Working for the Abu Dhabi Education Council has its perks. Summer vacation is the main one, of course, but there are some vendors that offer discounts to ADEC teachers and employees. And, if you missed it in one of my posts from last August (Flexible Pricing), there are vendors that take advantage of ADEC newbies and actually increase their rates (Infinity Services, if you’ll recall).
Now, for those of you who are prospective ADEC teachers, you may well be interested in what sorts of discounts that are available here in Al Ain, right?
To begin with, some furniture stores offer a discount to us. Home Centre comes to mind. In order to get this discount, you just need to furnish your ADEC identification (or visa, which is sponsored by ADEC, or some proof of employment with them). If they have another sale going on, though, that will override the ADEC discount.
Most of the local hotels offer a discount to ADEC teachers for health club memberships (as well as food and drink from the mighty expensive hotel restaurants). For example, the Danat Hotel Resort (near the Hilton) offers a 15% discount. Some hotels actually have a welcome party event and they’ll offer deeper discounts than usual at those events, too, so keep your eyes peeled for those (the Danat has one coming up Tuesday the 11th, actually).
The Rugby Club offers a 10% discount to ADEC teachers. They’re one of the more cost-effective places to go if you’re looking for a decent gym and pool, plus their restaurant has reasonable prices since they’re not a hotel (hotels attach very high taxes to food and drink; 16%, if I remember right–we avoid hotel eateries for that reason).
It might pay to know that Etihad Airlines offers 20% off airfare to ADEC folks.
At any rate, wherever you go, particularly if you’re looking at some kind of membership, it pays to ask if they offer an ADEC discount, because there are quite a few places that do.