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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
6 Jul 2017 | 01:29 pm

Get schooled

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Add some je ne sais quoi to your children’s vocabulary over the summer with the French language camp for kids at Alliance Française’s Dubai branches. The classes are for kids aged seven to 10 years and will be divided into French classes in the morning and activities to help them to learn the language better, through movies, songs, books and board games. That’s fun in any language. From 9am-1pm; Dh1,650 for lessons only and Dh3,000 including activities. Call 04 335 8712 or 04 341 4666.

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The Dubai Festival for Youth Theatre 2017 has launched a series of 10 academic workshops that run from July until November. The classes, which cover several aspects of theatre and acting, will be conducted by experts from Cairo’s Higher Institute of Theatrical Arts. The Voice & Language for Actors & Presenters workshop will be held at Madinat Jumeirah Theatre, from July 10-13 by Professor Lyn Darnley; a workshop on Theatrical Costumes will be held at the Dubai Public Library’s Al Twar branch from July 16-23. The six-hour long workshops run from 4-10pm and are open to anyone who wants to strengthen their acting chops. Email dfytworkshops@dubaiculture.ae to take part.

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The ice skating camp at Zayed Sports Academy is a cool way for cool kids to beat the summer heat. The classes will be conducted by certified coaches who will teach kids basic techniques and moves on the Olympic-sized rink. Until August 24; Dh750 per week inclusive of snacks and activities. Register at zscacademy@zsc.ae.

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Age is no bar to learning – if you’re looking to pick up new skills this summer Warehouse421’s Summer Camps in Abu Dhabi have the perfect mix of activities for both kids and grown-ups. From July 16-August 10 the classes are divided into three sessions: creative mornings, active afternoons and cultural evenings, which will host an array of events such as screenings of movies like Speed Sisters and Les Petits Chats, workshops on acrylic painting, perfume-making, DJing, yoga, pottery and other fun community gatherings such as board game nights. Fees range from Dh50-Dh125 per session per person; registration is must at warehouse421.ae.

Change of art

Does art move you? Now you can make art move with the kinectic art workshop called Moving, Drawing, Sculpture at Manarat Al Saadiyat on July 8. The class will teach participants how to breathe life in to their artwork by moulding clay into a sculpture that moves. That’s not all, the sculpture will also make its own drawings that you can take home. From 10am-12pm; Dh50. Call 02 657 5800.

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If you’re an expat staying in the UAE for the summer, Amir H. Fallah’s exhibition Almost Home will strike a chord with you. The artist addresses the concept of living outside one’s country of origin and the fluidity of the idea of home, identity and displacement – everyday experiences of migrant life. The artist juxtaposes portraits and landscapes of Middle Eastern countries with symbols of American pop culture to show how migrants hold on to elements from both worlds. At the Third Line Gallery until July 21; free entry.

Take a note

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Calling all numismatics. Check out the world’s biggest banknote – it is seriously big, bigger than an A4 sheet of paper to be precise – that is on display at the Numisbing showroom in Deira on Al Maktoum Road. The note is one of the 1,000 notes that were printed by the Philippine Central Bank in 1998, to mark 100 years of independence and has the face value of 100,000 pesos (about Dh9,000). At the time, each note was sold to collectors for 180,000 pesos (Dh15,500). Since then however, its value has gone up to Dh146,000. From 10am to 7pm, Sunday to Thursday. Free entry, call 04 295 2578/056 2345 056 for details.

Travel back in time

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Get a lesson in the country’s history at Dubai’s Etihad Museum, which is offering tours of the iconic Union House, the birthplace of the United Arab Emirates in 1971, and the Guest House, another iconic building, both housed within the Shaikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Majlis, along with his private office and dining room. Both the buildings have recently been restored to their original condition and are a significant testimonial to the vision of the nation’s Founding Fathers. For reservations on the tour, email Etihad.Museum@dubaiculture.ae or call 04 5155771.

What’s cooking


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Want to impress your Italian mother-in-law to-be with some fresh pasta making skills? Why worry when you have Chef Romain Van Durmen of Fairmont The Palm on your side. Every afternoon, the five-star hotel’s Michelin star-trained chef is running a series of cooking classes teaching guests recipes that are quick and simple to make but dining table show-stoppers nevertheless. Example classes include Belgian waffles and nitro ice cream, sushi rolls and fresh pasta carbonara. The experience includes a lunch buffet in Flow Kitchen restaurant. From Dh195 per person. Email palm.dining@fairmont.com or call 04 457 3457 for details.

Get groovin’

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Channel your inner Michael Jackson as the highly entertaining dance show Talents around the World returns to Bawadi Mall in Al Ain. From hip-hop dancers and acrobatic performers to shadow show performers and tap dancers, the show will allow international dance acts who’ve either won their country’s Got Talent or any other international talent show to wow the crowd. From July 9 to 31, entry free.

Shreeja Ravindranathan

Shreeja Ravindranathan