selected deals that are really good. The app search function allows you to search offers by category, area, outlet, cuisine, location or even by attributes such as whether the venue has halal, shisha, valet parking and even Wi-Fi. World-class hotel chains, restaurants and car rental companies are just some of the categories that are available with the Entertainer App.
The Entertainer is continually evolving and now alongside all the fabulous dine-in options you can even enjoy some of your favourite food delivered straight to your door using the new Delivery tab. Monthly offers are continually updated and new partners come on board all the time, just this month newly opened Loca at Al Maryah Island, Indian Peppermill, Australian favourite Jones the Grocer to name a few were added on the Abu Dhabi app. The Social Room at Marina Social and Qasr Al Sultan, located just past the new Dubai Parks and Resorts are two of the latest merchants on the Dubai product.
Another great addition to The Entertainer is the Hub, an online blog written here in the UAE by the fabulous editor, fellow British expat and blogger Rebecca Bruce (London, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Africa versions of the Hub are also available). The Hub gives readers the latest news, ideas and offers as well as interviews with people who work and reside in the region, expats of all nationalities and local bloggers including myself – read my interview here as well as my top five favourite things to do with my Entertainer app in Abu Dhabi here.
The lovely and extremely generous folk over at the Entertainer are giving anexpatabroad.com readers the opportunity to WIN four apps, two for Abu Dhabi and two for Dubai. Both apps also include the Cheers app which gives you access to buy one get one free offers on drinks at the respective Emirate’s best restaurants and bars.
Abu Dhabi App* – Enjoy over 1,450 Buy One Get One Free offers in the capital for casual dining, cafes, nightspots, informal dining, attractions and leisure, retail and services and hotels worldwide (the Cheers Abu Dhabi app offers an additional 750 buy one get one free offers at casual, fine dining, modern and contemporary restaurants, upmarket bars and nightspots).
Dubai App* – Enjoy over 2,800 Buy One Get One Free offers in Dubai for casual dining, cafes, nightspots, informal dining, attractions and leisure, retail and services and hotels worldwide (the Cheers Dubai app offers an additional 1,100 buy one get one free offers at casual, fine dining, modern and contemporary restaurants, upmarket bars and nightspots).
*The Cheers products are intended for use of persons of legal drinking age (over 21 years) and non-Muslim only.
Do you want the opportunity to start saving money on food, drink and activities in 2017? Here’s your chance to WIN either an Abu Dhabi 2017 or a Dubai 2017 app for FREE right here with anexpatabroad via the Facebook page. To be in with a chance of winning this great prize you just need to……..
- Visit anexpatabroad on Facebook, like the PAGE (not just the post)
- Tag one or more friends who you would like to enjoy an Entertainer experience with, the more friends you tag, the more chances you have to win.
The giveaway will close at midnight on Thursday 6th April 2017. The four winners will be chosen at random and announced on the Facebook page on Friday 7th April 2017. There are four apps up for grabs with the opportunity for entrants to win only ONE app per person, the draw is completely random but entrants can specify when entering whether they would like to win either an Abu Dhabi or a Dubai product. This giveaway is open to UAE residents only. Good Luck!
All Entertainer 2017 products for the Middle East (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Jeddah and Riyadh), Africa (Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg & Pretoria), Europe (Athens, Cyprus, London and Malta) and Asia (Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore) are all available to purchase at well known retailers and online via The Entertainer website www.theentertainerme.com – enjoy 10% discount online off all products worldwide until 30th April 2017 using my promo code EXPAT10.
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