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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
13 Jul 2017 | 09:40 am

Capers for kids

While you trawl the mall for summer deals the kids can keep busy with the free activities at BurJuman. Until August 12, the mall will have a sand pit for kids to play in, indoor rock climbing for them to expel all that excess energy, arts and crafts activities and bubble blasts every 20 minutes, daily from 4-10pm.

It’s not too late to sign up for summer camps yet – the Colors Dubai Summer Camp 2017 is conducting activities for kids aged three to nine years at locations across Dubai include the Dubai Ladies Club and BurJuman. The camp includes workshops on dance, art, aerobics, baking and swimming supervised by KHDA-approved teachers. From Sundays to Thursdays; 9.30am-2pm, until August 24. Dh690 per week per child; visit dubaisummercamp.com.

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There’s plenty of bear hugs for little ones today at Orange Wheels. The children’s entertainment centre at Al Wahda Mall, Abu Dhabi, has tied up with Build A Bear, the stuffed animal workshop, to host a Teddy Bear Picnic Day. A life-size Build A Bear mascot will pick up and drop off kids from Orange Wheels to the Build A Bear store where they can make their own soft toy from scratch, followed by an hour’s playtime at Orange Wheels. Dh100 per child.

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Everyone’s favourite cat and mouse have come out to play in Abu Dhabi this July – Tom and Jerry will chase each other from the television screen to the stage in Tom and Jerry Live Show – The Crystal Quest. Magical new characters such as the spirit Taja, Princess Toodles and adventurous mouse Mozzarella Jones join the famous duo’s capers and as they navigate cheese volcanoes and grumpy dragons on Pawprint Island to find a wish-granting amulet. Sounds like the cat’s pyjamas! From July 20-22 at Al Raha Theatre, Abu Dhabi, and at Al Ain Municipality Theatre from July 27-29; tickets from Dh100 at Bawadi Mall, Al Ain, and Dalma Mall, Abu Dhabi.

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Take note Narcos fans, there’s something better than a director’s cut coming your way: The ex-DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) agents Steve Murphy and Javier Pena (right) whose real-life hunt for and capture of Columbian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar forms the basis for the Netflix drug cartel drama, are headed to Dubai on October 5 and 6. You can meet the men who brought down one of the world’s notorious criminals in the flesh at Dubai College during their talk, Capturing Pablo, and Q&A session. Tickets from Dh275 at 117live.com.

Indoor hideouts

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Cool, dark, with tons of fodder for the imagination and popcorn – movie theatres are the ultimate bolthole to escape from the sweltering reality of summer heat. The rise in mercury has prompted boutique cinema concept Roxy Cinemas, to drop the prices of their premium seats, which means you can enjoy movies in the luxe Director’s Lounge – think marble counters, reclining leather chairs and a butler on call – for Dh99; visit theroxycinemas.com.

To really chill out, Ski Dubai’s snowy slopes are a freezing respite and the special UAE residents’ offer lets you experience chairlift rides, a spin on the snow bullets and penguin encounters for discounted rates. Show your Emirates ID and you’ll get a 20 per cent discount on the Polar (Dh275), Polar Express (Dh350) and Ski Dubai Experience Passes (Dh510). Visit theplaymania.com.

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Once the sun goes down, offers and deals pop up across 11 outlets at the Dubai Design District (d3) – part of their new Live@5 promotion. From 5-8pm, every Sunday to Thursday, the trendy design hub’s visitors can enjoy buy-one-get-one-free offers at dining venues including Chez Charles and Molecule, which will also host DJ battles on Wednesday. There’s discounts being dealt out at retail outlets, too – FMBI is giving 15 per cent discounts on handcrafted rugs and carpets and menswear store Closet Case will have a 10 per cent discount across the 100 or so brands they stock. Frame and Yui, the Japanese lifestyle culture shop with a ramen and gyoza restaurant (noodles are made in-house by the Japanese chef!), is giving a 15 per cent off everything.

Want more shopping but left jaded by the malls? The Summer Bazaar is on at the Dubai World Trade Centre until September 4 and provides the perks of shopping without the hassles of a mall. Rummage through handicrafts, cosmetics, perfumes, home appliances, toys and accessories from Greece, Turkey, Italy, Malaysia, Thailand, Pakistan, UAE, Yemen and other countries. From 3-11pm.

This one’s for Starman

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Ziggy Stardust’s magic floods The Music Hall on July 14 when The Sound of Bowie, a UK-based David Bowie tribute act, performs. Martin Gough duplicates the legendary rockstar’s looks and vocals well enough for the audience to relieve the showmanship of the thin white duke. He will be backed by British performer Miss-Sykes. Tickets cost Dh80; call 052 777 5191.

Food at Modhesh World

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The annual pop-up theme park Modhesh World is back at the Dubai World Trade Centre, and this time around it has new tricks up its sleeve.

What’s being called the UAE’s largest food park – Food Park DXB – is a star attraction at this season of Modhesh World. The cluster of 23 food trucks and kiosks are cordoned off in an entire 5,500 square metres of the theme park set aside for foodies.

If you’re hungry for fun there’s quite the abundance of that at the shiny new WOW Kids entertainment hub. Touted as the playground of the future, look out for next-gen technology that transforms pretend play and sketching into virtual reality – for example, Alien Strike is a colourful arcade gallery where children use soft toys as projectiles to strike flying saucers that float on a digital wall, and the WOW Aquarium makes kids’ sketches of sea creatures come to life.

Today, Aladdin and his magic lamp make their last appearance at Modhesh World’s Show Town zone. The 30-minute pantomime-like theatrical brings to life Aladdin’s adventures in Agrabah’s bazaars, palaces and desert at 2pm, 4pm, 6pm and 8pm.

Shreeja Ravindranathan

Shreeja Ravindranathan