Go fly a kite
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).
Al Ain’s Qattara Arts Centre has a Collage Exhibition featuring mixed-media artworks by 23 Emirati and UAE-based artists. There’ll be art presented on traditional canvas as well as digital mediums. The exhibition runs until June 15, from 5-9pm.
Another historical neighbourhood in the UAE – Al Fahidi – comes alive with art; Kay’noo’nah, a photography exhibition by Mark Pilkington, runs at Tashkeel’s House 10 until May 4. Curated by Emirati artist Hind Bin Demaithan, Kay’noo’nah (an Arabic word that represents states of being) will include print, screen and projection works that explore themes like composition of images, and how changes in landscape and interaction among the characters in a scene affect viewers’ perception. Open Saturday to Thursday; 12pm-6pm. Visit tashkeel.org.
Global fair in Abu Dhabi
The Abu Dhabi Summer Fair starts on May 6 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. Shop for textiles, sweets, food, home decor, jewellery, antiques and spices all under one roof from pavilions of various countries – China, India, Lebanon and Jordan are few of the participating countries. The exhibition will also have fashion shows and dance performances and a children’s playground with as face painting and clown shows.
Abu Dhabi’s Bait Al Oud, a music institute that teaches people how to play traditional Arabic instruments and music, is giving tours for the public to explore the musical heritage of the UAE. You’ll get to experience traditional instruments like the oud and rababa (a stringed instrument), learn all about their history, and see the techniques of oud-making for yourself at a workshop, plus you can 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.
Feast fit for a spring
We don’t have April showers or May flowers in the UAE, but that doesn’t stop us from celebrating the onset of spring with a good party. The Grand Hyatt Dubai is celebrating Maifest – the German celebration of spring – until May 6. There’ll be a tent stocked with German delicacies like pretzels, veal schnitzel, kalbsbratwurst and spargel served by waiters dressed in traditional lederhosen and dirndls. The hotel has flown in Die Kirchdorfer band from Munich to create an authentic ambience with traditional tunes. From Dh195 per person; 7pm-1am on weekdays and 7pm-3am on weekends. Call 04 317 2222.
Have a song and a dance
Beloved children’s picture book collection Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram comes to life on stage at Ductac on April 28 and on May 1 and 2. The production will recreate the escapades of the Nutbrown hares and their discovery of new seasons through storytelling, puppetry and music. Tickets from Dh110 at ductac.org.
Two of Arabian history’s most iconic individuals, Sinbad and Ibn Battuta, meet tomorrow at the dance show 1,001 Arabian Nights. Performed by Belly Art Dubai, the musical will narrate the adventures of the sailor through song and dance and will also feature other key characters such as Scheherazade. Tickets from Dh130 at ductac.org; show starts at 3pm.
South Indian stand-up S Aravind is bringing his solo show Madrasi Da to the Kilachand theatre, Ductac, on April 28. Aravind will make fun of stereotypes about being a Madrasi (resident of the South Indian city of Chennai) and talk about his city and middle class life there. Tickets from Dh125 at ductac.org; show starts at 8pm.
Later in the week, another Indian comedian will tickle funny bones – Jeeveshu Ahluwalia is performing at The Junction on May 4 and 6. Nicknamed ‘the Salman Khan of the Fat world’, the comic acted in Tamasha and is known for his self-referential gags, observational monologues about why he quit his 16-year career, and his mother’s sole desire – to see him married. Tickets from Dh150 at tixbox.com; shows at 5.30pm and 8.30pm.
Next up, Indian comics Zakir Khan and Abish Mathew will be delivering the final punchline to Ductac’s Laugh-a-thon series on May 13. Abish’s show will take place at 7pm and Zakir’s show will follow at 9pm. While Zakir will roll out wit and humour in Hindi, Abish, known for his YouTube series Son of Abish, will joke in English – but they will both have the language of humour in common. Tickets for Dh150 per show at ductac.org.