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Have you ever felt the urge for a big juicy burger late at night?  Or had the 3 AM cravings for some chocolate cake? Well, same. 

With Ramadan in full swing, hunger pangs at night are at an all-time high, irrespective of if you’ve been fasting the whole day or if you’re hungry because you can’t hit the food court during your lunch break as usual. Or maybe you’re just hungry and it doesn’t need a reason!  We did a little digging around and found a few places that are open 24/7 to satisfy that rumble in your stomach. 

BELOW AED 50

1. McDonalds

Cuisine: Fast food
Approximate price for one: AED 30
Locations: Al Nahda, Mankhool, Qusais, etc
Home delivery: Available

2. Subway

Cuisine: Fast Food
Approximate price for one: AED 30
Locations: Al Nahda, Al Rigga, Dubai, Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), Muhaisnah, Trade
Centre Area, etc.
Home delivery: Available

3. Shahi Mughal

Cuisine: Indian,Pakistani, Arabian,Middle Eastern
Approximate price for one: AED 35
Locations: Al Karama, Meena Bazaar, Mankhool, Al Satwa
Home delivery: Available

4. Al Reef Lebanese Bakery

Cuisine: Lebanese
Approximate price for one: AED 37
Locations: Al Karama, Jumeirah 3
Home delivery: Available

5. Burger King

Cuisine: Fast food, Burger
Approximate price for one: AED 40
Locations: Al Rigga, Dubai Internet City, Mirdif, Jumeirah 1, etc.
Home delivery: Available

6. Denny’s

Cuisine: American
Approximate price for one: AED 40
Locations: Al Rigga, Al Safa
Home delivery: Not available

FROM AED 50 – AED 100

7. Green City Restaurant

Cuisine: Indian, Arabian, Middle Eastern
Approximate price for one: AED 50
Locations: Oud Metha, Mankhool
Home delivery: Available

8. Operation: Falafel

Cuisine: Street Food, Arabian, Middle Eastern, Salad
Approximate price for one: AED 57
Locations: Dubai Media City, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Downtown Dubai,etc.
Home delivery: Available

9. Zaroob

Cuisine: Lebanese and Arabian
Approximate price for one: AED 65
Location: Shop 1, Jumeirah Tower Building, Sheikh Zayad Road, Trade Centre Area, Dubai
Home delivery: Available

10. Coochini Restaurant and Bar

Cuisine: Iranian
Approximate price for one: AED 77
Location: Al Khaleej Palace Hotel, Al Maktoum Street, Al Rigga, Dubai
Home delivery: Available

AED 100 AND ABOVE

11. Al Shorfa

Cuisine: Lebanese
Approximate price for one: AED 105
Location: Ground Level, Trident Grand Residence, Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), Dubai
Home delivery: Available

12. Basil and Spice 

Cuisine: Arabian, Middle Eastern, Indian
Approximate price for one: AED 110
Location: Flora Al Barsha Hotel, Next to Mall of Emirates, Al Barsha, Dubai
Home delivery: Not available

13. Boulvar

Cuisine: American, Indian
Approximate price for one: AED 125
Location: Level 1, Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek, Baniyas, Dubai (temporarily closed)
Home delivery: Not available

14. La Farine

Cuisine: French
Approximate price for one: AED 180
Location: Lobby Level, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Business Bay, Dubai
Home delivery: Not available

15. Arboretum

Cuisine: Arabian, Middle Eastern, Continental, American
Approximate price for one: AED 112
Location: Ground Level, Jumeirah Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai
Home delivery: Not available

A special mention to restaurants which are open way past midnight:

16. Al Ijaza Cafeteria

Cuisine: Fast food, juices
Approximate price for one: AED 30
Timings: 9 AM to 3 AM
Location: Near Mercato Mall, Jumeirah 1, Dubai
Home delivery: Available

17. The Kebab Shop

Cuisine: British, Turkish, Indian, Kebabs
Approximate price for one: AED 37
Timings: 10 AM TO 5 AM
Location: Ground Level, Spring Oasis Tower, Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO), Dubai
Home delivery: Available

18. Dyar Al Sham

Cuisine: Arabian, Middle Eastern
Approximate price for one: AED 40
Timings: 7 AM to 3 AM
Location: Ground Level, V 01 Building, Russia Cluster, International City, Dubai
Home delivery: Available

19. BurgerFuel

Cuisine: Fast food, Burgers
Approximate price for one: AED 50
Timings: 11 AM to 5 AM
Location: Opposite Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort, The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), Dubai
Home delivery: Available

20. Aroos Damascus

Cuisine: Arabian, Middle Eastern, Salad, Kebab
Approximate price for one: AED 50
Timings: 7 AM to 3 AM
Location: Near Clock Tower, Al Muraqqabat, Dubai
Home delivery: Available

21. Sidra

Cuisine: Middle Eastern, Lebanese
Approximate price for one: AED 50
Timings: 7 AM to 4 AM
Location: Dune Centre, 2nd of December Street, Al Satwa, Dubai
Home delivery: Available

Written and Researched by Najah Bashir

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Life in Dubai; as glamorous as it may seem, only those of us living here know that sometimes it is quite difficult to manage the cost of living while being able to have a good time 

To ease the load on your wallets, here’s a list of regular offers in UAE. From fast food to fine dining, cinema to amusement parks and mall to nightclubs, we’ve got you covered! 

1. DU TUESDAY

Perfect for all you theatre junkies out there! Du customers can avail this offer every Tuesday through online booking, where two can enjoy a movie for the price of one! This offer is valid on online bookings only. 

2. ETISALAT WEDNESDAY

Fret not Etisalat customers, every Wednesday Etisalat offers a 1+1 ticket free valid for Reel and Novo cinemas. 

3. PAPA JOHN TUESDAY

You can’t make everyone happy…well unless you’re pizza!  Make your Tuesday a little less boring by availing Papa John’s Tuesday offer. Get a free large pizza with every large pizza bought. Offer valid on delivery and pickup.

4. PIZZA HUT TUESDAY

How much pizza is too much pizza? Order one Large/medium pizza and get another one for free every Tuesday at Pizza Hut! Pizza hut’s got you covered for rest of the weekdays too. Order three medium pizzas for just AED 59! Visit their website for more details. 

5. BASKIN ROBBINS

Fun Fact: Baskin-Robbins “31®” was created to represent a different ice cream flavor for each day of the month. And so on the 31st of any month, Baskin Robbins offers a 31% discount on a pint/quarter/gallon of ice cream purchased. 

6. DOMINO’S

Get a medium or a large pizza for half the regular price on every Saturday at Domino’s. You can also get a free medium/large pizza for every medium/large pizza purchased, every Monday. 

7. OUTLET MALL MONDAYS

Every Monday is a bargain Monday at the Dubai outlet mall where participating outlets have products at 50% discount or more! 

8. BOLLYWOOD PARKS

Living in the UAE certainly has its perks. All GCC residents can buy a ticket to the park for just AED 95, usual price being AED 175. 
PS: You get an additional 10% off if you book three days in advance.

9. ATLANTIS AQUAVENTURE BIRTHDAY OFFER

Take a splash, have some fun and refresh yourself on your birthday with Atlantis’s birthday offer where you can enjoy the park for free on your birthday! 

10. WILD WADI

By showing a proof of your residency in UAE, one can buy a ticket to the waterpark for AED 149 only, the usual cost being AED 336 (if you book it online it is AED 269). Not only this, all residents also get a 20% off on food and beverages purchased from inside the park! 

11. BREAD STREET KITCHEN

Fancy a wholesome meal at Gordon Ramsey’s very own? With just AED 145 per person pair any pie you’d like with a drink! 

12. DUNKIN DONUTS

Donut worry, be happy…made possible with Dunkin Donut’s Monday offer where you can get a dozen donuts free for every dozen purchased! Also on any day 12 pcs cost only AED 42 and 6 only AED 26.50! So you save about AED 30/- per dozen Why have one when you can have 12? 

13. QWERTY

This one’s for all you hard-working ladies out there! She night at this media one bar offers free drinks to the ladies and all food items at 50% off. 

14. YAS WATERWORLD & FERRARI WORLD

Ride the world’s fastest roller coaster or be plunged into a swirling tornado…Get the best of both worlds by purchasing a Yas Waterworld and Ferrari world combo pass!  The combo pass costs AED 315 per person if you want to visit both the parks on the same day, saving about AED 230! Alternatively, you can purchase a 2 park 2-day ticket for AED 355 which allows you to enjoy both the parks on two different days. Be sure to book at least 3-14 days in advance to receive a 10% discount and at least 15 days in advance to avail a 15% discount! These prices are in accordance with online booking only. 

15. TR!BECA KITCHEN AND BAR

This uber cool lounge style kitchen and bar is inspired by NYC’s richest and most happening neighbourhood; Tribeca. The rustic interiors of this place draw inspiration from Tribeca’s (NYC) loft-style apartments, cobblestone streets and New York’s signature red brick buildings. 

Here’s a list of ways you can enjoy Tr!beca’s vibe without it being too heavy on your pockets:

Latin Fiesta!

Every Tuesday Tr!beca organizes a Latin-themed Fiesta. There’s music, food and much more especially for you ladies who can enjoy complimentary drinks from 8 pm – 11 pm! 

Queen Bee Ladies Night

Happy girls are the prettiest! Enjoy unlimited drinks + 50% off on main courses + unlimited bubbly while dining, every Wednesday from 8 pm – 1:30 am at Tr!beca’s Queen Bee Ladies Night. 

Bubbly birthdays

Enjoy a complimentary bottle of wine provided you dine with 5 or more friends when you book a table at Tr!beca on your birthday. Additionally, the birthday guy/girl receives a complimentary main too! 

Written and Researched by Alefiya Mustafa

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Volunteering gives you an opportunity to change people’s lives, including your own. It is a way of giving back to your community while developing important social skills, and gaining valuable work experience all at the same time. The ultimate win-win situation!

Here’s a roundup of some of the best charitable organizations you can volunteer within the UAE:

1. AL NOOR

Al Noor is a training center established for children with special needs. They aim to educate and improve the lifestyle of these individuals by providing them with adequate training and involving them in various extracurriculars. You can volunteer in different departments like direct child intervention, fundraising department or annual events. They also issue a certificate on having completed minimum 10 hours of volunteering.

Requirement: A legal resident of the UAE and at least 16 years of age can volunteer.
To Register: Drop an email at jlaura@alnoorpsneeds.ae to get more information on how to proceed.

2. DUBAI FOUNDATION FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN

The Dubai Foundation for Women and Children (DFWAC) is the first licensed non-profit shelter in the UAE for women and children, victims of domestic violence, child abuse, and human trafficking.

Requirement: They seek volunteers who are professionals and highly skilled in educational, vocational, and recreational training.
To Register: Visit https://www.dfwac.ae/volunteer.

3. DUBAI AUTISM CENTRE

Dubai autism center is a specialized center that aims to improve the quality of life of children with autism and their families. Volunteers are always welcome to provide help and support for individuals with Autism. You will also receive a certificate/reference letter. Some of the work you will be doing involves:

  • Assisting teachers or therapists in the classrooms.
  • Engage in fundraising events and projects.
  • Lend support in PR, copywriting, photography, media, marketing and public relations
  • Support in social awareness drives, the parents of children with Autism or the center’s management services

Requirement: Anyone with an interest in Autism and social work can volunteer.
To Register: Visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc_rVSmNeTFEazbsVZK0T85t69Y-Yjgs_asKlCqkyuTuSC2NA/viewform?c=0&w=1.

4. K9 FRIENDS

K9 friends not only provides shelter for abandoned and stray dogs but also strives to find them an affectionate home environment where they are given the utmost love and affection. They also reunite lost dogs with their owners. If you aren’t in a position to adopt or foster a dog, you can even just take a rescue dog out for a walk. It is the perfect place for all the doggo lovers out there!

Requirement:  You should be a minimum of 16 years of age and should be willing to volunteer for a minimum of 6 months.
To Register: Contact +971 (0)4 8878739 OR +971 50 2741949. For further details visit http://www.k9friends.com/lend-a-paw/volunteer/.

5. FELINE FRIENDS

Feline Friends is a non-profit organization that opened in 1991. It was fully funded by donations and supported by part-time volunteers. They had to close down a while ago, but they still keep their website running for cat rescuers to post their cats for adoption or fostering.

Requirement: Just make sure your home is cat-ready!
To Register: Visit http://www.felinefriendsabudhabi.com/ and have a look at the available cats. If you see a cat you would like to adopt/foster, click on its picture to get the owner details and contact them directly.

6. MAKE A WISH UAE

Every child loves to dream big and a lot of us had an ultimate wish while growing up. Unfortunately, not every child is able to live long enough to fulfill that wish. The Make A Wish Foundation aims to give children with critical illnesses a life beyond their illness.  They bring magic and joy to these children each year, by granting their most cherished wish. Volunteering opportunities could include being a wish granter, office worker, translator, fundraiser, speaker or event staff member.

Requirement:  The Make A Wish Foundation requires all potential volunteers to undergo an assessment. Their work involves children and sensitive information, so select volunteer positions require a criminal background check and evaluation every three years, as well.
To Register: Fill out the form at http://www.makeawish.ae/page/Application-Form.html and email the form along with an updated resume, a copy of your passport, copy of your residency visa, copy of your Emirates ID and a  recent photo to volunteer@makeawish.ae.

Dubai Police and Make-A-Wish UAE grants Seif his wish to be a policeman!

7. RIDING FOR THE DISABLED ASSOCIATION DUBAI

Riding for therapy! What an amazing concept put forward by the RDA Dubai. RDAD’s programme utilizes horses to achieve a variety of goals. The horse not only helps the disabled riders physically but also improves their mental and cognitive abilities. As opposed to physical therapy and treatments confined to the four walls of a hospital, RDA promotes exercising in fresh air. Volunteering at RDAD can also be part of the Duke of Edinburgh program for young students.

Requirement: No experience is necessary, just enthusiasm and a desire to make a difference to the riders’ lives.
To Register: Contact lessons@rdad.ae or visit http://www.rdad.ae/volunteering.html.

8. PINK CARAVAN

Prevention is better than cure; A motto that the pink caravan lives by. It aims to raise awareness and help in the early detection of breast cancer amongst women through regular screening and self-examinations.

Requirement: They particularly need people with backgrounds in medicine, events and equine care, as well as mechanics, four-wheel-drive specialists and veterinarians.
To Register: Visit http://www.pinkcaravan.ae/register/individual-form-1.php

9. EMIRATES RED CRESCENT

Emirates Red Crescent is a humanitarian organization that in times of peace organizes various volunteering events that promote the spirit of solidarity. During times of wars and emergency situations, they provide shelter, rehabilitation, food, medical aid, etc. for the victims.

Requirement: Applicant must be above 18 years, a resident of the country and should have at least completed high school.
To Register: Visit https://www.rcuae.ae/volunteer_purpose_en.aspx.

10. EMIRATES WILDLIFE SOCIETY

EWS-WWF was established to protect the flora and fauna in key sites across the emirates. It assists in formulating policies that help protect the biodiversity in the region. They also aim to raise awareness regarding UAE’s ecological footprint. One can aid in various fields such as event support, graphic design, office work, photography, etc.

Requirement: They require you to fill out a questionnaire which will then tell you which field you are suited to.
To Register: Visit http://howyoucanhelp.uae.panda.org/#tabIndividual.

11. SMART LIFE

A lot of kudos should go to our blue-collar friends for the development we see around us. SmartLife honors the efforts of these workers with tools that not only improve their present lifestyle but also render them capable of finding a respectable job in their field of choice by unleashing their hidden potential and empowering them. Volunteer assistance is highly valued throughout the organization. Their projects usually fall under, knowledge, personal care, sports, and talent.

Requirement: You have to go through their projects and write to them mentioning your areas of interest.
To Register: Call +971 55 476 3786, email admin@smartlifefoundation.org or visit http://smartlifefoundation.org/smartlife/.

12. VALLEY OF LOVE

This non-governmental organization provides a helping hand for those in need, whatever their background. From assisting those in a hospital to helping families with the formalities of death and repatriation, the 16 volunteers and their much larger network of contacts aim to ease the burden for anyone who is struggling by offering assistance, solace, and hope.

To Register: Drop an email at thevalleyoflove@gmail.com or call 055-337 0044.

Pakistani youth, Wahab Davis set out to camp in an Oman wadi where he lost control of his car and stumbled down a steep cliff, the accident left his limbs paralyzed, but thanks to VoL Wahab was able to fly to India and afford world class treatment.

13. THE EWAA SHELTERS FOR VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING

The Ewaa shelters join in local and international efforts to combat human trafficking and protect against it. It concentrates on providing relief, care, and rehabilitation for victims in a safe and secure environment. You can help by volunteering your experience and skills to provide shelters’ residents with the best services.

Requirement: Everybody can help!
To Register: Visit http://www.shwc.ae/portal/everybody.can.help.aspx or email ewaa@shwc.ae.

14. DUBAI CARES

Dubai cares focuses on providing access to quality education for all children alike. Through this initiative, they aim to break the vicious cycle of poverty. Operations take place in over 40 developing countries

Requirement: Volunteers have to be a minimum of 16 years, however, younger volunteers can be accompanied by an adult.
To Register: Visit http://www.dubaicares.ae/en/volunteer.

15. GULF FOR GOOD

Fancy a bit of a challenge and adventure, while also contributing to the welfare of the needy? Gulf for Good is an International Humanitarian City Free Zone Not for Profit Organisation under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum. They host several adventure challenges which you can sign up for. Participants collect sponsorship for each adventure challenge, and these are donated to children’s charities in the region that the challenge is held.

Requirement: The challenges are open to anyone 18 years and over who is willing to prepare themselves physically for the challenge, as well as support the charity via their sponsorships. Anyone between the age of 16 to 18-year-old can also participate if one or both parents are also taking part in the challenge, and if they too are committed to meet all other criterias such as sponsorship and fitness training and demonstrate themselves to be mentally and physically fit enough for the challenge.
To Register: Download their pdf form, fill it out and then send it with a photo, a copy of your passport and the registration fee of AED 2,500 (non-refundable) to their office.

16. OTHER WAYS 

Additionally, to be regularly updated on any upcoming volunteering opportunities register yourself at https://www.volunteers.ae/register.aspx. You can volunteer during the expo week, Special Olympics games, Jordan heritage week etc.

With the Dubai Volunteering Center (DVC) you can get actively involved in society by helping to spread a culture of care across the UAE. By contributing time and effort you have a real opportunity to touch lives. You will get to support your community while uplifting yourself with a sense of fulfillment. To register visit https://www.cda.gov.ae/en/Pages/Registration.aspx.

PLEASE NOTE: New laws have been issued regarding volunteer work in Dubai, which states that licenses have to be issued by the Dubai Authority for specialized volunteer work in the emirate. More information regarding this can be found here.

Written and Researched by Alefiya Mustafa

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