Free birthday dinners at the Shangri-La
The Chinese restaurant Shang Palace at the Shangri-La Abu Dhabi. Sammy Dallal / The National
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Free birthday dinners at the Shangri-La


The Shangri-La in Abu Dhabi is celebrating five years of dining, and during September and October anyone celebrating a birthday during those months is invited to a free meal at any of the hotel's restaurants.

It's good news for me, as I'm a September baby. The catch? You have to dine with at least one paying customer – but then, who wants to eat their birthday dinner alone? – and only one birthday celebrant is permitted per table.

Choose from Shang Palace, Bord Eau, Sofra Bld or Pearls & Caviar. Just bring along photographic ID to prove you have a September or October birthday and your meal is free.

For more information and to make a reservation, visit