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Learn to fly a kite or make an oud from scratch this weekend

Shreeja Ravindranathan
27 Apr 2017 | 07:31 pm
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The skies above Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island will be filled with strange flying objects on April 28, but fret not, we’ve identified them – they’re kites from the hotel’s annual Kite Fest. The festival will feature kite-making competitions, live music, a raffle draw, activities such a kayaking, archery, beach games and sausage sizzles to snack on. If you’re new to kite-flying, free kite kits are available on site with step-by-step images and instructions to get you started. Dh100 for kids, Dh150 for adults (excluding taxes).

Abu Dhabi’s Bait Al Oud, the music institute that teaches the oud has started tours for public to explore the musical heritage of the UAE and the region. You’ll get to experience traditional musical instruments like the oud and rababa (stringed instrument), learn all about the history of these instruments and see techniques of oud-making for yourself at an oud-making workshop and attend one of the classes where Bait Al Oud’s professors will play melodies. Tours are from 11–12am on Sundays and Tuesdays, and from 4-5pm on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Shreeja Ravindranathan

Shreeja Ravindranathan