For flavours that combine the best of both worlds step into the Open Tent at Alserkal Avenue – the new iftar and suhoor tent fuses Japanese and Arabic cuisine, design and culture. Organised by CHI-KA, an Alserkal Avenue-based kimono shop and art space, the community tent is decked out in minimalist Japanese decor, bonsai gardens, Arabic calligraphy murals and will have an oud player to set the mood. Once you’ve tried the buffet menu of Japanese-Arabic fusion food, try your hand at the activities being held at the tent, such as a tea ceremony, bonsai tree workshops, origami, poetry recitals and games. Daily from sunset to 10pm, Dh145 per person, suhour is a la carte from 10.30pm-2am; Dh110 for Arabic menu and Dh130 for Japanese suhour menu. Call 056 920 6920.
Shopping is sharing at BurJuman this Ramadan. The mall’s Share and Care campaign’s donation points lets you donate clothing to families in need. All collected items will be given to Red Crescent UAE. In the mall’s main atrium an Arabic calligrapher and henna artist will create designs on paper or your hands while the kids keep busy at the lantern and pottery painting workshops. Visit burjuman.com.
Go one step further than donating and get truly involved in the process of giving by participating in the Sharjah Art Foundation’s Ramadan Charity campaign. Used donated clothes will be upcycled through a workshop during Ramadan Nights at SAF at Gallery 1. Participants will collaborate with neighbourhood tailors to revamp and redesign the clothes so you can present the clothes as personalised gifts instead of charity. To donate clothes drop them off at Office A, Sharjah Art Foundation or call 06 5444113. For details on the workshops email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sail into a tale
Tales of derring-do and seafaring adventures come alive with the Sinbad and the Sea Monster show at The Mall at World Trade Centre Abu Dhabi, until June 24. The special Ramadan show will have a storyteller take the audience through an imaginary journey of the Arab world with the beloved fictional sailor while explaining the story behind Ramadan and other valuable lessons. The show will be followed by a meet and greet session where kids get to meet Sinbad and take pictures with him. From 8-11pm.
International Yoga Day
Keep those yoga mats and leggings at the ready – International Yoga Day is on June 21 and there are events around the UAE. There’s a Yoga Day sunset session conducted by GuavaPass and Yoga House, followed by a dinner at the Sum of Us; Dh130 per person. The Indian Consulate has yoga events across the country on June 20: At Burj Park, Zabeel Park and Burhani Complex, Al Nahda, in Dubai; Sharjah Cricket Stadium; American University of Ras Al Khaimah; Indian Social Club, Fujairah; Pearl Beach Hotel, Umm Al Quwain and Adnec, Abu Dhabi. From 8.30pm; registration is a must, at iyd.ae.
Be in the swim
It’s time to stop paddling around in the shallow end and jump into the deep end of the pool – Wild Wadi Waterpark is hosting the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson on June 22. This eighth edition of the global event will take place in various locations across 20 countries over the course of 24 hours and will see professional swimmers teach basic swimming techniques to participants. At Wild Wadi, the mass lessons – which are free – run from 8-9.30am and get participants and their guardian free access to the park for the rest of the day. Last year’s swimming lesson attracted more than 100 children and adults who learnt basic swimming techniques. Visit wlsl.org.