Broke after the Christmas holidays and New Year break? Here are some affordable you can do without even leaving your home (because even stepping outside in Dubai can be costly, right?).
Dubai Week teamed up with ServiceMarket.com to bring you some ideas of ways to inspire your downtime without spending lots of money.
Host your own film festival
Cinema trips can leave you feeling you’re spending like a Hollywood star.
So, rearrange your living room and stock up popcorn, snacks and drinks. Then call your friends over and ask them to bring along their favourite film, so you can have a movie marathon.
Create a time capsule
Children will love this!
Come up with a list of questions such as, “Where do you see yourself in 10 years?”, “What is your favourite song?” and, “What would you like to change in the world?”.
Put their responses into a box along with a few photos and keepsakes, then try to forget about it until a special date – or when you move house!
January dilemma – you’re broke but need to exercise.
No drama – YouTube is home to thousands of exercise tutorial videos and many don’t require any specialist equipment.
If you don’t have access to a community gym or pool at home, create a exercise schedule and follow a different tutorial every couple of days.
Have a spa day at home
Have your own spa day without spending hundreds of dirhams.
Rather than use expensive products, try mixing an egg white with a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice and half a teaspoon of honey for a spot-clearing face treatment.
Coconut oil is great for your hair and olive oil mixed with salt or sugar will beat dry feet.
Paint a mug or plate
Buy a couple of cheap crockery and personalise them with paint, but remember to use proper ceramic paint if you want to eat off them afterwards!
Create a garden
It’s the perfect weather to get outside and put your gardening skills to the test.
Pick up some cheap plants or seeds and re-design your garden with some Pintrest-spiration. Even if you don’t have a garden, you can create a mini-green space on your balcony with hanging baskets and pots of herbs.
Head to Dubai’s Plant Souq for the best bargains – find it down the Academic City Road to Al Aweer, close to International City and Dragon Mart.
If you need help with landscaping a large space, you can always hire a professional gardener at ServiceMarket.com.
Redecorate a room
Pick a room to makeover, but rather than buying new furniture, try making a few smaller changes such as adding some new pillows, changing the bed covers, adding a couple of mirrors or hanging some fancy curtains or blinds.
You can get quotes for custom curtains or blinds on ServiceMarket.com and it’s surprisingly how much difference they can make to a room.
Cook up a new dish
Not only will you save money on eating out, you’ll also be able to impress your family and friends with your new recipe.
Find a recipes or research ways to use what’s in the cupboards here.
If you’re a beginner, then start with something simple with only a few ingredients. However, if you’re someone who enjoys cooking then why not try baking up a new pie or curry you can share with loved ones?
Take an online course
Improve your knowledge or gain a new skill without leaving the couch.
From programming to psychology, you can find free virtual classes from internationally recognised universities at Coursera, download Duolingo to learn another language, or get to grips with DIY creations with Instructables.
Start the new year with a clean home. Sort through one room at a time and get rid of anything that you no longer need.
Need an extra pair of hands? You can instantly book a maid on ServiceMarket.com.