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The best of UAE’s weekend events are all here

The best events, places and experiences to check out around the country

Shreeja Ravindranathan
8 Jun 2017 | 11:00 am

Pop-up go the markets

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We hope you don’t plan to call it an early night this Ramadan because there’s plenty happening once the sun sets. At Al Serkal Avenue Good Vibes Market has joined pop-up space Nadi Al Quoz to host a series of casual iftar meals from a rotating line up of local vendors, and entertainment activities, like board game contests on Saturdays and Sundays, rabab music performances on Mondays and Tuesdays and gallery tours on Wednesdays. From 6-11pm; free entry.

Shop like they used to in the olden days at Mirbad, the souq-inspired pop-up concept at Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi. The pop-up will feature jewellery, fashion, accessories and home décor. Until June 10; from 8.30pm-1.30am.

The first edition of the Ramadan Fashion Pop-Up Fair is running at The Mall on Jumeirah Beach Road until June 10. The fair will feature abayas, jalabeyas, caftans, and dresses from local brands like Yataghan Jewellery, Valley Dez, Elamiri Caftan, Melati Couture and Angela Estera Luxewear. The exhibition will also have pavilions for accessories, perfumes, make-up and beauty, and wellness. Free entry; call 04 559 0111.

Get moving

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Dubai Sports World (DSW), the region’s largest indoor summer sports arena, is back for a seventh time at Dubai World Trade Centre. You can try out 17 sports and train at 10 professional academies until September 2 – try out badminton, football, basketball, tennis, wrestling, skating and table tennis. There are lots of new activities added to the DSW’s roster this year such as a ninja warrior course, a trampoline park and padel. From 8am-12am daily during Ramadan; free entry.

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The Els Club at Dubai Sports City is offering a golf package that includes iftar. Enjoy a round of golf on the greens and tuck into a three-course sharing menu with friends and family after. From Dh335; golf from 3pm. Call 04 425 1000.

For kids

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Baby&Child magazine is hosting Ramadan playdates at Reform Social and Grill in The Lakes all month – packed with free family fun for parents and their tots. Participate in classes such as baby and toddler yoga sessions with Yogaretreats.ae, baby music classes with Boogie Babies Dubai, baby massage and stimulation classes from BabyTalk, infant first-aid sessions with HSS Health and Safety Solutions and stretch classes for mums and kids from Pole Fit Dubai. School-age kids can join on the fun with the free movie screenings in the afternoons. Cocoona Clinic will also be there, be handing out free treatments and beauty advice to mums. All activities are free; classes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit facebook.com/babyandchildUAE.

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The Courtyard Playhouse is hosting storytime with a twist today. Kids’ Superscene is an interactive show where the kids call the shots and tell adult actors what to do and which story to tell: spin yarns about car chases, pirates or get them to do a puppet show. Ages 4-11 years, 11-11.45am. No charge.

Explore the world of art

The annual Made in Tashkeel showcase is running until August 30 at the Tashkeel studio and gallery in Nad Al Sheba. Works by over 30 artists including Tashkeel’s members, workshop participants and recent exhibiting artists will be displayed at the venue. The artworks being showcased have been made using a variety of media including printmaking, calligraphy, textiles, jewellery, photography and drawings. Tashkeel will also be selling products like laptop bags, aprons, and notebooks featuring hand-printed artworks by artists like Mobius Design Studio, Myneandyours, Tulip Hazbar and Wissam Shawkat. The gallery is open from 10am-5pm, Saturday to Thursday during Ramadan, and from 10am-8pm, Saturday to Thursday, throughout summer; call 04 336 3313.

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Citizen E Art Gallery is hosting a Ramadan Art Bazaar with pieces by over 30 UAE-based artists on sale. The bazaar has been curated by Sumayyah Al Suwaidi and will feature all kinds of art – from contemporary furniture to fine art. The maximum price for each work is set at Dh4,000. Until June 24; call 04 4572380.

Get to work(shop)

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The Guggenheim, Abu Dhabi is has two workshops running tomorrow – Pose, Photo and Paint is for kids aged 6-12 years of age and will see participants wear a glowing outfit made of lights and model a pose that will be photographed and used as the basis for a colourful semi-abstract painting. From 10am-12pm. From 2-5pm is the Deconstructing Décollage workshop, teaching participants to use the décollage technique of Jacques Villeglé. While the post-World War II French artist made décollages by ripping billboard posters from Parisian streets you will be using more everyday media like magazines, newspapers and paint.

When life gives you tiles, make coasters out of them – hardware brand Speedex’s DIY workshop on June 12 conducted by Julie Fraser will teach you to transform ceramic tiles into artistic coasters. 10am-12pm at the Speedex Office, Al Quoz 4, Dh80 per person; call 04 339 1929.

By the book

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Make it a record-breaking weekend by going to view the world’s largest book, This is Mohammad, which is on display at Abu Dhabi’s Al Wahda Mall. The book is not only largest but also the longest, widest and heaviest at 431 pages, five metres in length, eight metres in width and a whopping 1,500kg in weight. It is also the most expensive book, costing Dh11 million to make. The book narrates stories from the life of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and was written by Saudi author Dr Abdullah Abdul Aziz Al Muslih. The book will remain at the shopping mall throughout Ramadan and the Eid Al Fitr holidays.

Wellness and good

Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai is celebrating Global Wellness Day (GWD) on June 10 by offering guests a free cooking class, yoga session and a large meditative colouring postcard. The free yoga session rolls out at the health club from 5-6pm followed by a 25 per cent discount on the iftar buffet in Dunes Café. Vietnamese restaurant Hoi An’s executive sous chef, Driss Daabaz, will conduct a healthy cooking class focusing on fresh ingredients. Call 04 405 2441.

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Fairmont The Palm is organising a full-moon yoga session on June 10 at the resort’s beach. Resident yoga guru Melanie Swan will conduct the session. Dh75 per person; call 04 457 3545.

Charity drive

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Finally, there’s a whole lot of good to come from test driving cars even if you’re not buying them – Volkswagen Middle East will donate meals for every customer that test drives at their dealerships during Ramadan with their Miles for Meal campaign. The brand has partnered with Emirates Red Crescent to provide meals for those in need at selected charitable organisations, tents and mosques across the region. Visit volkswagen-me.com.

Shreeja Ravindranathan

Shreeja Ravindranathan